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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
matty (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Poured a golden copper color with a very thin head that disappeared quickly. The aroma was sweet, presumably from the grapes that were used, very nice. Little carbonation, with a smooth yet thick mouthfeel. Had a sweet taste with an alcohol presence in the background. A great effort, will definately look for again.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BadAprilia1000 (407) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Cellared for almost a full year. Pours a bronze orange fruity looking slightly cloudy color with a nice head. The aroma off this beer is phenomenally fruits, nuts, and berries. Extremely sweet smelling. Tastes of sweet fruits and berries with a slight nutty flavor to balance it out. For 9.5% not boozy at all, although it has a warming sensation throughout your core after a few sips. Very well matured and composed beer compared to last years tasting during the holidays. Great overall beer, canít wait till 11/11/11....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bucs572000 (237) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2013
This beer was aged for three years and wow Iíve never had the fresh version but I canít imagine itís better than this. The aroma is nice clean grape smell. Taste like a brett beer, good blend of sour and Belgian flavor. Very good brew, if you can get your hands on one I do recommend.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChadPolenz (1700) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2012
A lot of American brewers try to "improve upon" authentic Belgian styles, but few are able to pull it off. But when they manage to do it right, as Stone did with their "10.10.10 Vertical Epic", the result is amazing! Though similar to many popular Belgian strong golden ales, itís American at the core. U-S-A! U-S-A!

I pulled a 22oz bottle out of my basement and poured it into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy dark gold color bordering on light orange. Forms a small, white, soapy head but it dissolves rather quickly and leaves no lacing. Plenty of active carbonation is still visible, though.

Smell: Strong, natural, sweet smells of apple juice, spiced cider, and white wine.

Taste: Like any good strong Belgian brew worth its salt, Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic is both robust and complex and highly drinkable. If youíre a craft beer drinker with some experience youíll find a lot of the flavors here familiar: apple juice, hard cider, white wine, caramel, butterscotch, black pepper, and a potpourri of spices. It starts out with a raw, authentic taste of apple juice and white grape. Itís very tasty, nectary light fruits without any added sweeteners or other flavors. It gives way to a brief burst of tartness, not unlike a hard cider or a white wine. The finish is very delectable with a rich, sweet taste of caramel and butterscotch, plus the more traditional Belgian notes of pepper.

Not that this beer is representative of your "typical" strong Belgian golden ale (not in the traditional sense, anyway). Itís brewed with dried chamomile flowers, triticale, muscat, Sauvigon Blanc grapes, and some other ingredients I canít spell (much less pronounce). It all adds up to make for a beer that has a lot of familiar flavors, but arranged in a way youíve never experienced before. Itís delicious to say the least - I could see most drinkers enjoying this immensely, regardless of their experience level.

Drinkability: Drinking Stone 10.10.10. Vertical Epic was a very interesting experience not only due to the palate, but the delivery. The mouthfeel was a little thinner than I expected, but still very effervescent even after 18 months in the cellar. The carbonation works perfectly with the palate to essentially scrub away any cloying, sticky qualities it might have since it is very noticeably sweet. Thereís a bit of a dry finish, but no doughy or powdery aftertaste. At 9.5% itís not surprising thereís still some warmth in the throat, but the alcohol doesnít upstage the palate in the least. Itís a shame this beer was only brewed once.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Listigovers (913) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
Opened 12.31.12, what a wonderful funky aroma! Reminds me almost of the smell of Orval, very strong aroma. Extremely smooth and sparkling palate, long lasting aftertaste with an explosion of yeasty and spicy flavours. Wonderful beer! Sad I probably wonít see another :P

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2010
This is very good. The flavor is spicy, but with a good strong alcohol flavor. Can taste the grapes a little. Pretty tasty.

   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Dry Belgian tripel aroma, and with a fullness that suggests a sweet body. Medium yellow gold, sustained creamy white head. Dry up front and forward with the yeast character, leads into a dessert ice wine middle with syrupy sticky fruit that is slick on the tongue and dries out cleanly. Thereís a strong weight to the body, though due to the dryness it doesnít stay on the palate long enough to cause a distraction. More toasted golden raisin in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maddog (523) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Bomber from BP in Yellow Springs, OH. BP, yes BP.....we call it Beer Place. I was a bit reluctant to buy this beer at first after reading that it was made up of types of white wine grapes. But, I really enjoyed this yeasty, fruity, herbacious, spicy Belgian tripel. I will certainly get this one again, my favorite Epic of the series thus far.

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