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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


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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
billybwilde99 (2) - USA - FEB 12, 2002 does not count
Yummy! Find some, quick!

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.

4.7
   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.

4.7
   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.

4.6
   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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2006
light cloudy body with a shampoo head. orange blossoms and lemon rind fill the nose. Flavour ages well and features a backbone of sweet coconut almond with a floral characteristic. Mouth feels very grainy and unique, with a lemongrass aftertase. Hats off to Walt for finding this in a dumpster outside of a stripclub in Utah.

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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Lucky me, a hunt and seek trip through Ohio(while on business) allowed me to find a bottle of this beer (along with the 03.03.03 release), didn't mind the $11 price tag...Looks and smelled much like a belgian triple, so Stone was right on there. Yes, it is also more hoppy than the traditional style, but that works very well here. Excellent balance, lots of character and no single dominating feature. Sweet but a fruity sourness is also detected on the palate (lasts long past the last sip). Too bad I only had one bottle of this fine brew, I would love too taste it in 2004-05. Ahhhhh. heaven! Way to go Stone!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JohnC (3000) - 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

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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