Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic AleStone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale
BA SCORE
76.4%
Liked This Beer
3.92 w/ 1,591 Ratings
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic AleStone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by HalfFull on 12-05-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
309
Ratings:
1,591
Liked:
1,215
Avg:
3.92/5
pDev:
14.03%
Alströms:
4.27
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
378
Trade:
37
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Ratings: 1,591 |  Reviews: 309
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a speiglau stout glass.

Three years age on it.

Look is jet black, no light coming through with a thick tan head.

Lots of roasted chocolate malt and a slight spice.

Tastes absolutely great. Slight spicing kinda like a light pumpkin beer. Very balanced the age definitely serves it well.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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1.25/5  rDev -68.1%

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3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Crane Alley, Urbana, IL
Date: On-tap (review from notes)
Glass: 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Glass

Stone's 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale seems to evoke an extremely polarized response from people, based primarily on the over-spiced nature of the beer that ultimately came across as something ill-conceived or just too over-the-top. In my single tap experience, I did not find this to be the case, though I suppose every pour can be different. While I'm not sure what style this beer should be declared as (and it shouldn't really matter what it's called, anyway), I found this to be something of a mix between a stout and a spiced ale (I wouldn't have guessed Belgian), and thought it fairly enjoyable: I'd partake of another one if I saw it around (I also wonder if the on-tap versus bottle difference had any effect).

The beer arrives with a 0.5cm tall head, tan in color, composed of bubbles that are small to medium in size. Retention is about average, lasting a minute or so, but as the head declines, it leaves significant lacing along the sides of the glass. The body is dark brown to black in color, opaque, though carbonation is visible streaming upwards from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is heavily malty and sweet, like a spiced loaf of dark, sweet bread. Secondary, though notable scents of cocoa, roasted malt, brown sugar, cinnamon, anise, and ginger.

Tasting opens with roasted malt acridness mixed with some sweetness and slight dark bread. This quickly transitions to a mid-palate full of chocolate and roasted barley malt-covered spices, including anise, cinnamon, and ginger. Back of palate finds the spices increasing in intensity, but still held in check by the roasted malt and cocoa tones. Ethanol makes a slight appearance, but it's well within reason for a 9% beer and doesn't detract from the other flavors. Lingering aftertaste of cocoa and assorted other spices.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in weight with carbonation levels of medium intensity. The result is a fairly smooth, sippable beer with just a slight foaming across the palate. Ethanol presence is very well-hidden for a 9% beer, getting very little heat in the nostrils or burning on the throat or palate. Closes semi-dry with fairly substantial stickiness across the palate.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black in colour with a tan coloured head.

The smell is spicy ginger and sweet malts.

The taste is strong on the ginger bread and bitter roasted malts.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick with low carbonation.

A half decent beer but not one I'd look out again and disappointing for a stone beer.

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours pretty much black with a finger of dense mocha colored head that leaves some lacing and fades to a small mat
S: smells of spices and yeast with a bit of sweetness
T: tastes of spices, a bit of chocolate, more spices, a slight sweetness and a hint of dark fruits. swallow brings a bit of roasty character, and more spice
M: soft and slightly prickly carb with a medium-heavy mouthfeel and a slightly drying finish
O: Pretty interesting beer. the spices are a bit heavy but it's not excessive or really off putting. They could stand to be dialed back a bit more to play more of a supporting role but other than that it's still a solid beer

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 76.4% out of 100 with 1,591 ratings
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