Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12 Now On Tap at Hampden MA McLadden's
Stone Vertical Epic Ale: The final chapter in an "Epic" series
As with any good epic, herein lies the promise of larger-than-life experiences, heroics, and twists & turns as the adventure unfolds.Now is the time to enjoy it in a "vertical" tasting side by side with its ten Stone Vertical Epic Ale brethren! Each one unique to its year of release. Each with its own "twist & turn" in the plot line. Each one released one year, one month and one day from the previous year's edition.
Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale
Deep black with a dark brown, foamy head.
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.
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.
A full, but not sweet, extremely dry finish. Very complex with great flavor balance.
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.