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RATINGS: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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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3.4
BeerandBlues2 (14018) - 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.

3.6
Camons (13492) - Hasselager, DENMARK - APR 13, 2017
Draught @ Beergeek Bar, Prague. Pours golden with an offwhite head, lacings. Aroma of sweet malt, Belgian yeast, spice, herbal, sweet fruit. Flavor is light sweet, malt, wheat, spicy, coriander, sweet fruity, oranges, alcohol. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, light sweet finish with warming alcohol. 130417

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bu11zeye (13239) - 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!

3.2
hopdog (13191) - 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!).

3.9
slowrunner77 (13171) - 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.

3.5
rosenbergh (11925) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 16, 2017
22 oz bottle. Bottled 07/22/16. Thanks Timo A! Really! Clear golden color with a small white head. Tropical fruits, soap, candies, sweetness and some yeast in the aroma. The flavor is tropical fruity sweetness, yeast, spices and some malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
shrubber85 (11706) - 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.

3.3
77ships (11479) - 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.

3.7
DocLock (11189) - 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.


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