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RATINGS: 614   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
They are not kidding with the wine. This is a very grape addition to the VE series and probably one that will not age as well. Pours a light yellow. Heavy to drink. Sweet with a touch of sour at the end. Lots of fruit in here.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daknole (10035) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Clear gold pour. Yeast, white wine(sav blanc), dirty water, yeast. Flavor is grapey, lightly hoppy, lots of yeast, lightly tart. Meh.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Draught. My first thought was, this beer is a mess. Pours golden with thin white head. Moderate lacing. Aroma is wine, like a Cape white, with candi. Some wheaty notes. Medium body with much alcohol power. Many grapy notes, much flavour of the grape. Sweet finish. Didn’t taste chamomile.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (10554) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Bomber poured a clear gold with a lingering ring of white foam. Aromas of grapes, pear, apple, candy sugar, light straw and light spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of straw, candy sugar, grapes,pear and light spice with a smooth lingering lightly sweet fruity finish. Almost an Epic fail!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Grape cider? This seems well crafted as far as texture and has a nice Belgium ale aroma but the grapes really seem to bring this tart chardonnay-like quality which this NEPA beer geek doesn’t get. Maybe it needs to be aged and drank in 3012 if people still have a few left in the vertical epic set? Given the sourness I sense now, it wouldn’t be much different.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Far too floral for my liking. I loved the 09 but this one, while different, left something to be desired for me in the taste department. If you like the taste of flowers pick this up; if not, pass.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Pours a yellowish with a mostly white slightly yellow head. Aroma is Belgian yeast and citrus. Taste is a quick strong Belgian bite upfront, then a touch of skunk smoothing out to a sort of general hoppiness. Not bad.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrymel (1536) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Poured to NB globe during tasting of 06-10 VE’s. A: golden apple juice ale. Little head production. Evident carb from the base. S: Grape and grain. Light hints of chamomile as it warms. Otherwise the entirety is accented by the belgian yeast. T: Grapes, belgian yeast. Too much fruit for me in this one. Maybe tone down in a year or two. M: High carbonation, light body for this kind of ABV. Dries the mouth. D: Too sweet at this time. One and done for me on this one. Serving type: bottle 02-22-2011 1

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radiomgb (2450) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2015
650ml bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York. Golden yellow in colour with a very thin white head, little to no lacing. The aroma is very floral, some oranges, lots of spice, some banana, light sweetness. The flavour is very floral and herbal, quite a bit of spice, noticeable alcohol, yeasty. Thin warm mouthfeel, medium/light body, mild carbonation. Finishes long and warming, some apples.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Very handsome pour, a deep burnished gold getting close to the copper end of the spectrum. Crisp carbonation, thinnish head, but that seems appropriate for the style. Digging the nose, which suggests a dry-hopped beer with some substantial candi malts and floral additions. The grapes are faintly present in the nose, and the subtlety is appreciated. Problem is, it tastes like a wreck. Muscat grapes clash mightily with the hops and flowers, rendered dank by the sweet malts. I sincerely hope that ageing does this beer some good, but I wonder.


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