Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
84
good
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 spitInTheOcean
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber color. slight haze. tan/golden head. good retention. good lacing.

slightly peppery aroma. ok label reveals the presence of chilies and cinnamon. both can be detected in the aroma though the cinnamon is subtle. malty caramel aroma. no hops.

that is quite a funky flavor. malt flavor upfront. then spicy chili blended with cinnamon and it finishes with a subtle hop flavor and crisp hop bitterness.

medium body. i would guess they used adjuncts to get a beer of this abv with such a light body. it works very well. nice balance. very drinkable. smooth but a crisp refreshing finish.

the reason i dont give the taste a higher score is that it is too strange. not that i cant handle a 'strange brew,' but the cinnamon AND chillies is a bit too much for my taste. also the label says this beer is meant to be aged till after 12.12.12. personally i cant see the flavor of this beer developing much in that time. although on second thought the flavor of the chillies might mellow and sweeten in that time so maybe ill give it a try.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a clear crimson color with very little retention or lace on the tan foam.

Nose is both chipotle and green chile with a dose of caramel and green apples. Muy interesante...

Taste throws enough chiles out there to make it a definite chile beer but does not really have any heat to it. Tastes like a souped up amber with some various chili additions. ABV might be a bit higher necessary, but overall this was pretty tasty. Half a bomber was just about the right amount for me. Would not buy again, but was certainly worth a go. I dont think this will age well, however, for those who are saving the various vertical epics.

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Photo of prototypic
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vertical 11.11.11 pours a darker copper color. It’s mostly clear, but has a really nice crimson tint when held to light. An off-white head covers the top. It rises to about a finger in height before falling to a surface covering. It holds there for quite a while. A nice, sticky web of lace trails behind.

The nose is good. It’s a nice, strong spicy scent up front. Smells like it’s a product of Belgian yeast. Clove and pepper are easily noted. There’s a hint of banana in the mix. It complements the spicy notes well. Cinnamon is definitely in the mix. It smells alright. I can’t say it adds a great deal, but it’s not bad either. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but isn’t overbearing. Smells pretty good.

The flavor is alright. Belgian yeast comes through loud and clear initially. It definitely adds a spicy jolt to the flavor. Clove and pepper are the strongest flavors. Banana is noted, but is somewhat subtle and light. It’s a nice touch nonetheless. Works well with the yeast. Cinnamon is definitely noted. It’s alright, but seems to conflict just a little with the other spicy flavors. Perhaps it’s just a little too strong. Alcohol is noticeable, but isn’t warm or hot. Finishes spicy and cinnamon-y.

The body is light-medium. Carbonation is somewhat active, but the bubbles feel light. It goes down somewhat easy, but could use a little more body. It won’t be confused with an authentic Belgian. For what it’s worth, the flavor grows a tad tiresome and slows things down a little about halfway through the bottle.

Vertical 11.11.11 is an interesting addition to the Vertical Epic series. The results are pretty good, but could’ve been better. Its biggest problem is that it’s just too spicy. The strong cinnamon flavor conflicts a little too much with the other spices. It’s really not bad at all though. I do admire the ambition and creativity. It’s definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of smcolw
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Full off white head. This settles to single layer but it leaves some streaky lace. The color is deep, dark amber.

Rich caramel aroma with some cinnamon, all spice and cardamom. Belgian yeast Plenty of warming alcohol as well.

Spicy, almost peppery, with a strong kick of alcohol in the swallow. The body is on the thin side. The carbonation is also a little low. The flavor is of dark malts and orange zest. Good hop presence in the aftertaste.

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Photo of soju6
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Exit 6 in Cottleville, MO

A: Served a clear mahogany color with a small head with some lacing.

S: Aroma of cinnamon and spice with a trace of sweetness. Very enticing aroma.

T: Nice flavor of cinnamon, bit of spice and trace of fruity sweetness. Very subtle bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, very smooth and clean. There is no hint of the alcohol, just a pleasant warming feeling. Excellent balance.

O: One of the best beers I have had this year. Can't beat fresh on tap.

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Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of meich75
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of awdturboiv
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of CoolGuy42
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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 TasteTester
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.56/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle picked up from Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a Stone Vertical Epic glass that can be described as stemless martini-like.

Pours a dark golden-copper color with a good white head and some lacing. The nose brings forward plenty of chilis plus a moderate amount of cinnamon and light malt. Taste is a bit odd at first, getting worse as it warms. As expected, the flavors don't come together at all. Terrible idea; bad execution. Not really looking forward to this again in 2012, but I suppose I must. Finish was grossly dry. Bad.

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Photo of dougrb75
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of darkmoon66
1.5/5  rDev -59.9%

Photo of Centennial
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of unclejazz
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a quart growler of this and shared it over a dinner of bbq chicken salad w/ cauliflower. I thought the bbq would go well with the chiles and cinnamon.

A-a nice dark amber color with a thick 2 finger head.

S-heavy odor or roasted malt, I cane barely make out the chilis. There are some undertones of cinnamon and nutmeg

T-so the chili finally decides to show up and along with clear malty notes and spices with some honey too. Pretty tasty stuff.

M-right on here, rich to a point, crisp when it needs to be and a clean finish that was not to hoppy. Solid carbonation after sitting in the growler for 3 days.

O-another good beer from Stone. These guy care about the beer they make and it comes through in the flavors they whip up.

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Photo of peter53
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of dasmusik
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of riored4v
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. 1 finger, rocky white head. Semi-hazy, mahogony colored body. Good lacing.

Aroma is very unique. Very sweet up front that turns to a spicey chile aroma. Some earthiness with notes of raisin.

Taste was extremely unique as well. Some caramely notes up front that quickly turn to a anaheim chile flavor. No real signs of heat. Mild bitter finish that seems a bit citrusy. Mellow sweetness. Some subtle cinnamon flavor with an estery, clove background. No signs of ABV.

For nearly 9.5%, the mouthfeel is a nice medium/light body with medium/high carb. Crisp finish.

Overall its a very different beer. Tasty in its own way. Peppers add a new dimension to the beer. Will be really interesting to see how this tastes after some age.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty basic coppery color. Nice foamy white head. Moderately spiced aroma-chile peppers and cinnamon dominate. Malty flavor with an even handed dose of chiles going on. The cinnamon is more in the backround flavor wise. Pleasant overall spice flavors. Has a nice malty backbone that really keeps it from being overspiced like many other beers. Good mouthfeel, nice creaminess. Really enjoyable and quite drinkable. I only bought 2 bottles of this but see getting more.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark cinnamon brown with a muted glow capped smallishly to about a finger height with a bone white firm foam that slips off slowly leaving large trace amounts of patchy thin sheeting lace across the goblet.

Soft aroma of malty sweetness thats a bit of bright raisin and date, but dullly set, mixing with some duller bread notes. Lots of bell pepper spice shines through as it warms and brings in a bit of layering to its otherwise plainish malty fruity nose.

Taste brings in much more complexity then what the aroma tends to lead on with, as a much more, well defined peppery chili pepper and bell pepper sweet spicyness percolates the front end and slips off into a tender Belgain fruity breadyness of malty soothingness. Cookie spices of vanilla, molasses, cinnamon, and ginger all brim about the edge of some eager fruit bread laced with raisin, starfruit, apricot, and date. What I like most is how it all fits amoungst a firm yet dulled yeastyness that's both earthy dry yet sweetish. Quite a nice taster.

Bold medium body with a wholesome malt backbone promised by earthy dry yeastyness and lots of fun spices mixing about in its malty sweetness.

A wonderful treat of an Ale! Lots of potential for aging with its beefy 9+%. Will be interesting to see what developes as it sits even longer.

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Photo of thomasjnyc
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of harperman69
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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