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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
demannu (379) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2015
Sampled at Chris’s bachelor party. Golden brown pour with a somewhat sour smell yet sweet flavor. Tasted as if it was it had been barrel aged. Had a slightly syrupy mouth feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
matty (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Poured a golden copper color with a very thin head that disappeared quickly. The aroma was sweet, presumably from the grapes that were used, very nice. Little carbonation, with a smooth yet thick mouthfeel. Had a sweet taste with an alcohol presence in the background. A great effort, will definately look for again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Sour. Kinda fruity. Not so good but can taste the potential. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coolfunnj (360) - 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 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 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Anova167 (335) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrmac (333) - 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 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 it’s predecessors.

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