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

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

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.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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2.84/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance - pours a fairly clear orange/amber. Some light mocha coverage takes a while to fall back, leaving some nice lacy waves behind.

Aroma - not much going on at first. Slowly, some doughy, Belgian/Flanders yeast elements appear along with a note of anise and/or cola. Levels remain delicate and understated.

Taste - lightly sweet grain to start. Modest input of clove and just a hint of the Anaheim chili at mid-palate. The Flanders yeast chimes in and takes this beer into Funksville. The chilis mnake another appearance on the swallow, imparting a slow burn on the back of the throat, but the yeast dominates from here on out. Really nice level on those chilies though. Notes of licorice and cola-like flavor. Little if any hint of the 9.4%. Reasonably well done for a style I tend to avoid (Flanders), but tonight will be more about exposing the palate than just enjoying a beer. So be it.

Mouthfeel - some decent weight to the body, masks the carbonation a bit until a few good belches rip. I like the smoothness, a proper fit for a beer this size.

Drinkability - probably a cool twist on the style for lovers of the Flanders style. I may let my other bottle rest until 2013 or 2014 before I get the pluck to open it.

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3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Seven Saints in downtown Champaign.

One thin finger of tan froth tops a mostly clear mahogany body with clear ruby trim. Nice lacing and duration for an overall fine-looking beer. The aromas are hard to detect, but I primarily detect dried fruit such as raisin and fig, and caramel malt.

The taste reveals an active yeast that provides considerable heat, combined with a flavor of ample spices such as cinnamon and anise, caramel malt, apple, plum, and raisin. The heat is rather noticeable in the finish. Smooth mouthfeel, but the texture is a bit thin, lacking a heartier malt backbone.

Stone has made a nice but not very complex or compelling BSPA. It could use a larger dose of spice and malt, for both the smell and especially the flavor. Nice offering, if rather understated, from Stone.

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4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This exquisite and limited ale poured a deep amber, with a nice head of tan bubbles. Couldn't detect lace as I had to drink this out of a shady plastic cup.

Anyway, I got some spice on the nose, but more of the chilies rather than the cinnamon. Nice.

Flavor is strong and heavy, with hints of the chilies (but not spicy as in heat) swirled up with some bittersweet cocoa vibes. What an interesting collision of flavors here. Quite unusual and very impressive. Really enjoyed this one.

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

On tap at Whole Foods.

Copper body with some darker edges. A tan head sits on top and settles out to a thin cover. Leaves some nice lacing.

Strong, pepperchini aromas, slightly briny. Some cinnamon spice and a little chocolate. Earthy Belgian yeast.

Lots of sweet chili, with some lemon tones. More salty, briny flavors. Light spicing. Earthy and sweet with some Belgian candi.

Very interesting, and not as vile as it sounds. A unique beer, and enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a handsome amber hue. Slight reddish tint. Almost brilliant clarity makes this a great looking beer. Light meringue head recedes to a ring but steadfastly remains down the glass.

The smell has a big Belgian toffee base coupled with banana and clove phenolics from the yeast. A slight grassy note from the pepper lingers in the background. I do detect a slight cocoa note as the beer warms in addition to some grape and fruit qualities.

The taste is very interesting and complex with a big clean toffee flavor up front which morphs into a grassy, pepper flavor, and finally receding to a pleasantly dry finish with a slightly spicy bitterness that masks the alcohol very well.

The mouthfeel works great for the beer with a medium-low carbonation. The body is full yet somewhat cloying for a second but the bitterness and spiciness of the peppers dries out and cleans up the palette nicely.

Overall this is a very interesting beer with a great balance of adjuncts. All of them shine through nicely without one being overbearing.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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1.5/5  rDev -59.9%

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

Nice offering in the epic series with a nicely spiced Belgian ale shining with chilies, more aromatic and flavorful than hot.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Vertical label design and narrative highlighting the year batch of the brew 2011 and as in these series reminds that each bottle is released one year, one moth, and one day from the preceding edition so officially 11.11.11. Narrative on the side, noting intent, main ingredients, and style. Shows 9.4 %Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep amber/crimson pour with a nice frothy head, medium retention and surface memory, alongside good touches of lacing.

S - Spicy nose, chilies, dash of cinnamon…

T - Yeasty touches with a sweetness coated in the chilies… very prominent but as promised more flavor than heat, nice sense of it… cinnamon flows more so in the finish with the spicy yeast and its estery and spicy fruitiness.

M - Medium body, with medium/low carbonation and a smooth sense with a nice lingering finish.

O - Nice flow, distinct chilie emerges over the spiced Belgian sense but adding range and not hotness per se.

Notes: Reminds me quite a bit of…. Mad Elf with chilies? A not too dissimilar range with the extra edge of the hot peppers… I wonder if this touches will fade over time or if actually this really has potential for aging. Worth the try right now in any case.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know you're supposed to drink this one after 12/20012, but I have a second bottle I'm aging until then and wanted to try it fresh.

A: Dard amber in color, light brow head with excellent retention.

S: Very complex, certainly lots of chiles--and not just cholos but like chili oil. Some lemony zest. Pretty earthy and sweet and the end of the smell.

T: Definite peppers. I don't get the cinnamon very much but maybe it's represented in the sweet hard candy-like taste at the end. Finishes with minimal bitterness, mostly a sweet-spicy aftertaste.

M: Modium bodied, not boozy at all. Good amount of carbonation.

O: Very interesting beer. I don't think I could drink a lot of it but I'm certainly glad I have it. Should be a pleasure in a year or two. Definitely recommend. Thank you Stone.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle served in a Tank 7 tulip. Pours a dark copper with an off white head. Belgian spice and some green pepper in the aroma. Also a bit of sugar. Pepper flavor come through, but not a lot of heat. Belgian yeast flavor appears in the finish. Medium bodied. Alcohol is not apparent, even at 9.4% abv. This didn't do a whole lot for me. Pepper flavor didn't really work for me. Not really a beer that makes me want more.

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
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