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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Thank you Beardedbastard, I never thought I would have tried this beer if you hadn't been so kind to bring one to the SoCal Gathering. This slightly cloudy golden elixir is topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is slightly sweet and fruity (raspberry, lemon) with a sour note and a slight yestiness. The flavor is slighlty sour yet slightly bitter with a slight fruitiness and a slight sweetness. Medium bodied and dry.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Thanks to beerdedbastard for breaking this one out of the cellar. Beautiful amber-golden color with a creamy white head. Aroma is sweet mild malts, peach, apricot and spice. Flavor is good! Spicy, sweet, malty rich with a nice hop finish. Medium body, thick and creamy. Yum!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 10, 2003
Dark golden with a tight white head. Nose smells like a bowl of tropical fruit. Strange cross between a hefe,wit and tripel that definitely works. Guavas,mangos,bubble gum are all bouncing around with just a hint of spiciness. An excellent brew!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Nice fruit aroma. More the color of a trippel, and leave it to Stone to over hop it. I LIKE IT!!! Well, one year down, and it is still great.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1400) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Beer pours hazy golden with a moderate white head. The head is retained and there appears to be heavy lacing. When I smelled this beer for the first time, I wasn't aware of its categorization. The smell of orange peel and coriander whafted to my nostrils. "This smell like a Belgian ale" I thought. Low and behold, it is a Belgian. Flavor rivals the best American belgian styles, although there is a bit of a twang in the finish that I will put down as the hops Stone is famous for. Delicious yeast strain.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
valcanan (12) - Apple Valley, California, USA - AUG 17, 2003
This vertical epic was a great beer. It had a smooth taste with a light pineapple flavor. It had a light head with a golden color.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2003
Apricot color with a light head and wonderful fruity light spice in the aroma. More bitter than a traditional trippel but well balanced with the malt. Malt sweetness gives way to a spicy fruit finish. Well done.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BBB63 (5750) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Lucky me, a hunt and seek trip through Ohio(while on business) allowed me to find a bottle of this beer (along with the 03.03.03 release), didn't mind the $11 price tag...Looks and smelled much like a belgian triple, so Stone was right on there. Yes, it is also more hoppy than the traditional style, but that works very well here. Excellent balance, lots of character and no single dominating feature. Sweet but a fruity sourness is also detected on the palate (lasts long past the last sip). Too bad I only had one bottle of this fine brew, I would love too taste it in 2004-05. Ahhhhh. heaven! Way to go Stone!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - APR 27, 2003
dium orange color. Small head. Aroma is coriander, vanilla and various fruits. Medium bodied Belgian style ale. Malts are bright and slightly sweet and fruity. Hops are citrusy. Interesting blend of spices and flavors. Seem to change with each sip. Well balanced. Complexity of a nice Belgian. Well done. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - APR 26, 2003
Had from bottle on April 18, 2003 at the Suffed Sandwich
I only have one of these bottles in storage which I am saving until the suggested opening date, so having a bottle presented to me at the Stuffed Sandwich was a great opportunity. The beer has a citrusy/hoppy aroma with a slight cloudy yellow appearance and no head. Great flavor with a hint of fruit and a slight bitterness. Nicely done - waiting until it's been aged much longer to see how it performs.


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