Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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3.76/5
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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
483
Ratings:
1,529
pDev:
16.49%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
437
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,529 |  Reviews: 483
Photo of rajendra82
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The auburn colored body looked quite different than most BSPA's. The head that formed in the tulip glass was three finger thick, and beige. The smell was more similar to the darker Belgian beers as well, with lavender, juniper, white pepper, orange peel, and coriander being evident. The taste was very herbal, with a strong, almost overwhelming cinnamon and mint presence. I could detect the smokiness of the Anaheim chiles after the initial flavors calmed down. The mouthfeel was actually pretty good, with a oily, coating action. The aftertaste was a lingering herbal note. I think this would be better after mellowing some more, as the flavors tend to clash a bit right now.

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Photo of CoolEthan
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of JoelClark
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of SHODriver
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a reddish brown with an ample off whit head with decent retention
S: Smells sweet, fruity and phenolic with a bit of spices and some pepper
T: It starts off with some caramel sweetness, some pepper, a bit of spice and fruityness. Very smooth flavors but none of them are very pronounced. Pepper and spicy yeast character on the swallow. The pepper provides flavor and not heat which is nice.
M: smooth and creamy with slightly prickly carbonation
O: not a bad beer and fairly tasty. I think it smelled better than it tasted but still a solid beer.

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Photo of draheim
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip w/ some trepidation; my first chile beer. (EDIT: just noticed this was re-categorized as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale since I posted my review - that's probably a more appropriate style.)

Pours a clear mahogany color w/ a 2-finger khaki head, sticky lacing.

Aroma is really hard to pin down. Cinnamon is evident, some soapy bubblegum too. Slight banana.

Taste roughly follows nose. Strong dark malt w/ some sugary sweetness and a slight earthy kick from the chiles, particularly on the finish. There's a soapy quality too, not sure where it's coming from. Bubblegum/banana also prevalent.

Overall this is not a beer I'd likely drink again. I might pick up another and stick it in the cellar, just to see what happens.

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Photo of cadaugherty
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of WesM63
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BUNZILLA
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ocelot2500
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a maple syrup color with a tight, off-white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of roasted chiles, banana, and yeast spice.

Tastes of Belgian fruit notes and spice with the chiles running throughout. Banana with some sweetness comes through first along with a bit of apple. Chiles come in next and add a bit of meatiness and nice roasted notes. Spice comes on the end with clove and cinnamon notes combining with a small amount of heat from the chiles. As it warms, a bit of a phenolic character comes through.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I really like this beer, and feel that the base beer would most likely be good on its own, but the chiles make it even better. However, I should qualify this with the fact that I like to add roasted green chiles to almost everything I cook, so it may only appeal to those like me.

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Photo of ksimons
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-a clear ruby chestnut color with two fingers worth of light tan head that sticks to the glass

S-rich malt, spicy chillies, fruity sweetness, and a bit of alcohol.

T-the taste has a bigger spice kick to it than the smell suggested. Here the cinnamon and chillies really come to play with the bready malts and sweet fruit. Things then finish with light bitter hops. Booze is there but not too overpowering. An odd combination that seems to work.

M-medium body, medium carbonation, slight dry finish

Overall this is definitely a different beer that probably isn't for everyone. I enjoyed the different flavor combination and thought it was pretty drinkable.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tulip glass. This beer pours a hazy, cloudy, deep amber mahogany brownish red color with a nice fluffy slightly tan colored head about an inch thick when poured. Settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass and pretty good lacing. Aromas of spices such as cinnamon, grains of paradise and clove among others, dark fruits such as apple, a hint of plum, grape, banana, and a bit of hops. Interesting and complex, flavor, especially as the beer warms. It starts out with a slightly sweet and slightly roasted caramel malt flavor that immediately gives way to the aforementioned fruits and spices, that is rounded out with a touch of citrus hop bitterness. There is also a slight hint of salt and vinegar. This beer certainly does, in at least some degree, have a nice Merlot red wine like quality to it too. A very unique beer indeed. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied, dry mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. A slow sipper to be sure. To quote my friend Erich Lasher, who is one of the owners and bartenders at a favorite local bar of mine called La Cave Du Vin, "This beer...its weird!" Yes it is Erich, yes it is! In a good way too. I am quite curious to see what some agine does to the bottle I have in by cellar.

Eric

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Photo of FUwolfpacker
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of colts9016
2.36/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well my first chili beer, Aged 5 years. Poured a dark copper color with mahogany hues. a one finger light tan head that has good retention. the clarity of the beer is fairly clear with some carbonation bubble visible.

A sweet malty aroma with caramel, bread, and toast. A light earth and some floral, I cannot detect any pepper scent.

The beer is a sweet malty with heavy bread, and biscuit notes, caramel, and toast. There is some earth floral, and in the background some chile flavor.

The mouth feel is carbonated and coating.

Overall this beer is not for me. It is heavy malty bomb with subtle chile flavor. I really did not care for it.

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Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ms11781
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of bonkers
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, deep cooper pour, good white head, light lacing. The aroma is heavy on cloves and bannanas. The cloves domoinate the flavors, light cinamon, I could not taste the chillies. The body is medium, good carbonation, no discernable booze. Not my kind of beer, too much clove.

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Photo of captainbearcat
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of GTB
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of smi69
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of craftaholic
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RickS95
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks epic. Pours a mahogany brown. Very rich looking, an almost thick pour. The head is the opposite, a bright white. Little retention, but leaves a nice ring of white around the glass.

It smells amazing. Just the right amount of cinnamon...just the right amount of Belgian yeast...just the right amount of malt to tie everything together. Oh yeah, and just a hint of chili.

The cinnamon spice and candied sugar work well together. There's the slightest bit of yeast that shines. However, I could do without the chilis. They don't provide much to the beer, other than a small distraction in the finish.

There's some complexity to keep your taste buds hopping. Malt and yeast give some sweetness, cinnamon and chili give some spiciness. The yeast also provides some tart. But the hops and chili give a strange bitterness that doesn't work for me. Almost creamy.

Despite the chili, this is an amazing, dare I say epic, beer. My first vertical I'm sad to say, but won't be my last. Looking forward to another bottle that I hope I can save til 12.12.12.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a murky orange-brown, 2 fingers of head (surprising for a year old chili beer). smells sweet of cinnamon, molasses, brown sugar, has a mole spicy scent overall. a raisiny spicy kick up front.. very sugary sweet, a little bit TOO sweet that it doesn't honestly go all that great with the chili spice. a slight bitter aftertaste of burnt caramel.
medium body, medium carbonation, a little on the syrupy side.

an interesting choice for a beer, a subtle spiced quad.. the more it warms up the more you taste the pepper and cinnamon. not really THAT into it, and i do like mole stouts and dark chili ales, this one is just too sweet.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into tulip.

A: a deep/bright red body. relatively clear. reddish/white head has O.K. retention and lacing. not exactly a 'pale' body but i dont think this brew would have an exact category on any website.

S: right off the bat, you can definitely smell the cinnamon. not overbearing, but certainly there. maybe a little spicy-ness from the chilies but it also could just be from the cinnamon.

T: more of the belgian components come across on the palate. a floral yeast flavor brings out a banana and pear-like fruitiness. citrus too. not sure if it is from an american hopping or the yeast. you can taste the cinnamon as well. sort of a strong, subdued christmas ale. sweetness mixed with a little bit of heat lingers on the finish.

M: a relatively mild carbonation on a very full body.

D: the anaheim chilies are the largest stretch as far as nose and flavor are concerned. a little hard for me to smell and taste. otherwise a solid brew. excited to see how my cellared bottle develops over time. not sure if it will bring out any more chili flavor, but potentially.

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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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