Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,589 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:
1,589
Reviews:
307
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
14.1%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
377
For Trade:
37
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Ratings: 1,589 |  Reviews: 307
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look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On-tap at Churchkey.

The final beer of the evening has a dark pour with a brown head. It smells of roast, clove, and orange. There's a base of chocolate and spice. The base of the taste is very sweet; with chocolate with anise all over the place. Very disjointed. I can't place the various spices that bombard my palate. The finish is awful and I think this really needs age. There's a medium body and is carbonated well. The aftertaste is awful. Seriously the worst of the night. I can't figure out why they didn't make a beer that was ready to drink right now for the last in the series.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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2.65/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: brackish, very dark, minimal head

S: overpoweringly sweet -- molasses, beets, carrots

T: a day old fruit cake and V8

M: thick, overstayed its welcome

O: picked this up in september or october with a few other bombers and definitely regretted it. a sludgy opaque mass of overripe sweetness and a distinct vegetable juice finish. yuck.

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2.68/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle. The end.

A: Opaque black with a thin brown head. Sticks to the side of the glass.

N: Orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, chili pepper, molasses allspice, and pumpkin. To call this Christmas in a bottle might make it sound better than it is, but it’s apt.

T: Bitter and spicy. Lots of flavor, but they’re not what I’d call good - in fact it’s more of a massive overload.

M: Thick and dry. Medium bodied.

O: This is my least favorite by far. There’s just too much going on here, and it never comes together - it’s the throw everything into the kettle approach which I don’t much like.

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2.73/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shared a bottle on NYE

Pours very black with a small coffee head with no retention or lacing.

Heavily spiced aromas. Cloves overpower, but also cinnamon along with a sweet toffee malt backbone.

Mostly follows the nose. I get a little coffee and roasted malts that weren't present in the nose, but the clove still overshadows any sort of subtle flavor components.

Heavy carbonation makes it a bit hard to drink. Medium bodied.

Haven't liked one of these in a few years. Way too much clove and the spices are well out of balance. Glad I only bought one of these as I'm not even really sure I want to drink it much less multiples.

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Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,589 ratings.
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