As promised, I have returned to share my thoughts on Stone’s latest limited release, the 12-12-12 Vertical Epic.
If you aren’t familiar with the series, I won’t bore you to death with a recap of the previous beers…mostly because I wasn’t taking notes on beers back then so we’ll pretend like this is the one and only.
12-12-12 is a dark Belgium style beer. It pours from the bottle in a beautiful near black shade and smells distinctly of fruit and spices. At first taste it threw me off a little, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting but in a very good way. I thought perhaps the favors would be overpowering but instead I found a beer that was surprisingly easy to drink and the favors grew on me very quickly. Cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel and even some clove were noticeable but well balanced and not distracting to the beer. Oh and I wouldn’t call say its very sweet at all. Almost dry even.
My friend and fellow blogger Megan described the beer like this. “It reminded me of a Christmas Ale, but one that would keep me Vertical since most Christmas Ales, to me, feel like a punch in the face of cloves and other spices. The more I sipped, the more I enjoyed. However, at 9.0%, if I continued drinking this all night, it would eventually have to be renamed Horizontal Epic.”
Yes, that’s right. This bad boy clocks in a 9.0%ABV. It’s currently on draft and available in bottles around San Diego county and around the country.
In conclusion – this is a good beer that I’m very glad I had the opportunity to drink, but I’m sure glad I had a few friends to share the bottle with. I could see this being a dangerous beer…but in all the good ways. Go out and enjoy some of the events happening to coincide with the awesome day on the calendar. While you are out, go have a beer!