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RATINGS: 259   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A new Vertical Epic will be released every year, with the goal being to collect them all and have a Vertical Epic tasting once the final Epic is released on 12/12/12. Each new Stone Vertical Epic Ale will be release one YEAR, one MONTH and one DAY apart. Vertical Epic 02/02/02 was not brewed "to style". Instead, we tried to create something new. It’s triple-ish in nature, with wit character, coriander and orange peel, and has way more hops than either a Belgian triple or a Wit would. Belgian yeast was used. Belgian Strong Ale is the closest category that fits -- Greg Koch, Stone Brewing CEO. In addition, we are pleased to provide the homebrewing recipe: http://stonebrew.com/timeline/020202
In 2002 we began our groundbreaking, millennium-inspired series with Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale. This bumped up Belgian-style wit—made all the more alluring thanks to an infusion of orange peel, coriander, a sprinkling of black pepper and a healthy dose of Centennial hops—was a bright way to begin this epic eleven-part vertical tasting.

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3.8
RSRIZZO (2019) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2016
22oz bottle poured into a Snifter at 41°. Color is a bright clear gold with good carbonation and a small white head. Aroma is slightly sweet giving malt, citrus and yeast scents. It has a lighter medium body with a crisp light mouth feel. Flavor is bright malts with some citrus and spice followed by a faint Belgian yeast. After taste is dry with a citrus bitterness that comes across with an orange note. Overall it’s a tasty Belgian Golden Strong Ale.

3.5
tricksta_p (5009) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2016
From tap at BeerTemple, Amsterdam. Aroma is spicy Belgian yeast, coriander, fruits, soft floral notes, with a touch of hops. Flavour is sweet and surprisingly bitter for a Belgian style strong ale, though I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised coming from Stone. Medium bodied, enjoyable stuff.

3.4
TheBeerGod (6253) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2016
Bottle. Translucent golden amber with a tall, fluffy white head. Aroma is strong spice, citrus peel, doughy yeast and grains. Taste is strong spice and orange peel up front, lighter peppery notes, floral hops and toasted grains behind and dried fruit as well. Body is medium with a strong, bubbly carbonation. There’s a slight lingering, almost chalky or soapy feel on the palate during the finish. Ends with more spices, pepper, orange peel, dried fruit, grains and lavender notes.

4
lesifflebiere (1928) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2016
Il s’agit d’une blonde parfaitement claire, ultra mince et vraiment pétillante. Le nez laisse deviner une levure belge, et sa vivacité suggère des poires et des raisins verts. La bouche est, disons-le, délicieuse, directe, c’est une bière qui se laisse dangereusement boire, l’alcool est absent au goût. Des arômes de pain, de poire et de mangue en ressortent, avec une bonne finale houblonnée. Une solide offrande, pas débordante de complexité ni d’originalité, mais ce qu’elle fait atteint parfaitement la cible.

3.8
gripweed57 (2794) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2016
22 ounce bottle. Honey gold color topped by a large rocky white head with clinging lace. Yeasty malt nose has notes of coriander and wheat. Flavor has more wheat and yeasty notes. Strong hints of coriander and orange peel as well. Finishes dry and peppery. Stone delivers as advertised.

3.7
BelgianBeerGal (4136) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2016
Re-release bottle from July that I picked up in Sacramento about 2 weeks a ago. Just glad I get to try this now and didn’t waste $100+ buying something like tasted like oxidized cardboard off eBay. Oh yes, the beer. A classic Belgian ale with spice and yeast but finishes with a little bold hoppy bitterness reminding you that it was brewed on the US West Coast and not in Flanders. A little alcohol burn in the finish like a tripel. Pretty darn tasty and unique as a mashup of styles.

3.9
bhensonb (15607) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 21, 2016
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours gold with a white head. Aroma is coriander, citrus, and a spice note. Med body. Flavor is peppery, banana, coriander/citrus. Rather clean. Rather dry. Not bitter, but the pepper will do.

3.8
CraftBeerNick (2725) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2016
Tap at BeerTemple, 21st December 16. Pours light straw. Aroma is fresh, yeast, citrus and spice. Taste is fresh and refreshing, some yeast, slight spice, citrus. Like an imperial yeasty saison

3.9
DwarfeD (3540) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2016
Draught at the BeerTemple. Somewhat pale orange with a small white head. Medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Nice well balanced sweet and bitter tones. Yeast, caramel, malts, herbs and fruit. Quite nice.

4
Drake (14059) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2016
Bomber from Whole Foods Milwaukee, 10/12/16. Slightly hazy golden, large foamy off-white head, good retention. Aroma of yeast, bready malt, vinous notes. The taste is bready malt, spice, apple skins, pepper, lime on the tip of the tongue. Medium-full bodied, oily, lingering spice, moderate carbonation.


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