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Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3912) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3289) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2006
A big thanks to goldtwins for offering to share this one! I never thought that I would get a chance to try this one. pours with a thin head over a clear yellow body. Moderate lacing. Big complex aroma of spices, oranges and some alcohol. The flavor is a bit thinner than the aroma, but this certainly hasnít become a drainpour by any stretch of the imagination. Lightly sweet, fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2005
22 oz bottle (ClarkVV makes it happen). Pours with a small head. Aroma is sweet, tripel like with mostly nectarines. Taste is till plenty lively, with some sweet apricot and just a light bitterness. This stuff is holding up quite nicely. Thanks to Clark again for sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (3159) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2013
I was fortunate to try this last night at an epic tasting held by my good friend Mike, thanks for the opportunity MrBarleywine! The first in the series pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with an almost non existent off white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is sweet with caramel and light tropical fruit with a lightly spicy bready yeasty bite to provide a bit of balance. The flavor is sweet like the aroma promised. Sugary and caramel malts with a faded but present spicy peppery yeast bite. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet spicy mouthfeel. This held up better than I expected, but its also a stretch to call this a wit I guess. It has lots of sherry oxidized notes, but it drank pretty good. Probably past its prime, but holding up just the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2002
Big hops aroma, as well as citrus. Apricot colour, small head a few floaters. Strong hops flavour and kumguats. Chewy, very little carbonation. Terrific mouthfeel with that great tongue tingle. Wonderful. Canít wait til March 3, 2003!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 8, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 an update, 24 Dec 2006, I just had some of this on draft at Stoneís Winter Storm at their Stone World Bistro. Itís in great shape. Golden colored, fruity with a great finish. The balance is fantastic. Canít believe itís nearly 5 years old. honey colored, w/ a great nose & flavor. Stoneís deScription is accurate. It is ítrippel-ishí. Very nice

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Damico (3003) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Wooooowwwwww - points for rare here! Thank you very much for opening this my friend! Pours clear golden amber with a bubbly body and creamy white head. Aroma and flavor bring some oxidation, but just a tad, especially considering over ten years of aging! Aroma brings the aged yeast and some sweet notes. The flavor has notes of the yeast dominating as well, hops are completely gone, bring some bitter and caramel malts blended. Had an all grain homebrew as well which followed the exact same recipe as the website, turned out really nice too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Finally got to try it! once from a bottle that was infected and on draft at the 2013 Stone winter Storm. Nice citrusy notes with a faint Belgian yeast kick. Held up better than I thought it would.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle. From notes. A very generous BA person shared this with me the other day. Big thanks to you sir! Spicy yeast with a little lemon. Awesome, glad I finally got to try this.

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