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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale



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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (5725) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GMCC2181 (1591) - Newark, Delaware, USA - NOV 17, 2010
Bottle picked up at SL. Pours a yellow color, with a big frosy white head. Tart aroma, with some bready maltiness. Beer temperture was on the warmer side 55 degrees. Taste is intially tart, then a sweet candy sugar comes through on the tounge. Little to sweet for my taste, but not bad at all. Body is on the lighter side. Overall: I expect hoppy beers from stone and the rest of the CA brewers... so even though this isnt bad just a little let down. Wouldnt buy one again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Interesting character... one of my problems with these types of limited edition beers is that you really need to drink quite a bit of the beer to get your head totally around it... especially these complicated ones. And the limited edition makes that hard and expensive. So, the verdict is... good, but I want more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (4692) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2010
light yellow. Small white head. Strong beer aroma sweet and tart. Belgian yeast flavor with a long light sweet finish. Good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mad_Ferret (1006) - SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2010
Clear golden colour. White short head. Nose is pretty low key. A bit yeast, some citrus and fruits like apple and pear, white wine. Taste is quite special and hard to grasp. I think its all that chamomile. Its like a rollercoaster in your mouth. Theres also citrusy flavours and a hint of something sweet that quickly goes away into a bitter acidic battery acid kind of thing. Its quite good but the tastes are just totally incapable of settling in any kind of line for me. I guess you people who bought more than one bottle to store will see what some time will do for this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rman18 (312) - Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Very odd beet. Perhaps I was expecting something different but this was extremely sweet but tasted artificial. Almost like red bull.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2010
22 fl oz bottle. Pours cloudy yellow to orange with a small white head. Aroma is wheaty and mild citrusy. Yeasty and slight spiced. Spiced, wheaty, sweet, sugarish and phenolic. Fruity, sweet, yeasty and spiced finish. Mild fruity to wineous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (26209) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2010
Bottle. Hazy orange coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of citrus, citrus peel and spices with notes of rubber. Fruity flavour of citrus peel, citrus, hops, spices and rubber. Citric finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2010
Bottle at ØLbaren Thanks to ??? Clear golden - white head. Toasted, fruity, rubber, candy, spicy, grassy, citrus, grapes, perfumed, sweetness, cammomile. A bit strange - give it brett and maybe some light barrelage and it would work !!!

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