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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoprider (456) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Pours almost clear golden with very little foam N: grapey. Sweet grapes. This is like sauternes if it wasn’t for the light spicy yeast character T: the taste is wonderfully winey and sweet. Gewürstraminer or something. Only getting lightly drying in the aftertaste. Funny stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2011
On tap @ sierra BGBB ’10 from notes. Really interested to try something with grapes added. Pours out a nice sharp golden hue, fluffy white head, great retention. Belgian yeasty aromas, orange citrus, really zesty. Palate is smooth, slight sweetness in the finish, the orange citrus is bright. You can tell very much that this is a belgian ale, but not that it is 9.5.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagobears (449) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2010
This is my first Vertical since Stone has only recently been distributed in my area. This one pours a hazy gold. Yeasty nose, bouquet of fruit with grapes, banana, apple, and a little pineapple. I think I detect a hint of honey. Flavor is somewhere between a Tripel and a white wine. Has that trademark Belgian "banana" sweetness. Certainly a good dose of hard candy sugar Some nice spicy notes. Has a appley/grape skin tartness. I enjoyed this one quite a bit! Glad Stone is in my neighborhood cause they make a hell of a brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zickbeer_ye (441) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Pours gold with slight rustiness and a quick white head. Nose is big with apple-based malt, some hoppiness, and a decent dose of herbs and spice. Flavor is typical of an abbey tripel with a slight herbal quality. This is the first ale from Stone I’ve had that isn’t loaded down with hops...the hop content is actually quite low in this one. The finish is bready. This isn’t the best tripel/belgian strong I’ve had and not Stone’s best stuff but it’s definately good and quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
QuezXLV (415) - Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Slightly cloudy golden color with lots of particulates. Nice citrus aroma; particularly orange. Its got a bitter taste, but unique, and the alcohol is not very well hidden. I would love to have let this age, but I don’t have the patients nor the environment to keep it for that long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thejon375 (414) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Awesome grape flavor and aroma. Crystal clear appearance with thin white head. Great slightly sweet finish with nice carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BadAprilia1000 (407) - 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, can’t wait till 11/11/11....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2011
Pours a clear orange-amber color with a medium fizzy white head. Fairly poor head retention and lacing (ABV 9.5%). Aroma of Belgian spiciyness, grapes, and bitter hops. The taste is white grapes, lightly toasted grainy notes, faint caramel malt, some floral notes and bitter peppery hops in the finish. Medium bodied. Not bad at all

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Slightly odd beer. Just a tad funky. Kinda spicy, kinda dry, lively on the tongue. It’s alright. I do detect the grapes, something I don’t care for. So yeah. I only had a few good gulps, but honestly that’s all I really needed. Not as shitty as the last couple have been, but the 06 is still tops for me. Here’s hoping for the final two in the series to rock it.

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