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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 618   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7059) - Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2010
11/6/10. Bomber. Hazy golden pour with a fizzy off-white head that films to a ring fast. Odd sour aroma that includes floral aspects, funky Belgian yeast, amber sugars, and a hint of tomato. Odd sweet and sour flavor that reminds me of grape juice mixed with sour mix and sprite. Under that there’s a dry graininess beneath the tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (6066) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 8, 2010
On tap at Brickskeller DC. Pours a hazy orange with one ring of white head. Spiced aroma, coriander, tropical fruits, honey, perfume. Flavor is sweet, oranges, honey, grapefruit, a little tropical fruit, coconut. Full bodied, boozy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Orange pour. Aroma is yeasty, white grape juice, floral tones, honeysuckle, some honey. Mouthfeel is zingy, nicely carbonated. Flavor is nice, grassy, floral, sweet honey, light caramel, white grape abounds. Nice Dry finish. Interesting beer by Stone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Bottle pours a hazy golden orange with a medium bubbly white head that left some lacing. Aroma was initially of a lightly sweet American brewed tripel, some some spicy and fruit Belgian yeast notes. This was quickly followed up by the grapes along with some of the chamomile flowers...rounded out by the candi sugar sweetness to round out the nose. Flavor was again initially of a nice actually kind of dry tripel. Leaning towards the spicy Belgian yeast character which I prefer over the more fruity belgians. The grapes are certainly there and possibly helped to dry this beer out. This would be the perfect introduction to your friend who doesn’t like beer but enjoys white wine. Alcohol heat is there a bit, will be interesting to see how this beer is in two years.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
egajdzis (5622) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Clear orange color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of honey, citrus, grass, grapes, spicy phenols, and alcohol. Taste of strong grape, honey, citrus, tart grapes, light apple, and alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
raphael (1029) - 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 (6141) - 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.

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