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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


1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
kramer (5034) - 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 wasnít expecting a whole lot out of this and thatís about what I got. It didnít go "bad", but is certainly didnít go "good". Canít imagine that anybody would pay serious money (or any money really) for this anymore.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4748) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Sampled from a bottle. I have at least one witness, it did happen. Well this one poured a slight orange-yellow color, no head when I got to it. Aroma is somewhat like musty orange zest, not too much else. Flavor is mellow and a little sweet, almost creamy light citrus. Iím being a little lenient on this due to the age of the bottle, as it feels well past its prime (despite what the bottle claims), but a lot better than I ever expected this one to ever be.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TomDecapolis (4500) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Pours a translucent golden with a medium bubbly white head. Aroma of some oxidized cardboard notes, light spicy notes, citrus and very Tripel like. Flavor of lemon zest, spicy Belgian yeast character, light oxidation and candy notes. Lively carbonation and nice and dry.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4389) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Draft at Stone Bistro. Nice to try this rarity. Hazy golden pour, foamy off white head. Sweet, orange, coriander, heavy bread, caramel, and yeast. Interesting, this has stood the test of time fairly well, but its still not terribly enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Poured a clear goden color with a small white head. Malty aroma with that Belgian yeast smell. Bubble gum, sugar and floral notes. A hint of alcohol as well. The flavor seemed on the light side and started out dull, which having this for the first time I can only assume it is from age. Floral flavors came in followed by light maltiness. Some warmth in the throat. Body was on the small side but decent. I was suprised overall. I didnít know what to expect and found this to be very nice indeed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grovlam (4156) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2008
Bottle. [Sk8viking great American blind tasting] Huge bubbly white head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Light hazy looking orange yellow color. Aroma of ginger, coriander, fruit, caramelized. Over the palate came mild alcoholic and herbal feel with a nice touch of hops. Full bodied with an average carbonation and light dry and alcoholic texture. Moderated sweet and light bitter flavor. Lingering ginger and fruity alcoholic finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3892) - 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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3691) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zach8270 (3502) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2013
(bottle - 22 oz - Night of the Titans 2013) The first of the reason we had our gathering. To drink the Stone Vertical Epic series. This was the one we were most concerned about as to whether or not it would age properly. Thank God that it did. Mildly cloudy amber pour, but after 11 years of sitting that didnít shock me really. Still a fair amount of carbonation though. Sweet and spicy malt aroma with a nice honey and citrus undertone. Very nice sweetness throughout with a great sweet and spicy finish and aftertaste. Amazing how well it held up and how good it tasted.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2009
70th Rating of this brew, shared by LagunitasFan(Tim) at our J&J tasting, I was so damn supremely stoked to try this, I couldnít care if it was maybe past its prime, I just couldnít wait. Tim you are super awesome!!! Pours orange with no head. Nose was sweet and subtle with some faded hops and a touch of wit characteristics. Taste is sweet and citrus and overall very nice, not past its prime in my opinion but then again Iíve never had it before and doubt Iíll ever have it again.


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