For the past 10 years myself along with countless others have followed this journey and have seen a change in the brewing community. Brewing has gone to not to mince words but to “Epic” propositions. I have seen the rise in new breweries, Nanos, Micros, Craft and mergers left and right. Stone Brewing from 2-2-2 has produced this fun beer never thinking when they first produced it that it would take off into such a counter culture of eBay sales, people hording and others seeking. As for me I will admit I fell for it. Back a few years ago grabbing up a case or two, but then realizing in time some of the brews would not hold up for that long. Opps, my bad but hell I loved doing it. So to Stone Brewing for the final brew for the Epic series 12-12-12 I raise my pint in your honor and thank you for taking me on a great journey.
(Stone Brewing) Back of the bottle –
As with any good epic, herein lies the promise of larger-than-life experiences, heroics, and twists and turns as the adventure unfolds. This bottle-conditioned ale is chapter eleven. Now is the time to enjoy it in a “vertical” tasting side by side with its ten Stone Vertival 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.
This year’s Stone Vertical Epic Ale is the very last one. Yep, this is it. The final chapter. Or as they say on the last slide in some old films: “Fin.” No worries though: this edition is particularly well-suited for prolonging the experience, as it’s as cellarable as any in the series, or more. In this, the final edition, you can expect a perfectly balance *womp* of spices: cinnamon, ginger, allspice, sweet orange peel, clove (only a little!) and rosehips, all in the context of a dark Belgian style abbey-ish beer…but not as sweet. Dry even. Stone style. Thanks for coming on this Epic Stone-style journey with us! You can rest assured there will be new adventures to come…