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RATINGS: 625   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10731) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (10714) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 06/17/2011. The beer is a mostly clear orange-gold color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma is somewhat vinous with notes of Belgian yeast and cloves. Medium body with flavors of white grapes, grapefruit, yeast and sweet spices. The finish is fruity with a lingering yeast aftertaste. Above average overall.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (10675) - Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
650ml bottle. It pours an amazing color. It is a peachy orange with the slightest hint of rose. It is crystal clear. The head is foamy and white and leaves some nice lacing as it recedes. The smell is typical Belgian pale, fruity esters, some spice, sweetness. There is an extra bit of earthiness in this one. The flavor is where this one gets interesting. It is noticeably grapey and vinous. It has a nice dryness, but it is nicely bodied. The grapes add a slight bit of tartness but mostly an earthy fruitiness. It is sweet, but never too much so, the slight tartness helps ot balance it out somewhat. It is a persistent flavor, however. There is a certain spiciness that takes over in the aftertaste. This is a good one, I have kind of ignored the other Vertical Epic ales and maybe I shouldn’t have, this one is pretty good. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-22-2010 06:19:21

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (10542) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Dagan. Hazy golden. Spicy and fruity aroma with some white wine notes, light earthiness, a malty hint and a bit of honey. Sweetish flavor, spicy and fruity, with a bit of floral honey, light earthy hints and a drier finish. Medium-bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10522) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (10367) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2013
22oz bottle, shared. Mildly hazy golden orange color. Minimal white head. Belgian yeasty nose. White grape flavor, light spice, light belgian yeast. Medium to bigger body. Light, but more crisp carbonation. Smoother taste, light tang. OK.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (9635) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear amber gold with a white head that dissipated extremely quickly to the edges. Aroma is full of belgian yeast with some candied sugars and a light grape and red wine note. Flavor is quite dry with a red wine note, as well as some light grapes and a bit of sugar came out in the start.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (9417) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2014 First rating
650 ml (bomber) bottle, thanks to ekstedt!
No BB date visible, sampled on December 15, 2010
Hazy golden color, small white head. Spicy, acidic, vinous scent. Belgian yeast taste, also acidic, kokosflarn (coconut dried flakes), and phenolic. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness. Acidic and phenolic aftertaste.
Alcohol, phenolic, yeasty, but why?
5/2/5/3/9=2.4

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Draught at Moeder Lambic, Brussels, for Zwanze Day 2011 as well as the Moeder vs Stone beer festival. Sampled on September 17, 2011
Hazy apricot color, small white head. Raspberry, fruity, berry, sweet scent. Berry, raspberry, sweet, short bitter taste. Fruity, raspberry aftertaste. Moussy mouthfeel, low bitterness.
I like it way better than the bottle from less than a year ago.
7/3/7/3/13=3.3

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On March 15, 2014. Thanks to RobertGBG and thomat! Bottle, 1 pt 6 fl oz.
Hazy golden color, small white head. Spicy, apple, alcohol scent, a bit unclean, spicy. Spicy, bitter taste. Warming alcohol. Fizzy mouthfeel, low bitterness. Light acidic aftertaste.
4/2/4/2/8=2.0

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, 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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