Stone Brewing Co. announced via Twitter today that its latest—and last—Vertical Epic series brew, called Vertical Epic 12.12.12, is hitting store shelves today.
Stone started the Vertical Epic series of ales in 2002, and they “are specifically designed to be aged until sometime after December 12th, 2012.” The idea is for Stone fans to try multiple Vertical Epic brews in “vertical tastings” in 2013 of later.
Here are some details on the 2012 release, from Stone:
“Crafted in the style of a traditional Belgian Noël beer, it’s dark, big and hearty; the type of brew one might have actually expected to come first in the Vertical Epic series…Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale should stand up to aging, but is already a beautiful brew fresh off the bottling line.
“Brewed with cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, clove, orange peel and rosehips (which turned out to be so sturdy we had to roll over them with a forklift to pulverize them for the brew), it’s a complex beer with many layers. The spices come on strong along with a nice bready malt character. That said, Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale is rather dry on the finish, making it a beer that should do a great job as the last beer in the rotation at fans’ Vertical Epic tastings.”
I’ve only tried to two or three Vertical Epic brews, and honestly, I wasn’t blown away by any of them. But maybe that’s because I have no patience, and I didn’t wait until after December 12 of this year.
Learn more about Stone’s 12.12.12 Vertical Epic beer on the company’s website. (And read my review of its much-lauded Enjoy By 12.21.12 IPA here.)