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RATINGS: 620   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 1, 2010
Poured golden orange, white grapes, bready, floral, little honey, little yeasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - NOV 1, 2010
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Chimay glass. Lots of fruit aroma, grapes, wine, funky smell. Tasty with some vinious qualities. Not sour but some wine and grape with peppery aftertaste. Pretty good. I would like to see what this one taste like in a couple of years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Slightly odd beer. Just a tad funky. Kinda spicy, kinda dry, lively on the tongue. Itís alright. I do detect the grapes, something I donít care for. So yeah. I only had a few good gulps, but honestly thatís all I really needed. Not as shitty as the last couple have been, but the 06 is still tops for me. Hereís hoping for the final two in the series to rock it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2014 Medium gold, light haze, OK head. Aroma of sweet malts, belgian spice. Flavor is pils malts, sweet, touch of cotton candy,perfumed flowers, and a faint lightly sour fruit finish. Flavor is a match. Sort of a triple with some spicing. Honestly, this one didnít move me much. RERATE: Smokey honey aroma. Flavor matches a bit too. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Pours clear golden with thin white head, aroma of candi sugar with floral honey like aromas and slight hint of biscuit, complex flavors of slight sweet malt, grassy hops, and a hint of sour fruit. Medium palate med/light carb. Couldnít wait the recommended 2 years aging :-)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidrobot (103) - Port Charlotte, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2010
There are so many tastes in this I cant pick one out. Incredible beer. Stone has yet to let me down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
matty (279) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Poured a golden copper color with a very thin head that disappeared quickly. The aroma was sweet, presumably from the grapes that were used, very nice. Little carbonation, with a smooth yet thick mouthfeel. Had a sweet taste with an alcohol presence in the background. A great effort, will definately look for again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2010
UPDATED: APR 24, 2011 Served from a 22 oz bottle from OTM into be Stone VE glass. The appearance is a beautiful golden brown with a small disappearing white head. The aromas out of the bottle are full of Gewurztraminer and Muscat grapes, out of the glass the Belgium yeast leads to a very bready nose. The flavors start with a very Belgium flavor, buttery biscuit, and light spices. The vinous grapes characters is not as forward are expected the Belgium profile is first and the desert wine second but tasty. You get some of the vine earthy characters. The mouth is medium to full bodied. Nice brew. I love the SoCal mix with the Temecula grapes.The alcohol is a little too strong at this point but that should mellow out. Another nice offering for the VE but still a Belgium Style which isnít my favorite. Re-tasted on 4/21/11 without overly great notes but the grape profile is coming forward a lot more and more melded together. The yeast is settling out more too. A crisp and creamy mouth a this point.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Slipstream (2281) - USA - OCT 30, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2010 An ale brewed with wine grapes. Hmmm.... I liked Stoneís wine barrel-aged recent special release. Lovely, lambent orange pour. Sweet, winey, floral aroma that is very nice, nicer than most wines for sure. Now for the flavor. It reminds me of some of Dogfish Headís vinous releases. They did not forget to add hops to this. The taste is complex, with a mixture of bitter, sour, and sweet elements that makes me think of cranberries. There is a little too much going on in the flavor. If white wine and beer were an awesome combination, somebody would have discovered it already. Good, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Interesting use of ingredients that unfortunately donít help the flavor or complexity of the beer itself. 14 karat body produces a 1/4 inch ivory head that left some lacing. Extremely sugary, floral aroma with some orangepeel accompanying grapejuice. Again, flavor is quite sweet with a subtle peppery spice lingering on the palate. Medium mouthfeel. Canít imagine this one getting better or adding collected with age.

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