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RATINGS: 202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (6187) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (6171) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6155) - 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 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (6054) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Thanks Goldtwins for the opportunity to sample this beer and what a way to start a tasting. An aroma of furit/spice and yeast. A hazy orangish pour. A fruity flavor with a nice even slight bitter finish. Im just glad I had this early and could mull it over for a good 20 minutes. Thanks again Goldtwins

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (6028) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 5, 2016
Lightly hazed golden color with a modest off-white head. Pure light malt sweetness in the aroma. A mild floral (honeysuckle) and herbal (cloves and cardamom) backdrop. Mild attic and clover honey. Sweet malt goodness in the front. Mild citrus and spice balance things out. Mildly acidic. Finish has a crisp pale malt and bit of wintergreen. Soft to nearly watery on the palate, but it does glide by well. My kind of Belgian tripel/strong.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (6008) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Orange pour from draft. Orange, dark, white head. Malty and biscuit taste. Citrus. Pretty good

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (5922) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 11, 2016
This is a strange beer. Tastes like a hopped up belgian wit. Has some lemon and coriander and is still fairly dry. Good but weird. A pint is probably too much for me.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JStax (5903) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2016
22 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Clear gold with a white head of foam. Good retention. Yeasty and doughy aroma. Moderately floral. Some lemon notes. Bready and moderately dry taste. Medium body and lower carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (5744) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2016
Bomber BOTTLED CA 07/22/16. Nose heavy coriander with heavy wheat. Pour perfectly clear golden with very heavy carbonation and a very large, sudsy but rocky bright white head. Taste lightly tangy, lightly sweet with lots of lemon floor cleanser, medium bitterness mostly from the coriander soup, and a touch of green Bell pepper. Touch soapy, cleansing, fresh, orange peel and tangerine, heavy wheat lending wheaten feel but also a little chalk, and the pepper is mild. Medium body watery at times but buttressed by high alcohol (light burn at the finish). To read them call this a "tripel" is laughable, and the hops arent even particularly Stone-ized; just rough booze earned by an increased base malt. [2016.10.19: 2.8]


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