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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 606   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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 11/20
Travlr (9997) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (9790) - 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (9554) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9465) - Hanover, Maryland, 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daknole (8949) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Clear gold pour. Yeast, white wine(sav blanc), dirty water, yeast. Flavor is grapey, lightly hoppy, lots of yeast, lightly tart. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SirADNielsen (8949) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Tasted on tap at the Cheeky Monk in Denver, Colorado. Hazy light burnt orange appearance with a big white foamy head. Sweet yeasty Belgian aroma with hints of banana. Thin mouthfeel and a sweet Belgian flavor that’s wine-like in flavor, mouthfeel, and dryness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (8914) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Draft… Hazy golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Great retention. The nose delivers floral chamomile, spicy phenols and fruity esters. Full-bodied and silky with stinging carbonation. The flavor offers sweet honey and white grapes, light acidity, pear and mild clove. Bittersweet, spicy, floral finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8823) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2011
Orange-golden pour. The nose is a little bit sweet. Sweet grape and sweet Belgian malt along with a kiss of light. Sticky and chewy. There is a little bit of spiciness but it really gets cloying. Chewy and sticky along with an odd astringent grapiness. Ack - way too sweet and not enough good. Sweet and boozy with some lingering heat. Buh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8283) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 31, 2011
651mL. Pours a clear orange to gold with a healthy, bright white head. Sticky lacing. Nose is tamarind and sharp citrus candy with a big musty component and fruity pear and apple. Reminds me of De Dolle Stille Nacht in appearance and nose. Taste is thinner and more tannic than Stille Nacht with lots of white grape skins taking prominence. Candi sugar, mild spicy, heavy yeast esters overtake the grapes so that if I were not told about the white grape additions, I would probably glaze over their character. Very nice though. Competent with obvious Belgian character.

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