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Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 18, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2003 Gorgeous cloudly yellow color in the tradition on a classic Belgian Golden or Triple Ale. The nose comes alive with a hint of spice and coriander and promises bliss. Poor head retention but not important compared to the taste. Very low carbonation on the tongue allowing you to experience the creamy malt instead of the CO2 bite. Aftertaste lingers of pepper and perhaps a bit of nutmeg. I look forward to aging this beauty. Re-tasted on 2-27-03 and it seems to be holding up fine but needs more cellar time. Detected some grapefruit-like citrus quality. Amazingly like Pranqster without the hoppiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 1, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2003 Tight self sustaining head. Velvety peach apricot, and cream in the nose that continues into the mouthfeel with orange peel, coriander, and slight pepper. Alcohol develops as the beer warms. Less spicy than when it was released. Incredably complex.rerate 6MAR06 Nose hase gotten sweeter, light coriander and sweet cream. Fairly dry, subduded spiceyness, floral, cram, light toffee, snoflake delicatness, the smell of light hopflowers. Carbonation less vigorous still has lots of yeast. Very smooth, creame brule, white bread, and honey comb. Yet another rerate 3/22/03 Lots of bubblegum phenols(sp), and curaco in the nose, peppery, orange creamcicle and bandaid.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2002
First of all, this is a great beer. A peachy amber color with an incredible nose. A garden of flowers and citrus fruits, really perfumy. After a while, ripe bananas join the party. Its got a citrussy/perfumy/coriandery flavor with a nice hop bite. This beer is really smooth, like drinking flower nectar but remember that the bees sting. Thanks a lot to Beersnob for this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
doesnt quite live up to the hype. a decent, but amped up, belgian style white, this one hardly seems like a candidate for long term aging.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2002
PyschProf dug this triumphantly out of his cellar after we’d had a few, but not so many that we couldn’t appreciate the intense complexity of this brew. A rage of cloves and allspice, coriander and carroty stuff - sweet and powerful and very, very fine. Whew. If the sweetness ever disippates with age, this could be THE beer for the ages. As it is, it is one of the finest lighter Belgians I’ve ever experienced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernest (7284) - 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 can’t tell it isn’t made in Belgium.

   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. Can’t wait til March 3, 2003!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, 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 it’s 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.

   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. Couldn’t wait until 2012.

   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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