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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Series   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
In 2002 we began our groundbreaking, millennium-inspired series with Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale. This bumped up Belgian-style wit—made all the more alluring thanks to an infusion of orange peel, coriander, a sprinkling of black pepper and a healthy dose of Centennial hops—was a bright way to begin this epic eleven-part vertical tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (40865) - 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
Ungstrup (34696) - 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 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23376) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Sk8viking. Pours a hazy orange color with a small longlasting white head. Has a spicy yeasty coriander and orange aroma. Sweetish malty spicy yeasty flavor with some bitter hints. Has a dry spicy coriander finish with some yeasty hints.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
A: This mythical libation pours a cloudy orange-ish color with a thin ring of white foam. S: What? No cardboard? A miracle, I say. Sweet oranges and a fair amount of spices (coriander, mostly) on the nose with a decent wheat and bread aroma. A bit of yeast is there as well. T: Surprisingly flavor for an almost 9 year old witbier. There are a lot of fruity notes to this beer which was strange, but enjoyable. Orange and slightly bitter orange peel with some coriander complimenting a (somehow) intact sweet wheat and malt base. M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation. D: I was really expecting this to be total crap. As a witbier, it’s very middle of the road. But looking at this beer for "what it has become" in terms of the VE series, it’s actually pretty good. This makes the beer sort of difficult to score...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13615) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2016
Draft. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy hop, citrus and yeast aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet & bitter flavor with a medium sweet & bitter finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where surpassed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (13432) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2016
Bomber poured a clear gold with a small lingering iff white head. Aromas of straw, coriander and light orange. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, coriander and a hint of citrus with a smooth dry bitter lingering coriander finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2016
22oz bottle. For years I sought out the original of this beer, unsuccessfully, so it’s a delight to finally get to try it. Clear apple juice body topped by small white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, coriander, some white pepper, lemon/grapefruit, honeysuckle. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, coriander, some white pepper, light grapefruit. Medium body, light effervescence, acidity, fairly dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2006
(22oz bottle, courtesy of Walt, “big thanks”) 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 16, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours clear orange with a medium, frothy white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy pear esters, orange peel, coriander and moderate earthy wheat malt. Flavor is bitter orange peel, floral coriander, medium earthy wheat malt and biscuit malt with earthy hops and medium bitterness and a dry finish. Full body and moderate carbonation.

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