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RATINGS: 606   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPAsavedMYlife (344) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Drinking 11/10/11Smell is Chamomile, belgian yeast, apricots, alcohol, and apples. Poured fairly flat. Light orange color not a whole lot of carbonation. Taste is lots of carbonation, apple sauce, belgian yeast. Mouthfeel is light, taste is snappy. Some alcohol burn. Probably not the best bottle conditioning on this one. The taste is a bit disjointed and amateurish. Not what I remember at all. Enjoyability 3/5

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrmac (330) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Not the best vertical epic I have tasted. Still the pour is pretty amber with a small white head. On the nose I do pick up some of the muscat and Gewurztraminer notes that I would associate with wines made from tose grapes. On the palate it is well balanced between hops sweetness and fruit.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoobysnak (329) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Interesting aroma, jelly beans, coriander, grapes, and grapefruit. Smell is rather dry and tart, with a pear after taste. Good but not what not as interesting as some of itís predecessors.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coolfunnj (323) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2010
aroma of belgian yeast,malts,grape wine,a floral quality and spices interesting..hazy yellow appearance slightly amber tinged thin head some lacing..taste follows the nose sort of a belgian/sweet white wine mixture with the spices and florals adding to it again interesting,lightly carbonated slightly sticky on the mouth and palate,sweetens as it warms,not unlike dogfish heads midas touch in several ways.. not my favorite type or style but a different and interesting beer in a good way

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Very intriguing beer from Stone; I am used to the hop grenades and alcohol bombs, but this beer is something a bit different. Strong, broad palate on the malt and sugar, with the yeast aromas present in most Belgians. Very well balanced and easy drinking beer for being a strong Belgian.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RamyG4 (320) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a small-medium white head. Aroma is white wine, grapes, spicy Belgian yeast. Taste is very sweet, more white wine and spice from the yeast. Finish is dry, slightly tart. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Not bad, interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - OCT 31, 2013
FROM NOTES: July 3, í12 Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a couple of Stone pint glasses. Shared with Phillip on a July night in í12 because we are impatient bastards. A: Lots of lemon zest, a moderate amount of banana, and hint of clove. Yeastiness shines through from the background. A: Slightly cloudy tangerine in color. A big pour yields a half-finger head that fades fast, leaving a minor white collar and no lacing. T: Lots of wine flavor from the grapes with a pleasant bitterness and a nice twist from the Belgian yeast. Citrusy hops hit strong on the finish. P: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Strong sticky lemon flavors on the back end, and a good dry finish. O: The lack of balance with this beer made it somewhat undrinkable. I look forward to trying this again as part of the "big flight" when the epic series concludes, but I donít feel much desire to have another one today. We should have waited.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
10.10.10 pours a glowing golden color. White fluffy head pours with good lacing. Smell consists of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, and grapes. There is a hint of alcohol that burns the nose hairs a bit. While the grapes were evident in the aroma they are even more evident in the taste. The grape flavor just keeps on adding up here. But so is the alcohol. Burns the throat. Iíll be interested to see if the heat dies down over time on this one. Rounding it out is kind of a per-fumy taste. Itís weird. Then of course the Belgian Yeast, some citrus, and a earthy characteristic. Itís a weird beer but it somehow works. Funny thing is, I had a friend come into work today and tell me he had the same beer last night and he couldnít stand it. He hated the grapes in the beer. This is why we review beer. I love other peoples opinions. Mouthfeel was slick but on the thicker side. Syrupy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
On tap at the Petrol Station in November. Very clear light orange with absolutely no head or lacing - odd.. The nose is spicy and a bit tart. The flavor brings a nice blend of citrusy hops and some mild citric acid tartness with a little Belgian spice in the background. Quite a tasty brew. Very hard to classify this one in my mind - a hoppy tripel? Belgian IPA? How about just tasty brew?

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rman18 (311) - Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Very odd beet. Perhaps I was expecting something different but this was extremely sweet but tasted artificial. Almost like red bull.


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