Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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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
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Photo of adamette
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought on 11 11 11 at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor for $8.99 into a clean, clear glass and cellared in the bottom of my fridge until now. I was trying to hold out until the recommended date of 11 11 12 but I wanted this review to be my number 1,111 for obvious reasons. Hmm…”Ale Brewed with Anaheim Chiles and Cinnamon” stamped on the side of the bottle. Sounds interesting! A special mention to my nephew Michael whose 22nd birthday was 11.11.11!

A Big, creamy and very “Stone” head that lingers satisfyingly for a while atop a dark amber or even red copper body that is translucent. Good look. 4.0

S Chiles are in the front for me. I get some cinnamon in the distance and no alcohol in the smell for me despite the healthy 9.4% ABV mentioned on the label. Nothing if not an interesting, uncommon smell to a beer. 4.0

T The chiles and cinnamon are there in the proportions that I smelled but then there is a significant wash of medium roast malt, sweet nectar goodness that washes over with every sip. This is an exceptionally good tasting beer with plenty going on to keep one’s interest up. 4.5

M Moderately thick with that syrupy malt goodness and the heat from the chiles. There may also be some “heat” from the alcohol but it is not obvious, eclipsed by the other strong tastes going on. This is an exceptional feel. 4.5

D/O Drinkability is not that good. I will finish the bomber but this is one big beer and I do not believe that I would want more in an evening. Overall this is an excellent beer, a real asset to the Vertical Epic Series and possibly one of my favorite. 4.0

Notes: Congratulations to Stone for producing yet another winner in the series of Vertical Epics and for allowing me to complete review number 1111!

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Photo of CBrodbeck
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dogfishandi
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into an ommegang goblet.

pours out a coppery red color with just the slightest bit of haze, actually pretty clear for a belgian. some decent light biege colored head, kept a thin patchy layer. some tiny spots of lace.

mostly lots of estery, phenolic belgian yeast. some bannana, clove, and flouride blends with a sweet fruity malt. the beer really has to warm up for the cinnamon and then finally the pepper aromas to show up, but the belgian aspect of the beer takes center stage.

very similar to the aroma. sweet malt, fruity, flouride like esters, phenolic and clove belgian yeast with a touch of bannana. some hops provide just enough of a backbone. just a touch of heat on the finish, almost not really enough to even notice. as it warms, cinnamon comes in then a touch of a lightly roasted pepper flavor as well.

medium bodied, no alcohol noticable besides a subtle warming effect after each sip. drinks pretty easily considering its ABV.

i was a little turned off at first, finding it hard to pick out any cinnamon or pepper. just enough comes out as it warms, but maybe not enough IMO. i was really looking forward to this (love chili beers!), but im a little let down, the recent past vertical epics were a little better. maybe if i caught this fresher i would have had more pepper and cinnamon?

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Photo of TastyIsBeer
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Gregwa
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of lucasj82
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of grittybrews
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark ruby amber with excellent clarity and a finger of off-white head. Strong aroma of banana, clove, a hint of cinnamon, and a good dose of Hatch chiles.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth, somewhat light mouthfeel. Flavors of banana, caramel, and clove up front with a trace of cinnamon and a hint of chiles on the tail end. Just a touch of alcohol warmth that becomes more apparent as the beer warms.

I was excited by the aroma but the flavors don't seem to meld. The Belgian components are fairly standard and the chile/cinnamon is interesting but never really integrates. I'm a fan of beers with pepper but this one didn't blow my mind by any means. Worth trying, though.

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Photo of rkarimi
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CoolEthan
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of JoelClark
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of csfcmitchell
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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

22oz bottle poured into a tulip w/ some trepidation; my first chile beer. (EDIT: just noticed this was re-categorized as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale since I posted my review - that's probably a more appropriate style.)

Pours a clear mahogany color w/ a 2-finger khaki head, sticky lacing.

Aroma is really hard to pin down. Cinnamon is evident, some soapy bubblegum too. Slight banana.

Taste roughly follows nose. Strong dark malt w/ some sugary sweetness and a slight earthy kick from the chiles, particularly on the finish. There's a soapy quality too, not sure where it's coming from. Bubblegum/banana also prevalent.

Overall this is not a beer I'd likely drink again. I might pick up another and stick it in the cellar, just to see what happens.

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Photo of cadaugherty
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of rajendra82
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The auburn colored body looked quite different than most BSPA's. The head that formed in the tulip glass was three finger thick, and beige. The smell was more similar to the darker Belgian beers as well, with lavender, juniper, white pepper, orange peel, and coriander being evident. The taste was very herbal, with a strong, almost overwhelming cinnamon and mint presence. I could detect the smokiness of the Anaheim chiles after the initial flavors calmed down. The mouthfeel was actually pretty good, with a oily, coating action. The aftertaste was a lingering herbal note. I think this would be better after mellowing some more, as the flavors tend to clash a bit right now.

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Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of WesM63
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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 BlurryVisi0n
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass. Vintage 2011 bottle served 12/28/2012.

Appearance: A deep amber, heavy bubbles on the body when you place it against the light. Orange tinted white head about a notch under a finger's length settling just a bit with even lacing.

Smell: At first sniff you will think this beer deserves more than a four in actuality because of how quick it let's go it basically average. A light yeast/bread scent. I like beers to have deep smell and this one lacks it. Light malts and yeast, VERY light.

Taste: This brew what it lacks in scent it truly makes up for it in taste. Drinking it and then I had realize via website that it is a BSPA is a conflict. It is something special in it's own way. Part IPA, part stout part BPA. It has yeast-chocolate paired with strong bitterness.

Mouth: Though not the smoothest it is well defined. It has a stickiness to it that you will not forget. Medium maybe light carbonation unique bitterness in the end that is priceless.

Overall: Very good...not because I say but because it is. I was fortunate to find a 2011 batch at my local distributor. Thank you Neal and Mike at Superstar Beverage, as this beer is coming to an end; blessing in a glass. Salud!

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Photo of FUwolfpacker
4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of bonkers
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, deep cooper pour, good white head, light lacing. The aroma is heavy on cloves and bannanas. The cloves domoinate the flavors, light cinamon, I could not taste the chillies. The body is medium, good carbonation, no discernable booze. Not my kind of beer, too much clove.

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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
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