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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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2011

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ home.

Clear medium yellow orange colour with a small to average, frothy, good - fair lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, herbal, moderate hoppy, herbs, wood, nutmeg ? light to moderate yeasty, fruit belgium yeast. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, fruity, herbs, grape - figs, dry. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic and a bit sharp. [20110816]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40467) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2010
22 fl oz bottle. Pours cloudy yellow to orange with a small white head. Aroma is wheaty and mild citrusy. Yeasty and slight spiced. Spiced, wheaty, sweet, sugarish and phenolic. Fruity, sweet, yeasty and spiced finish. Mild fruity to wineous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34362) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2010
Bottled. A golden beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has strong notes of fruits as well as medium notes of hops and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of hops lending it notes of grass and peaches combined with a note of alcohol and a light touch of orange peal, leading to a dry finish. Thanks joergen for sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2010
Bottle. Hazy orange coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of citrus, citrus peel and spices with notes of rubber. Fruity flavour of citrus peel, citrus, hops, spices and rubber. Citric finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (25392) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 25, 2011
Bottled@omhpertasting. Golden colour with a small white head. Aroma is very fruity, mildly alcoholic as well as a bit yeasty and spicy. Flavour is much the same in a rather balanced way. Pleasant and nice sipper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of joergen. Pours hazy golden with a white head. Sweet fruits and yeast in the nose with a whiff of tartness. Medium-bodied, sweet fruit, fairly spicy with a distinct tart and yeasty edge. A very strange and inharmonious beer. 141210

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (23513) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2011
Bottled. Hazy golden, minimal head. Vinous nose. Mid sweet with medium body, slick rounded mouthfeel. Quite freshening with whitw wine, coriander and floral notes. Low bitterness. The best Vertical Epic I can remember - less sticky, more aromatic and elegant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23044) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2011
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
18th December 2010
Slight haze on this amber - gold beer. Small white head. Light crispy palate. Sweet malt and tangy muscat and orange. The floral additions seem to add dryness and sweetness. So nearly a very good beer indeed. I think a little more braveness with the grapes would have done the trick I believe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (21446) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Tap at Churchkey. This one tastes and smells like a post-production blend of a blonde beer and white wine. The wine really overwhelms the beer, not in an appetizing way.

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