Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic AleStone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale
1,591 Ratings
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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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured an opaque dark chocolate color with a 1/2 finger head. Very attractive looking beer.

The aroma is an overwhelming chocolate-spice combo. Cinnamon, and possibly gingerbread.

The mouth feel was smooth.

The imbalance in the beer starts with the taste. The chocolate-spice notes are completely dwarfed by the hoppiness and bitterness in the finish. I was looking for a smooth transition from aroma to taste: it was absent.

This would have been a great beer if there were more chocolate-spice notes in the finish.
Regrettably, the focus in the final stages of the tasting is on the hops and bitterness.

Re-evaluation: on the second night, the beer was better. The aroma wasn't as pronounced, it was a mellower chocolate spice. The mouth feel was more carbonated.

A snifter may be better for this beer than a tulip.

Most importantly, the hops and bitterness didn't mask the chocolate-spice taste. There was more balance to the flavor, and the finish wasn't overwhelming.

I generally don't like leaving a beer like this in the fridge too long- however, the fridge sometimes helps to mellow out the beer and bring more balance.

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a dark brown head. In the aroma, all spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a small orange citrus. In the taste, all spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and notes of clove. A mellow spice bite with a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry spice mixture in the aftertaste. Christmasy for sure, a nice balance of spices.

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2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I've never reviewed one of these VE ales before, so as luck would have it, my good friend picked up a bottle and agreed to share it with me. Portion of a 22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. From two day old notes.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a creamy one-finger khaki shade. The general appearance is almost stout-like.

S: Stone really didn't dick around with the spices, did they? There is insane cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg on the nose. The eye-watering spiciness evokes Harpoon's (overspiced) Winter Warmer in a way. Still, I'd love more of the base beer to come through.

T: The aroma didn't deceive me, this is spiced to fuck and back. It opens with a heavy-handed explosion of cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg. After a while, it fades into a long dark fruit finish (plums, mainly). Touches of roasted nuts also appear. Complexity is good, but unfortunately it's complex in a messy, imbalanced way.

M: This one has a pretty thick body. A shame it had to follow the devastatingly drinkable La Terrible, because this one just seemed indolent and flabby in comparison. Still, alcohol is decently concealed.

O: This brew is meh not because it's boring and lacking pizzazz, but because it's pizzazz is haphazard and unfocused. That, and Christmas in July kind of sucks.

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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 1,591 ratings
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