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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Series   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
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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (3018) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 9, 2016
Bomber from BevMo. Bottled 7/22/16. Clear hazy golden in color. Some orange to it as well. Yeasty nose with a little spice as well. Yeasty up front with a pretty big hop bite for the style. Some spice and a touch of grain. A little bit of grassiness. Tastes like and imperial Belgian pilsner.

4.4
   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 Stone’s Winter Storm at their Stone World Bistro. It’s in great shape. Golden colored, fruity with a great finish. The balance is fantastic. Can’t believe it’s nearly 5 years old. honey colored, w/ a great nose & flavor. Stone’s description is accurate. It is ’trippel-ish’. Very nice

3.6
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2933) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2016
Extreme clove taste. Nice full soft mouthfeel. Bananas on the back end, along with intense dry hopped finish. Very well crafted. Appearance is clear, gold , thick head and some lacing. Yeasty with cloves in the nose.

3.9
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2839) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2808) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Capa (2727) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2686) - 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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (2631) - 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.


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