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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (2297) - Coeur dí Alene, Idaho, USA - OCT 16, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2012 Original rating from 10/16/10: Bomber poured into Trappist glass. Drank right after 9.9.09. Pours a deep slightly hazy gold hue with a small head. Aroma is strong in Belgian yeast. Smells like old books, some cheese, minerals, crisp fall apples. Tastes of Sauvignon Blanc, wet rock, cider, alcohol. I donít taste the Muscat and Gewurz as much. Sweet and sour with some bitterness in the finish. Carbonation is medium-high and so is the body. I really like this entry in the series. Itís definitely different. Iím actually looking forward to seeing how this one ages the most so far out of the Verticals Iíve had (í07-í10). 8, 3, 8, 5, 17 = 4.1

Second rating from 11/11/11: Bomber into tulip. Pours hazy cantaloupe with a medium dissipating white head. Aroma is creamed corn, sour grapes. Taste is lightly sweet and tart, meaty. A little oxidized, but not too bad. I can still taste those Sauv Blanc grapes. Carbonation is holding up, body is medium-full. Still good, but maybe not as impressive as it was a year ago. Or maybe Iím totally full of shit. 8, 3, 8, 4, 16 = 3.9

12/22/12 re-rate: Pours hazy gold with a fast-collapsing white head. Aroma is a little funky, like overripe grapes and sour berry jam. Taste is lightly sweet and a bit tart, finishes dry. The wine grapes come through fairly strong. Mouthfeel is oily, carbonation is soft to medium. This is really good. The best so far out of í07-í10. 8/3/8/5/18

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamherbert (1509) - Syracuse, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Aroma is grassy hops, Belgian funk, heavy yeast. Raisins and green grapes. Black licorice, smattering of broccoli. The appearance is clear golden yellow. Puffy head. Head dies down, but leaves a nice crown of lace. The flavor is grassy and spruce notes. A bit earthy, lots of Belgian funk. Some pungent white wine. Lemon and orange peel notes. Finish is like raisins. The palate is fizzy, prickly. Burns a lot on the way down. Excellent. Overall, very reminiscent of Delirium Tremens. A really good, sweet beer with a necessary funk.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2011
22oz bottle from Cap Ní Cork in L.A. Pours with thin off white head, mildly hazy golden and orange colour. Aroma of 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. Another good vertical epic...will this one age well?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Not much to look at in the snifter, but has a very inviting dry finish that is very obvious from the Sauvignon Blanc, instead of a hoppy dryness and a hint of sweetness from the muscat. Unusual and pleasent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zickbeer_ye (441) - Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Earthy fruit smell witj spices. Foamy head with light yellow orange color. fruity crisp wine notes with a spicy herbal finish. Crisp and smooth on the palate a little spicy and dry at the end

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Sampled on 10/16/2010. This Belgian Ale pours a medium orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Medium to small sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, grapes and spice. A medium bodied Belgian Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal and spicy. Lots of grape flavors mix and match with the malts, the gewŁrztraminer and muscat are very obvious grape varieties present. Mild carbonation, I wonít say flat, but a little more carbonation would have been nice. Interesting beer, folks are either going to love or hate this one. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Sweet honey orange and white grape aroma and taste with some nice herbal notes and some pepper flavors to the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Pours a clear gold with foam that very quickly dissipates. Smells sweet and slightly sour like a white wine. Tastes like itís been aged in wine barrels, with sweetness and tannins that make it taste almost sour.

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