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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BBB63 (6557) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6428) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2016
Bottle: The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, light banana, apple, and spice.It pours a transparent golden-orange with a two finger white head that fades to a minimal film outlined by a thin ring. There is some very thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with light-moderate banana, Belgian yeast, and a hint of apple. The finish has light-moderate spice (pepper/clove), grass, and a touch of grapefruit. It’s light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, the beer is solid, but my real enjoyment of this beer comes from the fact that I paid $7 instead of the hundreds of dollars that the late to the party whale chasers (who put quite the damper on the hobby for me) used to pay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Undated Notes: Pours orange with a thin white head. Smells of coriander, honey, some cardboard. Tastes of up front sweet citrus and coriander with some earthines on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (6263) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2016
On draft at the brewery. Pours a clear gold with an off white head. Banana aroma. Flavors of citrus and bubblegum. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6136) - 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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (6106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Lets see if i get this right - thanks to JohnC for bringing this to Noogfest III, and thanks to Springslicker for saving me a taste because I was late. Cloudy orange, nice thick head. Lots of floaties, too. Citrusy, piney aroma, and sweet citrus and hint of pine in the flavor, as well. Nice smokey notes, too, and a dryish finish. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GenDV138 (6105) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2016
Bottle pour sample at Dominion Wine & Beer. Clear yellow with off-white head. Aromas and tastes of herbs, spice, citrus. Medium body with a dry finish. Kind of run of the mill 14 years later with how much craft beer has grown since then.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2008
Bottle, thanks to kramer17801. A golden beer with a big white head. I can smell that it´s old, but there is much more in there, caramel, coriander, fruit, alcohol and hops, the taste is fine some sweetness and acid notes, but also caramel, coriander, fruits and alcohol. Medium body with a light alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
kramer (5912) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark gold body with a small fizzy white head. Still plenty of carbonation in this (and all the others in the series). The nose is pretty well all oxidation at this point, lots of wet cardboard. Maybe a bit of wheat still, but you have to use a bit of imagination. The flavor is pretty well on par with the aroma, lots of oxidation and a bit of a mix of sweetness and light alcohol on the finish. Long lingering cardboard finish. Mouthfeel is still pretty sturdy, a bit heavy, still plenty of nice fizzy carbonation. Overall, I guess I wasn’t expecting a whole lot out of this and that’s about what I got. It didn’t go "bad", but is certainly didn’t go "good". Can’t imagine that anybody would pay serious money (or any money really) for this anymore.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (5893) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 17, 2016
It pours clear golden witha white head. The aroma has caramel, Abbey yeast, nectarine and banana. It has a medium body with mild carbonation. The taste has astringency, sulfur and grassy notes added and is very dry. This is not bad and interesting, but dumbfounding what this used to go for on secondary market after trying it.

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