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By Norman Miller
Dec. 4, 2012 5:15 p.m.



The Stone Brewing Company’s Vertical Epic series is coming to an end this month after 10 years, while Harpoon Brewery’s 100-Barrel Series will be seeing the release of its 44th installment this month.



The Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12, the final beer in the series started in 2002, will be the last beer released as part of the series.



The beer should be in stores any day now. The 12.12.12 is brewed with a strain of Belgian yeast, as well as cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, rosehips, sweet orange peel and some cloves.



Here are some tasting notes from brewmaster Mitch Steele: “Intense cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice with banana esters dominates up front. Hints of citrus arrive mid-palate, while molasses notes persevere in the finish along with a very nice dark-roasted malt dryness.”



The idea behind the Vertical Epic series was for Stone to brew a beer that could age until the final beer was released. The goal was for fans to save one bottle of each beer and then try them all together on Dec. 12, 2012.



I’ve had several of the Vertical Epic beers and enjoyed some and some others, well, not-so-much, but I thought it was a cool idea.  I don’t have all of the vintages, but I have a couple that I will drink to celebrate the end of the series.



On this coast, Harpoon Brewery has announced the release of the El Triunfo, the 44th 100 Barrel Series.



The recipe of this beer was created by head brewer Jesse Brenneman. It is an English-style porter brewed with coffee from local company Equal Exchange.



The 3,600 pounds of roasted coffee comes from Mexican coffee growers in the El Triunfo biosphere. Equal Exchange created 550 pounds of quad strength coffee from the roasted beans, which were used in the coffee.



“I had a great time working with the Equal Exchange guys on this beer,” said Brenneman. “We spent an afternoon tasting different coffees here at the brewery and collectively decided on the El Triunfo coffee beans because they provided the best flavor profile to match the porter I aimed to brew. They’re not too bitter or overly roasty, and they add a nice, sweet coffee flavor without being overly assertive.”



 



 



 

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