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RATINGS: 239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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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3.4
probstblueribbon (3791) - 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
Canmoore (483) - 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
glennmastrange (2871) - 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. There’s something meaty about it too.

3.9
kassner (1663) - 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
jake65 (3701) - 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 Stone’s 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
hub66 (486) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 7, 2017
Couleur dorée; mousse blanche; arômes et goût maltés, fruités et de levure; bière lègèrement douce avec finale un peu amère

3.9
baraciisch (3240) - 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
drjoeng (1291) - SINGAPORE - JAN 1, 2017
7.5%ABV. Belgian Poured out gold. 8ºSRM. 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.

3.4
djd07 (14655) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2016
On tap at resident. Pours a cloudy gold with medium frothy white head that lasts. The aroma is wheat, floral, pepper, citrus. Medium body, yeast, spice, banana clove, light finish, good.

3.8
Boutip (6385) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2016
Bottle: Poured a clear deep golden color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and limited retention. Aroma of peppery notes with some strong coriander notes with some wheat notes is quite interesting. Taste is a nice mix of coriander with some subtle peppery notes with some residual sugar from the wheat malt notes is quite nice. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not sure how it compares to the original but nice drinking this one.


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