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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 620   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2010
This beer pours bright orange with very little foam. The aroma is mild but much like a typical Belgian. There is a lot going on in this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Wonderful beer. The chamomile and grapes added a very nice twist to the regular Belgian fare. This was the first I have tried of the vertical epic serious (I’m only 22) and I bought several bottles to cellar after trying the first. I look forward to next years release

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours golden with a small soapy head that leaves no lacing. Grassy aromas, a little bit of citrus. Belgian yeast taste is there but it compliments something a bit sweeter. I can’t really say I’m picking up the grapes in this besides the fact that the dry finish reminds me of wine a bit. A good drink but ultimately not what I had hoped for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Reviewed 12.12.12 Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series P: Clear golden body with active carbonation. S: Clean, banana, bubblegum, floral, subtle spices, cirtus and white grapes. T/M: Citrus hops, apricots, white grapes, acidic, zesty lime and lemon and yeast. Dry wine feel syrupy stickiness and tart puckering finish. O: Similar to white wine with tart grapes and dry finish. Really nice and clean. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Bomber btl. Pours clear darker golden with a thin white head. Lots of carbonation a good triple appearance. Has an aroma of yeast and white grape. Crisp super refreshing mouthfeel. Crisp all the way through with a spicy and mildly dry finish. A subtle floralness that compliments the wine grapes well. A nicely done beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Pours clear golden with thin white head, aroma of candi sugar with floral honey like aromas and slight hint of biscuit, complex flavors of slight sweet malt, grassy hops, and a hint of sour fruit. Medium palate med/light carb. Couldn’t wait the recommended 2 years aging :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Keg_Juggler (193) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2010
clear and golden with a short-lived frothy head, minimal lacing, aroma of chamomile, grapes and vinegar, first taste is boozy but the alcohol hides nicely after, definitely a sipper and not something i would session, maybe a good pairing with dinner, but obviously lacking malt/hops punch, good idea from Stone, just not my thing

   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 (187) - 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.

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