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RATINGS: 618   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zickbeer_ye (381) - Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Earthy fruit smell witj spices. Foamy head with light yellow orange color. fruity crisp wine notes with a spicy herbal finish. Crisp and smooth on the palate a little spicy and dry at the end

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BadAprilia1000 (379) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Cellared for almost a full year. Pours a bronze orange fruity looking slightly cloudy color with a nice head. The aroma off this beer is phenomenally fruits, nuts, and berries. Extremely sweet smelling. Tastes of sweet fruits and berries with a slight nutty flavor to balance it out. For 9.5% not boozy at all, although it has a warming sensation throughout your core after a few sips. Very well matured and composed beer compared to last years tasting during the holidays. Great overall beer, canít wait till 11/11/11....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClassyBeagle (374) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Very much enjoying this. Typically the fresh stone beers are pretty hoppy and bitter but this is nice and complex with minimal bitterness. Can definitely taste the muscat grapes. Also a little floral funky. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoobysnak (333) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrmac (331) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RamyG4 (323) - , 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.

   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

   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.

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