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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 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheHopster (1045) - 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 (1696) - Cleveland, 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 (1556) - 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 (2881) - 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 (1517) - 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 (617) - 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 (2892) - 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 (7027) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8412) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2010
22 ounce bottle from Brewforia. Pours a crystal clear golden hue with a large white head. A sweet nose of banana esters, some assorted fruits, even a hint of cedar(?). The flavor is a crisp smooth banana esters, some spice, vinous, white wine. Smooth no heat at all. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3882) - Kansas, USA - NOV 3, 2010
22 oz bomber purchased at Green Jug in Canoga Park, California with a BIG assist to Brian at BevMo down the street (he could tell I wanted to try this beer, and called around until he found it for me - good service is not dead, people). Pour is mostly clear straw golden with a 1/2 inch white head that fizzles out pretty quickly. Aroma is sweet yeast clove and floral. Nice soft lemon peel mixes in as well, soft inviting nose. Taste is the nose, though the lemon and Chamomile floral feature in the front, turning to the clove yeast in the back. In the finish is a white wine grapiness which finishes long. Palate is medium bodied, lower carbonation and the finish is mouth coating, lasting and a tad on the oily side. This was really interesting - as it warmed, reminded me more and more of wine. Thanks again for tracking this down, Brian.

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