11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale11.11.11 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 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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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2/5  rDev -46.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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

Vertical Epic 2011 poured a hazy rust color with a off-white head that demonstrated some lacing. The aroma was like walking into the produce section of the grocery store, very organic. I suspect this might be the result of all the strange ingredients tossed into his one. The first taste was a sour banana, almost candy-like. This is accompanied by the spice of the Anahiem chilies and cinnamon. These qualities give a interesting ripple to the Belgian yeasts. The aftertaste continues the sour banana with the spices fading. Because this is a little thin, the flavors do not last as long as I would like. Still, this is a very pleasant drink.

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Photo of Vivs85
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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

Stone Vertical Epic 11.11.11 is a crystal clear ruby ale with a thin, light khaki head that leaves excellent lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite spicy, warm and... food-like. There are notes of cinnamon, clove, apple, pear and vegetables. There seems to be a touch of sweetness in the nose. It's pretty full bodied and lively. It leaves the mouth feeling slick for a while. There's a lot going on in the taste. Overall, it's pretty earthy and fruity. The sweetness I smelled doesn't seem to be present in the mouth. There's a hint of apple right at the beginning. Then, it's stone fruit, cinnamon and clove. The finish is a little phenolic and very peppery, but in a black pepper sense. I wasn't able to isolate the flavor of Anaheim chilies. There seem to be hints of soy sauce, vegetables (like a V8) and possibly smoke. I dig this. It's probably cliché to say it's unique, but, well... it is. I feel like if I let this one age, I'd interpret some of these flavors as possible oxidation. I tend to appreciate beer with crazy stuff thown in it and this is no exception. The Belgian yeast provides a curve ball here, and makes things a lot more complex than they would be otherwise, I suspect.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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

Thanks to my buddy Nate for this ;)

Pours a clear orange colour. Nice white head. Looks pretty solid. Smells sweet and spicy. Tastes similar. Spicy chilli spice but not hot. Cinnamon, cloves, lovely flavor profile. Well carbonated and enjoyable. Overall better than last years vertical epic.

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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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

Decided to tap into this as I am very stressed over the cowboys giants win and in game. Man I'm stressed

A- pours an amber brown body with clashes of orange emerging as light hits the brew. The head of foam completely stays around... Almost as if it's never going to go away. Thick lacing all over the glass

S- Belgian yeast with candy fruit flavors and cinnamon. I smell an ever so slight chili pepper scent at the end. Even a little alcohol

T- Initially I get some heat with dark raisen flavor. Those slowly converge with the Belgian yeast and cinnamon flavors that is both hearty and sweet with flavor. There is more evidence of the peppers on the exit. There is really a Ron going on with the brew and that surely makes it interesting

M- carbonation and syrupy flavors mold well together. The yeasty flavor remains making it good

O- there is no question 11-11-11 is something different... And I like that. So many different headlines for the brew and it only keeps it interesting. I will prob grab a fee more if these to throw downstairs

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
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