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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slimbrundage (80) - USA - DEC 16, 2010
Cloudy golden with orange highlights. Grape aroma, mildly sour, floral hops with light island fruits. Full bodied with a viscous mouthfeel. Very wine like, I get the subtle citrus of Sauvignon Blanc, the body of Chard and the finish of a good sweet muscat. This is an interesting beer to say the least, well crafted layered and unique. I am happy with hint of sourness and the overall complexity of this beer. It may not be a crowd pleaser but good for Stone for pushing the envelope

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoppyhampy (73) - , California, USA - DEC 30, 2010
22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Another bottle I have had for a while but am just now getting around to cracking it. Pours a lively opaque yellow. Good carbonation but little head. Smells like a Bavarian hefeweizen. Banana and coriander and some extra sweetness. There is a sugary, floral quality I canít place but is probably chamomile. Medium bodied and well rounded mouthfeel. Lots going on on the palate. I get guava up front and then banana and orange peel. The gapes definitely make this one unique. I wasnít sure what the outcome would be but this is quite good. There is a drier quality with this one than you find in most beers. Must be the grape tannins. There is also a very different sweetness to it. Lighter and grassy which has to come from the grapes. I like it. Stone is definitely on to something with this one. I predict more than one imitator.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brewchacho4 (71) - Vancouver, WA, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2011
22 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass. Pours a light golden/amber color with a thin, off-white head. Aroma is sweet, orange zest, chamomile, fermented grapes, and fruity hops. Flavor is white wine, citrus, chamomile, floral hops, and subtle spices/peppery notes. Mouthfeel is thin, but carbonated like sparkling cider. Finishes dry, like white wine. Overall, it definitely takes a sharp left turn from what I was expecting, but itís still good. Not mind-blowing, but good. Iíd be willing to try this again, maybe after a year or so in the cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AJofDenver (71) - Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2010
The appearance of this beer shows a hazed color that also has a small thread of a white foam at the top. The aroma of this beer has a sweet fruity start and ends with a hint of hops towards the end. The taste of this beer starts with a intense flavor of white wine and has a slightly floral ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fourplayed (69) - Lakewood, California, USA - NOV 10, 2010
pours with thin off white head, mildly hazy golden and orange color. Smells if coriander and spices then mildly sweet vinous notes. Coriander and spice notes are first in the taste followed by mild sweet grape, yeasts, some hop bite and dryness, malt smooths it out. Medium carbonation fits well, Alcohol is very well hidden, mild alcohol warmth. An interesting brew, not masterful, but nicely enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjh19 (62) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2010
Tiny bubbles, bright yellow color. A little spicy smell. Quite sour, some herbal notes. Fairly light mouthfeel, a little dry. Itís a fine saison, nothing to win me completely over to the style, but worth trying.

   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.

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