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Brewed By: Stone Brewing Company (Sapporo Breweries)

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Number of Ratings: 708

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Brewed In: 1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido, CA 92029, USA

ABV: 9.5%

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11.11.11 Vertical Epic

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Tasting Notes

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zomerhouse profile picturezomerhouse - June 19, 2014
Second bottle. Aged 2 years. Chili's mellowed out considerably, but the cinnamon stayed forward. Spicy finish.
kingdomartist profile picturekingdomartist - February 22, 2014
Aged for a year. Peppers mellow out for an incredible after breathe. Very spicy as cold when first released.
pyromedic56 profile picturepyromedic56 - October 9, 2013
Cellared it for almost 2 years. The chili faded a little but the cinnamon stayed forward. Really love this beer!
specksofdust profile picturespecksofdust - May 23, 2013
Found this at my local liquor store on 5/18/13 for a reasonable price, already aged 1.5 years without any work on my part. Was excited to have an opportunity to taste a limited release that came out before I got in to beer. Aroma was all Anaheim chile with a lagerish character to it. I know the Anaheim aroma and taste, as I its my preferred chile when cooking Mexican food. First sip was chile madness, too much, followed by just a moment of cinnamon that was really fantastic. After a few sips, the chile becomes tolerable. Underneath it is a really good ale, that sadly, falls victim to the overwhelming chile flavor. I really wish the chile was a passing note rather than the crux of the entire beer. Exploration into the cinnamon might have worked out well. Mind you, it's been sitting for a year and a half, and the chile might have intensified. ABV hit me hard unexpectedly, even though I knew it was 8.7 when I opened it. Either way, less impressed than I would have liked. Still going to check with friends to see if they want me to pick a bottle for them. It is not in short supply at my liquor store.
SonOfKorhal profile pictureSonOfKorhal - February 22, 2013
As far as vertical epic's go, one of my least favorite. It seems like the possible complexities of the brew are wiped away by the chile peppers. Not hot, just not as fascinating as the other verticals. Definitely worth a try.
zomerhouse profile picturezomerhouse - January 29, 2013
Pours dark caramel to red and cloudy Nose is sweet and a little smoky. Get a subtle burn on the tongue, maybe from the chile. Can't really taste cinnamon. Chiles are mellow, smooth. Well balanced throughout. More subtle chili spice mixed with sweet aftertaste. Excellent brew. Stone never fails to impress. I have another one I'm going to age for another year to see what happens. I highly recommend you try one!
a hungri bear profile picturea hungri bear - January 23, 2013
22JAN13, Apt 22oz, pint Ale brewed with Anaheim chiles and cinnamon. Aroma is almost mesquite/smoky. Not quite chile, not quite cinnamon. Dark, opaque amber. Medium carbonation. Chiles are mellow, yet evident. Actually really well balanced. Still a little out in left field, but I can appreciate the craft. profile - January 9, 2013
Draught 1/2013. Curry? Did not enjoy or finish. profile - January 2, 2013
Bizarre, complex beer w lots of flavor. Sweetness w taste of chili, a little heat
Katrina  profile pictureKatrina - December 31, 2012
I loved this beer in 2011 when it came out. The touch if chilies was excellent. This beer is still great after aging a year! It has mellowed out a bit and the chilies are still present on draught. My aged bottle had less of the chili flavors and was overall more subtle and very balanced. For the original taste if this beer stick to draught, but the bottles are still good in their own way.
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