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RATINGS: 118   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2006
From 22oz Bottle. Suprisingly lively hiss upon opening the bottle. Hazy golden pour with a healthy serving of frothy white head. Perfumy aroma of honey, banana, and a doughy cardamon spice. Intriguing citrusy hop characters add a sweet tangerine dimension to the bouquet as well. Medium bodied, silky mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very floral and creamy body with a baked cookie quality. Some more yeasty spice comes out and finishes with some more of the orange sweetness found in the nose. Many thanks to Rem for being the hostess with the mostest.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2007
Bottle. Pours a slightly foggy orange body with a tiny ring of white, bubbly head. Cookie dough and typical Belgian-influenced aroma - fragrant caramel and spices. The flavour is sweet - kind of spicey with moderate fruit character. Noticeable alcohol. Pretty good, just not THAT great.
Thanks for the opportunity radiomgb. Sampled on April 21, 2007.

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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (40417) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2008
22 fl oz bottle, huge thanks to sk8viking for sharing this! Pours hazy to cloudy orange with a lacing white head. Smooth wooden and deep caramel malt aroma. Flavour starts light acidic and soon goes into a dry wooden flavour. Solid caramel malt base. Light yeast fruity and with a spiced note. Mild citric and spiced finish with a nice yeasty touch.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1806) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smboselli (146) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, 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

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (3015) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (3405) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2016
651 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, off white head, with extensive Belgian lacing over a clear gold (SRM5) body, ....nose is orange, coriander, floral tones, wheat, light pine, non-specific spice, slight egg white with the amalgamation of the other aromas....taste is wheat, slight orange sweetness, coriander, becoming dry, finishing with sharp black pepper, moderate pine, resin, grapefruit peel, hop bitterness.....mouth feel, medium body, moderate alcohol, medium carbonation with mild astringency. The black pepper is a bit high in the finishing taste, whereas the orange, coriander and wheat are large in the aroma. As it warms, the balance between the various ingredients becomes more even, making for a better beer. BJCP 7/3/14/3/7

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.


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