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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 626   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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crispy34 (496) - Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Bomber. Aroma es green grapes/ white wine and Belgian yeast. Appearance is a hazy bronze with little head. Taste is grape with Belgian yeast. A hint of bubble gum, white wine dryness, dark fruit. Palate is dry and very sweet. Overall, a good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gpekar (494) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Poured a hazy amber with a 1 inch beige head immediately after the pour, but the head becomes just a film rather quickly. The aroma was fruit and a bit like a dry white wine. The initial taste was slightly tart, but a good malt sweetness comes along to mellow the taste out. The beer had a thicker texture. This beer was not my cup of tea, so to speak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
natejgood (483) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Pours a hazy orange. There isn’t much in the way of carbonation or head, but that could be because the beer is three years old at this point. Aroma of dark fruits, dates and honey. It smells very sweet. The grape flavor comes through nicely in this beer but isn’t overpowering. The beer has a slight sowerness to it that helps cut the fairly sweet aroma. Flavor seems a bit muddled though, as there is also a bit of malt mixed with the sour grape flavor. Feels fairly flat in the mouth, but not in a bad way. Interesting beer, but not one of my favorites from Stone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Pour golden with small white head. Aroma bursting with great white wine notes and abundant acidity. Great notes of sourness balanced with fruity (cherry, pear) sweetness. Flavor is far less straight forward, with subtle sweetness blunted by assertive belgian yeast and sour notes, finishing very dry. Probably takes a more sophisticated palate to detect the chamomile. Interesting, but doesn’t quite come off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2011
22 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour is hazy orange with two fingers of sudsy white head on top. Nose is yeast, bananas, grapes, flowers, candied sugar, and a zesty spice which I cant quite identify. Taste is delivered pretty verbatim when comparing to the nose. This was very drinkable in every respect, and worth the sample, but I find myself enjoying the Belgian yeast strain less and less as time progresses. If you are a fan of the Belgians, I would imagine this one to be rated at about a 4/5.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
wasnt a terribly exciting beer but it wasnt bad at the same time. some spices kept it interesting

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2011
A delicious and interesting brew! Oddly, not much in the aroma department outside of some sweet fruit, malt and yeast. Flavor was complex with tart and sweet wine grapes bursting through the Belgian yeast and malt. You could taste the different ingredients throughout each sip, finishing with a dry, satisfying, and somewhat sweet end. Never thought this could be accomplished so well!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhgrantjr (469) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 14, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2012 Bottle. Poured a golden color. Smell of citrus, grapes. Taste similar to gewurztraminer wine but with floral carbonation. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JAN 22, 2011
22oz. bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Poured a bright gold with less than a finger of white head that quickly dissipated. Plenty of fruit in the aroma as well as a bit of floral spice. Fairly light bodied for the abv. The grapes are really upfront. The chamomile lingers in the finish. Very white wine like. Fairly dry. Not a lot of hop presence. Interesting beer, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to seek it our again. My wife, who is more of a wine lover, really enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Pour is a light orange color with a small white head. Nose is very much of citrus, with some grapefruit and orange, and some hop notes. Flavor is sharp from all the citrus and then fades into the hops. It took some warming up to, but in the end I liked it.

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