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

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3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Sustaining, almond-colored, head and mild lacing. The beer itself is D.A.R.K. When held up to a light, nothing shines through. I also had a lot of fun pouring this. It runs from the bottle like syrup.

S - Heavy, heavy, heavy molasses on the nose. To me, it is so over-powering, I cannot smell anything else. For this reason, this is the lowest rated section, for me.

T - Strong molasses (this may be from my smelling it) and coffee notes, with a slightly bitter finish.

M - Leaves a slight fuzzy feeling on the roof of my mouth. Not the most desirable feeling.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly more than a fingers worth of slightly fizzy yet slightly lush inviting dark brown colored froth... Modest at best retention... What's left is a thin misty veil of swirled lacing and moderate color... The color is a sleek dark tobacco brown mixed with a slight ruby red hue... There are a few small bubbled carbonation streaks towards the top of the glass...

S - A truly outstanding nose... An unique and intoxicating blend of spices... Cinnamon sticks... All spice... Clove... Nutmeg... Very holidayesque... Twizzler like artificial sweetness... Some assorted other dark fruits linger beneath the surface... Some caramel and maple syrup... Very light cocoa notes... Deep and complex... Each sips yields new subtle nuances... Completely satisfying...

T - The flavors are not quite what the aroma would have led one to believe was coming... The cocoa nibs are dialed up a notch... There is a deep rich charred / roasted characteristic... There is also a moderate smoke character... Tobacco... The spiciness that accentuated the nose gets quite muddled on the palate... Some anise and dark licorice rise on the finish...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Each sip is exceedingly sleek and smooth... A very subtle carbonation... Finishes slightly chalky wen a woody roasted charred character develops and lingers...

D - A very unique and satisfying offering from Stone... A wonderful ending to a wonderful series of brews... Almost two faced as aroma and flavor profile are similar yet quite varied... Deep, rich and loaded with complexities... This is one I can highly recommend if you can still find a bottle laying around and one that I wish Stone would bring back for an encore in the future...

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in brew dog Manchester

Dark near black body with big tan head.

Hints of treacle and muscovado sugar on the nose.

The taste was pretty much Pernod and black the keg serving method dispensing a little too cold and a little too fizzy

I enjoyed this sure enough but I was expecting a little more epic.

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