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Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - FEB 14, 2009
February 2, 2002 was my 30th birthday and I got to try this beer thanks to Lagunitasfan (Tim). After hearing all the discussions that this was way past it’s prime I was surprised it was quite tasty. Pours a cloudy yellow/orange with little carbonation. Aroma was slightly sweet with some faded hops. Flavor was slightly oxidized with yeast, fruit, and somebitterness. Over quite a treat. Thanks again Tim.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 19, 2002
An Imperial White Ale (or a Double White), with an I.B.U. around the 45-50 range. Only 300 cases produced. Somewhat sweet initially. Finish was bitter with a fairly aggressive hop bite. I drank it young. Couldn’t wait until 2012.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Sampled 5/28/05 from a bomber. Somewhat cloudy, light yellow pour. Tastes strongly of apricot. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel that finishes nicely dry. There is a nice spicy kick to compliment the fruity taste that comes from the yeast, spices, and some hops are still present in this brew that is certainly aging well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smboselli (146) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2013
A combination of my favorite (black IPA) and least favorite (Belgian) styles. As it turns out it lands right in the middle for me. Very flavorful, and I get why people would love it, but not quite to my liking ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 18, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2003 Gorgeous cloudly yellow color in the tradition on a classic Belgian Golden or Triple Ale. The nose comes alive with a hint of spice and coriander and promises bliss. Poor head retention but not important compared to the taste. Very low carbonation on the tongue allowing you to experience the creamy malt instead of the CO2 bite. Aftertaste lingers of pepper and perhaps a bit of nutmeg. I look forward to aging this beauty. Re-tasted on 2-27-03 and it seems to be holding up fine but needs more cellar time. Detected some grapefruit-like citrus quality. Amazingly like Pranqster without the hoppiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
doesnt quite live up to the hype. a decent, but amped up, belgian style white, this one hardly seems like a candidate for long term aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Veeks (62) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Yeasty Belgian with spices all blended into a dark beer somewhere between a porter and a stout...great finish...really good, I had with a friend with a porkloin dinner and it was sublime!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gez (44) - Ormond Beach, Florida, 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 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
billybwilde99 (2) - USA - FEB 12, 2002 does not count
Yummy! Find some, quick!

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