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RATINGS: 140   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Thanks Goldtwins for the opportunity to sample this beer and what a way to start a tasting. An aroma of furit/spice and yeast. A hazy orangish pour. A fruity flavor with a nice even slight bitter finish. I’m just glad I had this early and could mull it over for a good 20 minutes. Thanks again Goldtwins

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (5830) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 14, 2016
Aroma and flavor is bananas/bubblegum, Belgian tripel yeast and a mix of spices, hops and alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (5682) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Orange pour from draft. Orange, dark, white head. Malty and biscuit taste. Citrus. Pretty good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (5673) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 11, 2016
This is a strange beer. Tastes like a hopped up belgian wit. Has some lemon and coriander and is still fairly dry. Good but weird. A pint is probably too much for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (5633) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2016
Bomber BOTTLED CA 07/22/16. Nose heavy coriander with heavy wheat. Pour perfectly clear golden with very heavy carbonation and a very large, sudsy but rocky bright white head. Taste lightly tangy, lightly sweet with lots of lemon floor cleanser, medium bitterness mostly from the coriander soup, and a touch of green Bell pepper. Touch soapy, cleansing, fresh, orange peel and tangerine, heavy wheat lending wheaten feel but also a little chalk, and the pepper is mild. Medium body watery at times but buttressed by high alcohol (light burn at the finish). To read them call this a "tripel" is laughable, and the hops aren’t even particularly Stone-ized; just rough booze earned by an increased base malt. [2016.10.19: 2.8]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
On tap at Brewery. Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Sweet honey, citrus, very light hop presence to the aroma. Tastes of orange, lime, honey and black pepper with a pleasant dry warming finish. Silky medium bodied palate. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JStax (5468) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2016
22 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Clear gold with a white head of foam. Good retention. Yeasty and doughy aroma. Moderately floral. Some lemon notes. Bready and moderately dry taste. Medium body and lower carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (5417) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5359) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2008
Hazy orange colour with a white head. Fruity and alcohol sweet aroma with hoppy floral and yeasty notes. Hoppy, light dry and fruity flavor with an yeasty acidic note. Thanx to sk8viking for sharing this special one.

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