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RATINGS: 192   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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. Its 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 witmade all the more alluring thanks to an infusion of orange peel, coriander, a sprinkling of black pepper and a healthy dose of Centennial hopswas a bright way to begin this epic eleven-part vertical tasting.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (10145) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2017
2017-01-20. Crisp yellow body, modest off white head. 3+ Aroma is pungent, floral herbal herbaceous notes. Flavour has similar herbal spice quality, fairly bitter throughout. Average bodied palate, good carbonation. 3+ decent but the herbal spice character is not entirely to my taste, Id probably enjoy this just a bit more if I was more in the mood for it. 7/3/7/3/14+ Encore Series Bottle from the LCBO shared by HogTownHarry.
Overheard: "I cant believe Harry has a cord that long."

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (4360) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2017
Bomber from the lcbo. Tropical fruit Aroma, lots of yeasty esters, some bitter citrus oils, and some light spice. Effervescent mouth feel, and lively carb. Finish is medium to highly bitter with a very dry, bitter bite. Dry cardamon flavour with lots of yeast and tropical fruit. Reminds me of a dialed up tripel. I dont see age helping this much, fresh would be best I think on this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3790) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2017
Bomber from LCBO, served cool in a tulip glass. Clear deep golden with a modest white head. Fruity esters, booze, honey, a bit grainy, kinda spicy, herbal, medium plus body, fairly full carbonation, nice fruity and spicy yeast character, banana, wheat/cereal, dry with a little more bitterness than expected and a fruity/banana and lightly spicy finish. Pretty good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Canmoore (450) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2017
Pours a clear golden honey with a massive creamy head that has great retention. Aroma has notes of citrus hops, earthy yeast, banana, and clove. Tasting notes include citrus, banana, cloves, yeast, and a nice hoppy refreshing finish. Excellent beer!!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glennmastrange (2764) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2017
Bottle. Moderate light bread, grain and cereal for the malt, light to moderate perfume for the hops, light dough and dried leaves for the yeast, with notes of apricot, banana and a hint of clove in the background. Head is average sized, frothy, white with nice slippery lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is sparkling clear medium amber. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet, acidic and bitter. Palate is medium, slick with a lively to fizzy carbonation and a lightly alcoholic and astringent finish. Great Belgian Strong Ale with a nice array of aromas. Theres something meaty about it too.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kassner (1605) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2017
Got a bomber at Whole Foods in Wexford. This hoppy Belgian has just the right balance, not easy to do. Refreshing but with good body. A nice frothy head. slightly cloudy light yellow body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (3462) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Bottle from the 20th Anniversary series. I find this to be almost unbelievable to have in my glass so glad this was made again for Stones anniversary. Truly one of the first white whales. A nice, sturdy Belgian ale with light spice and esters, very drinkable. Beautiful golden color with a little white head and oily slick top.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hub66 (431) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 7, 2017
Couleur dore; mousse blanche; armes et got malts, fruits et de levure; bire lgrement douce avec finale un peu amre

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (3065) - California, USA - JAN 3, 2017
Clear golden orange in color... Aroma of vanilla, Candi sugar, cotton candy, citrus... Flavor is cotton candy, citrus, spices, coriander, vanilla, light peppery finish... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjoeng (1046) - SINGAPORE - JAN 1, 2017
7.5%ABV. Belgian Poured out gold. 8SRM. Nose is wine, wood, dust. A little more wine and cider in the nose than a traditional Belgian. Mouthfeel is sour, beery. Palate has rich malty with graham cracker, light honey. Hops are orange peel, and light pine and earthy. Spices were coriander and nutmeg.


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