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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


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (9018) - 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!).

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Damico (2612) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TomDecapolis (4500) - 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.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
kramer (5034) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcane7 (1666) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4398) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (878) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
On tap at Brewery. Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Sweet honey, citrus, very light hop presence to the aroma. Tastes of orange, lime, honey and black pepper with a pleasant dry warming finish. Silky medium bodied palate. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4753) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Sampled from a bottle. I have at least one witness, it did happen. Well this one poured a slight orange-yellow color, no head when I got to it. Aroma is somewhat like musty orange zest, not too much else. Flavor is mellow and a little sweet, almost creamy light citrus. Iím being a little lenient on this due to the age of the bottle, as it feels well past its prime (despite what the bottle claims), but a lot better than I ever expected this one to ever be.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
A: This mythical libation pours a cloudy orange-ish color with a thin ring of white foam. S: What? No cardboard? A miracle, I say. Sweet oranges and a fair amount of spices (coriander, mostly) on the nose with a decent wheat and bread aroma. A bit of yeast is there as well. T: Surprisingly flavor for an almost 9 year old witbier. There are a lot of fruity notes to this beer which was strange, but enjoyable. Orange and slightly bitter orange peel with some coriander complimenting a (somehow) intact sweet wheat and malt base. M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation. D: I was really expecting this to be total crap. As a witbier, itís very middle of the road. But looking at this beer for "what it has become" in terms of the VE series, itís actually pretty good. This makes the beer sort of difficult to score...


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