overall
98
98
style
RATINGS: 186   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.

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2844) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2005
Not sure where to go with this one? Was not expecting much but got a pleasent surprise. Tasting this rare brew was almost like a religious expierence. I am a big fan of Stone Brewing products so this rating may be somewhat biased. Small pressure release upon opening, Whew! Poured lovingly down the middle of my tasting glass giving rise to a small tannish head that lasted for a respectable amount of time. Lace was minimal, spotty. Aroma was fairly intact, not large but decent. Notes of citrus, spice and fruit, lightly phenolic with some bananna esthers also. Body was med/ light, crisp and biting in a refreshing sort of way. Dry maltiness up front on the palate with flavors of vanilla, citrus, melon and yeast. The hops must of faded a bit as i dont really see them as a large player. The mouthfueel gets a bit creamier. A light woodiness emerges, notes of orange sherbert appear. Hmmmm? Lots to enjoy, still. I,m really surprised how well a beer of this stature has aged, even though were only talking three years. Finish is dry with notes of caramel and a touch of woodiness. No dissappointment here. A big thanks to Larry Pitonka for a chance (and one future chance) at this beer. Thanks Andre! Stone Rocks!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glennmastrange (2745) - 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. Theres something meaty about it too.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2715) - 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

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2697) - 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!!!!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2007
Orange-peach in colour, lingering white coloured head, light lacing. The aroma was really nothing to spectacular, some fruit, white wine, caramel apples and some light spice. I found the flavour to be actually a bit watery, lightl floral hops do still exist along with some yeast, spice and apples. Medium bitterness in the mouthfeel, medium/light body, mild carbonation. Finishes light, a little bit spicy with just a bit of alcohol warmth. This isnt holding up as good as I hoped, not sure if its going to hold up for another 5 years but I cant wait to find out. I still liked it though.

650ml bottle obtained in a trade with <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>Larry Pitonka, thanks Andre.
Opened on April 21, 2007.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (2664) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2015
From notes. Tasted on 12/12/12 from a capped 22oz bottle with Curtis, and the Nashville crew. Pours murky burnt orange with no head, but just a few thin bubbles. The nose is showing some oxidation, tons of orange peel and over-ripe apricot, some bread malt and spicy yeast. The flavor is all about the bitter orange peel and juicy apricot, with some malt and yeast, and some oxidation setting in. The body is medium with light carbonation and a long malty caramel, apricot, and lightly bitter orange peel finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2659) - California, USA - SEP 10, 2016
Slightly hazy golden color, moderate head, good lace/retention. Aroma is coriander, orange, pale malt. Medium bodied, dry finish, its probably closer to a Tripel than a Witbier - but Belgian Strong works. A few years ago I had an opportunity to pick up a bottle of this for $300, Im really happy I passed that up because it was $8 today lol.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thorongil2 (2637) - , 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapped (2607) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 Cloudy pumpkin/banana haziness..with an almost rusty green tint to it pushing the huge lasting head larger and larger...yeast and chewy apricots come through in the nose as some dried fruits and spiciness try to come through too..big yeast, spice, and apricot flavors combine with nutmeg and orange and explode in a chewy citrus, flowery, malty loveliness...Superbly done by Stone! (points deducted on account that it was marketed to last 12 years and barely lasted 2)


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 « 7 8 9  10  11 12 13 » 19
Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5