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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricksta_p (4227) - 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 shouldnt have been surprised coming from Stone. Medium bodied, enjoyable stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6171) - 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. Theres 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lesifflebiere (1817) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2016
Il sagit dune blonde parfaitement claire, ultra mince et vraiment ptillante. Le nez laisse deviner une levure belge, et sa vivacit suggre des poires et des raisins verts. La bouche est, disons-le, dlicieuse, directe, cest une bire qui se laisse dangereusement boire, lalcool est absent au got. Des armes de pain, de poire et de mangue en ressortent, avec une bonne finale houblonne. Une solide offrande, pas dbordante de complexit ni doriginalit, mais ce quelle fait atteint parfaitement la cible.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gripweed57 (1827) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (4014) - 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 didnt 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14891) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftBeerNick (2315) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (3276) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (13303) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cattaneopapa (379) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2016
650ml bottle from the LCBO. 7.5% alc./vol. Pours a clear gold colour with two finger of white head which settles into a lasting creamy cap. I get a lot of banana and coriander on the nose with hints of black pepper. There is sweet caramelized malt backbone with notes of banana. The hops become more bitter and dry on the back end. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Recommended.


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