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RATINGS: 272   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
leaparsons (10862) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2017
Keg, Brewdog Leicester. Hazy golden with a thin lacy foam. Nutty base malts with lots of herbs and spices. Medicinal. Floral and leafy with funky yeast. Banana with spiced oranges and citrus bitterness. Traces of coconut milk. Dry, boozy finish. Peppery, dry, yeasty finish. Good version of the style.

3.7
Niko100 (3012) - Chicago, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2017
Hazy golden color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of yeast, floral hops, clove/spice, & some citrus; Flavor of slight sweet malt, yeast, floral hops, coriander, orange rind, and pepper/spice; Dry finish; Nicely balanced; Pretty good.

3.8
IrishBoy (4254) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 29, 2017
The original 02.02.02 was the only one I missed. I drank the 03 to 12 Vertical I had in 2013.Glad they rebrewed this so I could complete the series. I will wait for the 03 that I loved. Nose is light banana, cloves, and a hint of bubblegum. Very lightly hazy yellow gold with a lightly lacing off white head. Flavor is fruity and spicy with a small amount of bitterness. Wish I had the original in 2002 with a early dated rating.

3.6
Sarlacc83 (2437) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 21, 2017
Bottle. A: Clear gold with a thin foamy white head. N: Green apple, coriander, clove, esters, lemon, rosemary and pine, some candi sugar, white peppercorn, chardonnay. T: Sweet and lightly bitter. M: Light body, no alcohol, soft carbonation. O: Tasty; really glad they re-released it. I can’t imagine having this aged though.

3.7
douglas88 (9795) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Bottle thanks to Luke. Pours a bright orange color with a large white head. A big fruity sulfur nose. Spicy, banana esters, light toast and hops, a bit of orange peel and pepper. Solid.

3.5
bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 17, 2017
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Yeast and spice aroma with orange. Spice and yeast flavor with light orange. Medium bodied. Spice and yeast lingers with light malt and light orange.

3.5
luttonm (6962) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2017
Bottle at Portland tasting. Encore edition. Pale orange-gold, clear. Soapy head. Sweet vegetal yeast nose. Banana and spice. Thick, pale peppery saison. Nice enough macro saison. Ok brightness, light waxiness.

3.8
kyzr (1607) - Montana, USA - MAY 15, 2017
Clear gold pour with nice sized white head. Spice and orange zest on the nose. Flavor is sweet up front with yeast, candied orange zest, a touch of ginger, and herby. One of the better of the cast of 11.

3.9
mabel (10004) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2017
[8986-20170120] 1pt6floz bottle. Floral celery and spices aroma. Clear, orange body with a quick foamy white head. Orange peel and celery flavour. Medium-full body is fairly bitter. Tasty, great balance. (8/3/8/4/16) 3.9
(c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, GregClow, jercraigs)

4.1
rederic (3344) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2017
22oz bottle, with a slight hazy honey golden hue, with a big fluffy white head, with a spicy fruity, yeasty, doughy nose with some mild coriander, curaçao, panettone cake dough, subtle orange marmalade accents and a faint floral citrus, leafy hop, pale, wheat malt note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a smooth fruity belgian yeast, dough, crackery pale, pilsner, wheat malty character with some spicy flowery citrusy, leafy hoppy, zesty lemon, orange peel, faint spicy coriander, subtle peppery flavours, leading towards a fruity, spicy yeastiness, lemon, orange zestiness, lingering citrusy, leafy, cedary hop bitterness finish.


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