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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2454) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2005
Not sure where to go with this one? Was not expecting much but got a pleasent surprise. Tasting this rare brew was almost like a religious expierence. I am a big fan of Stone Brewing products so this rating may be somewhat biased. Small pressure release upon opening, Whew! Poured lovingly down the middle of my tasting glass giving rise to a small tannish head that lasted for a respectable amount of time. Lace was minimal, spotty. Aroma was fairly intact, not large but decent. Notes of citrus, spice and fruit, lightly phenolic with some bananna esthers also. Body was med/ light, crisp and biting in a refreshing sort of way. Dry maltiness up front on the palate with flavors of vanilla, citrus, melon and yeast. The hops must of faded a bit as i dont really see them as a large player. The mouthfueel gets a bit creamier. A light woodiness emerges, notes of orange sherbert appear. Hmmmm? Lots to enjoy, still. I,m really surprised how well a beer of this stature has aged, even though were only talking three years. Finish is dry with notes of caramel and a touch of woodiness. No dissappointment here. A big thanks to Larry Pitonka for a chance (and one future chance) at this beer. Thanks Andre! Stone Rocks!

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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Capa (1969) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
200th rating for me. Thought this was appropriate, but also thought of 202. Who cares about the number, this is about the beer. My buddy Mark totally stoked me with this beer, and I owe him big time. I was worried to open this with the group on the 13th, because I was afraid it would be a letdown. Thankfully, this beer was better than I expected. It was hazy amber with no head. Wonderfully alive nose, with vanilla, citrus, wood, wine all wafting out. Taste is creamy, and caramel, pepper bitterness jumps out from hiding. Super complex as it moves around the mouth. YAY!!!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zach8270 (3376) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2013
(bottle - 22 oz - Night of the Titans 2013) The first of the reason we had our gathering. To drink the Stone Vertical Epic series. This was the one we were most concerned about as to whether or not it would age properly. Thank God that it did. Mildly cloudy amber pour, but after 11 years of sitting that didnít shock me really. Still a fair amount of carbonation though. Sweet and spicy malt aroma with a nice honey and citrus undertone. Very nice sweetness throughout with a great sweet and spicy finish and aftertaste. Amazing how well it held up and how good it tasted.

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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5073) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Lets see if i get this right - thanks to JohnC for bringing this to Noogfest III, and thanks to Springslicker for saving me a taste because I was late. Cloudy orange, nice thick head. Lots of floaties, too. Citrusy, piney aroma, and sweet citrus and hint of pine in the flavor, as well. Nice smokey notes, too, and a dryish finish. Very tasty.

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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
On tap at Brewery. Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Sweet honey, citrus, very light hop presence to the aroma. Tastes of orange, lime, honey and black pepper with a pleasant dry warming finish. Silky medium bodied palate. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Veeks (56) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Yeasty Belgian with spices all blended into a dark beer somewhere between a porter and a stout...great finish...really good, I had with a friend with a porkloin dinner and it was sublime!!!


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