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RATINGS: 604   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
patrickfannon (1230) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Bottle. 24.5 oz. Pours a sandy peach orange with a thin, foamy white head. Aroma of honey, grapes, dry spices, slight pine hops, sweet tea, and some slight barley. Medium to full bodied with an overtly sweet, yet still loose and crisp mouthfeel. Very sweet in the finish, with a bit of alchol warmth and taste following through to the chest. I expected much better from Stone. Average.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Bottle pours clear amber orange color with off white head. Aroma is belgian yeast, white pepper, and herbal spice. Lively carbonation on the mouthfeel. Flavor is more belgian tripel, spicy, peppery, and finishes dry. I don’t get any wine notes here at all. Tastes more like a belgian tripel than anything. Just average.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5053) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Bottle. Golden amber pour with a short white head. Nose is slightly spicy, very yeasty, ripe fruit, citrus notes, candy, and light pineapple upside-down cake. Taste is very yeasty and spicy with ripe fruits, soft alcohol, candied fruit, grape skins, dried flowers, and sweet malt. Body is medium with a moderate carbonation but a strong dryness throughout. Ends with more strong yeast notes, grape skins, light white wine, dried fruit, dry flowers, sweet malt and candied notes.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4356) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2010
This is very good. The flavor is spicy, but with a good strong alcohol flavor. Can taste the grapes a little. Pretty tasty.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WisconsinBeer (700) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours a bright golden yellow color with a few carbonation bubbles emanating from the bottom. Very little head. Very interesting. Flavor is initially light Belgian malts and slightly sugary, recedes to a very wine like grape sort of sweetness, hints of Boone’s Farm, grape jolly ranchers, and just a hint of booze. I’m really digging this beer, it’s definitely different than the typical same old.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tripplebrew (767) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Pours a clear honey yellow with thin white frothy head. Aroma is a mix of green grapes, tart cherry, raisin, hay. Flavor is crisp with notes of tart green grape, candi sugar, bready notes, and floral presence. Body is light and crisp with active carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Pours clear amber with a bit of soap bubble white head. There’s quite a bit of grape character here, and I don’t care for it. Its giving me a bit of a headache. Some Belgian yeast in the nose. Medium, oily body. Just to much like wine for me.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brenn79 (1430) - Idaho, USA - OCT 16, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2012 22 oz. bottle- Pours Belgian golden with a thin yet lively head and good lacework, aroma is coriander and oranges, very citrusy. The flavor is very sweet, orange rind, very Belgium in the taste. There is a definite wine tang to the beer, especially sauv blanc. This beer is not excellent, but you can tell it has the potential to become excellent as it ages, I am very excited to re-try this beer in the years to come. Rerate 12-22-12- appearance is decent, but is lowered by one point, goes from a 4 to a3, aroma is the same, taste is very nice, I actually think I am going to upgrade from a 7 to an 8, very nice. Palate stays, overall I think I am upgrading from a 16 to a 17, this is the first time I actuallly upgraded in the vertical series.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (3665) - - OCT 16, 2010
750ml bottle. a clear gold under a small white head. lively bubbles. corn flakes, white grape juice aroma. flavors of apple juice, white grape juice, doughy yeast. a light colored and flavored belgian strong, much like a tripel. high carbonation with a bit of alcohol. interesting ingredients though. triticale is a rye/wheat hybrid. the candy sugar adds that familiar belgian sweetness and works well with the yeast.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (5333) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2010
draft at Blue Monk in Buffalo. Deeper golden. Sweet malts, sweet white wine, reisling/gewurtztraminer sweetness. Grape juice, belgian blonde floralness. Interesting just OK


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