Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic AleStone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale
BA SCORE
63%
Liked This Beer
3.76 w/ 1,529 ratings
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
Liked:
964
Avg:
3.76/5
pDev:
16.49%
Alströms:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
438
Trade:
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Photo of ralphw56
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Duhast500
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a stemmed La Fin Du Monde glass.

The color is a clear dark amber with s finger and a half of foamy brownish head ans some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is truly spicy in the aroma and gives off some Belgian aroma like a triple with some banana and some fig aroma.

The taste is Belgian at first then take a left turn to drop some chili spice on me. The more Belgian flavor comes out with some nice malt sweetness and a bitter hop flavor in the back. The taste swings back and forth with some nice banana flavor with a hot flavor that is like cinnamon more in the nose then in the flavor but comes out now when I am sipping rather then when I was trying to smell this beer.

The feel of this beer is big from the ABV to the complex flavors that is throughout the flavor of this beer. This is something that is new and amazing, a Belgian beer with some chili spices.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a fairly clean dark amber, slightly cherry hue with a good fluffy tan head that dissipates quickly leaving good amounts of lacing.

S: Sweet bready yeast, banana esters and grainy malt - very Belgian smelling, cinnamon sticks, light hop and just a hint of chile and booze.

T: Ah there's the chile - though detectable in the nose, I was hoping for more of a showcase in the flavor and I was not let down. Sweet toasted malt, the banana is there too, midway the booze is detectable but not at all offensive, then the chile lays on thick, balanced perfectly with a more earthy than spicy cinnamon (not at all what I expected when I read this one had cinnamon added) - very subtle and earthy and really compliments the chile well. These guys know what they're doing!

M: On the bigger side of medium-bodied, the carbonation is light and lends perfectly to the style and creaminess of this brew. Someone complained about an oily quality in the mouthfeel, and I agree on the lingering oiliness - which is from the chile, but I really like this aspect. Stone often accomplishes this with oiliness from the hop, but here they've achieved this quality with oil from the chiles added - super bomb!

Overall far from a session beer, but I don't think that was Stone's intention by any means, but as a quality sipper to enjoy from time to time, this one is up there with some of the best.

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Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jjanega08
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating other than the 11.11.11

A= Pours a thick looking hazy dark amber brownish color with a thin finger of active bubbly head on it that holds little retention and lacing.

S= The smell is a deep cinnamon aroma with deep rich belgian candy and dark malts. It has a bit of an over ripe pear aroma and a touch of alcohol.

T= The taste is actually quite nice. I was initially worried about the chili in it but the chili is very light offering only a vegetative quality to it. The cinnamon comes through as well as touches of belgian candy sugar and dark fruit. It has a nice sweet malt character similar to that of an irish amber or something of the sort. The finish offers just a touch of the chili.

M= Lower carbonated.

O= This is a solid beer for something I figured I would hate. It works. The chili is light in it and that may have something to do with the age. It's complex enough to keep ya guessing. Check this beer out if you can find it. It's worth looking at.

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

Don't know what to think of this one...Vertical Epic 11.11.11, split into pint glasses.

A: Pours a crystal clear coppery color, much darker than I anticipated it would be, with a huge light tan head & good lacing.

S: Huge Belgian yeast characters, banana and fruity esters, clove and other peppery spices...light cinnamon notes and possibly spiciness from the peppers. There are some definitely sweet bready notes from the malts.

T: Spicy Belgian character here, with the fruity yeast notes mixing with cinnamon and pepper notes...the peppers coat your lips and stick there for awhile, but its not an overwhelming spiciness at all.

MF: Prickly mouthfeel but soft and fluffy in a way...moderate medium body.

O: Well crafted take on things, though not my favorite style and not 'helped' much by the addition of peppers/cinnamon. Still, alcohol was undetectable and everything blends really well.

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

22oz into a pint

A- Pours a deep red to almost ruby color. Thick and opaque but not hazy. Off colored head formation is strong, well retained.

S - A little bit of spice comes through, pepper like - almost stings the nostrils. Belgian fruity yeast makes the backdrop. A little bit of alcohol warmth. A unique nose.

T - A sweet and smooth start - lightly malty. Mid-stream develops a lot of spiciness. Both a earthy base and a green pepper like edginess. Finishes with a sweet and spiciness, a little bit of caramel tied in with quite a bit of clove and cinnamon. Alcohol warmth is pretty potent in the aftertaste.

M - Moderate body, moderate to light carbonation. As noted on the taste, alcohol warmth is present. Very light aftertaste, very clean.

O/D - A unique and interesting beer. The cinnamon and the peppers go together very well. ABV is pretty potent but workable. Not at all filling. Comes off very complex - at times feels like a dessert beer.

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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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Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
2.99/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a brownish Belgian cooler.

The smell was the worst part of the beer. ALL I could pick up was a kind of green bell pepper smell which was a little off putting.

The taste was a little better. I didn't pick up any cinnamon but a good amount of pepper (no heat just flavor), slight spice, and some banana from the yeast.

This beer paired pretty damn well with the eggplant and potato pizzas I had with it so I will give it credit for having amazing pairing potential. But on it's own it didn't hit the spot for me. Maybe a year or two on it so the flavors can blend but I'm not sure I'll give it a second chance.

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Photo of WritersBlock
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of dunix
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Lanstrum
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of TheSarge
4.36/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks great. Has a towering light tan head, and a crystal clear dark ruby colored body.

The aroma is of cola, vanilla, metallic traits, cinnamon and maybe some cocoa.

In the taste and mouth feel, I'm getting more of a cocoa flavor here. It took a few sips before I got the burn from the chilies and alcohol. That actually paired well together. The cola flavor is detectable too, aling with some prune. There's a good amount of CO2 in here, which gives the beginning to middle a chewy texture.

Overall a very innovative ans solid offering.

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Photo of sansho
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of dfillius
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass on 12/9/11
A: Moderate to aggressive pour yields 1+ finger of tight tan head with great retention. Crystal clear crimson-brown liquid is pretty!
S: Strong banana and clove. Some citrus, cream, slight cinnamon. Quite malty.
T: Hot pepper up front and throughout, but not hot per se. Cinnamon is there too. Chocolate at the end. Sweetness is there up front too and lasts. Odd and jumbled in the first two sips. It comes together better after that, but the pepper (I think) stays kind of weird and vegetal in the aftertaste. A major detractor. Maybe less hops would be better? I had this one alone and when I poured m second glass, the flavor coherence increased. Seems similar to a dubbel more so than a pale. A chili-dubbel?
M: Slightly spicy. Thick, almost chewy. Sweet and unpleasantly tangy.
O: Decent, I wouldn't buy again though. Not coherent enough or adherent to a particular idea. Jumbled, but it finally settled on a chili-dubbel in my opinion.

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Photo of Lawnboy33
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of JayS2629
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is supposed to be aged until 12/12/12. I have one I am saving and will review this again when I try it.

This one poured a dark mahogany with red hints, a good three finger tan head that fades quickly but leaves ok rings of lace.

The aroma is a complimentary whiff of chili pepper, clove and black pepper with dark fruit notes of raisin and figs. Underneath their is a warming rum-like vapor with resiny evergreen notes of piney hops.

Follows the nose with piney hops, notes of chocolate, bread, raisins and figs with spicy belgian yeast notes of black pepper, clove and bannana. Chilis and cinnamon top things off and its all subtley balanced.

Medium bodied and smooth

Boozy edge but compimentary flavors. Enjoyable, but has room to improve. Probably will with age on it like its supposed to have.

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Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We’re getting near the end here. My bottles of 2003 through 2010 are just itching to know how this second to last brew will mingle next year with the final Vertical Epic.

This beer pours a clear dark amber body with a small white head.

Nose is actually pretty mellow. It has a malt smell, but this smell of a chile burn, in that there’s a hot pepper smell that kills all the other smells without actually being distinct of it’s own, dominates the nose. Very fruity nose too.
Taste is medium bodied with a very straight ahead pale ale, or slightly bigger strong pale ale taste. Straight up caramel malt, a little of cracker. However there’s this underlying taste of chile’s, not a burn at all. Just a taste of chile peppers. On top of that there’s this cinnamon flavor. It’s so weird. Straight up pale ale with chile’s and cinnamon without a burn. Absoultely NO HEAT at all. No burn, nothing. Just flavor. How odd.

What an odd and unique beer. Cinnamon and Chile’s. What the fuck!!! It seriously tastes like a strong pale ale with hot peppers and cinnamon thrown in. I really don’t know how to describe it beyond that. This is probably the most unique VE since ’04 with the kafir lime. Actually, it kinda reminds me of that one. Interesting.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-dark cloudy amber with a nice cream colored head

S-some Belgian pale malts and some chili peppers. Some vanilla in it too.

T-comes in with a taste of bitter Belgian pale malts and just a hint of chili peppers. It's not a spicy taste at all. This is just okay. Matching after-taste

Medium carbonation with a semi dry finish

O-I had this on tap a year ago and I remember it being awesome. This here now is just blah. It's not terrible. Its just unique but not exactly easy drinking. I think it would've been better had they focused more on the pepper flavor than a belgianesque ale.

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Photo of videofrog
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of antoines15
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of EuphonicHops
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 63% out of 100 with 1,529 ratings
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