Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic AleStone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale
Very Good
1,592 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.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,592 |  Reviews: 310
Photo of MrJolly
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Spaz7
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of avckc
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of utfiero
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Color- near black with dark mocha head.

Aroma- nutmeg, cinnamon, raisin and other spices.

Taste- (initial tasting on 12/30/2012) Starts with a spiced intro including clove, cinnamon, and pine needles, then mellows out with roasted malt notes, finishing with a balanced hoppiness.

Aged test 10/20/2013- on retest this is ambrosia. This is like eating a homemade pumpkin pie while drinking an aged Scotch with the faint aroma of pipe smoke in the background. Silky and beautiful! A true epic.

Each time poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

 614 characters

Photo of dbell23
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of cdayb1
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of TonyT013
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of LeeG
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of MisledTitan
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of cwreay90
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of kaelingirl
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of timlyon
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of shacawgo24
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-Coal black. Dirt, cocoa head is thick and sudsy. Tendrils of slow falling lacing.

S-Nutmeg. Walnut. Eggnog. Gingerbread. Cinnamon raisin cookie. Sweet and alcoholic.

T-Dark roasted hops. I'm guessing dark malts in there, can't taste 'em. Very hoppy, bitter. Dark cocoa. Rye. Ink. Resin. Great holiday/winter beer. 9% ABV? This is a slow sipper that tastes like it's in the 14% ABV range yet isn't. Robust flavors. Cinnamon finish. Warming births a new world of sensations, smells and tastes.

M-Medium body. Low to moderate carbonation. Goes down warming, bubbly, burns in a good way. A cool boiling sensation percolates down the chest.

O-Didn't realize this is a BSDA. Tastes like a porter/stout. Sometimes great beer can't always be pigeonholed and categorized. Stone's creativity has me anticipating the new series they'll do now that Vertical Epic is done. A great beer to enjoy while it lasts. One of the better super dark beers I have had. I can chug on it a bit, or slow slip.

 989 characters

Photo of Brinks
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of BugTownPub
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of travishardy929
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of rangr514
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of CBodamer
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of kayakandbeer
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Urs
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of BTFU
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of JimmyCop
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of ajdemma
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of KhangGarrett
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 1,592 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.