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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (5603) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2010
22 oz bomber from Jonathan Ron Brielle. Poured a great looking clear orange body with an average size frothy white head with lots of continually rising carbonation. Aroma was largely comprised of something between wine and grapes along with a heavy dose of yeast, crusty grains, rock candy and dried tropical fruits. Medium bodied with slightly strong tight bubbly carbonation and a dry finish with a touch of alcohol heat that is so subtle itís not even noticed until itís almost at the bottom of your throat. Flavor reminds me a lot of church, chunky bread dipped in cheap wine. This one just tries to hard and has to many ingredients going on for it for any one of them to make a nice addition. Basically itís easily drinkable but just to complicated for it to translate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Bottle pours orange-gold with a white head. Aroma is dusty and doughy yeast, reinforced with underlying floral/fruit notes (primarily from the gewurtz and sauv blanc), a touch of bubblegum and toast. Flavor shows basically the same. Overall body is moderate, with sweet belgian candi sugar quickly being dried by a somewhat astringent oak presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Bottle. Pours gold with a thin head. Light aroma of floral hops, little bit of Belgian yeast. Crisp beer and a little sweet - you can taste grapes and some chamomile. The 9.5% ABV is well hidden, but I thought the beer was just average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazMania (665) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Iím surprised by the many low scores on this. Maybe Iím rating it higher since my earlier beer was not so good. If that is true, then I will adjust this next time I drink it! Aroma is floral and light; color is gorgeous with amber/orange. Small head faded quickly. Taste is great, very cool marriage of a strong Belgian blonde with zesty white wine grapes. I can clearly taste the Sauv Blanc and Muscat. Very crisp and clean finish and the after burp is sweet! A very enjoyable beer. I think my wife would love this which means I need to go buy a couple more!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Poured a bright golden yellow color, nose was heavily vinous with a hint of banana, taste was almost identical to thunderbird wine. This one should definitely be served in a paper bag.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Bottle. Orange pour with very little head. Flavor is is semi-sweet juice, yeasty, some belgian malt, and wine essences. Aroma is grapey and yeasty; pretty strange to me. Flavors seem fabricated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
22oz bomber pours a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. The body is light auburn. Aroma and flavor are distinctly Belgian. Lots of spice. Flavor starts a little sweet but finish tart. Very nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
monkeychugg55 (1028) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Clear golden yellow with a small white head that fades to a ring. Yeasty aroma with burnt wood, white grapes, floral notes, and very mild alcohol. The flavor is mostly white wine. Some tripel characteristics come through. Smooth mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Mildly alcoholic with a bone dry finish. For what it is itís not that bad, but itís not quite what I was expecting. Has a crisp, almost cider-esque taste. Can see this being refreshing on a hot summer day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AJofDenver (71) - Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2010
The appearance of this beer shows a hazed color that also has a small thread of a white foam at the top. The aroma of this beer has a sweet fruity start and ends with a hint of hops towards the end. The taste of this beer starts with a intense flavor of white wine and has a slightly floral ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Bottle shared by dragonstout. Thanks B! Pour was a slightly hazy orange color. Aroma was fantastic! So incredibly fruity! Grapes, apples, oranges and lemons. Flavor was sweet and sticky up front. Caramel and raisins. With just a slight hop finish. Very good! Cant wait to try all my other vintages now!

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