Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
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1,529 Ratings
Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic AleStone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,529
Reviews:
483
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
16.58%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
438
For Trade:
17
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,529 |  Reviews: 483
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.86/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looked darker than expected, almost brown. Cloudy, maybe chile particulate haze. Aroma was reminiscent of belgian wits. All that coriander.

Taste was spice, caramel, cinnamon, toffee, booze and citrus. Doesn't really jive together for me. Clove in the mouthfeel, less impact from any chili peppers.

These series of beers have been complex, but in a Dogfish head kind of way: you can throw shit together that maybe is unique, but hardly good drinking.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Savan
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an auburn hue. Smells subtly of hops and somewhat of peppercorn. ..odd. taste of tang pepper bannana and a subtle dough taste on the finnish. Feal is not bad...m i think might be getting past prime this brew so... gave generous over all rating for is age it was good.

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Photo of GreyGhost4
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Redgoatman
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Photo of polopaul20
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of craftaholic
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GStone899
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aussiebeer
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Age has worked beautifully for this one. Ugly, murky deep red and no head. Very little on the nose either. But the flavor was outstanding. You can taste a little chili and a little spiciness but no heat whatsoever. Heavy on the dark fruits and a little toffee-like sweetness. Full bodied but not overly thick.

If I didn't know any better, I would have thought this was an English Barleywine. Very nice beer.

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Photo of strYkn14
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged really well. Faintest hint of cardboard but otherwise excellent. Flavor of anaheim chilies is there, but heat is gone. Flavor is dominated by bananas and cinnamon, with dark fruit supporting.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dsshuck
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vivs85
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ER527
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dillinger
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jackolope
4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I cellared one of these bad boys for a little more than 3 years and it was just as good as the one i enjoyed sometime after 12.12.12. I wish I could recall how good it was then, but I remember being stunned by the balance and complexity of flavor. You would be hard pressed to name Anaheim chiles as an ingredient without knowing it before hand. I haven't had many beers with chile as an ingredient but i have to say these guys knew what they were doing. I drank this beers with a handful of my friends and we all were impressed. It paired really well with the Mediterranean food we had just eaten and we all thought it was a standout amongst the beers we had recently been drinking. I definitely left this experience happy especially considering how long i held on to it!

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Photo of Poupae
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Odysseyalien
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BUNZILLA
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Geoffq
4.49/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MykeJ
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
3.74 out of 5 based on 1,529 ratings.
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