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RATINGS: 618   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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.


3.1
   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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BazookaJoe (274) - 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
   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

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
matty (257) - Camp Hill, 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcon25 (252) - Duvall, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2015
Bottle pour at Brouwer?s in Seattle, after the first Mariners win of the season. Light golden pour, sweet wood yeast aroma, flavor of wood, oak age, smooth beer, nice age on this one

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.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
lcwakshul (244) - Chester, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Not really sure how to rate this one. Kinda like rating a Dogfish concoction. It’s beer with a finish of a dry white wine. Not hoppy, but still sort of bitter. Has the mouth feel of a chilled glass of white wine. It’s like drinking a bottle of lightly carbonated wine in a pint glass. Bottom line, it’s an incredibly delicious beverage, but I’m pretty sure it should be consumed out of a white wine glass.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b79turner (241) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Bottle purchased in June 2011 at Hop City Craft Beer in Atlanta. Pours a golden orange color with a small head, very little lacing. Medium carbonation. The hops are a good contrast to a wine type flavor. Could you a little less bitterness, but I’m not a fan of bitter beers. Overall a very well done brew. I would be interested to try the earlier Vertical Epic years.


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