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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 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 doesnít smooth out the flavors like I would want it to.

   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.

   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

   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

   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.Iím sure this beer is not for the one dimensional beer drinker who can only enjoy stouts and IPAís but I really enjoy this one.Unique and solid 4 sure!!

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b79turner (252) - 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 Iím not a fan of bitter beers. Overall a very well done brew. I would be interested to try the earlier Vertical Epic years.

   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
41cubs (250) - , 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.

   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. Itís 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. Itís like drinking a bottle of lightly carbonated wine in a pint glass. Bottom line, itís an incredibly delicious beverage, but Iím pretty sure it should be consumed out of a white wine glass.

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