RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
radio_nowhere (1472) - Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2016
Bomber into tulip glass, tad hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma notes of Belgian yeast, bubblegum, clove, coriander, straw, banana, white pepper and citrus zest. Honestly on aroma alone this seems like a strong hefeweizen. Taste adds more hop forward notes of grass, lemon citrus, noble hop spiciness, pepper, citrus, light pine and faintly floral. Medium body, moderate carbonation, almost crisp, dry with Belgian spice/peppery finish. It certainly is Belgian forward with some citrusy hops backing, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (1952) - HONG KONG - NOV 19, 2016

650 ml (22oz) bottle bought at ICBeer in Kwun Tong.

Looks: Clear golden colour; Less than one-quarter finger head with residual soapy white foam which fades in 15 seconds; Good sticky lacing with notable slight carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant but slightly pungent malt, with strong wheaty tartness, light perfume, strong floral, strong orange peel, black pepper, coriander, light whipped cream, spice, Bel yeast, lemon peels and grass.

Taste: Medium sweet Ale malt, with fair wheaty tartness, grapefruits, strong citrus peels, floral, molasses, strong resins, spice, light Bel yeast, strong lime, very strong bitter hops and very sharp grass.

Body: Mid to light body; Fairly slick and very oozy palate.

Mouth Feel: Good maltyness in a thinned but slick background. Wheatyness tartness apparent but overwhelmed by massive hop attack in strong grapefruit peels and bitter flesh, floral, strong ooze and spice. Booze is very well hidden, sweetness is medium, well balanced by strong lime. Quite impressive!

Hoppiness: Strong floral, spice, lemon peels and grass in nose. Grapefruits peels, floral, strong resins, spice, strong lime and sharp grass in taste; Bitterness is very strong for a lasting, very high astringent limey bitter finish.

After taste: Quite dry. Citrusy and strong bitter to mouth.

Comments: This is a strong Belgian White with boat loads of Centennial being thrown in. Its aroma is spicy and fairly pleasing, the hoppiness is domineering that any Wits spiciness or fruitiness were suppressed. The strong-for-strong-sake hoppiness does not transcend the Wit to the next level. Very good but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fujimo2000 (149) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Pours straw yellow with strong coriander and wheat. Taste follows with extremely dry finish. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tia (2075) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2016
Tap at brewery. Honey color with thin head. Fresh coriander, caramel apple. Flavor follows but also has a light bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thorongil2 (2926) - , Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2016
(Bottle) clear, bright yellow colour with a tall, white head; aroma of noble hops, spice; balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2939) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2016
650ml bottle from Cork Keg and Spirits in Rockford, brought by bananabi11. Thanks! 7/22/2016 bottle date, so 4 months old had during trick or treat while answering the door. Pours a clear golden orange. No head. Banana, coriander, light bubble gum. Sweet malts with some lemon and some tangy yeast. Taste has some spicy-ness. There is some alcohol presence. The blend is quite good. Finishes sweet. Quite solid. 14

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chadski (129) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2016
Spices way forward in the aromas. Sweet tangerine flavor immediately followed by a bitterness that is very bold. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (6178) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 5, 2016
Lightly hazed golden color with a modest off-white head. Pure light malt sweetness in the aroma. A mild floral (honeysuckle) and herbal (cloves and cardamom) backdrop. Mild attic and clover honey. Sweet malt goodness in the front. Mild citrus and spice balance things out. Mildly acidic. Finish has a crisp pale malt and bit of wintergreen. Soft to nearly watery on the palate, but it does glide by well. My kind of Belgian tripel/strong.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bytemesis (8125) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 2, 2016
Bottle, encore series. Pours lightly hazy golden orange, medium white head, dissipates fairly quickly, decent lacing. Aroma is super strong grassy notes, black pepper, orange peel, coriander. Pretty overt in the adjuncts. Flavor is light plus sweet, mega grassy peppery yeast character with some citrus and honey flavors and coriander floral notes. Light plus body. About as subtle as a hammer to the temple. I am guessing that I can understand why this stood out in 2002, but it just seems ham-handed today. Not sure where the hops come into play.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ChainGangGuy (4887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 29, 2016
BOTTLED CA 07/22/16. Appearance: Pours a nearly clear, bright gold body with a rather short-lived, white head. Smell: Soapy, phenolic, medicinal and a bit boozy. Taste: The flavor leaps to an astringent medicinal quality, though with a little pepper and bitter citrus felt, along with a fair share of alcohol. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall: Not doin it for me, sorry.

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