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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale



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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nwiseman (193) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Pours translucent and bubbly golden, with a wet, quickly fading pale head. Nose of white grape juice, apple, and spice (cinnamon, clove, etc...). Sweet grape with some vinegar bitterness. Medium, foamy mouthfeel, and subtle alcohol warmth. Like a belgian combined with a white wine. Very interesting creation, though hardly my favorite of the vertical series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Bottle. Copper orange body with a small, quickly disappearing head. Aroma is sweet malt, yeasty and good amount of white wine notes. Taste is medium sweet, lightly tart and lightly bitter. Flavors is sweet malt, spice and some pepper, candi sugar, and more white grape and wine flavors. Some bitterness at the end as well. Acidity moderates the sweetness and cuts the medium full body. A nice combination that’s becomes a bit too vinous after a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
xs2500 (180) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Had on draught, came an excellent golden color, finger thick white head, aroma is fruit with a hint of toasty-Ness. Flavor is slightly sweet with a bitter fruit finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2010
22 oz bomber. Similar to a barley-wine but not as harsh. Coriander is present in the aroma and taste similar to many witbiers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gormanb (173) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2010
aroma- white grape, white wine, citrus, sugar, some yeast, chamomile. pours golden. taste is white grape, citrus, chamomile, orange, tart, hints of peach, apple, pear. Taste very much like white wine. palate is light bodied with lively carbonation. Nice refreshing beer, definitely something different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2011 Aroma is really dry with sweet fruit notes. Picking up hints of the white grapes. Pours a beautiful and slightly hazy golden amber. Flavor is packed with sweetness. LOTS of white grape fruit flavor going on. I’m excited to try this again in a few years. Super dry, almost like a chardonnay.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Lots of banana esters. Aroma is subtle and disappears quickly. Nice bitter hop finish. Pretty dry and drinkable. Ok but not great

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyMummbles (151) - Pitman, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2011
this beer poured a hazy golden color with a minimal head. aroma is complex of sour grapes, yeast, and belgium sugar. flavor is good but a lot of sour grape masks the flavors of the beer. has a nice finish on the pallet.not a bad beer but a little complex and clashing of flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma has floral notes with maybe a hint of the grapes. This feels a lot like drinking a white wine and has hints of that flavor. A nice mixture of slight sweetness balanced out by a little hint of the alcohol and a touch of bitterness. Very interesting brew. It makes me sorry that I have missed the previous years of this release.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
22oz bomber pours a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. The body is light auburn. Aroma and flavor are distinctly Belgian. Lots of spice. Flavor starts a little sweet but finish tart. Very nice brew.

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