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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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Ratings: 1,529 |  Reviews: 483
Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of flagmantho
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: well, I'm not certain I'd call this a "pale" ale. It has a rich, ruddy amber hue, with only the tiniest hint of haze to the body. Cap is a finger of nice ivory foam. Not bad.

Smell: mild aroma which has a lot of yeast character. There's spiciness, breadiness, biscuit and just a hint of band-aids. Not bad, but not really my cup o' tea.

Taste: nice earthy malt flavor provides a base for the chilies. These come through with a fresh peppery flavor right from the beginning. Heat is low, but I can feel it building slowly as I drink. I'm not, personally, sold on chili beers, and while I appreciate what they are trying to do here, I don't love this beer. Competent and well-made, but not really tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a pretty decent carbonation and resulting creaminess. Sokay.

Overall: this beer doesn't really appeal to me, but if you like chili beers then it is definitely worth your time.

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Photo of IpeeA
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, first review in quite a while. No better time to dip my reviewing toes back into the water.

A: Bit darker than I was expecting for a Belgian Strong Pale but it is beautiful nonetheless. A kind of mahogany/cherry brown topped with two-fingers worth of latte-foam head, that fades only slightly in density from the initial pour.

S: A bit boozy, very sweet and fruity, and very complex (maybe I'm saying that because I've been subsisting on Schlitz these past couple months) with notes of pineapple, mango, but also coupled with spicier notes of clove, ginger or nutmeg (you decide) which is all tied together in that traditional Belgian sugary yeastiness that is impossible for me to describe with any clarity. In short. Wonderful.

T/MF: Quite spicy and surprisingly bitter with a noticeable alcoholic heat, which is nice, but drowns out some of those fruit flavors in the aroma that I want to get at. Finish is quite bitter and creates quite an overall "picture" of the beer (ie. sweet upfront, developing boozines in the middle, long and lasting astringency in the finish).

D: I am impressed by this beer. You can tell that it truly was a labor of love getting this beer to where it is now. Certainly worth seeking out.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip.
9.4% ABV, Limited Release, Age at cellar temp 55°F or below.

Thanks to Sweemzander for bringing two of these bottles up from the flatlands for me!

A - 11.11.11 pours a gorgeous rusty brown in color with stunning clarity and a bold, tall off-white head. Thick wispy lace remains caked to the glass in the pile's wake.

S - Cinnamon overtones pop out immediately and are followed by a pinch of the chili addition in the background. Spice notes aplenty, 11.11.11 has strong Belgian yeast characteristics coming through with a bit of grainy pale malt.

T - Strong cinnamon is in the foreground again, now followed by pale and amber malt, toasted biscuit, and a Belgian yeast finish full of robust spice esters. I find the chilies add little flavor but rather a nice, mellow heat to the finish.

M - Fully carbonated and medium-light in body, 11.11.11 is spicy from all angles here; cinnamon additions, Belgian yeast esters, and heat from the chilies. Not hot though, this one finishes just right.

O - A near perfect pairing with some day-old spicy chili, the two biggy-back off each other in a strangely complimentary way. One helluva unique brew, Stone's 11.11.11 Vertical Epic is different but not just different to be so. It works!

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear very dark reddish amber in color. It poured with a thin off white head that eventually completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of pickled peppers in the nose.
T: The taste is very complex and has notes of spicy peppers along with hints of bananas, cloves and dark fruits as well as a light amount of bitterness. No flavors of cinnamon are detectable. The peppery flavors particularly stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very interesting, particularly if you like lots of spicy flavors.

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Photo of Lantern
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of DeezGunz14
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Oboogie
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ALLISON01
5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of andrewbarkhorn
5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of GallowsThief
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The House of Brews in Jensen Beach.

A – Poured a hazy tannish red with nice light tan head.

S – Cinnamon, dark fruit and spice. Alcohol booziness.

T - Initially it gives off a bit of a spicy pepper flavor. Not overpowering but gives it a twinge. Brown sugar lends a bit of sweetness along with caramel. Bit of the Belgian yeast. Nutmeg and cinnamon. Warming at the end.

M – Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Fairly creamy.

O – Not a huge fan of Stone in general but I liked this one. Easy drinker and very tasty. Well done.

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Photo of bluesplit63
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of justintcoons
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours ruby red with a little over 1 finger of head that dissipates slowly. Good clarity and moderate carbonation.

N: I get a whole lot of cinnamon. Notes of banana, caramel and yeast appear also.

T: Again there's a lot of cinnamon spice, Belgian yeast, banana, pear, caramel, some bready grains and peppercorn (most likely from the chiles.)

M: Medium bodied, crisp, dry and spicy.

O: This goes down pretty easy for 9.4%. A solid Belgian Strong Pale Ale underneath yet the addition of cinnamon sticks and chile peppers do not really help the beer. Interesting? yes. But just too much damn cinnamon for me. The chiles don't make that much of an appearance in the flavor but they do add a hint of heat and really dry this beer out which is sort of nice.

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4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice.

A: Dark, slightly hazy amber. Tan head started at two fingers, but quickly dissipated and left islands of head throughout the surface of the beer.

S: Smells quite Belgian. Strong yeast and dark fruit. Maybe a touch of cinnamon?

T: That...is quite interesting. Starts off with a touch of Belgian yeast, then a kiss of the chile. It's not spicy or hot at all, it's just the pepper taste. The chile quickly gives way to banana and clove, which finishes it off. There is a bit of a bitter, peppery aftertaste. I didn't detect any cinnamon, but it could've been melded with the chile.

M: Mouthfeel isn't anything too substantial. Still trying to analyze that crazy taste.

O: Putting chiles and cinnamon in a BSPA was a very interesting move, in my opinion. I haven't really had anything like this before. The chile seems to clash maybe a little bit with the other flavors, but it was strangely addicting.

Want to see what happens when it's aged for a year. Whee...excited!

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Photo of Krakistophales
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours really dark brown with minimal head.

S: Cinnamon, banana, clove, and hints of miscellaneous spice. Kinda sweet smelling as well.

T: At first, a bittersweet hop bite that mixes with the banana flavors, then it moves into a spicy cinnamon sweetness, and finishes with a really bitter, hot sort of chili finish. Interesting.

O: This one is pretty damn good. I think I enjoyed 10/10/10 much better, but I can't complain about this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of OStrungT
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light borwn colow with a thin tan head. The head fades slowly, leaving a decent ammount of lace.

This beer has mild cinnimon aroma, with a slight chile aroms as well. I can detect some spice. Coriander, and allspice. It has an earthy yeast aroma as well.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Some cinnimon and chile. Also some spices. It is all rather mild.

This beer is crisp and well carbonated. It leaves a cinnimon like aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden in both the aroma and the flavor of this beer.

The beer might not make a decent session beer. It is too high in alcohol. The flavor is good though.

Overall: This beer is pretty good. I like that there have been more chile beers that taste good.

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of olfolxholme
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Mill Valley Beerworks. Served in a unibroue hurricane glass

A - poured with a nice light tan head, about 2 fingers. Crazy good lacing. Beer is a pleasant dark red amber with some haze. Nice looking. Head retention is ok.

S - some dark malt, hint of chiles, not much cinnamon.

T - taste is like a nice dubbel up front, with chiles lingering in the aftertaste. Not overpowering though... And the cinnamon is even further behind. I could imagine a better flavor profile but it's definitely not bad.

M - smooth and creamy. Nice.

O - definitely not a pale... But I get the "Belgian strong" part... I'm happy that this isn't overpowering. Worth trying. Not a must have, but not bad at all.

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Photo of drewone
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of jackrodgers77
5/5  rDev +33%

Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 1,529 ratings
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