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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (5533) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Pours clear amber into a snifter. White head with little retention quickly recedes to nothing leaving no lacing. Looks like brandy...white grape aromas. Soft with front to back fruity grapes. This is as close to wine as any beer I’ve ever had...but quite drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Bottle shared by WesIRS. Pours a clear golden color like apple juice with nice very white thin bubbly head. Aroma is very similar to a bottle of sparkling wine with a somewhat herbal thing going on. Taste is very dry with a spice characteristic and some Belgian yeast flavors and some bitterness of course. Frothy smooth pallet, and definitely doesn’t taste like 9.5% alc. Overall pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3873) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2010
22oz bottle 10/20/10 (Binny’s-Downers Grove)-48° in Snifter-Pours a clear orangish amber with a small white ring for a head. Aroma of yeast, citrus, malts, and spices. Taste of the same with a bit more yeast coming through on the back end along with the citrus. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and hides the ABV well. A little wine taste on the back end. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma has floral notes with maybe a hint of the grapes. This feels a lot like drinking a white wine and has hints of that flavor. A nice mixture of slight sweetness balanced out by a little hint of the alcohol and a touch of bitterness. Very interesting brew. It makes me sorry that I have missed the previous years of this release.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (5698) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Funky peach nose. Cloudy amber, floaties, headless. Very much like a tripel on the front, peach is dominant. White grape notes in the finish keep the sweetness at bay. Alcohol evident. One of the more balanced VEs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13587) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Bottle. Poured clear dark golden color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt, yeast and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy complex bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where exceeded with an well above average brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2010
On tap at Beachwood BBQ. Pours clear golden orange with white head. Aromas of sweet malts, orange citrus, caramel, bready, belgain yeast, and some spices. Flavors of belgain yeast ans spices, bready malts, and a touch of sweet citrus. Nice mouthfeel and carbonation. My first of the epic series believe or not. Solid BSA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2010
(22oz bottle). Pours clear golden color with 1 finger head. Active carbonation and not much lacing. Aroma is honey (sweet wines), florals (chamomile). The more I smell the beer, the more I like it. Taste is not as sweet as I expected and has a little bite at the end. Light bodied with oily texture. Finish is very much like wine with slight bitterness and the alcohol making it’s prescence known. Interesting, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (5415) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2010
22 oz bottle. Clear bright golden amber pour, white head. Aroma of crisp apple, citrus, and pear (wine like),, also lightly herbal, yeasty esters, and fruit. The grapes are very apparent in the flavor, the chamomile is harder to detect. the sweetness contrasts the sharp yeast, which I didn’t really like. Finishes with some breadiness, but somewhere in the middle it feels like the flavors are attacking each other. I thought I was going to like it at first, but the more I drink the less I like it. Too disjointed, maybe age will help, maybe not.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2010
On tap @ Rattle ’N’ Hum Pours a clear light gold with a thin head. Strong fruity, grape aroma, especially from the Muscat, along with some floral and citrus notes. Medium bodied and very smooth with a light bitterness that takes a few seconds to hit and lingers. Also a little bit of citrusy sourness. Very complex, there are a lot of subtle aromas and flavors that take a while to come out, this beer was a lot of fun to drink and discuss.

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