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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale



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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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
raphael (927) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 7, 2010
There’s that chemically, Belgian/malt liquor smell. powdered sugar, something spicy ala cardamon. flavor starts with sweet but quickly gets toward the sour, yes like wine, and chamomile—the parts don’t quite come together. fruity aromas in my mouth. hearty yellow color with a tinge of green but the head’s barely there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radioseer (299) - Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2010
(22 ounce bomber - shaker glass) Aroma is of white wine. Pours a yellow translucent color. Taste is acidic, light sweetness, and light bitterness. Dry finish, average to lively carbonation and medium body. I found this beer challenging and it reminded me of white wine, overall a good experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2010
This beer pours bright orange with very little foam. The aroma is mild but much like a typical Belgian. There is a lot going on in this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Pale golden, beige cover. Aroma is light spicy, estery, white wine. High effervescent semi creamy body. Taste is lots of white wine grapes that almost makes it border on cider, some spicing in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (5882) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 6, 2010
Bottle. Dry heavy brett aroma. golden, low head. Dry body, light sparkly, light honeyish, a bit ciric. nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3869) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Bomber shared with POF Kristen at BeerRun. Pours a clear bright amber with fair ring of light white head. Aroma has strong notes of white grapes and fuseul alcohol burn, but is still very pleasing. Honey and sweetness, while evident in the aroma, become much more pronounced in the flavor, as well as a metallic ’tinny’ quality, which should fade out nicely with age. Pretty damn tasty right now, should mature quite well over time.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaBier (5066) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Bottle sample as a bonus beer at the Heavy Seas tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits back in October. Clear gold pour with a thin white head. Aroma is funky grape and sweet malt. Sweet malt in the flavor first, quickly turning to herbs and a semi-tart grape finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheHopster (850) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2010
(bottle) Obviously tasted fresh from release, without aging. The appearance was flat, but you can really taste the grapes in this selection. The flavors really work well and I found this quite unique and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nephilium (1428) - Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Nice light aroma with hints of Belgian yeasts, light fruits, and a touch of spice. Pours a slightly hazy straw color, with a thin cap of white head. Nice clean flavor, good Belgian notes are there. Fairly sweet, with just a touch of grape and floral notes in the finish. A solid entry into the Vertical Epic line, and one that will be really interesting 26 months from now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1396) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 5, 2010
22 oz. bottle. A slightly hazy amber/gold pour with some little floaties and a decent-sized light-khaki head. A pleasant aroma of candied sugar, bananas, cloves, vanilla, white grape juice, and some floral qualities. Goes down medium-bodied and kinda smooth. Caramel and candied sugar start things off taste-wise. Bananas and vanilla in the light hefeweizen-like middle. Things finish slightly bitter and dry with some white grape juice, lemons, and a hint of grapefruit. A tart champagne-like end. Some warming alcohol is present throughout. Quite enjoyable, though things get a little cloying by the end.

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