Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
87
very good
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
Ratings:
1,591
Reviews:
307
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
14.1%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
378
For Trade:
37
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Ratings: 1,591 |  Reviews: 307
Photo of FlussigkeitMut
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of lordofstarside
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to a snifter, first bottle of the '12 batch

Pours a solid black with a half finger of foam. No visible carbonation, alright retention and lacing. Smells of chocolate and cinnamon, clove, oranges, and a sweet malt. Spices really dominate the aroma, would be great except they're a bit over powering. Taste is pretty good, nice spicy clove up front, followed by some cinnamon and orange. Feel is full bodied with a nice dry finish. Overall an interesting beer, good around the holidays. 4s across the board. Got another in my cellar, I'll re-review ~1 year from now

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Photo of Yesdog
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a smallish tan head that quickly recedes and is stingy on the lace. Smells of clove, and nutmeg on top of a solid dark sugary base. Bits of alcohol and dark dried fruits round out the nose. The flavor is filled with lots of caramel, molasses, and burnt sugars with a heavy dark dried fruit flavor. Lots of spice here, clove, nutmeg, all spice, and cinnamon are very evident in the flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a chewy burnt mouthfeel. I thought this one was all right but a bit heavy on the spices for my taste. Maybe they will tone down and I can enjoy another one just before the next apocalypse.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 12 12 poures a black color with a nice large tan head. Lots of lacing. There was a spicy aroma with notes of a ferminated malt. The taste had asome pronounced spicey flavor. Very strong malty backbone a bit boozey and had a sharpbitterness at the end. Good strong flavors. Overall a very good beer. simalr to the arrogrant bastard with a pronounced spicey flavor.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of sleuthdog
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Stone's Vertical Epic Ale glass.

Pour: What looks like a stout or porter with an intense dark brown to black color with a good two fingers amount of head. The head was of a rich chocolate shake color and appeared to be "soft" for lack of a better word. The look of this is very nice.

Smell: First impression is of holiday spice cookies and does remind me of Christmas. I get cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, roast and interestingly way in the back some tobacco. There is some coffee and chocolate mixed in.

Taste: Very reminiscent of a stout or porter and quite roasty and malty. There is a noticeable espresso-cocoa note with a some wonderful sweet dark spices. Now the spices are similar to the nose with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. It does taste like a gingerbread cookie with a touch of milk chocolate on top. It finishes quite dry and a bit bitter with a ton of spices still in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very creamy and smooth and full bodied. A wonderful feeling beer for a cold Christmas eve here in Chicago. The alcohol heat that is present is faint at best and does warm the chest as I swallow.

Overall: I very much enjoyed this beer. I don't think this beer fits any specific category but that is what makes it work for me. It is a mixture of a few beers with an awesome spice profile that keeps me sipping.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of ksimons
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a very dark brown with just a thin layer of tan lace around the top

S-roasted malt, dark coffee, molasses, dark chocolate, and Christmas spices

T-roasted coffee and malt, chewy dark bread, chocolate, and a decent amount of spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg)

M-medium to full body, moderate carbonation, very dry bitter finish

Overall a nice winter/holiday beer and a good way to finish up the series

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 12.12.12

A - Pours a deep brown with ruby hilights. A thin light brown head forms, lingers, and becomes a clump in the middle of the glass.

S - Spices, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamin, roses.

T - Spices dominate, same as the nose, bitter bready, floral, cinnamin finish.

D - Lower carbonation with a heavier body.

O - Lots of spices, shocking. This one should age well.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Puokie
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First review here, and what a beer to do it on.

Aggressive pour into tulip.

A: Pours a very dark, nearly black brown. Two fingers of creamy brown head. Head recedes quickly, leaving a tiny bit of sparkling lace.

S: Smells like Christmas. Nutmeg dominates the aroma, with cinnamon and allspice backing it up. A hint of citrus?

T: Tastes like it smells. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice up front. A small bit of citrus, barely noticeable. Finishes with a bit of welcomed bitterness with burnt dark chocolate. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Very well hidden.

M: Small bubbles dancing on the tongue. Very nice. Only downside was it was a bit dry on the finish. Almost like a sparkling wine.

O: A great beer worth a pick up. Definitely an epic end to an epic run.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 12.12.12
Celebrating The Final Chapter of the Verical Epic Series
And review # 200

P: Deep black abyss with foamy dark head.

S: Christmas time...Allspice, Chinese 5 spice, fruity banana esters, clove, Belgian yeast, molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon.

T/M: Intense cinnamon, mace, dark roasted coffe, nutmeg, allspice and bananas. Citrus bitterness, roasted dry malts, and a super dry molasses finish. Body is full, not overly sweet and great prickly carbonation.

O: A super bold and intense flavorful beer to end the 11 year series. What a tremendous ride I took tasting all these terrific beers. This is a surely fantastic was to end the final chapter. I grabbed another bottle to enjoy later. Cheers!

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,591 ratings.
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