RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6539) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3634) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tristanlaugher (343) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3945) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2016
22oz bottle 9/28/16 (Binnys-Naperville)-42 in Tulip-Pours golden with a small white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, spices, coriander, orange peel, and slight hops. Taste of the same with some banana and spices coming in on the back end. This medium bodied brew is well balanced and quite tasty. In 02 this beer probably was off the charts and it still is now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8405) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2016
From the Encore release the 22oz bottle pours with a clear gold body that supports a white head of foam. The aroma offers up plenty of sweetened wheat, citrus, coriander and banana. The taste comes across the palate with a nice creamy texture as it unloads banana sweetness peppered by shards of spicy coriander and cloves to midway. At midway it becomes a bit more citrus like as the modest wheat note takes on a slight quick bready quality. Into the finish the persistent banana and spiciness are met with a bit of a candy like bubble gum note and a pear flavored cotton candy character. All in all a pretty solid wheat beer that achieves some balance between the sweet notes, spicy notes and citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (6606) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2016
On draft at the brewery. Pours a clear gold with an off white head. Banana aroma. Flavors of citrus and bubblegum. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ALIBALI (1300) - Kiel, GERMANY - SEP 24, 2016
Hart am Limit operierendes Wit der exorbitanten Sorten. Schwer, slich, outstanding helly hot. Viel von Allen und noch viel mehr. Gross und mchtig. 0,15/3,30. Fass. STONE BREWERY BERLIN.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (10293) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2016
Bomber from Whole Foods PM. First off, just let me say that I was ecstatic to see this at Whole Foods, as I had given up on my chance to ever try this beer as Greg intended. I know this is an encore, but I am thankful for that. The pour is cloudy golden with frothy, white head. Nose is tripel/maibocky, with pale malt, hops, some fruity tartness, that light-skinned fruity fructose. Tastes malty, fruity, somewhat sweet, notes of apricot, peach, white wine, smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GenDV138 (6705) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2016
Bottle pour sample at Dominion Wine & Beer. Clear yellow with off-white head. Aromas and tastes of herbs, spice, citrus. Medium body with a dry finish. Kind of run of the mill 14 years later with how much craft beer has grown since then.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (14066) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2016
Bomber poured a clear gold with a small lingering iff white head. Aromas of straw, coriander and light orange. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, coriander and a hint of citrus with a smooth dry bitter lingering coriander finish.

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