The first beer I truly fell in love with was a Stone Vertical Epic. Since 2002, Stone Brewery has been putting out one really interesting beer per year. Well, they've put out many interesting beers per year but they put out one interesting beer in their Vertical series per year. A vertical in the world of beer is akin to a vertical in the world of wine. It typically zeroes in on a single beer and allows you sample the beer through many vintages. It's a wonderful way to see how beers age through the years.
Stone takes a slightly different approach to verticals. Every year they put out a new beer in their vertical series. Always slightly different than previous years. Always interesting. Always something that makes you eager for next year when you can see how the beer has aged.
This year's Vertical Epic (released, as is tradition, on 11.11.11) is a really interesting beer. It's a rich and flavorful departure from 10.10.10, 09.09.09 and all other Vertical Epics. Brewed with anaheim chile and cinnamon, this beer has a bite. The warmer it gets the more greenness you get from the chile. The cinnamon is more subdued but there as one of a few notes of spice. It's a great beer for the price and definitely something to stock up on for future years.