Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale (Red Wine Barrel Aged) | Stone Brewing

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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale (Red Wine Barrel Aged)Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale (Red Wine Barrel Aged)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale proved to be an eccentric diversion from our previous lineup of innovative Belgian-inspired brews. And considering we're Stone, that's really saying something. This unprecedented beer was brewed with cinnamon stick and Anaheim green chiles, giving it an amazing flavor profile unlike anything that came before it. It certainly didn't need any enhancement, but we just don't know when to leave well enough alone (and we've demonstrated before that you can, indeed, improve upon perfection). So we decided to tinker with it a bit and laid a small portion to rest in wine barrels. Not wanting to limit our experiment to only red or white wine barrels, we chose both. Treat yourself to a bottle of each and compare. All in the name of science, of course...

Added by FosterJM on 12-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
106
Reviews:
11
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
12.82%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
34
For Trade:
3
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500ml bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a deep iced-tea brown with a fluffy dark tan head that faded into a thick fuzzy film and collar that left chunks of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Straight after the pour the vinous red wine barrel comes through more than expected and imparts almost berry-like notes to the nose. Once the head fades down a bit, the cinnamon and roasted chilies comes through and create a spicy, chipotle pepper scent. Notes of belgian yeast and raisin are mixed in there as well.
T: Lightly bitter woody notes of red wine barrel mixes well with the base chili, cinnamon, raisin, and Belgian yeast flavors. I get powdery notes of chocolate, grapes, and musty barrel in the finish, with hints of peppery spice, chili and cinnamon in the aftertaste. Chili is (obviously) way more subtle than the original was fresh, but there is a very faint tingly in my mouth after each swallow.
M: Medium-full body, slick, fairly sweet and slight astringent mouthfeel, with some drying oak and a few gritty tannins.
O: A decent beer, nothing crazy. Red wine barrel added an additional layer of complexity to the base beer, but I’m not I would call it an improvement. Different I guess, definitely not worse though. I’d drink this again but wouldn’t seek it out.

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Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale (Red Wine Barrel Aged) from Stone Brewing
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