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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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2007
Bottle shared by goldtwins on 8/26/06: Pours a slightly carbonated clear golden with a thin wispy off-white head. Aroma of sweet, toasty, bready Belgian malt with some aged mild butterscotch complexity. Body starts with a sweet viscous biscuity maltiness, good light fruity complexity and a smooth, drier earthy and bittersweet finish with a touch of warmth. Well aged and balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1882) - Earth, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2007
22 oz bottle into a Snifter glass. Pours a completely clear yellow golden color with basically no head whatsoever. The aroma brings out a very honeyish sweet malt characteristic along with a very doughy banana sense. Flavor has a rich manderine sense to it at first moving into a grapefruity hopped and slightly bitter finish. Very doughy. Feels like silk on the palate there is so little carbonation. Flavors are very mellow after five years. After hearing mainly poor things about this guy, I was pleasantly surprised. I donít seem to be as impressed as most of the rest of you for some reason though. Kind of leaves a sourness on the palate after the finish. Doubt it will hold well in any condition until 2012!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2006
From 22oz Bottle. Suprisingly lively hiss upon opening the bottle. Hazy golden pour with a healthy serving of frothy white head. Perfumy aroma of honey, banana, and a doughy cardamon spice. Intriguing citrusy hop characters add a sweet tangerine dimension to the bouquet as well. Medium bodied, silky mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very floral and creamy body with a baked cookie quality. Some more yeasty spice comes out and finishes with some more of the orange sweetness found in the nose. Many thanks to Rem for being the hostess with the mostest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 28, 2006
Thanks to Landseer for sharing this one. I thought I would never be able to sample this one. Pours hazy golden with a frothy white head, spotty lacing. Medium light mouthfeel and soft carbonation, but still bold in flavor. Aroma of honey, banana, and yeast. Flavor cloves, coriander, wheat malt, and earthy belgian funk. Medium dry finish with some hints of white pepper. Very nice, and easy to drink. So far, this has held up. I also like that this was not a huge, thick, and alcoholic. Very subtle but strong beer. Well done Greg.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2006
Bottle. Hot damn, this was good. Thanks to Landseer for this taste treat. The man always comes through. This is one of the vertical series that seems to have aged well. Deep, cloudy amber with small off-white head. A very complex aroma with so many things going on. Big yeast, almonds, citrus hops, sherry, caramel, corriander, cookie dough, cloves, oh my! Gentle carbonation and a medium body with creamy texture. Big on flavor with all the olfactory elements carrying over for a gustatory delight with great complexity and drinkability. Unquestionably my favorite among the Vertical Epics to date.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5581) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Thanks Goldtwins for the opportunity to sample this beer and what a way to start a tasting. An aroma of furit/spice and yeast. A hazy orangish pour. A fruity flavor with a nice even slight bitter finish. Iím just glad I had this early and could mull it over for a good 20 minutes. Thanks again Goldtwins

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3288) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2006
A big thanks to goldtwins for offering to share this one! I never thought that I would get a chance to try this one. pours with a thin head over a clear yellow body. Moderate lacing. Big complex aroma of spices, oranges and some alcohol. The flavor is a bit thinner than the aroma, but this certainly hasnít become a drainpour by any stretch of the imagination. Lightly sweet, fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Poured a clear goden color with a small white head. Malty aroma with that Belgian yeast smell. Bubble gum, sugar and floral notes. A hint of alcohol as well. The flavor seemed on the light side and started out dull, which having this for the first time I can only assume it is from age. Floral flavors came in followed by light maltiness. Some warmth in the throat. Body was on the small side but decent. I was suprised overall. I didnít know what to expect and found this to be very nice indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5695) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2006
Poured a hazy orange amber color with a medium sized, off white head, that quickly diminished, leaving no lacing on the glass. Aroma of tropical fruits, but really fresh orange comes through, light lemon, a bit of spices, with some yeast, and toffee as well. Taste was sweet, with more apricot, or fresh orange, some sweet red apple, candy sugar, faint spices, some tart citrus fruits, dusty yeast, with light alcohol in the finish. Big thanks to Walt for the vertical!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2006
22 oz bottle. Thanks Walt. Cloudy orange in color with a little white head. Citrusy sweet candi sugar aroma. Orange and Lemon notes. Fruity and spicey flavor. Oranges and Pears. Sweet. Medium bodied. Well balanced. This beer really aged nicely. Smooth finish. Very nice. Enjoyable.

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