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RATINGS: 617   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarlacc83 (1171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2013
22oz bottle. A: Orange-yellow with a very thin white head. Good lacing. N: Light lemon, pilsner malt, some light caramel, toffee, ginger and honey. Tons of white wine grape run through this. T: Very sweet with more of the grapes giving this a heavy wine quality. M: Medium, slightly sticky. Alcohol is well-hidden. O: This one strikes me as a bottle that might have gotten better given how much sugar they dosed into it. Hard to tell at this point, however.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (3516) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle 0.665l at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Colour is clear golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Spices, Belgian yeast, fruits and white wine.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK (3675) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle from Russell’s Liquors. Pours blood orange without a ton of carbonation and a thin head. Lots of grape and sugar on the tongue. Hides its alcohol well. Solid but I was hoping it was more spectacular.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvsn (898) - ISRAEL - NOV 27, 2013
Bottle sample at Stone tasting at Beer&Beyond shop. Thanks ariel. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet fruits and grapes, a bit spicy with some floral notes. Taste - sweet flavor, raisins, white wine, light cherries-like tartness, spicy. Medium-bodied, a bit syrupy.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (14777) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Tap at Churchkey. This one tastes and smells like a post-production blend of a blonde beer and white wine. The wine really overwhelms the beer, not in an appetizing way.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6634) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"i’d say this is my least favorite thus far of all the Vertical Epic brews. the chamomile which intruiged me never made an appearance. it was all spicy belgian triple and wine grapes. obviously it’s still young, and tasted so, and this is the first one that i think will be better on 12-12-12 than it was fresh. i may re-rate in 6 months or a year, but for now, this one is just ok, which for stone is a big fat miss.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (6671) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Draft. Pours gold with a thin white head. Sweet malty aroma with some grapey sweetness. The has some estery sweetness, grapes, floral notes, and some hop bitterness. Decent.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2010
(22oz bottle). Pours clear golden color with 1 finger head. Active carbonation and not much lacing. Aroma is honey (sweet wines), florals (chamomile). The more I smell the beer, the more I like it. Taste is not as sweet as I expected and has a little bite at the end. Light bodied with oily texture. Finish is very much like wine with slight bitterness and the alcohol making it’s prescence known. Interesting, but not great.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (4389) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Funky peach nose. Cloudy amber, floaties, headless. Very much like a tripel on the front, peach is dominant. White grape notes in the finish keep the sweetness at bay. Alcohol evident. One of the more balanced VEs.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Light straw aroma with an odd fruitiness – banana skins. Quite ester-y and a bit odd – on the sweeter side. May dry out nicely with some additional age.


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