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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Undated Notes: Pours orange with a thin white head. Smells of coriander, honey, some cardboard. Tastes of up front sweet citrus and coriander with some earthines on the finish.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
kramer (6312) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark gold body with a small fizzy white head. Still plenty of carbonation in this (and all the others in the series). The nose is pretty well all oxidation at this point, lots of wet cardboard. Maybe a bit of wheat still, but you have to use a bit of imagination. The flavor is pretty well on par with the aroma, lots of oxidation and a bit of a mix of sweetness and light alcohol on the finish. Long lingering cardboard finish. Mouthfeel is still pretty sturdy, a bit heavy, still plenty of nice fizzy carbonation. Overall, I guess I wasnt expecting a whole lot out of this and thats about what I got. It didnt go "bad", but is certainly didnt go "good". Cant imagine that anybody would pay serious money (or any money really) for this anymore.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6232) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2006
Poured a hazy orange amber color with a medium sized, off white head, that quickly diminished, leaving no lacing on the glass. Aroma of tropical fruits, but really fresh orange comes through, light lemon, a bit of spices, with some yeast, and toffee as well. Taste was sweet, with more apricot, or fresh orange, some sweet red apple, candy sugar, faint spices, some tart citrus fruits, dusty yeast, with light alcohol in the finish. Big thanks to Walt for the vertical!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (6194) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Lets see if i get this right - thanks to JohnC for bringing this to Noogfest III, and thanks to Springslicker for saving me a taste because I was late. Cloudy orange, nice thick head. Lots of floaties, too. Citrusy, piney aroma, and sweet citrus and hint of pine in the flavor, as well. Nice smokey notes, too, and a dryish finish. Very tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6104) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2016
Bottle. Translucent golden amber with a tall, fluffy white head. Aroma is strong spice, citrus peel, doughy yeast and grains. Taste is strong spice and orange peel up front, lighter peppery notes, floral hops and toasted grains behind and dried fruit as well. Body is medium with a strong, bubbly carbonation. Theres a slight lingering, almost chalky or soapy feel on the palate during the finish. Ends with more spices, pepper, orange peel, dried fruit, grains and lavender notes.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (6090) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Bomber from Belgianhomebrew, thanks man! Shared with Eyedrinkale on 8/5/2005. Served chilled, to start, in a corsendonk tulip.
Smells quite yeasty, though rather a meaty/heavy yeastiness. Sherry, marzipan and the gang are all present as well. Some wet, rotting flower petals. Maybe a hint of lavendar. Pineapple and old spoiling peaches as well. Color is a hazy peach, slight rust tones and copper-gold hues throughout. Respectable white head is dense and creamy, but quite small. It does retain well at a small covering and there is some spotty lacing. Handful of bubbles rise, slowly, every couple of seconds. The sediment is suspended throughout the beer. Flavor begins with caramel and taffee (sort of a chewy, vanilla and cream flavor). Peppery notes arise quickly to balance the sweetness, but it dosent take much, as this is quite well-attenuated. On the finish, there is a whiskeyish element, though I know this wasnt barrel aged. Could just be the pepperiness mixed with slight fruity esters. Sweet peaches and light clementines. Great palate is immediately noticeable. Low carbonation, small, expansive bubbles. No thinning or wateriness in this sample. Every sip Im getting vanilla and pepper. Finishes with caramel and almost a nutmeg flavor. VERY Drinkable, Im enjoying it almost too much for how analytical/observational Im trying to be. Pepperiness never leaves, and the body holds to the end, as well. A soft and gentle, almost session like ale. Medium body overall, with the yeast not meaty like the aroma would suggest. I can taste similarities to the 050505s yeast profile, but its not fuelic or crude. There just isnt as much yeast pumped in to it. Dulls towards the end of the glass with some candi-like sugariness and almost a mineralesque yeastiness. No alcohol noted anywhere. Good stuff!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (6087) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2016
Bottle: Poured a clear deep golden color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and limited retention. Aroma of peppery notes with some strong coriander notes with some wheat notes is quite interesting. Taste is a nice mix of coriander with some subtle peppery notes with some residual sugar from the wheat malt notes is quite nice. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not sure how it compares to the original but nice drinking this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (6072) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 14, 2016
Aroma and flavor is bananas/bubblegum, Belgian tripel yeast and a mix of spices, hops and alcohol in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (6067) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 17, 2016
It pours clear golden witha white head. The aroma has caramel, Abbey yeast, nectarine and banana. It has a medium body with mild carbonation. The taste has astringency, sulfur and grassy notes added and is very dry. This is not bad and interesting, but dumbfounding what this used to go for on secondary market after trying it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2008
Bottle, thanks to kramer17801. A golden beer with a big white head. I can smell that its old, but there is much more in there, caramel, coriander, fruit, alcohol and hops, the taste is fine some sweetness and acid notes, but also caramel, coriander, fruits and alcohol. Medium body with a light alcoholic finish.


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