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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12894) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2006
(22oz bottle, courtesy of Walt, big thanks) Pours a cloudy yellow body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of orange zest and spicy yeast. Flavor of orange, honey, malt, and herbs. Walt you are the best!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (12613) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (12479) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 16, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours clear orange with a medium, frothy white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy pear esters, orange peel, coriander and moderate earthy wheat malt. Flavor is bitter orange peel, floral coriander, medium earthy wheat malt and biscuit malt with earthy hops and medium bitterness and a dry finish. Full body and moderate carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (11888) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
22oz bottle. Golden in color with an averaged sized white head. Some oxidation, spicy, yeast, and some caramel. Shows some age, but overall not as bad as I would have expected. Glad I had the chance to finally have this (and doing a full 020202 - 121212 vertical to boot!).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 08/26/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Fest of 26

clear golden yellow, whispy white head, sweet malty aroma, bitter spicy malt flavor, touch of light fruity sweetness,
-------- /> Date: 06/09/2007
Mode: bottle
Score: 2.9 to 3.5
Words: Noog 3D

hazy orange, fine white head, streaks of lace, sweet malty aroma with a nice spicy edge, lots of spicy citrus flavor balanced with rich malt sweetness, nice bitter finish from the spicy character

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (10774) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 6, 2016
Nicely dialed in BSA with strong yeast, pepper and citrus peel in both the nose and aroma. Orange pour, spice hides the abv. Will probably seek out a bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (10215) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (10093) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2017
2017-01-20. Crisp yellow body, modest off white head. 3+ Aroma is pungent, floral herbal herbaceous notes. Flavour has similar herbal spice quality, fairly bitter throughout. Average bodied palate, good carbonation. 3+ decent but the herbal spice character is not entirely to my taste, Id probably enjoy this just a bit more if I was more in the mood for it. 7/3/7/3/14+ Encore Series Bottle from the LCBO shared by HogTownHarry.
Overheard: "I cant believe Harry has a cord that long."

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (9280) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2006
22oz bottle thanks to Walt. Color is cloudy yellow and orange. Has a juicy nose full of oranges, pineapple and pears, with some alcohol noticed, and some Belgian candy sugar scents. The old fruit flavor is very dominant, but still retains a bit of freshness. No signs of oxidation or questionable storage, very impressive how well it has held up for being so "light". Medium thickness, moderately frothy, a bit sticky. Flavors of creamy oranges and a bit of funk and mold (the good kind) from the yeast is noticed. Chalky but smooth texture in the finish. Only complaint would be a slight hint of fuesal alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (8546) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 10, 2016
Draft. Pours gold with a white head. Light peachy yeasty base, some floral notes, zesty citrus, mild bitterness, and a dry finish. Pretty good.


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