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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (14668) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2010
Bottle at ØLbaren Thanks to ??? Clear golden - white head. Toasted, fruity, rubber, candy, spicy, grassy, citrus, grapes, perfumed, sweetness, cammomile. A bit strange - give it brett and maybe some light barrelage and it would work !!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (14127) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - OCT 10, 2011
Süßer Kaufummiantrunk zu dem später Fruchtnoten hinzukommen. Minimale Säure, weiterhin, wenn nun auch geringer, Kaugummi. Zu süß, zu künstlich. 9/8/8/8//8

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (14045) - San Leandro, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
A: The pour is a clear golden yellow color with a white head that dissipates quickly. S: The grapes provide a strong fruity component to this beer, but they’re quite sweet; really reminiscent of a sweeter white wine like some Rieslings or Muscats. Candi sugar and spice/herb notes (chamomile and coriander) coming through. A bit dry and some further fruit notes like pears, bananas, and sweet apples. T: A very sweet beer, again, a lot of this comes from the grapes. The candi sugar provides further sweetness and the fruit esters are present, too. Luckily the flavorings are not overpowering, which is something I was worried about. Very minimal floral hop character, but at least it provides some sort of bitterness. M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. D: I was quite skeptical about this installation of the VE series. I still think this wasn’t exactly the best idea, but at least it tastes okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12970) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Bomber from BevMo. Pours orange-gold with a foamy white head. Aroma is rather vinous with a touch of citrus/spice. Med body. Flavor is just a tad sour, vinous and even oaky. There is no oak, but it’s oaky. Not very sweet at all, except quite lightly. The whole presence is a bit light, and unlike a thick BSA, but it strongly suggests Flanders sour. Quite nice, and wholly unexpected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
argo0 (12513) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 10, 2010
22oz bottle. Small off-white head atop clear apple juice body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Belgian yeast/dusky/spicy, cotton candy/bubblegum, some grape, faint ethanol. Taste is moderately sweet, vinous/grape, spicy, cotton candy, some alcohol, alcohol astringency. Medium body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12415) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2010
(Draught) Pours a clear orange body with a medium white head. Aroma of white grapes, florals, some citrus, and candi sugar. Flavor of apricot, herbs, grain, light grapefruit, cardamom, white grapes, and nuts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (11798) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle. Pours peach gold with white head. Nose/taste of chamomile, grape skin, citrus, fruit cake, candi sugar, honey and some florals. Sweet. Lighter than medium body. Held up well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (11784) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Bomber poured a clear gold with a lingering ring of white foam. Aromas of grapes, pear, apple, candy sugar, light straw and light spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of straw, candy sugar, grapes,pear and light spice with a smooth lingering lightly sweet fruity finish. Almost an Epic fail!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (11705) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2010
cloudy to clear yellow, small white head. nice sourish and hoppy aroma. nice balance. flavor is soursh wood, hops, dry, the sour note is dry. very very nice actually.

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