Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic AleStone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale
1,529 Ratings
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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Photo of ShanePB
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle finally made its way to my area. Grabbed one to review fresh and one for the cellar. Poured into multiple tulip glasses.

A: Brownish-red colored body with an initially nice off-white head, but it dissipated rapidly. A thin retention ring and barely any lace on the glass. The bubbles are tiny and tight, not thick or creamy.

S: Lots of banana and yeast notes up front. The cinnamon definitely comes in with subsequent sniffs, as well as some actual pepper flesh nothing spicy or stinging. Clove, pale and caramel malts with a small dash of bitter hops towards the end. Not overly aromatic to say the least, sort of boring. You definitely get a Belgian spin.

T: First sip brings the Belgian-centric nature of this beer, lots of clove, banana and spicy yeast notes. The cinnamon barely shows up in the taste save for a certain dry grittiness I'm trying to attribute to it. Chiles/peppers? Maybe, but it's that raw, sliced flesh. There's no heat or spiciness from them. Malty in the backbone and into the finish. I don't know, this isn't terrible but it's not delicious.

M: Highly active carbonation, very bubbly and fizzy on the palate. It's cleansing but doesn't help give this beer any body. I'm pretty indifferent here.

Well, this isn't mind-blowing nor anything I'd consider a great beer. It has a lot of interesting elements to it, but I feel the flavors labeled that I would think would give it a different flavor profile failed to show up in the taste. OK, but I don't need this one again.

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Photo of lainiwakura
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ales4baldo
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation-Bottle makes this beer look like its brewed only once thats for sure. Show plenty of the date. Has a cool little story in the back. Verticle Epic 11/11/11

Appearence-Didnt get much head on this one. Poured like a thick liquore. Has a nice mohogany dark brown with red mix.

Smell-This beer smells like something is baking in the oven. Definitely smell chilies in this bad boy. This smells almost like a freaken hot sauce. Small amounts of cinnamon. Belgian malts and maybe a little candy.

Taste-Does taste like a pale ale for sure. First sip has a strong chilly palate. Feels like i bit into a chilly. I get strong robust flavors of belgian candy. Cinnamon lingers in there but really doesnt settle anywhere in my mouth.

Mouthfeel-Some what of a thick beer. Definitely a mouthfull with all the chilly this beer has. A bit flat but does carry a little carbonation. Seems to have a bitter end while you finish.

Overall-Not something i would say is outstanding or amamzing. Different from what i usually drink. Maybe this beer will be better when it ages and opened after its recommendation date.

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Photo of drew74
5/5  rDev +33%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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

I know i missed 11/11/11, but its worth a shot for only $7!

Pours reddish, orangish, brownish color. Not pale at all. not even close. I mean paler than a porter or stout. I would say Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but o well. decent off-white head. about an inch thick that reduces to a quarter inch.

Belgian yeast is everywhere, spicy clove and hints of coriander. Wisps of cinnamon and chilis. Very complex and smells smooth.

Hello chili peppers! Upfront chili peppers, but no heat whatsoever. Cinnamon comes next in the plethora of flavors. Those nice yeasty Belgian esters are there, but are overpowered by the chilis. Medium body, and the absence of chewy yeast is different than usual. The addition of chilis and cinnamon took that over.

Hm, I guess Stone has made mole (the mexican sauce).

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Photo of MarcatGSB
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from White's Party store in Marquette, MI for $8.99 a bomber. Poured from bottle into DFH Signature Glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper color with some hints of darker brown around edges. Thin, white head builds quickly with aggressive pour, only to dissipate even quicker, leaving a good amount of nice looking lacing, and bubbles around edge of glass.

Smell: Sweet candy, nice banana notes, some spicy clove. After it warms a bit, the chilis start to come out, but nothing that really stands out. I like the play of sweet Belgian yeast and spicy.

Taste: Once again, big hit of banana and clove followed by some sweetness, and a bit of fresh fruit. It's got some nice cinnamon coming through, but I'm not getting a whole lot of other spice honestly. Light caramel, and some yeasty bread notes come through. The Belgian yeast really shines, gives it some good sweet body. After this beer sits on my palate for a while, the heat comes through (although very mild) and I can feel the pepper enough.

Mouth: It's got a bright, prickly mouthfeel, with lots of carbonation. Kind of thin bodied, but easy drinking.

Drink and overall: Kind of an interesting beer. It's easy drinking enough. Is it fantastic? I'd so no, but it's definitely something different. I'm interested to see how this would be with a year on much does that heat subside, and what starts to come through. I like it the way it is, none the less.

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Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Auracom
2.61/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Poor Phil's on November 22nd, 2011, served in a tulip.

A - Deep dark red coloring with brown tones around the edges of the glass. Poor retention and lacing of an offwhite head.

S - It's muted, but light cherry, strawberry, banana, clove, and some other spices. Really don't detect much chili here.

T - Initial light sugar and vanilla-like sweetness recedes into a ton (and I mean a ton) of spices/cinnamon. Backend is astringent cherry and light fruits with contrasting dark fruit sweetness and chili characters.

M - Huge carbonation at the front of the drink. Medium body.

D - A bit weird and underdeveloped. Chilis could have been integrated much better. Probably won't revisit this one... just can't imagine it improving with age.

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Photo of dlello2
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark dark cherry/chestnut color. Good milky head and carbonation.

S - Subtle spiciness. Alcohol, chili, hops hit next. Good smell, relatively fresh!

T - Hmmm. Mouthfeel is biting! Getting maltiness/thickness/spice (pepper?) at the beginning. Alcohol in the middle. Chili and bitter hops to finish. Not unpleasant, not perfect. Cinnamon/bitterness stick around for a while.

O - Thanks to SmallBar for pouring too many glasses and giving us one to try! A decent brew. Wouldn't try to get it in a bottle as balance is unimpressive and it doesn't come together all that well. Wish it had identified itself more, but I guess that's the point with the vertical epic series!

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Photo of Tucquan
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-11-25 in Pittsburgh, PA at Smokin' Joes

A - Fairly clear mahogany with a short head and light lacing.

S - Fruity/Belgian yeast, green chilies, rasin and cinnamon.

T - Similar to the smell with green chilies, sour cherry, banana, earthy cinnamon, roasted grain. There's just a touch of residual heat from alcohol and the chilies and a dollop of moderate bitterness. Quite a complex smorgasboard of tastes

M - Medium body and carbonation. Surprisingly smooth yet crisp.

O - Never had anything like this beer. I'm glad to have tried it but wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of obywan59
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Crystal clear (you can read through it) deep amber with a 3 1/2 finger tan head. It looks pretty awesome in my Duvel tulip.

Unmistakable chili pepper backed up by the cinnamon and Belgian yeast. Sometimes almost a smokey aroma, and coffee. The chili is potent enough to give the nose a light tickle.

Sweet malts and tart hops upfront, but the chili peppers soon take over. Strong bitternes: a combination of the hops and the pepper. It finishes on the dry/tart side.

Medium-bodied. Some light peppery heat in the mouth and more heat/heartburn in the throat, from both the pepper and the alcohol. Slightly drying on the tongue.

A great change of pace. I especially enjoyed the contrast with the 2 sqaures of the Lindt Intense Orange chocolate bar that I sampled.


This time a very hard pour yielded a 5 finger head that receded fairly quickly leaving some moderate lacing. I'm calling it deep amber to ruby now.

The aroma is pretty consistent with my previous review except I don't really get any coffee.

Again, the taste is like before, but this time, the bitterness seems to be all pepper.

Ditto on the mouthfeel.

Overall, this is pretty much the same as I remember it. Though the pepper is dominate, it meshes well with the other flavors. Well-rounded. I'm letting my precious rating stand.

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Photo of GeoBrewer71
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 Ehrnstrom
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: coppery red, with a moderate amount of light-tan colored head and lacing.

smell: spicy notes throughout, clean and forceful. modest alcohol scent.

taste: literally spicy, after drinking half of it at least. full on ginger and cinnamon flavor. honestly, this beer is a grower, but it is a force for the taste buds.

mouthfeel: this beer is good, but I can see why it might not have universal appear. It is quite aggressive and the finish is strong. the flavors could be a bit more balanced.

overall: good, not great. worth trying because of the unique factor. has an almost whiskey like aspect to it at times because of the heat and higher alcohol (9.6%?).

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Photo of AutumnBeerLove
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mellowmark
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of xnicknj
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a fairly clear amber color with some reddish hues. Thinner beige head fades out leaving a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Some spicy notes in the nose with a light caramel sweetness. The chilies and cinnamon pretty much dominate here.

Somewhat sweet and spicy up front with a kick from the cinnamon. Light caramel and bready notes towards the middle with some yeasty funk. Finishes with some residual heat from the chilies.

Medium body, decent carbonation, warm on the tongue and throat from the chilies. This felt pretty one note to me. Yeah, I got the cinnamon and chilies, which was kind of cool, but not a whole lot else.

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Photo of Kopfschuss
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Chico1985
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Always stoked for a new Vertical many others, I was skeptical but intrigued about this one.

Pours into my Portsmouth tulip a very dark amber, beige head starts at about a finger eventually turning to a ring and slight cap. A bit of lace left.

Nose is interesting, certainly big Belgian yeast, clove and banana, but peppers and some smoke are there and well-blended. Reminds me a bit of chili powder.

Taste is similar, delivers what the nose promises and more. Big Belgian yeast, candi sugar, banana and clove with a nice earthy pepper feel. Maybe a tiny bit spicy but it showcases the actual flavor of the peppers much more than the heat. Some dark fruit and caramel. Slightly medicinal. Cinnamon, maybe?, it doesn't stick out like the peppers.

Usual spot-on Stone mouthfeel, carbonation is medium-low, drinks smooth, booze is pretty well hidden. Like noted before it is a bit medicinal but it's not really a bother for me here.

Better than I expected, I can see why others may hate but I thought this was quite good, the peppers are integrated nicely without being over the top. A bomber solo is a bit of a haul, but it's quite drinkable considering.

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