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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 625   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12358) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2011
A golden amber ale with a thin white head. In aroma, a wine like offering with white grapes, light funk, quite nice.In mouth, a white wine with light wooden notes, herbal notes, grapes, belgian hopping, wonderful. On tap at Mr. Beery, Jan 3 2011.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Benzai (12328) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2011
Draught at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas during the three day Stone Event, 16-18 september 2011. Clear yellow color, average sized vast whie head. Smell a bit sour and also some berries. Taste some sourness as well. Average mouthfeel, medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11892) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2010
22oz bottle-pours a foamy offwhite head with yellow/gold color. Aroma is herbal-camomille, spice, sweet light malt, grassy. Taste is herbal-camomille, spice/lemon/grains of paradise, sweet light malt/grain-sugary, grassy/spice hops, yeast. Drying finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11875) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle, bought @ Systembolaget, Hansakompagniet, Malmö.
Light hazy golden with a small, fast disappearing white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, doughy, some esters, oranges. Medium carbonation, fine dry and light oily palate. Flavour is sweetish malty, doughy, oranges, citrus, vinious. A bit sharp and fairly ordinary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (11808) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11711) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear gold with an average, fizzy white head, low retention with light lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (hay, straw, cookie), light hops (floral), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of peach, pineapple, pepper, ginger, and barnyard. Flavor is heavy malt (hay, straw, cookie), light hops (floral), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of peach, pineapple, pepper, ginger, and barnyard. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation, light creaminess with a medium sweet texture and a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (11501) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2011
On tap at The Common Table, Dallas. It pours a hazy orange colour with lively carbonation and a thin off-white head. The nose is spicy, bonfire, citrus fruit, and strong chamomile. The taste is caramel, orange, mango, pineapple, sweet white grape, wood, hay and strong chamomile, with a bitter bite towards then. There is a good balance of sweet and sour flavours. It’s really quite unusual, but enjoyable nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Bomber from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear orange-amber color with a medium fizzy white head. Fairly poor head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel, grapes, bread and spicy hops. The taste is white grapes, lightly toasted grainy notes, caramel, faint floral notes and bitter peppery hops in the finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10910) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2010
22oz bottle. Poured a medium golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of fruitiness, spicy, citrus, candi sugar, and some yeastiness. Tastes of candi sugar sweetness, fruity, lighter citrus, and spicy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: November 12, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, The Fred
Appearance: clear orange, fine off white head
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, citrus aroma, candy sweetness
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, lots of spicyness, touch of clove, light bitterness
Overall: all spice and no nice, boozy and spicy
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

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