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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
troopie (2295) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Draught. My first thought was, this beer is a mess. Pours golden with thin white head. Moderate lacing. Aroma is wine, like a Cape white, with candi. Some wheaty notes. Medium body with much alcohol power. Many grapy notes, much flavour of the grape. Sweet finish. Didnít taste chamomile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Fantastic and different. Pours a very plain orange with no real head. Aroma is sweet like being outdoors in the fall. Taste is grapes and wine with a tangy yeasty mouthfeel and finishes with hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2685) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Bottle. Moderate hay and lightly toasted notes for the malt, light to moderate grass and lime for the hops, moderate musty barnyard for the yeast with hints of white grape skin, strong white wine, wood and green peppercorns. Head is small, wispy, white with fair slippery lacing and is almost fully diminishing. Color is clear golden amber. Flavor starts slightly sweet and moderately acidic, then the fairly long finish is moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is medium, slick in texture with a lively carbonation and a lightly alcoholic finish. I wasnít expecting a Tripel before I poured this. The grapes used in the brewing of this Belgian Strong Ale stand right out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Keg_Juggler (193) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2010
clear and golden with a short-lived frothy head, minimal lacing, aroma of chamomile, grapes and vinegar, first taste is boozy but the alcohol hides nicely after, definitely a sipper and not something i would session, maybe a good pairing with dinner, but obviously lacking malt/hops punch, good idea from Stone, just not my thing

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (3440) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2010
650 ml. bottle. Pours a very spare short lived white head, reminiscent of cider over a clear orange amber (SRM 8) body....nose is light fruits (pear, apple, grape) with a bit of light floral spice.....taste is layers of light fruits, including pear, apple, fig, bigger citrus, a tiny bit of grape, finishing with a light spicy, dry slightly bitter finish...mouth feel is light of medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation adds spritz.. This is a very interesting beer. It looks like a Saison, and has many aromas and flavors of that style. It has some of the characteristics of a Triple and a Belgian Golden Strong. Additionally it is very vinous at the edge and the Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer flavors do come through. Finally the finish is like that of a good cider. Remarkable. BJCP 7/3/15/4/8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
highibus (798) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Bright cclear straw color with thin white head. Aroma of Belgian esters and a light floral note. Lots of flavor, the typical of the trippel but a depth brought by the grapes and flowers. Really complex. Really interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (14690) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2011 On tap at Brouwerís Cafe, pours hazy golden. Aroma of yeast, orange and a little spices. Flavour mirrors this with the spices slightly more pronounced. Very solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
QuezXLV (415) - Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Slightly cloudy golden color with lots of particulates. Nice citrus aroma; particularly orange. Its got a bitter taste, but unique, and the alcohol is not very well hidden. I would love to have let this age, but I donít have the patients nor the environment to keep it for that long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Draft at Fat Headís Pittsburgh A-pours a transparent golden amber with a pure white head. S-the nose is of belgian yeast with notes of candied sugar. hints of lemons with tons of spicy phenolic peppers. T-the taste is syrupy with an assertive malt body and hints of caramel. a light belgian yeast is present but not enough of it, it is very sugary, candied belgian sugar. there are notes of bananas and lemon and the peppery spice comes in towards the back and is much more present than the nose. Some grassy hops sit in the finish with a light bitterness. M-this has a full syrupy body, creamy feel on the tongue, very dry champaign like finish with a fair carbonation but lacking a little with the syrupy and dry body. D-this is tasty and somewhat drinkable. it is well balanced but lacks a little in the integration department. the flavors can be extreme at times and work alon. the finish is univiting as it is so thick, dry, and spicy without the carbonation to give it a certain crispness to balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluejacket74 (1848) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2010
22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about a quarter inch off-white head. Not much head retention or lacing. The brew smells like bananas, white grapes, coriander, yeast and a bit of bubblegum. It tastes mostly like white grapes/wine, along with coriander, yeast, and some herbs. Both the aroma and taste are relatively sweet, but there is some bitterness too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, itís a bit slick and dry with low carbonation. Drinkability is decent enough, itís smooth and refreshing. I think this is an OK brew, but Iím not a big fan of it because itís a bit too wine-like for me. Itíll be interesting to see how this beer ages.

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