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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale



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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Bottle. Poured a clear, light, golden color with a rapidly diminishing off white head. Nose is vinous and spicy, definite Belgian character with big notes of clove, bread, and wine, lighter notes of pale toasted malts, banana, and chamomile. Medium body with a smooth mouth feel and soft carbonation. Flavor is fairly dry, peppery and slightly herbal, chamomile is much more noticeable in the flavor than the nose. Up front I get clove and pale bready malts, the beer sweetens towards the finish with notes of grapes and candi sugar. Moderate bitterness throughout, fairly complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Pours mostly clear gold with a medium sized beige head that fades slowly leaving apotty lacing. Aroma of grape and floral notes as expected with the Belgian yeast also coming through strong with banana and gum. Taste is very nice, not overly grapey but does have a mild amount of tart skin on the finish. Malt body is medium with good slightly high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rando7 (778) - Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Bottle pour gives clear yellow orange color with very brief white head. Aroma belgian yeast, bread, light fruits. Taste pretty unique with light fruits, spices, honey. Belgian yeast. Finish medium with dull hoppy bitterness, but this is not a hoppy beer. Palate light without being watery, not very carbonated. Alcohol well disguised. Nice beer that is definitely unique but still very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2565) - 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 (7472) - 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 (397) - 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 (3737) - 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.

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