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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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. Itís 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 witómade all the more alluring thanks to an infusion of orange peel, coriander, a sprinkling of black pepper and a healthy dose of Centennial hopsówas a bright way to begin this epic eleven-part vertical tasting.

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3.5
blankboy (7662) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2017
[Bottle (650ml) shared w/ HogTownHarry, GregClow, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o HogTownHarry] Pours a hazy gold with an average size lasting frothy white head. Aroma: Smells like a Golden Ale along with oranges, spices and perfumy notes. Floral flavour along with honey, spices and herbs. Medium bodied. Nothing special, just good.

2.1
Ernest (7658) - 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.

3.5
Radek Kliber (7316) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 23, 2017
Where and how: bottle LCBO 650 ml
Aroma: plenty of wheat infusion with semi dry meadow like, floral notes. Side hinted with mild spices. Solid 7+
Appearance :
Top: large long lasting white top. Glass marked with lace.
Base: slight haze on amber gold.
Palate : medium bodied, balanced
Taste: up front bubble gum. On sweeter side with balancing hop touches. Finishing with some alcoholic heat. Tasty ale.

3.5
GenDV138 (7201) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2016
Bottle pour sample at Dominion Wine & Beer. Clear yellow with off-white head. Aromas and tastes of herbs, spice, citrus. Medium body with a dry finish. Kind of run of the mill 14 years later with how much craft beer has grown since then.

3.8
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.

3.8
Iphonephan (6948) - Jackson Hole/McLean, 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.

4.1
wlajwl (6742) - 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.

1.5
kramer (6682) - 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 wasnít expecting a whole lot out of this and thatís about what I got. It didnít go "bad", but is certainly didnít go "good". Canít imagine that anybody would pay serious money (or any money really) for this anymore.

3.6
ClarkVV (6642) - 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 Iím getting vanilla and pepper. Finishes with caramel and almost a nutmeg flavor. VERY Drinkable, Iím enjoying it almost too much for how analytical/observational Iím 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 050505ís yeast profile, but itís not fuelic or crude. There just isnít 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!

4.5
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!


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