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RATINGS: 180   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (5000) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jw0406 (1188) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2016
12 oz draft pours a light orange with a small white head. Aromas of belgian yeast, orange, light spice. Light bodied, a delicious beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hershiser2 (2516) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2016
Tap at Sedona. Golden. Aroma is smoke, bubblegum, banana. Taste is smooth yeast, bubblegum, cherry, floral hops. Tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3821) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2016
Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a faint white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, clove, anise star, peppercorn, orange rind. Flavor of bready malt, bitter citrus rind, peppery spices, anise, Belgian yeast, cloves, banana, hint of alcohol. Very tasty Belgian ale, sturdy slightly boozy, spicy and flavorful. 8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2691) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 5, 2016
Bottle from Brewtopia. Slightly hazy gold with lasting head and lace. Beautiful aroma of coriander light orange and bready tangy wheaty esters. Sweet vanilla grass wheaty tang with spicy peppery finish. Medium light body soft carbonation. Im not doing a good job of describing how FUCKING EXCELLENT this is. Almost like a white IPA and not one of the shitty ones. WHOOOOO!!!!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thepatrickman (1067) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 4, 2016
Bottle split at home. Its pretty awesome that I got a chance to drink this at all, and a major "thank you" to Stone for rereleasing this. This is like a strong Witbier or a "Double Wit" Ive seen a few brewers do. Theres a strong fresh orange aroma mixed with some seriously fruity yeast esters, and the taste is more of the same. Theres a bit too much hop bitterness at the end, though, which makes the West Coast influence clear. This is a wacky mash-up of styles, but isnt that half the fun of craft beer?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapped (2588) - New York, TURKEY - OCT 3, 2016
Draught @ The Jeffrey. Rich golden yellow with off-white foamy head, honey-vanilla aroma, medium carbonation, bitter taste with typical Belgian yeast flavor, somewhat thick body, long bitter finish. Quite potent and bitter like quinine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6525) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2016
Bottle: The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, light banana, apple, and spice.It pours a transparent golden-orange with a two finger white head that fades to a minimal film outlined by a thin ring. There is some very thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with light-moderate banana, Belgian yeast, and a hint of apple. The finish has light-moderate spice (pepper/clove), grass, and a touch of grapefruit. Its light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, the beer is solid, but my real enjoyment of this beer comes from the fact that I paid $7 instead of the hundreds of dollars that the late to the party whale chasers (who put quite the damper on the hobby for me) used to pay.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3626) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle-Pours bright deep orange hue with some floaties and a small spritzy white head and sparse lacing. very phenolic nose of corriander. orange peal, lemon zest, almost smells like a big wit beer with some more trippel-ish notes. Flavors are great-lots of orange peal, lemon zest, belgian malt base, carbonation is prickly but yet not too strong. finish if somewhat abrupt with lingering phenols and slight bitterness. Very cool brew and wish i was able to have the original when it was fresh.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tristanlaugher (329) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2016 Peel, a good bite. Excellent beer from these guys. Draft at the brewery and a bottle to go. Coriander. Clear, White head. Lacing. Rate rate following bottle.


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