11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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3.76/5
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11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale11.11.11 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:
484
Ratings:
1,531
pDev:
16.49%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Ratings: 1,531 |  Reviews: 484
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 Amp
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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

I love chilis. I love cinnamon. This beer is right up my alley. Nice thick dense head atop a dark for a BSPA fluid. Chestnut colored really. A bit of haze and bits if stuff in suspension. Smell has some lighter malt aromas mixed with some roastier notes and a hint of the chili pepper. A cinnamon undercurrent. Light yeast funk and and dark fruits along with mild toffee notes. Taste follows the nose with layers of sophisticated brewing flavors. Toffee malt front with light pearle malt and sweetness. Mild dark fruitiness. Cinnamon is well folded into the overall construct, acting like a flavor enhancer to both the malt and hops. Chilis also flow throughout and bring out lovely nuances. Finish is clean and dry with faint alcohol and a chili flourish in the back of the mouth. Chilis bring out an astringent hop bitterness that gives good pucker. Light bready malt lingering with dry hops and grainy notes. Feel is creamy and supple with a lovely medium weight that is so close to the next level up. This is just a great beer, super drinkable and delicious with a unique character that makes me want to stock up mass quantities. It has replaced the 090909 as my favorite VE. Great job Stone!

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

Photo of civicm87
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of KCBeerNerd
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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

A: Pours a bright red rusty color with a strong head later powdery dusting on the top and a white ring around the edges.

S: Smell of smokey chili peppers, fresh ground cinnamon, sweet malt and banana and clove esters from belgian yeast.

T: Clearly a belgian beer but flavored with some unconventional flavors. Smokey pepers first and foremost followed closely behind by a strong ground cinnamon flavor. Clove and banana esters are evident but overshadowed by the strong spicing and peppers.

M: Medium mouthfeel for a belgian with a light carbonation.

O: I think this works and it is a nice change. I would not want to drink a 6 pack of it, but it is a nice little interesting beer and I enjoyed it a lot more than 10.10.10

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

A - pours a deep chestnut with ruby highlights when held up to the light. There was a short foam cap that quickly faded to a ring of bubbles around the glass.
S - mostly sweet, brown sugar aroma, hints of the peppers, banana and clove
T - starts out sweet, then you're hit with the cloves, the peppers are in the background and really only surface in the end. It seems a little bit of a mess right now, but think it might age nicely
M - crisp carbonation, medium bodied,
D - it has a slight hint of cough syrup, its not bad, and I think it has room to grow, i'm just not a complete fan right now.

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Photo of n2pux
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of hiphopj5
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of HollyHops
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of kingmaker
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Treebs
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter..

A: Pours a solid amber color with a dirty, off-white head forming on the pour.

S: Sort of soapy with some chili and some sweet dark grapes. Mild cracker malts.

T: Chili pepper with some earthy dirt. Dried chili flake heat with some sweet bready malts.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation level and some chili heat on the finish.

O: The chili had subsided. A fascinating beer for sure with sweet malts playing off the mild chili heat. I'm a fan of chili beers so I enjoyed this one more than most.

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

The beer poured a medium clear mahogany with a tan creamy head building about one finger high. Retention is good as well as lacing on the glass.
The smell is very unique, with the Anaheim chilies certainly leaving their mark, as well as the belgium yeast.
Tasting the beer, up front are the chilies in a very complimenting gentle way. In the middle the clove and banana notes add to the palette. Yeast and and some citrus hops give balance. The finish is malt and cinnamon which lingers on the tongue quite a while.
This medium bodied beer is certainly unique! For me it was a great pleasure tasting it, and I will buy another one for aging in my cellar. Great job!

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Photo of BostonPhilly
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of doughanson78
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Medium ruby red with a slight brown tint and nice clarity. One and a half finger light tan head with good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Chilies and light cinnamon make a interesting pairing with banana and clove. Don't know if I enjoy it or not. Doesn't smell bad. Some Belgian yeast and maybe a touch of candi sugar.

T: Light caramel and toffee upfront. Chilies and cinnamon, mixed with Belgian yeast and cloves in the middle. Light bitterness. Finishes with cinnamon and a light chili sting. Taste doesn't work like the aroma did.

M: Medium full body. Medium high carbonation. Very creamy.

O: Huh? This beer is kind of all over the place. I'm not a fan of the flavor of the chilies and how they blend with the rest of it. Smell was sorta inviting. Interesting but nothing special.

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Photo of jkball01
4/5  rDev +6.4%

11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 1,531 ratings