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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 626   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
This ninth edition of our Stone Vertical Epic Ale series takes two interesting left turns. A Belgian-style golden triple is the starting point of this beer, but the first left turn is nearly immediate with the addition of dried chamomile flowers, triticale, and Belgian amber candi sugar. The second, and rather unusual left turn takes us half an hour up the road from Stone to Temecula courtesy of the addition of just-pressed Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc grapes from our friends at South Coast Winery. As the Stone Vertical Epic Ale series has moved through the calendar, we found that the brewing schedule for a 10.10.10 release coincided nicely with the grape harvest, neatly providing an interesting twist in this epic ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sblakey (15) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2010 Collins Pub, Seattle. Light body for a triple. Floral, almost soapy. Leaves oily texture in mouth, lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2010
bottle. clear, golden pour with minimal and fading white head. aroma of a typical triple, with hints of citrus, circus peanut, banana and clove. flavor is pretty similar and slightly soapy, with added herbal tea, florals, and a slightly cloying honey finish. some white grape in there as well. this style is beginning to bore me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
50belair (3378) - Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2010
Tap at the Coffee District. A wacky belgian strong ale with funky tart spices and belgian yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Tap @ Parkway. Clear gold pour with a white head leaving a fine, heavy lace. Very smooth mouth feel, but ultimately just a medium body. The tripel/sour/infused ale natures all mix together and make this one hard to describe. Banana, ethanol, chocolate, white grape, apricots and singed sugar flavors. Maybe my palate isnt developed enough, but this one is a bit much for me. I have a bomber I will cellar and crack down the road.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8155) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Bomber pours gold with nice nearly bright white head. The aroma fairly smooth with modest levels of sweet banana, sweet pears, spicy yeast, some lemon like citrus, a bit herbal spiced green tea like and then a bit perfumy. The taste is pretty soft and smooth and offers up banana and pear then moving into yeasty spices, cloves, a faint pepperiness as well as a touch lemon grass and faint acidity. The yeast seems to coat the mouth creating a near creamy pillowy finish. Im not sure where this is going with age but it is pretty darn nice right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (4290) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Bomber from Liquor Loft. Murky gold pour with a thin off-white head. Spice and yeast aroma with grapes and a floral vibe. Bread, clove, wine, white grapes, sweet malts, and citrus in the taste. Finishes dry and lightly peppered. Texture is low carbonation, medium and oily. Strange brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2010
From a bottle poured an amber color with a small amount of head. Strong sweet malty flavor with a lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Draft Hazy golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Great retention. The nose delivers floral chamomile, spicy phenols and fruity esters. Full-bodied and silky with stinging carbonation. The flavor offers sweet honey and white grapes, light acidity, pear and mild clove. Bittersweet, spicy, floral finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Pouring at session one of Belgian Beer Fest in Boston. Pours a clear orange gold with a thin white head. Yeast, chamomile on the nose, very floral. Chewy wheat, tangy but clean. Bright and lively. Sweet tingly finish. Very nice and well executed. It will be interesting to try this again in a year or two and see how it holds up given how delicate it was.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gachupines (1248) - USA - NOV 14, 2010
Hazy yellow with small white head. Aroma is a little fruity with slight malt. Flavor is strong and sweet with a white wine taste. Fruity and strong but not cloying, quite good.

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