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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale



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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (7895) - Carlsbad, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
On tap. Pours with a clear golden body with a white head. Aroma of Belgian year, vanilla, grape, fruity. Flavors of of candi sugar, grape, banana, spice, herbs. Very well attenuated, dry bitter and well done...wish I could have some oak vanilla qualities.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7717) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2011
Draught Small white head over faintly hazy pale ochre beer. Apricot, root spices, xhamomile again, citrus - coriander? Citrus again in the mouth, other grains, orange zeste, preserved oranges, mould. Slick, fruit filling. No new flavours in the aftertaste, but long-lasting citruszeste, and bit more vinous. Fruity, but not really great. I usually don’t like USA interpretations of what they think of Belgian strong ales, and this is not an exception.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Bomber from Capone’s, fresh off the truck. Pours deep gold toard canary with 2-finger clingy white head. Nose is rock sugary pale malty, a bit caro syrupy, with florals, slight dank funky yeasty esters, and some hops. Tastes rich, rock sugary malty, with some funky, floral, chardonnay, apricot, and spicy hop notes. Very complex, and this one has well hidden alcohol, and evolves to become drier as it warms, becoming very saisony late.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (7465) - 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?

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.

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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2011
2011-04-16. Crisp dark yellow body with a modest off-white head. 3+ Pleasant aroma, sweet lightly fruity and yeasty character. 7+ Flavour has a similar yeasty character, sweet fruit notes, grapey fruit, light spice, modest bitterness in the finish. 7+ Smooth medium bodied palate. Pretty nice, a bit sweeter than my preference overall but interesting. Enjoyable. Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (7244) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Pours a clear deep golden brass with a thin ring of white head. Has a lightly sweet and biscuity malty nose with some vinous grape notes and some coriander spice. Starts with a light malty sweetness and some light fruity tartness with a touch of bitterness before a sweet-tart finish. An interesting concept, but could use a little more depth of flavor and complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (7114) - , 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7005) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2011
Bomber. Poured clear orangey-golden with a short, sticky white head. The aroma picked up sweeter honey with floral and white wine notes.. the second wave brought floral notes and oak.. cloves and vinous notes on the back.. good stuff. The flavor found tangy orange zest and oak upfront, with honey supporting.. lively vinous notes and cloves danced around the tongue, amplified by prickly carbonation.. wine and oak with cloves over honey on the finish. Medium-bodied and prickly as mentioned on the palate.. a little syrupy.. very good overall.

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