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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5904) - 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!

3.9
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8984) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2006
22oz bottle thanks to Walt. Color is cloudy yellow and orange. Has a juicy nose full of oranges, pineapple and pears, with some alcohol noticed, and some Belgian candy sugar scents. The old fruit flavor is very dominant, but still retains a bit of freshness. No signs of oxidation or questionable storage, very impressive how well it has held up for being so "light". Medium thickness, moderately frothy, a bit sticky. Flavors of creamy oranges and a bit of funk and mold (the good kind) from the yeast is noticed. Chalky but smooth texture in the finish. Only complaint would be a slight hint of fuesal alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Pour is deep golden yellow with dense off white head...lots of floasties...smell is butter, alcohol, vanilla, orange...lively mouthfeel...taste is sweet and lightly citric...thick chewy butter scotch-ish finish, but not diacetyl butterscotch....like it was supposed to be there... People say it is going downhill, tastes about the same as I remember...I think it is holding up fine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2006
(22oz bottle, courtesy of Walt, ďbig thanksĒ) Pours a cloudy yellow body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of orange zest and spicy yeast. Flavor of orange, honey, malt, and herbs. Walt you are the best!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2006
light cloudy body with a shampoo head. orange blossoms and lemon rind fill the nose. Flavour ages well and features a backbone of sweet coconut almond with a floral characteristic. Mouth feels very grainy and unique, with a lemongrass aftertase. Hats off to Walt for finding this in a dumpster outside of a stripclub in Utah.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Big thanks to Walt for digging this thing out for the 2006 Chromefest: Poured golden yellow with a touch of orange. Big white head. Light apple and grapefruit in the aroma. Somewhat floral. Flavor was surprisingly grainy to me with light fruit and flowers. Sweet finish. Still pretty good after almost 4.5 years.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Bottle. So, imagine my surprise when I went to my corner 7-11 for a refill of my Diet Coke cup, when I walk past the cooler and see this staring back at me! Best $1.99 I ever spent, that is for damn sure. Anyways. Citric nose like dishwashing liquid, almost hazy body, yellow/orange with a lasting medium film of bubbles. Taste-good hops, citric, wheaty, light smoke, light plastic, zesty, good honey with almost a hint of funk. From listening to the masses talk, I figure that this beer would be past, but it isnít. It was quite enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3987) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2006
I thought for sure that I had had this. Attractive, moderately-sized carbonation, in a clinging white head on a hazy dark yellow body. Beautiful aroma--flowers so big I might have to shoo away bees in a minute, plus bubblegum, canteloupe, banana, a touch of coconut, and good yeast influence. Easy drinking, with a sophisticated touch at the end.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5221) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Bomber from Belgianhomebrew, thanks man! Shared with Eyedrinkale on 8/5/2005. Served chilled, to start, in a corsendonk tulip.
Smells quite yeasty, though rather a meaty/heavy yeastiness. Sherry, marzipan and the gang are all present as well. Some wet, rotting flower petals. Maybe a hint of lavendar. Pineapple and old spoiling peaches as well. Color is a hazy peach, slight rust tones and copper-gold hues throughout. Respectable white head is dense and creamy, but quite small. It does retain well at a small covering and there is some spotty lacing. Handful of bubbles rise, slowly, every couple of seconds. The sediment is suspended throughout the beer. Flavor begins with caramel and taffee (sort of a chewy, vanilla and cream flavor). Peppery notes arise quickly to balance the sweetness, but it dosent take much, as this is quite well-attenuated. On the finish, there is a whiskeyish element, though I know this wasnt barrel aged. Could just be the pepperiness mixed with slight fruity esters. Sweet peaches and light clementines. Great palate is immediately noticeable. Low carbonation, small, expansive bubbles. No thinning or wateriness in this sample. Every sip Iím getting vanilla and pepper. Finishes with caramel and almost a nutmeg flavor. VERY Drinkable, Iím enjoying it almost too much for how analytical/observational Iím trying to be. Pepperiness never leaves, and the body holds to the end, as well. A soft and gentle, almost session like ale. Medium body overall, with the yeast not meaty like the aroma would suggest. I can taste similarities to the 050505ís yeast profile, but itís not fuelic or crude. There just isnít as much yeast pumped in to it. Dulls towards the end of the glass with some candi-like sugariness and almost a mineralesque yeastiness. No alcohol noted anywhere. Good stuff!


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