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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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2901) - 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 don’t 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 wife’s 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. There’s a strong weight to the body, though due to the dryness it doesn’t 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 (799) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Smells like dish water. Starts light and moves into a smooth amber finishing with faint grapes and banana esters. Solid but could be more momentous

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Pours golden with a white head, lots of bubbles. Aroma of belgian yeast, spice, and I do get some of the grapes. Flavor is stone belgian yeast, with some spices and a lingering sweet grape notes. I like the grapes in this. Medium mouthfeel, nice carbonation. Finishes kind of flowery. Pretty alright, but it’s not really a standout and I don’t see this being that great in a couple years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Bottle from Midtown. Pours medium orange amber with an off white head. Aroma smells like a Tripel. Lighter side of medium bodied with fine carbonations. Flavor of pale Belgian malts, herbal tea, and clove phenols. The grapes come out in the finish, along with some yeast and distracting tannic or astringent off flavors. Not really that cohesive, but I could see this improving with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2010
22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Very sweet on the nose, with the trippel style coming through. Not sure why all the haters out there are down on this beer. It is a neat take on the style, but certainly different from the last few Vertical Epics. The appearance is golden yellow with thin white head. Definite yeasty flavor with sweet notes of the grapes coming through. Very nicely done, and one that will likely grow on me. Palate is medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, I am interested to see how this ages. It is a very solid beer now, but hope it will only improve with age. Love the VE series.

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