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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 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. Its like a champagne. Its 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 09.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AirForceHops (6301) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Draft @ Lord Hobo, on 12/15/12. We got to enjoy the left over Stone from the 12/12/12 event. Color shows an unclear gold with thin constant, white head. It left behind light lace. Smell is sweet with lots of fruits, banana and clove like yeast. Grape for sure as well. Very much like a hefeweizen. The taste is a homerun for me! Complex flavors of Sauvignon Blanc grapes, yeast, Belgian candi sugar with a mild tartness from the grapes. A light bitterness is also here to balance the brew. I believe it comes from the spicy yeast. However, Stone does hops well so what hop variety is undefinable at this point. The texture is similar to a dry white wine. This brew is like a white wine meets a Triple with a German Hefeweizen splashed in for good measure. Absolutely delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (999) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Bottle opened up 1/3/12; never rated this one when I had picked it up back in 2010. Pours very still with just a few fine bubbles and no head. Color is opaque toasted / golden brown. Very nice aroma of orange, bubblegum, lemon zest, white grape and pear. Really smothered with light fruits and the chamomile. Flavor is killer, Im not sure if this is from some mellowing time in the bottle or if it was always this good. Fruity up front with grape tartness fading in and out and a nice dry grassy finish. Super-refreshing especially for a 9.5% beer. Probably one my favorite VEs in the series. I bet this was the shit when it was fresh...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (3007) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Somehow, of those last three Epics, I have 3 of 10.10.10. So Im popping one by itself. Smell has some spice and a bit of Honeycrisp apple on top of a toasty malt backbone. Amber color, with lots of fizz, but little head to show for it. Beer taste seems to be at its prime here. Malt is still toasty and aromatic, chamomile just hovers around the edge. Wine grapes are evident as a slight champagne note, especially in a dry finish to a beer that starts out a bit sweet. Somehow it settles in as a bit of Rose wine. Start to get some of the dead yeast in my glass as I am not being careful with the bottle. A good pour that is probably at its best right now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcon25 (660) - Duvall, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2015
Bottle pour at Brouwer?s in Seattle, after the first Mariners win of the season. Light golden pour, sweet wood yeast aroma, flavor of wood, oak age, smooth beer, nice age on this one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Panzuriel (1962) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Found one of the last bottles on sale here in central ohio. 10.10.10 pours an apple juice copper, is slightly hazy with a very thin head of small white bubbles. Nose is lightly sweet malt with a little hop presence. very reminiscent of a tripel. Body is lightly fizzy from start to finish. Taste is a very mild but flavorful blend of honey and apricots? Finish is slightly bitter, warming and the fruit flavor rounds into a fuller fruit presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1965) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Hazy orange with light head / Mild nose of banana and citrus / Medium body, mellow with soft but fine carbonation, but hanging in there, noticeable grape influence, with good, bitter finish / Elegant flavors of banana, white grape, orange, lemon, chamomile, / Not a big fan of grape beers (Dogfish), but this is undeniably well done, and drinking well 1 1/2 years later.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2014
On draught at 2014 CellarFest at Baileys Taproom. Obviously 2010 vintage. Deep golden color. Aroma of grape, Belgian candi sugar, and citrus. Taste is sweet wine grapes, candied citrus, light yeast, and pineapple juice. Nicely balanced, with some smoothing from the aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle. Id had back in 2010, but just recently drank my last two bottles. Goddamn is this one brilliant beer. The accents of the wine grapes just fill everything in so nicely. Super stoked I drank them when I did, as I think they were almost ready to start their slow death.

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