11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
As with any good epic, herein lies the promise of larger-than-life experiences, heroics and twists & turns as the adventure unfolds. These bottle-conditioned ales are specifically designed to be aged until sometime after December 12th, 2012. Provided you can wait that long. At that time, enjoy them in a "vertical" tasting. Each one unique to it's year of release. Each with its own "twist & turn" in the plotline. Each one released one year, one month and one day from the previous year's edition. To remind you, the remaining dates are: 12.12.12

Added by JAramini on 11-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1/5  rDev -73.4%

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1.46/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Might be literally the worst beer I've ever had. Dumped it after five sips. Not quite sure how this beer is ranked so high, but hey, I also cannot stand Pliny the Elder.
Putrid malt taste, the light chili flavor in it is just out of place. Overcarbonated. Overseasoned. Just an overall bad beer. Words just cannot explain really how bad it is.
I am one more bad beer away from Stone from completely writing them off like I did with Sam Adams.

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1.48/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

One of the worst beers I've ever tried. It tasted like someone put some Anaheim chilies in a blender and poured copious amounts of the puree into an already unbalanced beer.

I've had some ok chili beers, but this one was literally undrinkable. Any other redeeming qualities it might have had (mouthfeel, appearance) were completely overshadowed by the putrid chili taste. I like Anaheim peppers, and I like beer, but this mix was wretched.

Split a 22oz with a friend, each took a couple sips, and we both poured it out on the lawn.

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1.5/5  rDev -60.1%

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1.62/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap, served in a 12oz wine glass at Martin City Brewing Company.

This beer pours a mahogany brownish red with a big 3 inch cap and leaves quite a bit of lacing down the sides of the glass. The best thing I can say about the aroma is that its definitely interesting. I would define it like a dunkelweizen that has been dry hopped with dates, coco nibs and chilies. Not good. Banana, clove, bubble gum, dates, chocolate and chili's all mixed together. I feel like I need to douche my nose. The taste is horrible. Every thing in the aroma is just amplified by about 10. Easily the worst tasting beer I've ever had from Stone. It's aweful. As in I'm in awe of how bad a beer Stone produced. The mouthfeel is oily. While it had a nice carbonation when pouring, its almost like none was absorbed into the beer itself. Stone tries to pack this beer of flavors and just completely misses the mark. I was only able to finish about 5oz of the 12oz I was served.

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1.75/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark orangey color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of Anaheim peppers and bready yeast is intriguing with notes of cinnamon and caramel malt also easily noticeable. Taste is a mix between some solid caramel malt with a sweet edge and some cinnamon which unfortunately needs with too many spicy notes and therefore this beer ends ups as a major mess. Body is full with limited filtration and huge malt backbone with good carbonation. No alcohol notes or if there was any there were hidden by the peppers notes. I could barely bring myself to drink ¼ of the bottle before it hit the drain. Not sure where all those high rates are coming from.

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11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
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