Sunday, January 29, 2012

Stone: Vertical Epic - A very big beer

I mean figuratively big
The aroma on this one is malty and boozy.

The flavors are caramel malt and a huge hit of the Anaheim Chili with which it is brewed.  It is also brewed with cinnamon sticks but I didn't really notice that, which I don't consider a very bad thing.  There is a strong bitter note which sticks with you.

As you can see, it pours a cloudy, dark reddish amber.  There is very little head.

This beer is not for the faint of heart and I can see it not being for just anyone's palate.  Now, where I probably went a bit awry was drinking this now instead of letting it age for the recommended year.  This is my problem.  I want to cellar some beer, but I just have to pop one and try it first.

What were my thoughts?  Ummmm, it didn't overly impress me.  It was good, but didn't make me say "wow".  The pronounced flavor of the chili takes some getting used to.  I'm sure I could learn to like it, but there isn't any left at the store. :)

Recommend served with chili, steak or something that the beer will not overpower in flavor.


  1. and your crazy beers. chili? cinnamon? sounds kind of strange to me but then i am not a big fan of beer. i know, my bad.

    your friend,

    1. Yeah, this one was a bit out there. I'm telling you, the Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout is the kind of beer you could drink if you wanted to "hang with the boys" lol.

  2. I found this "chili beer" at World Market that a couple of my friends just loved, but they quit carrying it. A friend does home brew (including some Mead that's out of this world). We were talking about trying to do something with chili. hmmmm.

    1. This one was a bit much, but one of my friends is crazy for it. I will tell you that Mikkeller makes a chipotle porter that is really outstanding. Now that would be an out there beer to try as a home brewer. I'd be willing to do some taste testing.