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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2008
Hazy orange colour with a white head. Fruity and alcohol sweet aroma with hoppy floral and yeasty notes. Hoppy, light dry and fruity flavor with an yeasty acidic note. Thanx to sk8viking for sharing this special one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2008
(Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of sk8viking. Pours a hazy golden with a very lively and bubbly off-white head. Aroma of yeast and overripe fruit with a somewhat oxidized sherry touch. Medium body with sweet fruit and sherry notes and a little phenol. Very bubbly carbonation. Quite some bitterness in the finish. 260708

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2008
Bottle, thanks to kramer17801. A golden beer with a big white head. I can smell that it´s old, but there is much more in there, caramel, coriander, fruit, alcohol and hops, the taste is fine some sweetness and acid notes, but also caramel, coriander, fruits and alcohol. Medium body with a light alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
uhre (384) - DENMARK - JUL 29, 2008
The colour is golden - kind of like a blond. The aroma is not at all like a blond, it is more like a barley wine or dark belgien beer. You can smell prunes, alcohol and yeast. The flavor is similar, but it also adds another dimension with the acidly touch, which suits very well. Great beer - thanks to sk8viking!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (31458) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2008
Bottled. An unclear golden beer with sediment floating around under a thin white head. The aroma is very sweet with strong notes of fruit - especially peaches and oranges as well as a note of alcohol. The flavor is sweet with dusty notes of hops and strong notes of fruit - especially peaches. The alcohol burns the tongue. Huge thanks Sk8viking for sharing this rare beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (37013) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2008
22 fl oz bottle, huge thanks to sk8viking for sharing this! Pours hazy to cloudy orange with a lacing white head. Smooth wooden and deep caramel malt aroma. Flavour starts light acidic and soon goes into a dry wooden flavour. Solid caramel malt base. Light yeast fruity and with a spiced note. Mild citric and spiced finish with a nice yeasty touch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grovlam (4187) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2008
Bottle. [Sk8viking great American blind tasting] Huge bubbly white head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Light hazy looking orange yellow color. Aroma of ginger, coriander, fruit, caramelized. Over the palate came mild alcoholic and herbal feel with a nice touch of hops. Full bodied with an average carbonation and light dry and alcoholic texture. Moderated sweet and light bitter flavor. Lingering ginger and fruity alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Capa (2422) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Part of a vertical in Tokyo; thanks marc! Hazy, glowing golden hue with a medium head. Aroma is fruity, spices, coriander, light herbal notes. Maybe a bit thin but nicely carbonated. Some fruits, spices, wheat, coriander, some herbs, and refreshing citrus/orange. Alcohol comes though in the finish along with increasing spice tones. What an amazing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2008
cloudy dark yellow. sweet cinnamon smell. very carbonated and very smooth. tastes like champagne. it’s very good but it’s not $250 worth of good. i am definitely in the wrong business. lol

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TimE (4340) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 24, 2008
A bit shout out to Marc for sharing this one. Cloudy golden color. It showed notes of coriander, cookies, oranges and caracao. The mouth was incredibly creamy with an upfront bready character, saffron jumped in there as well. Soft, off sweet, coriander finish with a slightly warming affect. Its flavors really melded well with time and the beer was very rounded. Very very nice, but hardly worth the prices it fetches on Ebay.

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