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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 620   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RedSox2004 (1509) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Pure liquid gold with a slight haze and a one-finger head that left spotty lacing. Yeasty aromas accompanied by cloves and other spices, white wine, berries and a hint of banana. Grapes are more pronounced in a tart, almost sour flavor which includes bready malt and tea. Generous carbonation, medium body, generally creamy mouthfeel but a bit thin, and a lingering aftertaste of wine with a touch of acidity. Overall a little disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 15, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a nice golden color. Aroma is very vinous; it smells like a glass of champagne. Flavor is like a cross between a beer and a glass of champagne. Big, boozy finish. Not terrible, but not my thing at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Pours gold with slight rustiness and a quick white head. Nose is big with apple-based malt, some hoppiness, and a decent dose of herbs and spice. Flavor is typical of an abbey tripel with a slight herbal quality. This is the first ale from Stone Iíve had that isnít loaded down with hops...the hop content is actually quite low in this one. The finish is bready. This isnít the best tripel/belgian strong Iíve had and not Stoneís best stuff but itís definately good and quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1505) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Pale gold color with no head. Not much on the aroma. Lots of sweetness and a little tartness. Very approachable belgian. This is quite awesome. Stone might be my favorite brewery. Iím never disappointed with their beers...except the porter and the imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a bright, crystal clear golden color with a one finger thick off white head that settled quickly to a thin film across the top of the beer. Very light lacing. Aroma is floral with strong esters, and spice. Flavor is vinous, lightly sweetened, and full of esters. I can detect some of the grape flavors. Medium body. An interesting beer, but I donít think I would drink another bottle. Or finish this one. Worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Color is the color of a weak womens piss. Nose is spicy like your wifeís tongue when you come home too late. Very Beligan, but weak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Aroma is yeasty esters and floral smells. Taste is bitter and sour but in a good way. Has a little winish kick to it. Hot on the tongue. Finishes clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Dry Belgian tripel aroma, and with a fullness that suggests a sweet body. Medium yellow gold, sustained creamy white head. Dry up front and forward with the yeast character, leads into a dessert ice wine middle with syrupy sticky fruit that is slick on the tongue and dries out cleanly. Thereís a strong weight to the body, though due to the dryness it doesnít stay on the palate long enough to cause a distraction. More toasted golden raisin in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
xs2500 (187) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Had on draught, came an excellent golden color, finger thick white head, aroma is fruit with a hint of toasty-Ness. Flavor is slightly sweet with a bitter fruit finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Padron4KM (737) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
First tasting, 10-14-10.
Golden straw, with a thin head above lively carbonation.
Delicate floral aroma, intermingled with funky cheese, banana and herbs.
Flavor is equally interesting. Pepper, honey, flowers, mild tannins, and chamomile.
Finish is slightly dry, and the chamomile starts to get a little more pronounced, but not too obnoxious.

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