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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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A new Vertical Epic will be released every year, with the goal being to collect them all and have a Vertical Epic tasting once the final Epic is released on 12/12/12. Each new Stone Vertical Epic Ale will be release one YEAR, one MONTH and one DAY apart. Vertical Epic 02/02/02 was not brewed "to style". Instead, we tried to create something new. It's triple-ish in nature, with wit character, coriander and orange peel, and has way more hops than either a Belgian triple or a Wit would. Belgian yeast was used. Belgian Strong Ale is the closest category that fits -- Greg Koch, Stone Brewing CEO. In addition, we are pleased to provide the homebrewing recipe: http://stonebrew.com/timeline/020202


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernest (6216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2002
Head is initially small, fizzy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium yellow, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), moderately yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard), lightly malty (cookie), with notes of pineapple, lemon, coriander, and clove. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic. Finish is moderately bitter, moderately acidic. Medium body, watery (almost creamy) texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. A little thinner and more watery than expected (compared to things like Chimay White and HotD Ruth), and a very weak/small head (as with most [all?] Stone beers), but the aroma and flavor are great...I canít tell it isnít made in Belgium.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2002
Big hops aroma, as well as citrus. Apricot colour, small head a few floaters. Strong hops flavour and kumguats. Chewy, very little carbonation. Terrific mouthfeel with that great tongue tingle. Wonderful. Canít wait til March 3, 2003!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2002
Aged, this thing is gonna be a monster. I have this habit of sniffing the mist on the top of the beer immediately after opening, and when I did this with this brew I got incredible malt depth, down to my spine. The hops are perfect, not too heaping. The palate is exactly right; much much stronger and up to the task of conveying the flavorful essence of this beer than the Allagash White, which is in itís own right a very good brew. This hits it, though. The aroma is mediciney, bandagey to the nth degree. The taste bitter, earthy, moderately spicy (pine, anise). Great! I wanted a bit more maltiness in the aroma, I think.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 19, 2002
An Imperial White Ale (or a Double White), with an I.B.U. around the 45-50 range. Only 300 cases produced. Somewhat sweet initially. Finish was bitter with a fairly aggressive hop bite. I drank it young. Couldnít wait until 2012.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
billybwilde99 (2) - USA - FEB 12, 2002 does not count
Yummy! Find some, quick!


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