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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3983) - 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 (5691) - 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 (945) - 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 (1554) - 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 (1468) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2733) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Poured from 22oz bomber, pours a hazy golden with a thin white head, aroma is of peppery fruit with touches of mixed spices, the flavor has some banana and clove like a hefe, but has a kick of hops and fruit in the finish, strange brew but enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1393) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Pours a golden color with a white head. Aroma is of banana, candied sugar, chamomile, yeast, and a little alcohol. Flavor is very similar to the aroma with a decent finish with slight warming but not too much. Nice lingering flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brigg (556) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 4, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2013 (11/4/2010 - bottle) A slightly hazy, orange amber body with basically no head (bad glass maybe?). The aroma has strong yeast tones; dough, overripe fruit, some alcohol and mild sweet toasted malt. Very sweet up front with a slight tangy-sourness that creeps up as the beer travels back. Pretty acidic, and a bitter aftertaste of orange peel. Maybe a little too acidic for my liking, but I like the sourness at the same time. A little flat, too. The alcohol becomes more noticeable as time goes by, and the aftertaste gives way to the warm alcohol sensation in the mouth. I might try another bottle just to see if this one’s a bit off. It’s not bad. Aroma: 7 Appearance: 3 Taste: 5 Palate: 3 Overall: 12 (03/06/2013 - bottle) Hazy orange body, wisp of a head. Sweet floral and Belgian yeast aroma; honey, flowers, banana, medium spice (clove, allspice), grape, pear. Medium to full body, some carbonation, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Flavor of grape/white wine, light spice, yeast, moderate to heavy sweet. Aroma: 8 Appearance: 3 Taste: 7 Palate: 4 Overall: 16

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2561) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Deep golden pale pour thin white head .... sweet aroma of belgian fruity yeast, grapes and little herbal chamomile ..... taste of grapes, candi sugar, sweet fruity belgian yeast and floral chamomile with a dry fruity finish and a peppery bitter rye finish (triticale) .... lots of flavor in this brew all coming together nicely .... definitely going age well no trace of abv

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (6184) - Utah, USA - NOV 4, 2010
22oz bottle shared by Doug
Appearance: Crystal clear golden with a nice sized white head and some lacing
Aroma: Peppery, banana esters and spices
Taste: Sweet malts, spices and citrus
Ok, nothing special. Very sweet!

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