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RATINGS: 179   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (4206) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - OCT 21, 2016
Sample at Vermont Tap House. The appearance was a ruddy to burnt yet semi-hazy yellow color. Subtle transparency. Low carbonation was seen. The aroma starts Belgian sweet, crisp bready smooth, some black cherries - sweet, light spices - white and black pepper, some cardamom. Some floral. And then grassy tones. The flavor rides the line along all of those previously mentioned aromas mainly sweet pulling the gamut on the sweetness to hit the aftertaste appropriately. Quick semi-sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice crisp smooth sweet to spicy sessionability about it. Carbonation seems to hit decently. Overall, nice Belgian strong ale that I could have again.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (5662) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2016
Bomber BOTTLED CA 07/22/16. Nose heavy coriander with heavy wheat. Pour perfectly clear golden with very heavy carbonation and a very large, sudsy but rocky bright white head. Taste lightly tangy, lightly sweet with lots of lemon floor cleanser, medium bitterness mostly from the coriander soup, and a touch of green Bell pepper. Touch soapy, cleansing, fresh, orange peel and tangerine, heavy wheat lending wheaten feel but also a little chalk, and the pepper is mild. Medium body watery at times but buttressed by high alcohol (light burn at the finish). To read them call this a "tripel" is laughable, and the hops arent even particularly Stone-ized; just rough booze earned by an increased base malt. [2016.10.19: 2.8]

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (5322) - Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2016
Pours clear golden with a fairly thick eggshell head. Aroma offers butterscotch, fresh malt, tangy apple, banana, and subtle yeasty and woody hop notes. Flavor nicely echoes the aroma, but with a little more fruit. Mouthfeel delivers firm body and good fizz. Go epic!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (4297) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 17, 2016
Bottle from Boise Co-op. Rich golden body with foamy head, which fades fast. Normal Saison aromas. Musty, cheesy, yeasty. Tasty brings a but if a snap, probably from the spices. Nice chewy, slick body, and more savory notes at the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13580) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2016
22oz bottle. For years I sought out the original of this beer, unsuccessfully, so its a delight to finally get to try it. Clear apple juice body topped by small white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, coriander, some white pepper, lemon/grapefruit, honeysuckle. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, coriander, some white pepper, light grapefruit. Medium body, light effervescence, acidity, fairly dry finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joejames (510) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2016
On draft, Brew Vino, York, PA served in a snifter glass. Poured clear golden. Minimal white head with scant lacing and retention. Aroma of pepper, banana, clove. Taste is sweet and sour with a nice bitterness that carries this. Medium bodied, light carbonation, slick mouth feel. Finishes dry. Tasting notes of grass, coriander, peppercorns, bubblegum, sour apple and yeast. Nice take on a Belgian strong.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsordr (2487) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Bottle pour avg gold with moderate white head. Nose Belgian ester, light spice, some dank hop. Taste good ester, spice and mid palate moderate hop bitter. Spicy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (5829) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 11, 2016
This is a strange beer. Tastes like a hopped up belgian wit. Has some lemon and coriander and is still fairly dry. Good but weird. A pint is probably too much for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2371) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 10, 2016
Bottle from Sprouts: Poured a golden straw hue with a firm layer of foam head. Aroma smells strong with authentic Belgian ale yeast that brings about scents of clove, coriander seed, sage, banana, and a faint background bubblegum. The drink is bold with the same flavors as mentioned from the aroma except has more taste of herbs such as sage or dried tarragon and comes across as dry on the palate. Taste like a true Belgian ale or a hearty witbier style, but I am just overall happy that this beer had a re-make because it was the only vertical epic I had missed finding back in the day.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (4993) - Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2016
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/22/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate herbal/citrus peel bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, biscuit, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.5%. Overall this is a great imperial witbier! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Quite hoppy for the base style, but not enough to make it feel like an IPA. The traditional witbier flavors are the main showcase. A very enjoyable offering.


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