Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
88
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:
309
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
14.1%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
378
For Trade:
37
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Very simple yet attractive and classy label in the Stone painted on style. Front label gives ABV info, states “Ale brewed with spices.”, and a bit brewery info. Back label gives an excellent back story on the Vertical Epic series, as well as a back story and description of the beer, states “Limited Release”, gives cellaring info, states that there may be sediment. Very nice and informative.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from 22oz brown bomber into a 16oz snifter glass led to a 3 finger fairly thick amazing looking tan head resting atop a deep opaque dark brown if not black beer. Head retention was excellent at 5min 11sec before fading to a thick frothy coating and ring with excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is heavy on spices with hints of cinnamon, strong clove, nutmeg, and black pepper coming through. Also has a dark molasses sweetness in the nose along with a nice hint of Belgian yeast. Has a nice orange zest scent. Not much in the way of hops detected.

Flavor/Taste: Spices and dark chocolate malt rule the front end with the cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg easily detectable along with a slight black pepper kick. Mid point is sweet with a brown sugar and molasses infused with an orange zest coming through along with a slight bit of hops and yeast coming through. Midpoint fades to a deep charred malt yeasty finish with hints of dark fruit. Charred aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Full bodied thick and creamy with a smooth chewy mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: Excellent beer that definitely has the feel of a winter warmer with the spices and flavor profile. The Belgian yeast throws a bit of curve ball and really make this tasty while keeping it interesting. This would be perfect on a late fall or winter evening. If you can still find this grab it up!!! Classified as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale @9%. Consumed 8/16/2013.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

super dark pour; really nice chocolate milk-looking head, dissipates slowly to a film with a nice brown coating when tilted.
smell is ALL all-spice. the all-spice dominates the aroma on this one. I don't care much for all spice. I didn't even know what all-spice was two years ago. but i'm not getting the Belgian chocolate, peanut brittle, cinnamon, orange, chili pepper... or anything else. maybe it sat too long? maybe the nutmeg...
the taste is SAME. some maltiness, but ALL all-spice, and maybe some nutmeg. as another stated, a "massive overload" of spice flavors. I think i'm at the point of quitting drinking beer, or at least quitting trying new stuff or what 'others' are calling decent. that $20 bottle of Gentlemen's crapollation with Widmer and Cigar City almost clinched it. this anniversary brew, though, I can understand it's supposed to be a different kind of brew. I get it. but I don't like it. i'm sorry; this started out good.... I even left and came back to it with a different mental approach and angle (mostly because I WANT to drink it and NOT gag...), but it's just too much. oh well, Stone is excused... i'm not a huge fan of their stuff but I respect what they've done with their company...
after note: I dumped probably the last 1/8 of this. I just couldn't do the all-spice any more.

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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%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Christmas in a bottle. Even after 3 years the nutmeg & cinnamon dominate this beer but other subtle flavors are more balanced than fresh.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Harpoon snifter glass.

The color is a dark black with a finger or two of foamy brownish/tan head that relaxes back into the darkness of this beer.

The smell is a complete surprise. There is a nice belgian chocolate aroma that is top notch. Some great malt flavor in the nose that reminds me of peanut brittle and caramel.

The taste is coffee and dark chocolate throughout and it hits the palate and pushes open the curtains and just walks right in. A big kick toward the end with a bit of a oak flavor that lets the chocolate and coffee bean ride on top.

This beer does kick but it hides the boozy overtones with some well places flavors and a nice warm feel in the back that feels like a warm blanket on a cold night. There is some carbonation that lightens the heavier ABV and and is the glue that seems to hold everything in place.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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