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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Thanks very much to JohnC for sharing this rare treat. A misty orange pour, lacy white head. Aroma is citrus and spicy sweet. Predominant citrus orange flavors with a yeasty spice background, malt holds everything up with good balance of bitterness and round mouthfeel. This one has aged very well and is quite smooth, a terrific creation to offer from the cellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 08/26/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Fest of 26

clear golden yellow, whispy white head, sweet malty aroma, bitter spicy malt flavor, touch of light fruity sweetness,
-------- /> Date: 06/09/2007
Mode: bottle
Score: 2.9 to 3.5
Words: Noog 3D

hazy orange, fine white head, streaks of lace, sweet malty aroma with a nice spicy edge, lots of spicy citrus flavor balanced with rich malt sweetness, nice bitter finish from the spicy character

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2559) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2007
Orange-peach in colour, lingering white coloured head, light lacing. The aroma was really nothing to spectacular, some fruit, white wine, caramel apples and some light spice. I found the flavour to be actually a bit watery, lightl floral hops do still exist along with some yeast, spice and apples. Medium bitterness in the mouthfeel, medium/light body, mild carbonation. Finishes light, a little bit spicy with just a bit of alcohol warmth. This isnít holding up as good as I hoped, not sure if its going to hold up for another 5 years but I canít wait to find out. I still liked it though.

650ml bottle obtained in a trade with <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>Larry Pitonka, thanks Andre.
Opened on April 21, 2007.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2007 Had on tap at stone winter storm í06 out of a 4 oz tasing class. Hazy orange color with nice white head. Aroma sweet and spicy with a lot of hop notes. Body I described as creamy mellowness in my notes... yep... Flavor was very nice, still had a lot of spices in it, orange and bitterness. Thank you to the brewers for breaking out this five gallon treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gez (44) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2007
What better beer to have as your first rating? It poured a golden yellow color with a large head. The flavor was rather fruity with some citrus. The mouthfeel was very carbonated. I liked it. Thanks again to JohnC for bringing this to Noogfest III.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2007 Bottle at Noog Fest thanks to JohnC and my 600th!!. Pours a hazy orange color with a white head. Aroma is malty, orange peel, spicy, and yeasty. Flavor is malty, orange, citrus, and a bitter spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2007
Enjoyed at NoogFest III. JohnC is the MAN for bringing this one! I love the Noog! Pours hazy orange with some sediment with a light white head. Iíll note that the sediment was likely from the trip from the west coast and Iím sure it would have settled given time. Sweet Belgian citrus greats your nose, orange and refreshing. I really did not notice any spice, itís really just a bright smelling brew. Very flavorful with tons of orange and spiced fruit and a caramel finish that is lingering. Good stuff. Very nice body that is well carbonated, medium, and wet. Much more like a suped up Wit than a Belgian strong. I very much enjoyed this and will be brewing my own directly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2723) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Im in shock I EVER got to taste this beer. First beer of Noogfest III many thanks to JohnC for sharing this. A cloudy yellow appearance with a vanilla, lemon, honey, bread and spice filled aroma. The flavor was very nice on this with some lemons, bread, orange peel, and a hint of pine. Slightly carbonated and creamy mouthfeel. Very good stuff. Oh and rating 1420! Woot!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5684) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Lets see if i get this right - thanks to JohnC for bringing this to Noogfest III, and thanks to Springslicker for saving me a taste because I was late. Cloudy orange, nice thick head. Lots of floaties, too. Citrusy, piney aroma, and sweet citrus and hint of pine in the flavor, as well. Nice smokey notes, too, and a dryish finish. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2007
Bottle. Pours a slightly foggy orange body with a tiny ring of white, bubbly head. Cookie dough and typical Belgian-influenced aroma - fragrant caramel and spices. The flavour is sweet - kind of spicey with moderate fruit character. Noticeable alcohol. Pretty good, just not THAT great.
Thanks for the opportunity radiomgb. Sampled on April 21, 2007.

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