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RATINGS: 620   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 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.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrymel (1551) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radiomgb (2559) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Second miss in a row for me and the Stone VE series. Pours clearish straw yellow with a medium white head, leaves decent lace. Smells not very good. Very metallic smelling with the standard bread and yeast of a belgian tripel. Grapes in there as well. Eh. Tastes bready and malty yeasty with big, sweet grape flavors. Grapes don’t add much. Metallic sweetness. Eh. Medium’ish body, slick and coating, good carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Pours clear amber with a bit of soap bubble white head. There’s quite a bit of grape character here, and I don’t care for it. Its giving me a bit of a headache. Some Belgian yeast in the nose. Medium, oily body. Just to much like wine for me.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
egajdzis (5695) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Clear orange color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of honey, citrus, grass, grapes, spicy phenols, and alcohol. Taste of strong grape, honey, citrus, tart grapes, light apple, and alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ekstedt (6157) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2010
Bottle (65 cl) from Systembolaget. Clear amber, tiny white head. Malty almond paste aroma with spices and grapes, and some alcohol. Medium bodied and a bit flat. Dry, a bit acidic, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2010
bomber; pours crystal clear gold with trace white head; spicy fruit and dried flowers on the nose mixed with some fruity booze, dry sugar syrup; wow, quite harsh and rough on first sip; big time booze and almost sage-like spice; kind of like a jacked apple juice spiked with dried wild flowers; sticky mouthfeel and dry spice sticks lingers; texture is thin, flat and sort of like stale juice; eh; no way I can down 22 oz of this

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