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
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

Photo of Dave1999
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was waiting for this one. The end of an era with the epics

I was shocked at the pour. Almost a jet black like a stout. But thats where it ended. The aroma, was all malt, tar and ginger.
The taste was basically the same, very malty and almost like bitting into a gingersnap cookie.
Not a strong finish
This is one stone I will pass on the next time someone has one

August 27, 2013

Pours jet black, like a rich stout. The almost perfect white head lasted for several minutes. Finally, the head disappeared.
The aroma and bouquet was so very strong. Malt, Ginger and Sweet were the first things that came to my senses.
The first taste was very big and soft, and was full of malt , ginger, just like a fresh ginger snap cookie and a fair amount of sweet syrup/molasses/etc
As I was drinking this one, it remained full and the malt/ginger just kept on coming out me.
To a point where I felt it was too much. I think I would have preferred a little less of that and some crispness.
The finish was the same as the start, malty and full of ginger.

I just needed to review this one again... Still not on my top 10 list

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4/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/black with a light brown 1-finger head with medium+ retention. Fine lacing.

Christmas in a glass: cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg, fig, dates, gingersnaps, deep roasted malt, black strap molasses and a rich, dark earth note in the background.

Molasses, coffee, cocoa powder, ginger bread, black bread. A moderate level of bitterness underscoring everything.

Full-bodied with a hop bitterness cuts the sweetness and holds the beer at nearly dry with a long finish.

Very rich and lush. Be a really decadent bomber near the end of your drinking session.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a medium light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, spices, licorice, some chocolate, some dark fruit and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a huge burst of an herbal conglomeration of spices (mint, ginger, licorice, cinnamon among others). Then a hearty but not too heavy roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild but provides some balance for the strong spice flavors. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid dark and strong beer. Honestly, it tastes like an intense version of Anchor Christmas Ale, which I mean as neither a complement nor a detriment, just an observation.

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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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