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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Series   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
In 2002 we began our groundbreaking, millennium-inspired series with Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale. This bumped up Belgian-style wit—made all the more alluring thanks to an infusion of orange peel, coriander, a sprinkling of black pepper and a healthy dose of Centennial hops—was a bright way to begin this epic eleven-part vertical tasting.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (5772) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 14, 2016
Aroma and flavor is bananas/bubblegum, Belgian tripel yeast and a mix of spices, hops and alcohol in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnGalt1 (1663) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 11, 2016
Encore series picked up over the weekend at the COOP... Pours crystal clear golden with a long lasting white head... Thick Belgian yeasty notes remind me much more of a BSPA or triple than a big witbier... Orange zest is there, but is lost in the thick sweet esters. Happy I never traded the farm for an original, $8 is plenty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2583) - California, USA - SEP 10, 2016
Slightly hazy golden color, moderate head, good lace/retention. Aroma is coriander, orange, pale malt. Medium bodied, dry finish, it’s probably closer to a Tripel than a Witbier - but Belgian Strong works. A few years ago I had an opportunity to pick up a bottle of this for $300, I’m really happy I passed that up because it was $8 today lol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (8174) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 10, 2016
Draft. Pours gold with a white head. Light peachy yeasty base, some floral notes, zesty citrus, mild bitterness, and a dry finish. Pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (3015) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 9, 2016
Bomber from BevMo. Bottled 7/22/16. Clear hazy golden in color. Some orange to it as well. Yeasty nose with a little spice as well. Yeasty up front with a pretty big hop bite for the style. Some spice and a touch of grain. A little bit of grassiness. Tastes like and imperial Belgian pilsner.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JStax (5214) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2016
22 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Clear gold with a white head of foam. Good retention. Yeasty and doughy aroma. Moderately floral. Some lemon notes. Bready and moderately dry taste. Medium body and lower carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13462) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2016
Draft. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy hop, citrus and yeast aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet & bitter flavor with a medium sweet & bitter finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where surpassed.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1692) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2016
(From the 2010 release) Floral and orange notes on the nose. Pours a clear light golden with a huge white head. Light floral notes, some spice notes, and a very light body. The alcohol is very well hidden, and there’s a nice dry finish. Very enjoyable, and I’ll be grabbing a couple of bottles to toss in the cellar to see how it holds up.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoprider (421) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Pours almost clear copper with very little head. N: fruity caramel, stoney mineral bruised fruit. T: caramel again and light licorice, very well kept for all these years. Aftertaste is light dark fruits. Like it lots. Tak Svend for hele rækken!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyit (3756) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Clear copper of color with a foamy white head. An aroma of honey, peach and sweet. A flavor of honey, malty and very sweet and well oxidiexed.

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