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RATINGS: 617   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.


3.5
   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, ’12 Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a couple of Stone pint glasses. Shared with Phillip on a July night in ’12 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 don’t feel much desire to have another one today. We should have waited.

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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Poured a very hazy orange with very light head which dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is definitely heavy on the grapes and a bit of sweet candi sugar. Taste up front has the belgian yeast and the fruity taste of grape dominating, with the balance being created by the belgian sugars. The drier white grapes certainly create a nice fruity aftertaste, with the sauvignon blanc coming through more than anything else. All in all, a great experiment that should be reproduced in the future.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Pours clear orange. Smells like white wine ah jeez! A bit funky. Taste is refreshingly juicy, with a grape flavor I find quite good. Finish is dry, like eating green grapes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Anova167 (304) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Sadly, my bottle saved for two years was lacking a bit in the carbonation department. Nice grapey windy aroma, but Belgian yeast is there too. Very unique flavor with the wine/beer blend. I really like this one and wish it had more bubbles.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radioseer (299) - Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2010
(22 ounce bomber - shaker glass) Aroma is of white wine. Pours a yellow translucent color. Taste is acidic, light sweetness, and light bitterness. Dry finish, average to lively carbonation and medium body. I found this beer challenging and it reminded me of white wine, overall a good experience.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokephibroke (293) - Mead, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Golden pour with a white head. Aroma of sourdough bread, sweet fruit, and lemon peel. The palate may be the best part of this beer - the grapes hit the sides of the tongue with their sweetness and then a long sour linger. The taste is not exceptional, any subtlety overpowered by yeast. The chamomile is noticeable in the back of the mouth. As for the triticale, isn’t that for tribbles?

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2011
Poured from the bottle, the beer has a great medium-golden, apple-juice-like color, but there is only a quickly-receding, cream-colored foam that settles into a meager ring. The aroma is a bit interesting yet forgettable at the same time, with notes of tart apples, white wine, and a musty herbal character (hops and chamomile?). The flavor is very vinous, with the various grape varietals largely overpowering the triple base (although those flavors are certainly still present). The fine yet noticeable carbonation doesn’t smooth out the flavors like I would want it to.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Tap at Brouwers. Pours golden yellow with slight white bubbly head. Nose is floral, sliht hops, Belgian yeast, Belgian candy sugar, white grapes, funky lemon zest, slight peppery spice, chocolate, and the chamomile is strangely evident. Belgian yeast, spicy pepper, lemon zest, chocolate, candy sugar, white grapes, and slight hops. Mouthfeel is between watery and slightly oily. Decent beer...08 and 09 were better.


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