I managed to have a Stone Vertical Epic 11.11.11 on its actual namesake date 11.11.11. It wasn't my deliberate intention, but when I found the sour beer night at Pizza Port Ocean Beach too crowded, I figured it'd be worth grabbing a bottle of the latest Stone release for home consumption. I'll get right to the point - 11.11.11 was better than I was expecting. I know that's not a ringing endorsement, but I was suspicious when I heard it was being brewed with chilies and cinnamon.
compare all Vertical Epics to my favorite, 08.08.08. 11.11.11, while
complex and interesting, is not as good as '08's Vertical Epic. On the
positive side, it's much better than last year's experimental wine
wannabe, and I want another, which is also positive. 11.11.11 is an
approachable extreme beer, but you'll find yourself sipping it despite
its easy drinkability. The cinnamon and chile heat could qualify this
beer as a one-off Stone holiday beer. Stone has one more Vertical Epic
left, and I am already starting to miss the concept. It's time to start
the speculation on next year's Vertical Epic grand finale. I am
rooting for a monster Belgian quad, thick as molasses, with a big dried
fruit profile, and hops, loads and loads of hops.