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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2714) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Im in shock I EVER got to taste this beer. First beer of Noogfest III many thanks to JohnC for sharing this. A cloudy yellow appearance with a vanilla, lemon, honey, bread and spice filled aroma. The flavor was very nice on this with some lemons, bread, orange peel, and a hint of pine. Slightly carbonated and creamy mouthfeel. Very good stuff. Oh and rating 1420! Woot!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2661) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2005
Not sure where to go with this one? Was not expecting much but got a pleasent surprise. Tasting this rare brew was almost like a religious expierence. I am a big fan of Stone Brewing products so this rating may be somewhat biased. Small pressure release upon opening, Whew! Poured lovingly down the middle of my tasting glass giving rise to a small tannish head that lasted for a respectable amount of time. Lace was minimal, spotty. Aroma was fairly intact, not large but decent. Notes of citrus, spice and fruit, lightly phenolic with some bananna esthers also. Body was med/ light, crisp and biting in a refreshing sort of way. Dry maltiness up front on the palate with flavors of vanilla, citrus, melon and yeast. The hops must of faded a bit as i dont really see them as a large player. The mouthfueel gets a bit creamier. A light woodiness emerges, notes of orange sherbert appear. Hmmmm? Lots to enjoy, still. I,m really surprised how well a beer of this stature has aged, even though were only talking three years. Finish is dry with notes of caramel and a touch of woodiness. No dissappointment here. A big thanks to Larry Pitonka for a chance (and one future chance) at this beer. Thanks Andre! Stone Rocks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 Cloudy pumpkin/banana haziness..with an almost rusty green tint to it pushing the huge lasting head larger and larger...yeast and chewy apricots come through in the nose as some dried fruits and spiciness try to come through too..big yeast, spice, and apricot flavors combine with nutmeg and orange and explode in a chewy citrus, flowery, malty loveliness...Superbly done by Stone! (points deducted on account that it was marketed to last 12 years and barely lasted 2)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2543) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2007
Orange-peach in colour, lingering white coloured head, light lacing. The aroma was really nothing to spectacular, some fruit, white wine, caramel apples and some light spice. I found the flavour to be actually a bit watery, lightl floral hops do still exist along with some yeast, spice and apples. Medium bitterness in the mouthfeel, medium/light body, mild carbonation. Finishes light, a little bit spicy with just a bit of alcohol warmth. This isn’t holding up as good as I hoped, not sure if its going to hold up for another 5 years but I can’t wait to find out. I still liked it though.

650ml bottle obtained in a trade with <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>Larry Pitonka, thanks Andre.
Opened on April 21, 2007.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (2513) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2015
From notes. Tasted on 12/12/12 from a capped 22oz bottle with Curtis, and the Nashville crew. Pours murky burnt orange with no head, but just a few thin bubbles. The nose is showing some oxidation, tons of orange peel and over-ripe apricot, some bread malt and spicy yeast. The flavor is all about the bitter orange peel and juicy apricot, with some malt and yeast, and some oxidation setting in. The body is medium with light carbonation and a long malty caramel, apricot, and lightly bitter orange peel finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Pour is deep golden yellow with dense off white head...lots of floasties...smell is butter, alcohol, vanilla, orange...lively mouthfeel...taste is sweet and lightly citric...thick chewy butter scotch-ish finish, but not diacetyl butterscotch....like it was supposed to be there... People say it is going downhill, tastes about the same as I remember...I think it is holding up fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Thank you Beardedbastard, I never thought I would have tried this beer if you hadn't been so kind to bring one to the SoCal Gathering. This slightly cloudy golden elixir is topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is slightly sweet and fruity (raspberry, lemon) with a sour note and a slight yestiness. The flavor is slighlty sour yet slightly bitter with a slight fruitiness and a slight sweetness. Medium bodied and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2002
Aged, this thing is gonna be a monster. I have this habit of sniffing the mist on the top of the beer immediately after opening, and when I did this with this brew I got incredible malt depth, down to my spine. The hops are perfect, not too heaping. The palate is exactly right; much much stronger and up to the task of conveying the flavorful essence of this beer than the Allagash White, which is in it’s own right a very good brew. This hits it, though. The aroma is mediciney, bandagey to the nth degree. The taste bitter, earthy, moderately spicy (pine, anise). Great! I wanted a bit more maltiness in the aroma, I think.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Capa (2358) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Part of a vertical in Tokyo; thanks marc! Hazy, glowing golden hue with a medium head. Aroma is fruity, spices, coriander, light herbal notes. Maybe a bit thin but nicely carbonated. Some fruits, spices, wheat, coriander, some herbs, and refreshing citrus/orange. Alcohol comes though in the finish along with increasing spice tones. What an amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 28, 2006
Thanks to Landseer for sharing this one. I thought I would never be able to sample this one. Pours hazy golden with a frothy white head, spotty lacing. Medium light mouthfeel and soft carbonation, but still bold in flavor. Aroma of honey, banana, and yeast. Flavor cloves, coriander, wheat malt, and earthy belgian funk. Medium dry finish with some hints of white pepper. Very nice, and easy to drink. So far, this has held up. I also like that this was not a huge, thick, and alcoholic. Very subtle but strong beer. Well done Greg.

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