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Stone Vertical Epic 2012, Vertical Sets and 3 Liters Available

Posted by Tom Gable Posted on Dec - 19 - 2012

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Dear Enotecans,

December 12th 2012 came and went, but today we finally received a batch of the Stone Vertical Epic 12/12/12.  It’s the final installment in a decade long vertical brewing experiment started by Stone Brewing in 2002.  Have you been collecting?  Let us know if the 12/12/12 will be finishing out your collection!

The end of an era is here. A decade long labor of love has finally reached it’s end. This is epic folks! No I’m not talking about the moon landing, it’s better! The last installment of Stone Vertical epic has arrived at Enoteca this morning. Wow, beer history has been made. Do you want to WIN Christmas for the Stone Brewery fan in your life?  Or are you the collector who has been waiting for the final puzzle piece?  Check out what we have in stock from our cellar.

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.

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What do we have available?

Stone Vertical Epic 2012 – 12/12/12 in 22oz bottles

Stone Vertical Epic 2012 – 12/12/12 in massive 3 Liter collectors edition bottles. – Only 7 available.

Stone Vertical Epic 6 Year Vertical – 2007-2012 in 22oz. – Only 5 sets.

Stone Vertical Epic 7 Year Vertical – 2006-2012 in 22oz. – Only 6 sets.

Have you been cellaring your Vertical Epic beers?  Read more about beer cellaring here.

If you’re missing just one or two from your collection, check out these singles, which are very limited in availability:

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What about the new 2012, what is it like?

Crafted in the style of a traditional Belgian Noël beer, it’s dark, big and hearty; the type of brew one might have actually expected to come first in the Vertical Epic series (but our wheat beer held up very nicely, as attested to in our recent tasting session with reputable experts, including those hailing from Beer Advocate, RateBeer and New Brew Thursday). Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale should stand up to aging, but is already a beautiful brew fresh off the bottling line.

Brewed with cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, clove, orange peel and rosehips (which turned out to be so sturdy we had to roll over them with a forklift to pulverize them for the brew), it’s a complex beer with many layers. The spices come on strong along with a nice bready malt character. That said, Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale is rather dry on the finish, making it a beer that should do a great job as the last beer in the rotation at fans’ Vertical Epic tastings.

vertical-epic-all-standTasting Notes, provided by Brewmaster Mitch Steele

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.

From Lead Brewer Jeremy Moynier: 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.

Suggested food parings, provided by “Dr.” Bill Sysak

Appetizers: Chocolate sea salt crostini, curry meatballs, sugar and cinnamon bacon, quail knots

Soups: Butternut squash, goulash, French onion

Entrees: Cocoa and chile-rubbed pork tenderloin, elk loin, merguez sausage, porterhouse steak, roasted goose

Cheeses: Huntsman, Shropshire Blue, Ewephoria

Desserts: Fruitcake, chocolate lava cake, dark chocolate-covered espresso beans

Cigars: Padrón Family Reserve 45 Years “The Little Hammer,” LaReloba Selección Sumatra Torpedo, La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero

Read about all the Vertical Epic beers on Stone’s website here.

 

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