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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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - OCT 31, 2013
FROM NOTES: July 3, ’12 Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Stone pint glass. Have a 2nd bottle cellared. A: Lemon and wheat. Kind of piney with grassy hops. Very earthy. A: Pours a hazy, golden yellow with a small layer of white head. T: Pine and grass notes with lemon citrus flavors as well. Wheat. Light coriander and spice. Slight alcohol burn. P: Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and weedy. O: Somewhat drinkable, I’m very excited to see how it tastes in December ’12. Glad I have one cellared, but wouldn’t seek it out at the going rates

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OPIE788 (313) - Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Had it in January 2012. Poured thick and cloudy. Lots of sediment. Mostly flat but that’s to be expected. Sweet and sticky like any other beer of this style. Held up well.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2002
First of all, this is a great beer. A peachy amber color with an incredible nose. A garden of flowers and citrus fruits, really perfumy. After a while, ripe bananas join the party. Its got a citrussy/perfumy/coriandery flavor with a nice hop bite. This beer is really smooth, like drinking flower nectar but remember that the bees sting. Thanks a lot to Beersnob for this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2003
Apricot color with a light head and wonderful fruity light spice in the aroma. More bitter than a traditional trippel but well balanced with the malt. Malt sweetness gives way to a spicy fruit finish. Well done.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2004 Tasting notes from June 29th 2002 Vibrant hazy orangish-yellow in colour with voluminous white head, the kind you could float a jingle ball on according to that old Sam Adams commercial. Feverish carbonation creates an effervescent almost champagne like appearance. Potent aroma of citrus and spice with a bold hop sharpness. Flavor of hops does not cut through as much as would be expected from Stone. Instead bold, burning pepper and strong citric flavors meld with sweet, doughy yeast and spice. Rich, full bodied flavor and overwhelming mouthfeel. Sweet, spicy finish and aftertaste. A bit unbalanced at the moment, but I am sure that will change with age. Makes me think this is some sort of amped up Belgian Wit / Triple hybrid.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - FEB 14, 2009
February 2, 2002 was my 30th birthday and I got to try this beer thanks to Lagunitasfan (Tim). After hearing all the discussions that this was way past it’s prime I was surprised it was quite tasty. Pours a cloudy yellow/orange with little carbonation. Aroma was slightly sweet with some faded hops. Flavor was slightly oxidized with yeast, fruit, and somebitterness. Over quite a treat. Thanks again Tim.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 19, 2002
An Imperial White Ale (or a Double White), with an I.B.U. around the 45-50 range. Only 300 cases produced. Somewhat sweet initially. Finish was bitter with a fairly aggressive hop bite. I drank it young. Couldn’t wait until 2012.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Sampled 5/28/05 from a bomber. Somewhat cloudy, light yellow pour. Tastes strongly of apricot. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel that finishes nicely dry. There is a nice spicy kick to compliment the fruity taste that comes from the yeast, spices, and some hops are still present in this brew that is certainly aging well.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 18, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2003 Gorgeous cloudly yellow color in the tradition on a classic Belgian Golden or Triple Ale. The nose comes alive with a hint of spice and coriander and promises bliss. Poor head retention but not important compared to the taste. Very low carbonation on the tongue allowing you to experience the creamy malt instead of the CO2 bite. Aftertaste lingers of pepper and perhaps a bit of nutmeg. I look forward to aging this beauty. Re-tasted on 2-27-03 and it seems to be holding up fine but needs more cellar time. Detected some grapefruit-like citrus quality. Amazingly like Pranqster without the hoppiness.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smboselli (90) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2013
A combination of my favorite (black IPA) and least favorite (Belgian) styles. As it turns out it lands right in the middle for me. Very flavorful, and I get why people would love it, but not quite to my liking ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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