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Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zach8270 (3961) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2013
(bottle - 22 oz - Night of the Titans 2013) The first of the reason we had our gathering. To drink the Stone Vertical Epic series. This was the one we were most concerned about as to whether or not it would age properly. Thank God that it did. Mildly cloudy amber pour, but after 11 years of sitting that didnít shock me really. Still a fair amount of carbonation though. Sweet and spicy malt aroma with a nice honey and citrus undertone. Very nice sweetness throughout with a great sweet and spicy finish and aftertaste. Amazing how well it held up and how good it tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (3152) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2013
I was fortunate to try this last night at an epic tasting held by my good friend Mike, thanks for the opportunity MrBarleywine! The first in the series pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with an almost non existent off white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is sweet with caramel and light tropical fruit with a lightly spicy bready yeasty bite to provide a bit of balance. The flavor is sweet like the aroma promised. Sugary and caramel malts with a faded but present spicy peppery yeast bite. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet spicy mouthfeel. This held up better than I expected, but its also a stretch to call this a wit I guess. It has lots of sherry oxidized notes, but it drank pretty good. Probably past its prime, but holding up just the same.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
On tap at Stone on 12.12.12

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow gold. Within the body you will see sparse tiny bubbles rising. A ring of thin white suds gather around the top of the glass.

Aroma: Strawberry lemonade, ribbon candy.

Taste: Dry pale malt, spicy yeast. Lemon candy. Spicy finish with light tartness.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, on the thin side of medium bodied, juicy.

Overall: Pretty decent, and very lively for a decade old beer. My favorite part was the slight tartness that invited me back for more. Stone kept this keg in pristine shape, so results may vary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (10255) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
22oz bottle. Golden in color with an averaged sized white head. Some oxidation, spicy, yeast, and some caramel. Shows some age, but overall not as bad as I would have expected. Glad I had the chance to finally have this (and doing a full 020202 - 121212 vertical to boot!).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Damico (3003) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Wooooowwwwww - points for rare here! Thank you very much for opening this my friend! Pours clear golden amber with a bubbly body and creamy white head. Aroma and flavor bring some oxidation, but just a tad, especially considering over ten years of aging! Aroma brings the aged yeast and some sweet notes. The flavor has notes of the yeast dominating as well, hops are completely gone, bring some bitter and caramel malts blended. Had an all grain homebrew as well which followed the exact same recipe as the website, turned out really nice too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Pours a translucent golden with a medium bubbly white head. Aroma of some oxidized cardboard notes, light spicy notes, citrus and very Tripel like. Flavor of lemon zest, spicy Belgian yeast character, light oxidation and candy notes. Lively carbonation and nice and dry.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
kramer (5501) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark gold body with a small fizzy white head. Still plenty of carbonation in this (and all the others in the series). The nose is pretty well all oxidation at this point, lots of wet cardboard. Maybe a bit of wheat still, but you have to use a bit of imagination. The flavor is pretty well on par with the aroma, lots of oxidation and a bit of a mix of sweetness and light alcohol on the finish. Long lingering cardboard finish. Mouthfeel is still pretty sturdy, a bit heavy, still plenty of nice fizzy carbonation. Overall, I guess I wasnít expecting a whole lot out of this and thatís about what I got. It didnít go "bad", but is certainly didnít go "good". Canít imagine that anybody would pay serious money (or any money really) for this anymore.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Draft at Stone. Pours a murky orange gold. Honey, orange, coriander. Flavor is fairly subtle ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (5075) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Draft at Stone Bistro. Nice to try this rarity. Hazy golden pour, foamy off white head. Sweet, orange, coriander, heavy bread, caramel, and yeast. Interesting, this has stood the test of time fairly well, but its still not terribly enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (903) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Bottle, shared at Brendanís 12/12/12 party! Pours a clear orange-yellow with bubbles and no head. Spicy aroma, of coriander, orange peel, yeast, sugar. Taste is quite sweet, hops are almost gone, with lots of candied orange peel, spices, caramel, and honey. Lingering citrus spice. Still has a bite. Has aged pretty well.

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