Saturday, June 8, 2013

San Diego Beer Review: Stone Vertical Epic 11.11.11

Stone Brewing
1999 Citracado Parkway

Escondido, CA 92029

This beer has been in wrapped in a paper bag in my fridge for over 2 years, and last week I finally cracked it open. The wait was worth it...

Belgian Strong Dark Ale
9.4% ABV

Pours a crystal clear, deep red/amber. Quite beautiful. Thick head.

Chilis, cinnamon/nutmeg. A bit of sweetness from the malt and Belgian yeast.

The chilis add a unique flavor profile. This beer does not have the sweetness that you get with many Belgian styles. It is very smooth on the tongue with a bitter finish. The chilis add to the bitterness and add a bit of heat upon impact with the stomach.

Robust! Coats the tongue and palette. It insists upon and double swallow with each taste.

This beer has aged very well! Light carbonation adds to the smooth flavor and texture. The chilis add an interesting heat in the stomach without a strong alcohol flavor or character.

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