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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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8358) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (8063) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7616) - 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.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (7480) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2016 Bottle (Encore edition, bought in 2016). Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (grain), lightly hoppy (herbs), with notes of bubble bath / scented soap, cleaning spray and other chemicals, plastic, clove, incense. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Wow, this is a long, long way from the original edition, which I rated a 4.1 back in 2002. And now in 2016...horrid aroma of scented soap and chemicals, with a dirty aftertaste to match. Terrible.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bytemesis (7439) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7189) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2016
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a slightly hazy peach color with a medium sized foamy yellowish-white head that left decent lacing. The aroma was musty and dusty with coriander and white pepper notes. The flavor was musty and dryish with a medicinal presence followed by coriander and perfume. Long medicinal and perfumey finish. Medium body. Very disappointing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2007
Bottle shared by goldtwins on 8/26/06: Pours a slightly carbonated clear golden with a thin wispy off-white head. Aroma of sweet, toasty, bready Belgian malt with some aged mild butterscotch complexity. Body starts with a sweet viscous biscuity maltiness, good light fruity complexity and a smooth, drier earthy and bittersweet finish with a touch of warmth. Well aged and balanced.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Lucky me, a hunt and seek trip through Ohio(while on business) allowed me to find a bottle of this beer (along with the 03.03.03 release), didn't mind the $11 price tag...Looks and smelled much like a belgian triple, so Stone was right on there. Yes, it is also more hoppy than the traditional style, but that works very well here. Excellent balance, lots of character and no single dominating feature. Sweet but a fruity sourness is also detected on the palate (lasts long past the last sip). Too bad I only had one bottle of this fine brew, I would love too taste it in 2004-05. Ahhhhh. heaven! Way to go Stone!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (6551) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2016
On draft at the brewery. Pours a clear gold with an off white head. Banana aroma. Flavors of citrus and bubblegum. Bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6529) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2016
Bottle: The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, light banana, apple, and spice.It pours a transparent golden-orange with a two finger white head that fades to a minimal film outlined by a thin ring. There is some very thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with light-moderate banana, Belgian yeast, and a hint of apple. The finish has light-moderate spice (pepper/clove), grass, and a touch of grapefruit. Its light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, the beer is solid, but my real enjoyment of this beer comes from the fact that I paid $7 instead of the hundreds of dollars that the late to the party whale chasers (who put quite the damper on the hobby for me) used to pay.


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