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:
440
For Trade:
17
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Photo of TheBishopco
2/5  rDev -46.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of RickS95
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks epic. Pours a mahogany brown. Very rich looking, an almost thick pour. The head is the opposite, a bright white. Little retention, but leaves a nice ring of white around the glass.

It smells amazing. Just the right amount of cinnamon...just the right amount of Belgian yeast...just the right amount of malt to tie everything together. Oh yeah, and just a hint of chili.

The cinnamon spice and candied sugar work well together. There's the slightest bit of yeast that shines. However, I could do without the chilis. They don't provide much to the beer, other than a small distraction in the finish.

There's some complexity to keep your taste buds hopping. Malt and yeast give some sweetness, cinnamon and chili give some spiciness. The yeast also provides some tart. But the hops and chili give a strange bitterness that doesn't work for me. Almost creamy.

Despite the chili, this is an amazing, dare I say epic, beer. My first vertical I'm sad to say, but won't be my last. Looking forward to another bottle that I hope I can save til 12.12.12.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of neenerzig
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tulip glass. This beer pours a hazy, cloudy, deep amber mahogany brownish red color with a nice fluffy slightly tan colored head about an inch thick when poured. Settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass and pretty good lacing. Aromas of spices such as cinnamon, grains of paradise and clove among others, dark fruits such as apple, a hint of plum, grape, banana, and a bit of hops. Interesting and complex, flavor, especially as the beer warms. It starts out with a slightly sweet and slightly roasted caramel malt flavor that immediately gives way to the aforementioned fruits and spices, that is rounded out with a touch of citrus hop bitterness. There is also a slight hint of salt and vinegar. This beer certainly does, in at least some degree, have a nice Merlot red wine like quality to it too. A very unique beer indeed. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied, dry mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. A slow sipper to be sure. To quote my friend Erich Lasher, who is one of the owners and bartenders at a favorite local bar of mine called La Cave Du Vin, "This beer...its weird!" Yes it is Erich, yes it is! In a good way too. I am quite curious to see what some agine does to the bottle I have in by cellar.

Eric

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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%

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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4.75/5  rDev +27%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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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 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 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%

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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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Photo of jjanega08
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating other than the 11.11.11

A= Pours a thick looking hazy dark amber brownish color with a thin finger of active bubbly head on it that holds little retention and lacing.

S= The smell is a deep cinnamon aroma with deep rich belgian candy and dark malts. It has a bit of an over ripe pear aroma and a touch of alcohol.

T= The taste is actually quite nice. I was initially worried about the chili in it but the chili is very light offering only a vegetative quality to it. The cinnamon comes through as well as touches of belgian candy sugar and dark fruit. It has a nice sweet malt character similar to that of an irish amber or something of the sort. The finish offers just a touch of the chili.

M= Lower carbonated.

O= This is a solid beer for something I figured I would hate. It works. The chili is light in it and that may have something to do with the age. It's complex enough to keep ya guessing. Check this beer out if you can find it. It's worth looking at.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Don't know what to think of this one...Vertical Epic 11.11.11, split into pint glasses.

A: Pours a crystal clear coppery color, much darker than I anticipated it would be, with a huge light tan head & good lacing.

S: Huge Belgian yeast characters, banana and fruity esters, clove and other peppery spices...light cinnamon notes and possibly spiciness from the peppers. There are some definitely sweet bready notes from the malts.

T: Spicy Belgian character here, with the fruity yeast notes mixing with cinnamon and pepper notes...the peppers coat your lips and stick there for awhile, but its not an overwhelming spiciness at all.

MF: Prickly mouthfeel but soft and fluffy in a way...moderate medium body.

O: Well crafted take on things, though not my favorite style and not 'helped' much by the addition of peppers/cinnamon. Still, alcohol was undetectable and everything blends really well.

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