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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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Capa (2031) - Manama, BAHRAIN - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2007 Bottle at Noog Fest thanks to JohnC and my 600th!!. Pours a hazy orange color with a white head. Aroma is malty, orange peel, spicy, and yeasty. Flavor is malty, orange, citrus, and a bitter spicy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Big thanks to Walt for digging this thing out for the 2006 Chromefest: Poured golden yellow with a touch of orange. Big white head. Light apple and grapefruit in the aroma. Somewhat floral. Flavor was surprisingly grainy to me with light fruit and flowers. Sweet finish. Still pretty good after almost 4.5 years.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Thanks to beerdedbastard for breaking this one out of the cellar. Beautiful amber-golden color with a creamy white head. Aroma is sweet mild malts, peach, apricot and spice. Flavor is good! Spicy, sweet, malty rich with a nice hop finish. Medium body, thick and creamy. Yum!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - FEB 14, 2009
22oz bottle from LagunitasFan tasted at J&Jís Friday the 13th tasting. Enormous huge thanks to Tim for bringing this rarity! It was delicious. Seriously, I was expecting this to be some oxidized, slightly sour, cardboard crap, especially hearing that it was stored in a closet, not in a fridge. This is after hearing being bashed on many threads. On the contrary it was quite good. Cloudy yellow. The spices are still clear and present: orange peel, citrusy lemon peel. Light malty sweetness. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Bottle. So, imagine my surprise when I went to my corner 7-11 for a refill of my Diet Coke cup, when I walk past the cooler and see this staring back at me! Best $1.99 I ever spent, that is for damn sure. Anyways. Citric nose like dishwashing liquid, almost hazy body, yellow/orange with a lasting medium film of bubbles. Taste-good hops, citric, wheaty, light smoke, light plastic, zesty, good honey with almost a hint of funk. From listening to the masses talk, I figure that this beer would be past, but it isnít. It was quite enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2006
Bottle. Hot damn, this was good. Thanks to Landseer for this taste treat. The man always comes through. This is one of the vertical series that seems to have aged well. Deep, cloudy amber with small off-white head. A very complex aroma with so many things going on. Big yeast, almonds, citrus hops, sherry, caramel, corriander, cookie dough, cloves, oh my! Gentle carbonation and a medium body with creamy texture. Big on flavor with all the olfactory elements carrying over for a gustatory delight with great complexity and drinkability. Unquestionably my favorite among the Vertical Epics to date.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
On tap at Stone on 12.12.12

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow gold. Within the body you will see sparse tiny bubbles rising. A ring of thin white suds gather around the top of the glass.

Aroma: Strawberry lemonade, ribbon candy.

Taste: Dry pale malt, spicy yeast. Lemon candy. Spicy finish with light tartness.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, on the thin side of medium bodied, juicy.

Overall: Pretty decent, and very lively for a decade old beer. My favorite part was the slight tartness that invited me back for more. Stone kept this keg in pristine shape, so results may vary.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1760) - Earth, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2007
22 oz bottle into a Snifter glass. Pours a completely clear yellow golden color with basically no head whatsoever. The aroma brings out a very honeyish sweet malt characteristic along with a very doughy banana sense. Flavor has a rich manderine sense to it at first moving into a grapefruity hopped and slightly bitter finish. Very doughy. Feels like silk on the palate there is so little carbonation. Flavors are very mellow after five years. After hearing mainly poor things about this guy, I was pleasantly surprised. I donít seem to be as impressed as most of the rest of you for some reason though. Kind of leaves a sourness on the palate after the finish. Doubt it will hold well in any condition until 2012!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2003
Never though I would get the chance to enjoy this fine and historic brew. Much thanks Marc. Had an orange brightness to it with a background of squash haze. Head is near moderate. Smells like hard candy and trail mix, though more on the dried fruit side, thatn the nut side. The trail mix stays on for the flavor and combines with sticky carmel and sweetness/bitterness fight it out for the finish. Damn impressive I must say.


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