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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 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 (2348) - 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 (3003) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2010
shared bomber. 10.10.10. pours a bright orange with a slim white head. white grape and Belgian candi sugar nose with a thin layer of yeast. medium round body with more grape notes... very sweet throughout. vinous finish with the Sauvignon Blanc grapes coming through the most. slight tartness and dry on the back.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Sweet honey orange and white grape aroma and taste with some nice herbal notes and some pepper flavors to the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 29, 2010
22oz bomber. Pours is orangey gold with medium thin white head and slight cloudiness. Aroma is fragrant with touch of herbs and white grapes but also with subtle leathery quality. Some herbal hops (noble origin I think?). Flavor is malty sweet up front with an interesting fruitiness and hints of Belgian esters. Dry and bitter, but neutral, hop character. Finishes dry and hoppy with a hint of lingering wihte grape fruitiness. Mouthfeel is pleasant, full bodied, with suds to lighten/soften it. Velvety and slippery texture. Overall, delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3633) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange with a small ring of white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and lots of spices. Flavor is also heavily spiced, with Belgian yeast and corn malt. Itís not a terribly flavorful beer but itís decent enough to drink. I didnít get any of the wine/grape flavors as described. Anyway, an ok beer but not something Iíd be crazy to try again in a couple of years... 7/4/7/4/14 [3.6/5]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Bomber from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear orange-amber color with a medium fizzy white head. Fairly poor head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel, grapes, bread and spicy hops. The taste is white grapes, lightly toasted grainy notes, caramel, faint floral notes and bitter peppery hops in the finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Bomber from Samís, Durham. Very handsome pour, a deep burnished gold getting close to the copper end of the spectrum. Crisp carbonation, thinnish head, but that seems appropriate for the style. Digging the nose, which suggests a dry-hopped beer with some substantial candi malts and floral additions. The grapes are faintly present in the nose, and the subtlety is appreciated. Problem is, it tastes like a wreck. Muscat grapes clash mightily with the hops and flowers, rendered dank by the sweet malts. I sincerely hope that ageing does this beer some good, but I wonder.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2010
22oz bottle from grape & gourmet. pours a clear, light, gold with a thick, bubbly, white head and light trickles of lace. aroma is very nice with sweet belgian yeast, light spice notes of coriander and lavender, and oakey, white wine notes with hints pf peach and floral esters. flavor is great with the sweet yet slightly tart white grape and oakey wine notes coming through early backed by notes of pear juice, clove, and juicy-fruit gum with a light, dry, grassy note on the finish. palate is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation and a light, dry finish. overall, another tast addition to the vertical epic series.

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