Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale

Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale

This year's Stone Vertical Epic ale might justifiably be considered the non sequitur edition. We somehow came to the conclusion that adding Anaheim chiles from New Mexico's Hatch Valley, plus whole cinnamon sticks, to an amber-hued brew fermented with Belgian Flanders Golden Ale yeast (which provides fairly intense character with lots of clove & banana overtones) would create a very tasty result. And we believe it does! The Anaheim chile pepper is known for its rich flavor more than endorphin-inducing heat, and the cinnamon adds a nice twist...part of the promise behind the Vertical Epic Ale series itself. As with any epic, remember that it is not just the destination, but the journey!

Stone 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale Homebrew Recipe

November 11, 2011
Belgian Strong Ale
9.4%
65

Tasting Notes

Provided by
Mitch Steele
,
Brewmaster
Appearance
Amber to copper, tan head, clear
Aroma
Chile peppers, malt, fruit, lightly phenolic, cinnamon, bell pepper, heat
Taste
Chile peppers, cinnamon, malt sweetness, caramel, fruit
Palate
Medium body, hints of heat, very balanced, nice carbonation, great mouth feel, crisp, smooth
Overall
A good, mild chile pepper beer, but was better fresh

Pairing Notes

Provided by
"Dr." Bill Sysak
,
Craft Beer Ambassador
Appetizers
Stuffed jalapeños, pork sliders, queso fundido
Soups
Chili con carne, albondigas, Manhattan clam chowder
Entreés
Serrano ham, chicken mole, skirt steak with chimichurri, Cajun dishes
Desserts
Chocolate ancho chile cake, cinnamon rolls, spiced vanilla ice cream
Cheeses
Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, Emmentaler, manchego, Dante
Cigars
Viaje Skull & Bones Daisy Cutter, Don Pepín García Blue, Jaime Garcia Reserva Especiale