Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic AleStone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale
BA SCORE
63%
Liked This Beer
3.76 w/ 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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
483
Ratings:
1,529
Liked:
964
Avg:
3.76/5
pDev:
16.49%
Alströms:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
438
Trade:
17
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Ratings: 1,529 |  Reviews: 483
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big Cinnamon beer, thanks Jason. Spicy, with heat in the finish. Brown with big lace. Interesting but also some astringency. OK drinkability, unique, but perhaps not the best of the vertical series. I would like more chile heat, offset with some brown sugar..

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: minimal head on a cloudy, deep auburn body. decent lacing.

S: mint, candy sugar, peppers, nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel.

T: cinnamon, chilis, caramel, fairly malty, brown sugar, spices, citrus.

M: chewy, medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: the chilis are very well applied. Enough to add flavor but not over done to hurt drinkablity or be considered a chili beer. Nice sweetness to heat balance. So far the tasting of 07- to 11 has been very interesting and well planned.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a 1 inch puffy beige head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, Belgian yeast, spices, and a slight chili aroma. Taste is of malt, overpowering Belgian yeast, spices, banana, and a mild (not spicy) chili flavor. The aftertaste is very spice forward but quickly fades leaving a slight warming in the back of the throat which I assume is from the chilies. I am not getting any noticeable cinnamon aroma or flavor but the chili is definitely there. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is actually a good beer that I wasn't expecting much from. I never thought chili could mesh with this style but I think Stone got it right. With that being said, I really cannot detect any cinnamon addition to this beer.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

odd brew here. holy. pours a dark copper red color with a nice head. smells like india, cinnamon stick and sweet caramel malts. flavor is sweet and spicy like a roasted pablano pepper. has a new flavor, peppery and spicy, but subtle and pleasant. leaves a lasting mellow heat in the roof of the mouth, maybe too long after. stood up well with the most (epic) hickory plum wood roast apple smoked 48 hour marinated sea salt brown suggar ceyenne dryrubbed organic pork tenderloin with a dijon maple reduction over fresh nutmeg creamed mashed potatoes and a whack of balsamic cranberry molassas compote... yooo

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a clear looking amber color with a white soapy looking head on top. The smell of the beer was malty and a little sweet smelling with some caramel on the nose. The taste was interesting, it seemed a little herbal to me or like some Christmasy spices were added to this one. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, moderate carbonation and smooth. Overall this beer was pretty interesting I think. I wasn't really able to get much of the Belgian qualities out of it. Regardless a good brew.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first foray into the Vertical Epic realm. Pours a dark brown color, very little head or carbonation to it. Aroma is of sweet chili peppers, quite pleasant actually. Taste is medium to heavy bodied, a ton of flavors hit the palette. Definite peppers come through, a tad bit of cinnamon, and a whole lotta hops. Stays well balanced and has a great mouthfeel with a clean finish. Surprisingly drinkable for the high ABV and the odd ingredients used. I'm a big fan of this beer and love the uniqueness of it.. highly recommended.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear very dark reddish amber in color. It poured with a thin off white head that eventually completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of pickled peppers in the nose.
T: The taste is very complex and has notes of spicy peppers along with hints of bananas, cloves and dark fruits as well as a light amount of bitterness. No flavors of cinnamon are detectable. The peppery flavors particularly stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very interesting, particularly if you like lots of spicy flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone just can't leave "well enough" alone; pushing the strongest of strong Belgian Pale Ales past 9% abv. and challenging the natural yeasty spice with both chili peppers and cinnamon.

Vertical Epic 11 delivers with a sturdy bronze or deep copper pour that exceeds amber hues and with the added visual weight of moderate yeast haze. Well headed, the lightly tanned foam caps the beer with a thick blanket of creamy foam that retains and laces reasonably well, even for Belgian standards. A heavy looking, but appetizing beer to the eye.

Fruity esters and spicy phenols, both from yeast relese a balanced scent of apples and mulled berries with the tinge of peppercorn, all aside from the obvious scent of chili peppers and cinnamon. Somewhat supple and muted, the fruity/peppery blend plays more delicately on the olfactory sense than expected. Underlying caramel, nut, light toast, and toffee sweet aromas provide support for the yeast character and spicy additions with minimal influence over the nose.

Flavors however, favor malty sweetness garnered from highly kilned caramel malts, light toast, toffee, and nutty grains. A delicate balance of fruity apples and berries provide a tart taste to offset sweetness, as well do the peppery and tannic drynesss of alcohol and phenols. Additions of chili peppers and cinnamon provide complexity and variety of flavor but are very careful not to dominate the flavor profile or to throw the already well balanced beer out of whack. Yeast character however are mild and lack the pungent earthy and fully characterful flavor of many authentic Belgian Strong Ales. Though somewhat cleaner in stature, it's just more simplified than most.

Full bodied from caramel malt sweetness and early creaminess, but the full texture is aided in dryness by growing alcoholic heat, developing spice (both from natural yeast flavor and pepper additions), and fleeting malt sweetness. Finishing malty-dry and semi-sweet, the beer carries a long linger of malt and spice deep into aftertaste.

VE 11 is an inquisitive ale that breaks the norm of traditional Belgian brewing flavors but does so with an aggressive American brewing attitude with recipe formulation and recipe. Designed for the long haul, I'm excited to see how this beer develops in the cellar- but for now its simple and muddled combination of ingredients leave it limited.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are relatively high; Stone can disappoint but on average they tend to brew interesting beers.

A: Pours a four finger head of nice cream lacing, great thickness, and fantastic retention considering the relatively high ABV. Colour is a semitransparent copper.

Sm: Aroma is surprisingly yeasty, with a fair amount of floral notes, bittering hops, and spice - maybe even pumpkin. Aroma is moderate in strength.

T: The bittering hops and spice clash quite a bit, I have to say. I don't know that aging would resolve this issue. Lots of weird notes are in there, including misplaced spices and bad caramel. The balance is completely off and the build is pretty badly considered. At least the alcohol doesn't come through. This is the worst possible outcome given the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Entirely too thick, however. It sort of complements the flavours.

Dr: Hard to drink on account of its low quality and bad balance. I hope that aging resolves its issues, and that I'm just guilty of opening it too early. I wouldn't buy it again, but I guess I'd try it aged. It's certainly experimental, which I applaud, but this is unfortunately a failure.

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Photo of brentk56
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a darker shade of amber with an inch or so of foam; both the retention and the lacing were OK

Smell: Caramel and Anaheim peppers? You bet, with undertones of fruit (strawberry, banana) and clove

Taste: The caramel and clove flavors are in the forefront but it doesn't take long for the chile and fruit undertones to make an impression; after the swallow, it is sweet, hot and spicy, with warmth in the gullet, too

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: What is intersting on the nose creates chaos on the tastebuds; this beer diverges at the fork in the road and never, ever, finds its way home

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Photo of oline73
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber that has an intense red hue. There is a half finger of creamy off white head that fades quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt smacks you in the face. There are some fruity grape and cherry notes along with mild Belgian spice. I think I'm also getting some caramel.

Taste: Initially this tastes like it is going to be a total malt bomb, full of cherry, grape, and Belgian spice. There is a bitterness that shows up and cuts the sweetness a bit. The finish is slightly bitter with some Belgian yeast spice and then the chili peppers show up.

Mouthfeel: The body is syrupy with lots of foamy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer just didn't come together for me. Many of the flavors seem to distract from each other. I'm not sure that I would want another, but we'll see what age does when I open up all the VE's I have at the end of the year.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly, thick foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of Anaheim peppers with a touch of heat. There was a nice malty aroma, too.

T - It had a nice spicy taste with a mild taste of hot peppers. It had a nice biscuity malt flavor with a touch of fruitiness

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is yet another great Vertical Epic beer. Love the peppery twist on a Belgian-styled ale.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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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Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -46.8%

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Beer rating: 63% out of 100 with 1,529 ratings
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