Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic AleStone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale
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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic AleStone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

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.

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Ratings: 1,591 |  Reviews: 309
Photo of jmarsh123
2.73/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shared a bottle on NYE

Pours very black with a small coffee head with no retention or lacing.

Heavily spiced aromas. Cloves overpower, but also cinnamon along with a sweet toffee malt backbone.

Mostly follows the nose. I get a little coffee and roasted malts that weren't present in the nose, but the clove still overshadows any sort of subtle flavor components.

Heavy carbonation makes it a bit hard to drink. Medium bodied.

Haven't liked one of these in a few years. Way too much clove and the spices are well out of balance. Glad I only bought one of these as I'm not even really sure I want to drink it much less multiples.

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Photo of MADPolo
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of duplisea
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of mattkoon
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got this 12.12.12 in my monthly beer club, which is cool because i was wanting to try it since it was released a month ago. i heard it was gonna be in this months club, so i decided to wait. 1st off it pours a great looking black with a light tan almost white head. it looks solid and opaque almost scary. the smell is very spicy sweet, like holiday cookies. full of nutmeg and cinnamon, maybe molasses and caramel. the tastes rolls into your mouth kicking with a strong bitter, followed by all the sweet spices that the smell promises, and leaves your mouth coated in a delicious bitter. i really like this beer a lot, stone did a really good job with it, but who and i kidding they do a good job with all of their beers. happy drinking, you arrogant bastards!

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Photo of sneaks2210
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of JWing
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of dmcdede
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Charlie_Hoss
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of sailorastro
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ryser2k
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Dragon17
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mattyrubes
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of PerHops
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Super black, very tiny head retention. Looks simply amazing for the style. Much darker than I expected.

S- There is a spice factory at work here. Where to begin? Cloves, cinnamon, allspice, with some dark fruit, molasses, and some bitter herb(s).

T- Follows the nose, sort of. I get much more tobacco, leather, coffee, but still spice driven. Semi sweet, with a somewhat dry, bitter finish.

M- A little more carbonated than what I expected. I would say this does work in the beers favor with how spice laden it is.

O- Pretty good beer, Looking forward to the bottle I am aging!

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Photo of davelag
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Lee_Hancock
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of swungomonkey
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of kirkse
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bmoney
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of nh2032
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of jonmorgan
1/5  rDev -74.5%

Photo of chilidog
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this on the 12th to be opened new years eve. Poured into a stone vertical epic glass.

It pours very dark, black. A thin, film like tan head that disapates quickly. Lace is nice but also fades quickly.

Aroma of dark roasted malts and spice.

A taste of charred malts, roasted if you will. Toasty biscuit with holiday spice, cinnamon, nutmeg with a hint of citris peel and alcohol.

The mouthfeel is smooth and left a slight alcohol dry with a sweet malt coat.

Overall a bitter sweet end of a series, glad I got another in cellar for next year.
V.E. it's been a fun ride!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark, w/ semi beige cap and tight bead w/ opaque clarity

S Smell is strong and spicy w/ ginger and some festive Christmas spice like nutmeg
The malt odor ballasts w/ strong roast And fruity juniper berry tinged

M -thick bitter yet balanced with moderate sweetness and relatively low bitterness w/ mild roastiness and semi dry warming finish

T is spicy, tropical roasted nutty and bitter w/ hoppy pine and pepper w/ light cocoa and ginger notes w/ a hint of coffee and dark cherry

Overall an intense ride might be a good candidate for cellaring but is full of flavor and very drinkable as- is

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Photo of Beermister
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Immortale25
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a St. Somewhere wine-style glass.

A- Pours an opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains very well then slowly recedes to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and bubbly patches of surface foam. Sticky lacing cascades down the glass.

S- Lots of Belgian spice that creates a sweet potpourri. Notes of clove, nutmeg, and ginger.

T- The spices erupt on the palate, so much so that's all you can taste for the first few sips. Afterwards, grainy roasted malts come through in the finish, but this is mostly spice driven. The Belgian yeast somewhat complements the sweet, flowery flavor profile, but I really just feel like i'm drinking an overly spiced Christmas ale.

M- Somewhat chalky but still viscous enough to keep things slick. Medium carbonation and a mostly full body.

O- This is the darkest spiced beer I've ever had. If it weren't for the dry mouthfeel and the amount of herbs used, this would be somewhat enjoyable. Instead, I recommend aging one to see if maybe some balance could be attained.

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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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