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RATINGS: 261   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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3.8
leaparsons (10765) - 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.

3.6
olio (10550) - 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.
4324

3.4
tderoeck (10195) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2017
15/VIII/17 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ Help-Me-Get-to-10K-In-Time-Tasting 2 (home) - BB: VII/12/27 (probably just been bottled last month, as this is the re-release version) (2017-1223) Thanks to Tinus for sharing the bottle!

Clear orange beer, creamy yellowish head, very stable, bit adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: lots and lots of ripe banana, sweet, little spicy. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: bit sweet, malty, lots of ripe banana, pretty bitter, soft spiciness, some coriander. Aftertaste: more ripe banana, some marzipan, yeast, pretty metallic bitterness, hint of citrus.

3.5
bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 17, 2017
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Yeast and spice aroma with orange. Spice and yeast flavor with light orange. Medium bodied. Spice and yeast lingers with light malt and light orange.

3.9
mabel (9787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2017
[8986-20170120] 1pt6floz bottle. Floral celery and spices aroma. Clear, orange body with a quick foamy white head. Orange peel and celery flavour. Medium-full body is fairly bitter. Tasty, great balance. (8/3/8/4/16) 3.9
(c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, GregClow, jercraigs)

3.4
blipp (9691) - 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.

3.7
douglas88 (9630) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Bottle thanks to Luke. Pours a bright orange color with a large white head. A big fruity sulfur nose. Spicy, banana esters, light toast and hops, a bit of orange peel and pepper. Solid.

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solidfunk (9407) - 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 cow’s last meal before the slaughter. Bottle.

3.9
3fourths (9358) - 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.


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