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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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Bottle. 24.5 oz. Pours a sandy peach orange with a thin, foamy white head. Aroma of honey, grapes, dry spices, slight pine hops, sweet tea, and some slight barley. Medium to full bodied with an overtly sweet, yet still loose and crisp mouthfeel. Very sweet in the finish, with a bit of alchol warmth and taste following through to the chest. I expected much better from Stone. Average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daknole (10871) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertjm (850) - Albany, California, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Very small soapy head. Huge amount of carbonation, which looks like a soda pop. Dark yellow color. Crystal clear. Aroma of peaches and white grapes. Perhaps a slight amount of rubber. Flavor reminds me of a Tej (mead w/hops) than a Belgian Strong Ale. I think that perhaps the chamomile had something to do with that. Mouthfeel is actually a bit on the watery side. Not much of an aftertaste. Just not feeling it for this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Bottle sample as a bonus beer at the Heavy Seas tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits back in October. Clear gold pour with a thin white head. Aroma is funky grape and sweet malt. Sweet malt in the flavor first, quickly turning to herbs and a semi-tart grape finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
troopie (2295) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (13266) - 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!

   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.

   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.

   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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