Beer Review: STONE 11.11.11 VERTICAL EPIC ALE – THE REVIEW

Beer Review: STONE 11.11.11 VERTICAL EPIC ALE – THE REVIEW

Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale, a creation by Brewmaster Mitch Steele from Stone Brewing, boldly challenges the conventions of chili beers. Steele asserts that this ale, featuring mild green chilies from the Hatch Valley in New Mexico, brings a delectable layer of flavor with a subtle heat element. The addition of cinnamon, rather than overpowering the beer, contributes a nuanced spice note that harmonizes seamlessly with the Hatch chilies and the banana esters from the yeast.

Appearance:

Pouring into a VE specialty glassware, the ale presents itself as a dark red liquid. A rapid pour results in a fleeting light tan foamy head that dissipates quickly, leaving a fairly clear brew in its wake.

Aroma:

The Belgian yeast and cinnamon take center stage in the aroma, emitting a prominent red(gum) scent. Initially reminiscent of bubble gum, the fragrance evolves as it warms, with cinnamon making a discernible entrance, accompanied by subtle notes of clove.

Taste:

The flavor profile unfolds with bitter earthy cinnamon, burnt crust, and a dominant presence of fruity, spicy Belgian yeast. The beer leans towards the dry side, leaving an oily pepper essence lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:

The lively prickly bubbles and a full-bodied texture characterize the mouthfeel, providing a dynamic and engaging drinking experience.

Overall:

This beer stands out as a unique and unprecedented experience. While it may not be the kind of brew one opts for multiple glasses of, it undeniably captivates with its distinctiveness. During a fortuitous encounter with a pan of gingerbread cake, the ale proved to be an unexpectedly perfect companion. Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale prompts contemplation, conversation, and a memorable olfactory journey, making it a noteworthy addition to the beer aficionado’s repertoire.