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RATINGS: 610   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.


3.4
   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?

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BadAprilia1000 (284) - 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....

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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
devilben02 (279) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Smells like dish water. Starts light and moves into a smooth amber finishing with faint grapes and banana esters. Solid but could be more momentous

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2010
22oz bottle.Pours a semi cloudy yellow/amber with a thin fizzy white head.Nose is yeast and banana with some tropical fruit notes as well.Taste is grassy and tropical wine notes with bready fruit yeasts as well.The flavors are insane!You can pick up the Belgian Tripel side but then you get the Sauvignon Blanc and Mucat wine complexity as well.I’m sure this beer is not for the one dimensional beer drinker who can only enjoy stouts and IPA’s but I really enjoy this one.Unique and solid 4 sure!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
A slightly hazy straw colored beer with a minimal head. The aroma is funky, a bit fungal and slightly sour. The taste is more sour, you can taste the grapes, a slightly bready malt flavor, with minimal hop bitterness. Despite the lack of head theres a significant tickle on the tongue. A nice

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BazookaJoe (257) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle aged 2 years. Cloudy golden color with a sweet aroma. Taste is more toned down from the first time I had it 2 years ago. Great beer and a great series. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Koyo (251) - SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours golden and clear with a nice thick, white foam. Instantly there is a lot of carbonation rising through the beer, it sea to be a very carbonate beer. Aroma is quite sour, very Belgian and quite pleasant. Taste is sour as well, very nice with some sweetness from the alcohol in there. Mouthfeel is, as expected, quite carbonated and a little dry, reminds me of a dry champagne. Excellent beer to enjoy with the Super Bowl!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2011
Smells like duck sauce wrapped in two paper towels, very faint but sweet and a touch sour. Flavor has heavy German type aspects with a pronounced malt sweetness and a sourdough-ish yeastiness with an herbal perfume at the finish that rises through the nasal passage. Great body and mouthfeel with a balanced heft and carbonation that make a bomber very doable. Nice brew. Thanks Stone. 2010 22 oz.


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