RATINGS: 214   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (10269) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (10247) - 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."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (9299) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
77ships (9177) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (8877) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (8547) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2016
Nice stuff. Floral hops and some straw. Some coriander. Just the kind of Belgian strong I like. Light sweetness with some hint of bitter grass like a cows last meal before the slaughter. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8477) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2016
From the Encore release the 22oz bottle pours with a clear gold body that supports a white head of foam. The aroma offers up plenty of sweetened wheat, citrus, coriander and banana. The taste comes across the palate with a nice creamy texture as it unloads banana sweetness peppered by shards of spicy coriander and cloves to midway. At midway it becomes a bit more citrus like as the modest wheat note takes on a slight quick bready quality. Into the finish the persistent banana and spiciness are met with a bit of a candy like bubble gum note and a pear flavored cotton candy character. All in all a pretty solid wheat beer that achieves some balance between the sweet notes, spicy notes and citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cuso (8441) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 1, 2017
Tap at craft b33r gallery. Golden color with huge white head. Aroma of yeast, malt, candies, light citrus hops. Taste, candies, malt, spices, yeast, very light citrus hops. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bytemesis (7938) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7827) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Sampled from a bottle. I have at least one witness, it did happen. Well this one poured a slight orange-yellow color, no head when I got to it. Aroma is somewhat like musty orange zest, not too much else. Flavor is mellow and a little sweet, almost creamy light citrus. Im being a little lenient on this due to the age of the bottle, as it feels well past its prime (despite what the bottle claims), but a lot better than I ever expected this one to ever be.

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