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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2002
PyschProf dug this triumphantly out of his cellar after we’d had a few, but not so many that we couldn’t appreciate the intense complexity of this brew. A rage of cloves and allspice, coriander and carroty stuff - sweet and powerful and very, very fine. Whew. If the sweetness ever disippates with age, this could be THE beer for the ages. As it is, it is one of the finest lighter Belgians I’ve ever experienced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (899) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Bottle, shared at Brendan’s 12/12/12 party! Pours a clear orange-yellow with bubbles and no head. Spicy aroma, of coriander, orange peel, yeast, sugar. Taste is quite sweet, hops are almost gone, with lots of candied orange peel, spices, caramel, and honey. Lingering citrus spice. Still has a bite. Has aged pretty well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Light aroma, a bit grassy with a hint of lemon and some sweet syrup on the tail end. An opaque amber with a thin white head. It’s far more bubbly then I expected considering its age. There’s not much there, again a bit of lemon, maybe a hint of coriander and some hops. A bit of spice and fruit. It doesn’t taste like it has been ruined but certainly tastes old.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2013
So we got it. Thanks to Sean9689 for doing the legwork and securing the bottle. Opened up on 02.02.13. The anniversary of the first Vertical Epic. 22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter. A: Pours a semi clear orange color with solid white head forming on the pour. Surprised by the amount of carbonation in this guy. S: Pretty fruit still, some light oxidation with a little bit of prunes. Seems like it oxidized in a non-poor way. We’ll see what the taste entails. T: Definitely oxidized in a sherry-like way. Deep dark dark fruits, some figs and prunes with a stale oat flavor to it. The best way to describe it is it just tasted "old". Mild paper from the oxidation as well, but surprised at how this has held up . M: Medium to light bodied with a pretty solid and ample carbonation level. Pretty easy drinking. O: As mentioned before this beer just tasted old, but the oxidation took a sherry like approach to it which lessened the blow of the usual cardboard flavors that a beer of this age would usually pick up. For being a 7.5% witbier, it surprised everyone at the tasting. Serving type: bottle

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Thanks very much to JohnC for sharing this rare treat. A misty orange pour, lacy white head. Aroma is citrus and spicy sweet. Predominant citrus orange flavors with a yeasty spice background, malt holds everything up with good balance of bitterness and round mouthfeel. This one has aged very well and is quite smooth, a terrific creation to offer from the cellar.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 10, 2003
Dark golden with a tight white head. Nose smells like a bowl of tropical fruit. Strange cross between a hefe,wit and tripel that definitely works. Guavas,mangos,bubble gum are all bouncing around with just a hint of spiciness. An excellent brew!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Nice fruit aroma. More the color of a trippel, and leave it to Stone to over hop it. I LIKE IT!!! Well, one year down, and it is still great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2008
cloudy dark yellow. sweet cinnamon smell. very carbonated and very smooth. tastes like champagne. it’s very good but it’s not $250 worth of good. i am definitely in the wrong business. lol

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 1, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2003 Tight self sustaining head. Velvety peach apricot, and cream in the nose that continues into the mouthfeel with orange peel, coriander, and slight pepper. Alcohol develops as the beer warms. Less spicy than when it was released. Incredably complex.rerate 6MAR06 Nose hase gotten sweeter, light coriander and sweet cream. Fairly dry, subduded spiceyness, floral, cram, light toffee, snoflake delicatness, the smell of light hopflowers. Carbonation less vigorous still has lots of yeast. Very smooth, creame brule, white bread, and honey comb. Yet another rerate 3/22/03 Lots of bubblegum phenols(sp), and curaco in the nose, peppery, orange creamcicle and bandaid.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Slightly cloudy yellow color with a small to moderate head. Nice intense flavor of coriander and spices, also very yeasty. A punchy and slightly dry aftertaste. Fruity, complex, and a great beer. This is right down my alley.


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