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RATINGS: 623   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2541) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy liquid yellow orange with a small white head. Aroma of cloves, bubble gum and light banana. Taste of bubble gum, cloves, light banana and yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
onceblind (6620) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Pour is a very clear amber, much like a cider without all the visible bubbles. Also like a cider, the head is bubbly and leaves way too quickly. Aroma is heavy on sour/tart white grapes, with a sidekick of grassy and flowery hops. Taste is pretty much similar to the nose, with a herbal and spicy undertone leading to a very dry finish. Some Belgian yeast notes lead the palate to some bread-like flavor profiles. Itís an odd concoction, and it doesnít quite do it for me. I wanted so much to like this. A better version of this could be made in your home by mixing an average Belgian and an average white wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjh19 (63) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2010
Tiny bubbles, bright yellow color. A little spicy smell. Quite sour, some herbal notes. Fairly light mouthfeel, a little dry. Itís a fine saison, nothing to win me completely over to the style, but worth trying.

   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 (395) - 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 (3661) - 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 (324) - 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.

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