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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 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 (4993) - 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 (986) - 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 (2934) - 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 (335) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2010
22oz bottle.Pours a semi cloudy yellow/amber with a thin fizzy white head.Nose is yeast and banana with some tropical fruit notes as well.Taste is grassy and tropical wine notes with bready fruit yeasts as well.The flavors are insane!You can pick up the Belgian Tripel side but then you get the Sauvignon Blanc and Mucat wine complexity as well.Im sure this beer is not for the one dimensional beer drinker who can only enjoy stouts and IPAs but I really enjoy this one.Unique and solid 4 sure!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerdrinker79 (1807) - Idaho, USA - OCT 16, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2012 22 oz. bottle- Pours Belgian golden with a thin yet lively head and good lacework, aroma is coriander and oranges, very citrusy. The flavor is very sweet, orange rind, very Belgium in the taste. There is a definite wine tang to the beer, especially sauv blanc. This beer is not excellent, but you can tell it has the potential to become excellent as it ages, I am very excited to re-try this beer in the years to come. Rerate 12-22-12- appearance is decent, but is lowered by one point, goes from a 4 to a3, aroma is the same, taste is very nice, I actually think I am going to upgrade from a 7 to an 8, very nice. Palate stays, overall I think I am upgrading from a 16 to a 17, this is the first time I actuallly upgraded in the vertical series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours a bright golden yellow color with a few carbonation bubbles emanating from the bottom. Very little head. Very interesting. Flavor is initially light Belgian malts and slightly sugary, recedes to a very wine like grape sort of sweetness, hints of Boones Farm, grape jolly ranchers, and just a hint of booze. Im really digging this beer, its definitely different than the typical same old.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma has floral notes with maybe a hint of the grapes. This feels a lot like drinking a white wine and has hints of that flavor. A nice mixture of slight sweetness balanced out by a little hint of the alcohol and a touch of bitterness. Very interesting brew. It makes me sorry that I have missed the previous years of this release.

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