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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daliesque (60) - Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2011
meh. this beer seems really confused about what it wants to be. it smells kind of interesting, but in a weird way. like it smells stinky, tastes a little yeasty, but like sparkling wine... mmmeh. oh well. itís interesting. will probably not buy it again though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RZahler (47) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Another great beer in the vertical epic series. Poured into a white wine glass and vertical epic series glass. The aroma is pleasant with a vanilla and floral nose. The wine grapes add a nice undertone to Belgian-style triple. Appearance is light and clear, poured with a nice white head that didnít last too long. Very smooth palate and overall great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BcOneSeven (46) - Newville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2012
NOTE: I used the bar code reader and it came up 10.10.10, but this is actually 11.11.11! Iím not sure what hit me! Good start... Flavorful throughout... Short on hops for a Stone.... Not sure how to describe the finish... Pleasant aftertaste, but it feels like the room temp went up about 10 degrees! I recommend you try it at least once! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhightow01 (44) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Pure liquid gold with a slight haze and a one-finger head that left spotty lacing. Yeasty aromas accompanied by cloves and other spices, white wine, berries and a hint of banana. Grapes are more pronounced in a tart, almost sour flavor which includes bready malt and tea. Generous carbonation, medium body, generally creamy mouthfeel but a bit thin, and a lingering aftertaste of wine with a touch of acidity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnCoctosin (37) - California, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Dances on and tickles your tongue. Three white wine grapes makes it light and refreshing but still complex. Itís like a champagne. Itís a little foamy on the palate. Alcohol is masked by sugar which is actually nice with this style. Stone Vertical Epics are always unique and this is a nice changeup from the í09.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
degowop (34) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Enjoyed 12/14/12. Excellent blend of Belgian trippel and grapes infusion. Perfect carbonation throughout. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aveclaudenum (31) - California, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Pours golden with a white head. The grapes come through in a big way, almost too much for me maybe. Almost tastes more like wine or a lager than an ale. Still excellent, as to be expected from stone. I would be interested to try the other years.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thepilferer (29) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2010
22 from Arcata Co-op. Aroma fairly mild - grapes, especially the muscat is in front, typical belgian phenols and esters present, but towards the back, canít really detect the chamomile. Nice honey coloration, but no lacing and not much head. Very tasty, in an extremely unusual way: wine tannins, medium sweetness and, mildly sour and bitter. The palate is definitely a bit thin for such a high alcohol percentage beer. Still, very glad I tried this beer as it is one of the most unique ones Iíve ever tried, and while not my very favorite, Iíd strongly recommend anyone who likes white wine and beer to try this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sblakey (15) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2010 Collins Pub, Seattle. Light body for a triple. Floral, almost soapy. Leaves oily texture in mouth, lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bikeclj (15) - Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Apricot in color with a full body. Crisp and fruity with apple. Aged well. Somewhat of a wine like taste. Overall malt don't look for hops. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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