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Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5535) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5954) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (13757) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Undated Notes: Pours orange with a thin white head. Smells of coriander, honey, some cardboard. Tastes of up front sweet citrus and coriander with some earthines on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (20000) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Sk8viking. Pours a hazy orange color with a small longlasting white head. Has a spicy yeasty coriander and orange aroma. Sweetish malty spicy yeasty flavor with some bitter hints. Has a dry spicy coriander finish with some yeasty hints.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (983) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Bomber shared by LagunitasFan, sampled at J&Jís Friday the 13th Tasting at WeeHeavySDís place. Thanks a ton for sharing this! I never thought I would see one of these bottles! Pours a still hazy gold color with no signs of carbonation. Aroma is a mix of white grape, orange citrus, and a touch of bubblegum. Lightly oxidized but pleasantly sweet flavor with orange peel. Seems like it held up after all this time. Thanks again Tim, this was a real treat to try!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
200th rating for me. Thought this was appropriate, but also thought of 202. Who cares about the number, this is about the beer. My buddy Mark totally stoked me with this beer, and I owe him big time. I was worried to open this with the group on the 13th, because I was afraid it would be a letdown. Thankfully, this beer was better than I expected. It was hazy amber with no head. Wonderfully alive nose, with vanilla, citrus, wood, wine all wafting out. Taste is creamy, and caramel, pepper bitterness jumps out from hiding. Super complex as it moves around the mouth. YAY!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - FEB 14, 2009
22oz bottle from LagunitasFan tasted at J&Jís Friday the 13th tasting. Enormous huge thanks to Tim for bringing this rarity! It was delicious. Seriously, I was expecting this to be some oxidized, slightly sour, cardboard crap, especially hearing that it was stored in a closet, not in a fridge. This is after hearing being bashed on many threads. On the contrary it was quite good. Cloudy yellow. The spices are still clear and present: orange peel, citrusy lemon peel. Light malty sweetness. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2009
70th Rating of this brew, shared by LagunitasFan(Tim) at our J&J tasting, I was so damn supremely stoked to try this, I couldnít care if it was maybe past its prime, I just couldnít wait. Tim you are super awesome!!! Pours orange with no head. Nose was sweet and subtle with some faded hops and a touch of wit characteristics. Taste is sweet and citrus and overall very nice, not past its prime in my opinion but then again Iíve never had it before and doubt Iíll ever have it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - FEB 14, 2009
February 2, 2002 was my 30th birthday and I got to try this beer thanks to Lagunitasfan (Tim). After hearing all the discussions that this was way past itís prime I was surprised it was quite tasty. Pours a cloudy yellow/orange with little carbonation. Aroma was slightly sweet with some faded hops. Flavor was slightly oxidized with yeast, fruit, and somebitterness. Over quite a treat. Thanks again Tim.

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