On 12-12-12 I decided to be just like everyone else and open my bottle of Stone’s Vertical Epic 12.12.12. I was not aware of the Stone Vertical Epic series until last year so I missed out on most of the series including the 10.10.10 which I really want a bottle of as October 10th is my birthday.
12.12.12 is a Belgian Strong Ale that also incorporates a lot of characteristics of a winter warmer. Pours almost entirely black with a very nice tan head. Aroma has plenty of spice; cinnamon and nutmeg being the most prevalent. Taste is quite nice with tons of cinnamon, there area couple other things happening here but they are masked by the huge amounts of cinnamon. There is a bit of alcohol warmth and mouthfeel is OK, not too thick and not too thin.
Overall this beer surprised me as I was not expecting much but it is unlike any other beer I have had and certainly enjoyable.
Alcohol Content: 9.0% ABV
Brewers Website: Stone Brewing
Brewers Description: APPEARANCE -Deep black with a dark brown, foamy head.
AROMA – First impressions are of cinnamon and allspice, combined with fruity banana esters and hints of clove from the Belgian yeast. As the beer warms in the glass, swirl it around and take in the aromatics one more time-caramel, dark toffee and molasses notes come into play as well. The end result is a wonderful juxtaposition of roasted malts, yeast esters and baking spices.
TASTE – Intense cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice with banana esters dominate up front. Hints of citrus arrive mid-palate, while molasses notes persevere in the finish along with a very nice dark-roasted malt dryness.
PALATE -A full, but not sweet, extremely dry finish. Very complex with great flavor balance.
OVERALL – The aromas wafting through the brewery as we brewed this beer were amazing! We couldn’t think of a better way to sign off this Epic series of beers.
This beer will transport you to a very warm place; the house is warm, a fire’s going and grandma’s in the kitchen baking away.