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RATINGS: 625   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   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
BillWyce (959) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2011
From notes: pours clear amber with a small, white head and a slight effervescence. Mild aroma of grapes mixed with a floral note. Palate is deep with a slight thickness to the body. Flavor was light. Wine-like grape taste lingers on the tip of the tongue. Floral and earthy notes lie beneath that become more pronounced as it warms.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 18, 2012
- pours hazy straw nuclear orange. No head. S - sour notes. Vinegar, salty, eggs, funk, green grapes. Smells more of a gueuze. M - super flat, richish mf, full bodied Belgian. Lingering sticky end. T - candied fruits, fruit cake, Belgian yeasts, grapefruit up front. Sticky sweet malty palate. Grains, dough, bread, tangerine, orange peel. Lingering grain alcohol. Hint of Sauvignon O - uninspired, muddled, overly sweet. 3.3 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (3374) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Pours a mostly clear light orange color with a big fizzy head that quickly fades. Aromas are banana, vinegar, flowers, grapes, and slight funk. Taste is decent. Fairly fruit and wine like. Sort of like a sweet fruity wine. Dry finish, slightly acidic.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2013
22oz bottle, shared. Mildly hazy golden orange color. Minimal white head. Belgian yeasty nose. White grape flavor, light spice, light belgian yeast. Medium to bigger body. Light, but more crisp carbonation. Smoother taste, light tang. OK.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevencon (518) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Draft and bottle. Grape and eucalyptus floral spices. Hazy gold. Honey vegetal taste. Grassy finish but not really bitter. Eucalyptus

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarlacc83 (1769) - 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 (5398) - Oulu/Helsinki, 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 (4085) - 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 (1500) - 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 (20242) - 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.


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