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

I was surprised by the taste in comparison to the description. "Spicy beer?" was my initial thought, but it's more mellow than that. The chili taste is more of an aftertaste or aftersip. Banana and clove are more present than the cinnamon. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of forummember
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of DaveBlack
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I saw this in the store and it was just way too interesting-looking to pass up, anaheim chiles and cinnamon in a Belgian-style ale?

A: Rich, deep reddish brown. Not a whole lot of head, just a thin layer that leaves some light swirls on the surface.

S: Alcoholic and fruity esters, almost reminiscent of concord grapes. A cinnamony earthy smell is there too, giving the sweeter smells a nice balance. A complex smelling beer, and I'm certainly not doing it justice.

T: Every time I sip something new seems to come out. There is a lot of malt at the base, with the typical Belgian style flavors of banana and clove over that. The alcohol is pleasant, and accompanied by the taste of chili and spiciness. Finishes with bitter hops. Almost as interesting tasting as it is smelling, but not as pleasant, it's just too much and it leaves the mouth feeling rather ravished.

M: Medium mouthfeel, and leaves the mouth feeling tingly and slick. Almost seems like the body SHOULD be heavier, just to keep up with the onslaught of flavors.

O: Another show-off beer offering by Stone. It's definitely interesting and gets marks for the way it manages to pack so many flavors in a relatively small feeling beer. I don't know that I would ever seek it out again, and would not drink it regularly, but it's good and a little mind-bending.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass

A: Burgundy with amber edges, some light carb, and a fluffy two-finger head with good retention. Some light sticky lacing.

S: A nice Belgian nose--some candied sugar, dark fruits, and spices (coriander, clove, and a little o' that cinnamon). I also get a nearly indiscernible veggie/hot sauce hint, which must be the chiles--I really like this twist on the typical Belgian nose.

T: The expected, but pleasant, fruity, banana undertones mingled with clove and some alcohol heat. There is really no heat from the chiles, which are much more front and center than I expected, but they are a welcomed twist on this traditional staple. There is a faint cinnamon hint on the backend as well. Well balanced overall and interesting.

M: On the lighter side. Could use a little more ummph, but not bad. Not much carb, and the alcohol hides.

An adventurous and palate-bending offering.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jmarsh123
2.66/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark ruby almost brown color with a tan head, good retention and lacing down the glass.

Smells of candi sugar, cinnamon and booze.

Taste is all over the place. Sweet candi sugar and spicy Belgian yeast are present then the chili and cinnamon kick in along with some spicy hops. It's like flavors are just being randomly thrown at my tongue.

Medium mouthfeel with a slick oily finish. Medium-low carbonation. A bit of a burn from both chiles and alcohol makes this one difficult to drink and I split the bottle. A whole one would be too much.

Maybe I only like the even years of this series. This beer was a huge mess for me. Lots of flavors, but they seemed to clash and be out of whack. This beer seems to have an identity crisis. Maybe the flavors will mellow out in a year and there will be a wonderful cohesion, but right now it's bad.

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Photo of Thedaver4220
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First vertical epic and first beer brewed with chili.

Pours a nice amber redish color with a 3/4 finger head. The smell, to me at least, was a hoppy almost spicy smell with a touch of cinnamon at the end. The taste I think is the highlight of this beer. I think a hoppy, spicy version of big red bubble gum when drinking it. The heat left on the palate was also a highlight. Being a fan of spicy food this was a pleasant way to finish a sip of this beer. Overall a very nice beer. If it's at your local store grab one.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Casey10
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow interesting is all I can say. The bear pours a dark hazy color with a wispy head som lacing on the side.

Definately taste the Belgian influences here (candy sugar) but then this hits you with the heat cinamon and chile definately strong and you taste them (well at least now, not sure what again will do).

Overall not your typical brew, worth trying and hopefully wiil go well with the rest of the vertical epics next year.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Kromes
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy light brown with a thin line of bubbles on top.

S: Belgian yeast,cinammon, and candi sugar, alcohol.

T: Sweet roasted malts are mixed with a cinammon and alcohol flavor. There is a Belgian funk and a grassy hop in the background. The finish is warm with a little spice from the pepper and alcohol.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Spice in the finish.

O: Flavors are a little strong right now. I would like to try this again when it mellows out a bit.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Notes from the Stone event at The Attic last night...

This one's coming off the tap. The color is an amber-red with a tannish-red head that displays good retention trailing some nice lacing well down the glass.
This aroma offfers a bit of heat, some from aldohol and some from something else, with a bit of a (not oddly) vegetal element. There's a sweetness to it with some Belgian character, though it's not terribly obvious or outright. I shared this with someone who doesn't like Belgians and they didn't mind this. The candied sugars and light bubble gum are vaguely present but, again, not obvious. I had the smoked chipotle porter after I had this, but I swear there was a little bit of wood/smoke to it. Also, I know they're different styles, but my wife and I were sharing this one and a Double Bastard together and this beer, with a few distinctions, is almost DB Jr. They share characteristics (and, as I said, a few distinctions), but it's almost like Double Bastard is a more aromatic and flavorful version of this beer (which itself is very good).
Very similar can be said of the flavor, with a malts backbone supporting a light Belgian character and sweetness along with a bit of heat, some wood/smoke, and, of course, a healthy dose of hops that offer a gentle bitterness that balances well.
The body is medium with a moderate carbonation offering both a light crispness and a creamy smooth feel.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JackieTH
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Rob for saving me two bottles.

Pours dark crimson with a finger of khaki foam that recedes slowly coating the sides of the glass with copious lace. Smell is cinnamon, cloves, candied pears, and faint chilies. Taste has cloves and bananas mated perfectly to cinnamon and a hint of chili spice that's melded with the mild bite of Stone's hops. Excellent. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium-full. Finish is delicious. Thankfully I have another bottle, the 11.11.11 disappeared off the shelves quickly here in Minneapolis.

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3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark ruby red into my snifter with almost two fingers of off white head, moderate retention and lacing.

S - Caramel, hops, raisins, cinnamon, faint chili, candied sugar, yeast and a little bubblegum.

T - Sweet caramel, candied sugar, clove and cinnamon, hops stand out with a unique bitterness that really lingers along with faint spicy notes, yeasty and peppery.

M - Medium body and carbonation, nice balance, creamy yet lively on the palate.

O - Good beer and glad I tried it, I just want more of what's advertised on the label, more cinnamon and definitely more chili.

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Photo of champ103
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark ruby brown color. A two finger beige head forms with very good retention. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: At first, kind of a slick and soapy hops aroma. That quickly fades to caramel, raisins, and peppery heat. Not bad, it just does not mesh well with me.
T: A large sweetness. Burnt caramel, plenty of raisins, and heat. Both from the peppers and alcohol. Hum...interesting to say the least. Just off and odd.
M/D: A medium to full body. Slick and oily. Fairly smooth as well. The heat and odd mesh of flavors makes this a little harder to drink than I would like. I probably will not finish the bottle.

Interesting, but I really don't care to drink very much of this. I would of much rather had about a 4-5 oz taste. A full bomber is just to much to enjoy.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical Stone Epic bomber.

Pours medium murky auburn, under a dense darker tan head, that stays a while, before going to a film, collar and low lying sheeting and fine lace.

Cinnamon bounces out of the glass and upon the nostrils, with a hint of mild chili also making itself heard.

Bold and over the top flavorful and complex brew, more cinnamon, Belgian yeasty phenols glaring, chili present but remaining on the calm side. The expected Stone hop load unmistakable in the finish. Smooth on the tongue and coating the entire mouth. I enjoyed every sip especially as it warmed.

Definitely will be picking up more bottles, it will be interesting to see what some time in the bottle adds to the mix.

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

A - Dark amber color, half finger of head that settles to a nice frothy layer. Great bubbly action.

S - Chili pepers and brown sugar with a hint of cinnamon.

T - Almost a spicy sour taste. Start with some nice sweet notes with some cinnamon spice which leads nice into the chilis. and it finished with a with a boozy spice.

M - Smooth but spicy bite. Good carbonation.

D - Truely a unique beer. I really enjoyed this because it was so unique, it is hard to think of what to expect with the spice but I think they did a good job of mixing it in. Might be a bit boozy right now but any beer with 9.4% will be. I would love to try it again, hope there is still a bottle left.

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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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