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RATINGS: 610   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (952) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Bottle opened up 1/3/12; never rated this one when I had picked it up back in 2010. Pours very still with just a few fine bubbles and no head. Color is opaque toasted / golden brown. Very nice aroma of orange, bubblegum, lemon zest, white grape and pear. Really smothered with light fruits and the chamomile. Flavor is killer, Im not sure if this is from some mellowing time in the bottle or if it was always this good. Fruity up front with grape tartness fading in and out and a nice dry grassy finish. Super-refreshing especially for a 9.5% beer. Probably one my favorite VEs in the series. I bet this was the shit when it was fresh...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Somehow, of those last three Epics, I have 3 of 10.10.10. So Im popping one by itself. Smell has some spice and a bit of Honeycrisp apple on top of a toasty malt backbone. Amber color, with lots of fizz, but little head to show for it. Beer taste seems to be at its prime here. Malt is still toasty and aromatic, chamomile just hovers around the edge. Wine grapes are evident as a slight champagne note, especially in a dry finish to a beer that starts out a bit sweet. Somehow it settles in as a bit of Rose wine. Start to get some of the dead yeast in my glass as I am not being careful with the bottle. A good pour that is probably at its best right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tia (1010) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle @ RG 21. Dark straw. Sour honey and grape aroma. Tastes a little winey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
jackl (4920) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle pour @ the 21st Richmond Gathering. Medium gold with a small head. Nose is Apples, Belgian yeast. Popcorn and marshmallow. Taste of strong dusty attic. Concentrated apple juice. Nasty, bilious. Weird.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6083) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"id say this is my least favorite thus far of all the Vertical Epic brews. the chamomile which intruiged me never made an appearance. it was all spicy belgian triple and wine grapes. obviously its still young, and tasted so, and this is the first one that i think will be better on 12-12-12 than it was fresh. i may re-rate in 6 months or a year, but for now, this one is just ok, which for stone is a big fat miss.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (13196) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
22 oz bottle from Beverages & More in Tucson, served in a stem glass alongside the 09-09-09 at a tasting at Dans. Pours hazy orange-golden with a medium white head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a trace of lace. The nose has big notes of citrus peel, white wine must and chamomile, along with caramel, pale malt, apple and a touch of flowers. The flavour is medium sweet with huge chamomile notes; grapes, citrus and honey come through as well, along with caramel, apples and a touch of subtle spice. The finish is long and somewhat fruity-spicy with lots of chamomile and a touch of hops. On the palate it is medium-full in body with a smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, wow, a great saison-esque installment in the series with big chamomile, grape and fruity notes. Beautiful. 2014-06-07

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3551) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2014
From the four year old bottle. Clear golden color with almost no head, but a little effervescence. Thin winey nose with some white grape and spice. Nice flavor of yeast, spice, white wine, a little bubblegum, and too much alcohol as it warms. This was better fresher.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olr1984 (1138) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2014
22oz bottle pours a clear gold with a small white head. Fruity grape aroma. Belgian yeast and apricot taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Rated on 11-03-2010. This bottled beer has a small off-white head with a short retention, hazy golden body, no visible carbonation, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is malty, sweet, grapes, spicy, candied sugar, and floral. The taste is sugary sweet, malt, grapes, spicy, floral, and alcohol. The mouth feel is soft carbonation and this beer is medium bodied. The flavors in this beer are quite different than what I have experienced with this beer style in the past. This is a sipping beer with a warming sensation. It is worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomat (2160) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 23, 2014
Cloudy golden with a tiny white head. Spicy afruity tones. Malt, fruit and spices. Full body with a fruity / spicy finish.

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