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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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4.3
shrubber85 (11408) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2017
Bottle. Peach, orange, coriander, biscuit malt, and straw aroma. Golden yellow with giant off-white head. Moderately sweet banana, orange, coriander, biscuit malt, and mildly bitter grass/orange peel flavor. Great body and balance. Excellent.

3.5
kp (10882) - 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

3.7
DocLock (10702) - 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.

3.6
allmyvinyl (10624) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 17, 2017
Bomber from the Brewdog Online Shop shared with jeevan. Pours clear golden orange with a thin white head. Aromas are bready, spicy yeast esters, cream, faint banana. Taste is light sweet, dough, spice. Crisp finish.

3.8
leaparsons (10553) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2017
Keg, Brewdog Leicester. Hazy golden with a thin lacy foam. Nutty base malts with lots of herbs and spices. Medicinal. Floral and leafy with funky yeast. Banana with spiced oranges and citrus bitterness. Traces of coconut milk. Dry, boozy finish. Peppery, dry, yeasty finish. Good version of the style.

3.5
jercraigs (10374) - 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, I’d 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 can’t believe Harry has a cord that long."

3.6
olio (10289) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 16, 2017
65 cl bottle @ Timo A. Bottled on 27 07.2016.
Pours pale clear golden color with a small head. Aroma is apricot and peach, lemon, hops and yeast. Flavor is sweetish peachy, apricot, some grassy tones. Feels quite light for this style, quite flavorful and tasty nonetheless.
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3.3
77ships (9828) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2017
Thx to David! Bottled 22.07.2016. Clear golden, creamy white head. Nose is huge on milky wheat brew, overly sweet milky witbier, banana, soapy coriander, sweet soap,... Taste is overly milky banana witbier, very sweet, rice pudding, soap, sugar, candy, coriander soap,... Not a fan, rice pudding, soap, overly sweet wheat witbier,... Imperial witbier with all the aspects that can falter with this style exaggerated. Not my thing. As far as the original concept goes why would you make this with the intent of aging it for 10 years, I cannot imagine the end result being anything but unpleasant.

3.9
3fourths (9347) - 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
blipp (9284) - 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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