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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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of savagepm
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of TheBishopco
2/5  rDev -46.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of yesyouam
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Vertical Epic 11.11.11 is a crystal clear ruby ale with a thin, light khaki head that leaves excellent lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite spicy, warm and... food-like. There are notes of cinnamon, clove, apple, pear and vegetables. There seems to be a touch of sweetness in the nose. It's pretty full bodied and lively. It leaves the mouth feeling slick for a while. There's a lot going on in the taste. Overall, it's pretty earthy and fruity. The sweetness I smelled doesn't seem to be present in the mouth. There's a hint of apple right at the beginning. Then, it's stone fruit, cinnamon and clove. The finish is a little phenolic and very peppery, but in a black pepper sense. I wasn't able to isolate the flavor of Anaheim chilies. There seem to be hints of soy sauce, vegetables (like a V8) and possibly smoke. I dig this. It's probably cliché to say it's unique, but, well... it is. I feel like if I let this one age, I'd interpret some of these flavors as possible oxidation. I tend to appreciate beer with crazy stuff thown in it and this is no exception. The Belgian yeast provides a curve ball here, and makes things a lot more complex than they would be otherwise, I suspect.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of kevanb
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a nice dark amber color, more like burgundy as there are lots of brown hues in this beer. It has a nice finger of off white head that’s somewhat foamy but more softer and more cloudlike than soapy. It smells really great, strong roasted peppers with a nice blend of both cinnamon and some darker fruits like cherries or plums that are more tart than sweet as the sweetness definitely comes from the cinnamon. The Anaheim pepper flavors smack your mouth before the beer even gets to your tongue, definitely enjoyed breathing the flavor in. The peppers are definitely the dominant flavor but the cinnamon is done really well, it’s subtle and compliments the peppers but more importantly it adds another layer of depth as it brings forward some sweeter flavors that remind me of spiced banana bread. The most impressive aspect of the beer is how long the roasted pepper flavor lingers on your tongue, it’s a really nice smokey and spicy element that I found highly enjoyable. The body is really great, nice and big without being too full and chewy.

Verdict: This is a really impressive beer. Most chili pepper beers or spicy beers I’ve tried like the Rogue Chipotle Ale are very one dimensional and more of a gimmick beer. This is a really well crafted Belgian style that utilizes some bold and unique flavors, a Stone hallmark.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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

Thanks to my buddy Nate for this ;)

Pours a clear orange colour. Nice white head. Looks pretty solid. Smells sweet and spicy. Tastes similar. Spicy chilli spice but not hot. Cinnamon, cloves, lovely flavor profile. Well carbonated and enjoyable. Overall better than last years vertical epic.

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4.75/5  rDev +27%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of SHODriver
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a reddish brown with an ample off whit head with decent retention
S: Smells sweet, fruity and phenolic with a bit of spices and some pepper
T: It starts off with some caramel sweetness, some pepper, a bit of spice and fruityness. Very smooth flavors but none of them are very pronounced. Pepper and spicy yeast character on the swallow. The pepper provides flavor and not heat which is nice.
M: smooth and creamy with slightly prickly carbonation
O: not a bad beer and fairly tasty. I think it smelled better than it tasted but still a solid beer.

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Photo of colts9016
2.36/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well my first chili beer, Aged 5 years. Poured a dark copper color with mahogany hues. a one finger light tan head that has good retention. the clarity of the beer is fairly clear with some carbonation bubble visible.

A sweet malty aroma with caramel, bread, and toast. A light earth and some floral, I cannot detect any pepper scent.

The beer is a sweet malty with heavy bread, and biscuit notes, caramel, and toast. There is some earth floral, and in the background some chile flavor.

The mouth feel is carbonated and coating.

Overall this beer is not for me. It is heavy malty bomb with subtle chile flavor. I really did not care for it.

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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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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Pours an almost-clear, somewhat dark amber color with a small off-white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is immediately strong cinnamon stick aroma with a bit of clove. As the beer warms, the chili makes itself noticeable, as well as caramel malt and hints of banana. Taste is not really what I was expecting...spicy cinnamon with Belgian yeast characteristics. Clove, banana, dark fruits... more cinnamon (this time on the sweeter side). Finishes quite malty with a bit of booze and chili heat. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this beer is a unique beer. The way the cinnamon and chilies compliment eachother is outstanding...would like a bit more chili though.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Duhast500
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a stemmed La Fin Du Monde glass.

The color is a clear dark amber with s finger and a half of foamy brownish head ans some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is truly spicy in the aroma and gives off some Belgian aroma like a triple with some banana and some fig aroma.

The taste is Belgian at first then take a left turn to drop some chili spice on me. The more Belgian flavor comes out with some nice malt sweetness and a bitter hop flavor in the back. The taste swings back and forth with some nice banana flavor with a hot flavor that is like cinnamon more in the nose then in the flavor but comes out now when I am sipping rather then when I was trying to smell this beer.

The feel of this beer is big from the ABV to the complex flavors that is throughout the flavor of this beer. This is something that is new and amazing, a Belgian beer with some chili spices.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a fairly clean dark amber, slightly cherry hue with a good fluffy tan head that dissipates quickly leaving good amounts of lacing.

S: Sweet bready yeast, banana esters and grainy malt - very Belgian smelling, cinnamon sticks, light hop and just a hint of chile and booze.

T: Ah there's the chile - though detectable in the nose, I was hoping for more of a showcase in the flavor and I was not let down. Sweet toasted malt, the banana is there too, midway the booze is detectable but not at all offensive, then the chile lays on thick, balanced perfectly with a more earthy than spicy cinnamon (not at all what I expected when I read this one had cinnamon added) - very subtle and earthy and really compliments the chile well. These guys know what they're doing!

M: On the bigger side of medium-bodied, the carbonation is light and lends perfectly to the style and creaminess of this brew. Someone complained about an oily quality in the mouthfeel, and I agree on the lingering oiliness - which is from the chile, but I really like this aspect. Stone often accomplishes this with oiliness from the hop, but here they've achieved this quality with oil from the chiles added - super bomb!

Overall far from a session beer, but I don't think that was Stone's intention by any means, but as a quality sipper to enjoy from time to time, this one is up there with some of the best.

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