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RATINGS: 157   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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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JStax (5635) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
On tap at Brewery. Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Sweet honey, citrus, very light hop presence to the aroma. Tastes of orange, lime, honey and black pepper with a pleasant dry warming finish. Silky medium bodied palate. Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (5449) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Draft at Stone Bistro. Nice to try this rarity. Hazy golden pour, foamy off white head. Sweet, orange, coriander, heavy bread, caramel, and yeast. Interesting, this has stood the test of time fairly well, but its still not terribly enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - APR 27, 2003
dium orange color. Small head. Aroma is coriander, vanilla and various fruits. Medium bodied Belgian style ale. Malts are bright and slightly sweet and fruity. Hops are citrusy. Interesting blend of spices and flavors. Seem to change with each sip. Well balanced. Complexity of a nice Belgian. Well done. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TimE (5251) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 24, 2008
A bit shout out to Marc for sharing this one. Cloudy golden color. It showed notes of coriander, cookies, oranges and caracao. The mouth was incredibly creamy with an upfront bready character, saffron jumped in there as well. Soft, off sweet, coriander finish with a slightly warming affect. Its flavors really melded well with time and the beer was very rounded. Very very nice, but hardly worth the prices it fetches on Ebay.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (5247) - Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2016
Pours clear golden with a fairly thick eggshell head. Aroma offers butterscotch, fresh malt, tangy apple, banana, and subtle yeasty and woody hop notes. Flavor nicely echoes the aroma, but with a little more fruit. Mouthfeel delivers firm body and good fizz. Go epic!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2008
Hazy orange colour with a white head. Fruity and alcohol sweet aroma with hoppy floral and yeasty notes. Hoppy, light dry and fruity flavor with an yeasty acidic note. Thanx to sk8viking for sharing this special one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (4997) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 21, 2016
650 ml bottled 07/22/2016. Big nose of banana bread, toasted walnut and toffee jumps out of the bottle. Pour is amber-golden and mostly clear. Thin film of lasting creamy bubbles on top. Front tastes have big malt notes of caramel and banana bread, slowly turning to toasted walnut. Then some wheat and spicy-peppery citrus and yeast comes in and dries the whole shebang pretty well. Finish has some notes of spicy apple-banana bubblegum and dried grass. Light-medium body has a nice balance, but way too much explosive carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (4882) - Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2016
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/22/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate herbal/citrus peel bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, biscuit, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.5%. Overall this is a great imperial witbier! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Quite hoppy for the base style, but not enough to make it feel like an IPA. The traditional witbier flavors are the main showcase. A very enjoyable offering.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ChainGangGuy (4826) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 29, 2016
BOTTLED CA 07/22/16. Appearance: Pours a nearly clear, bright gold body with a rather short-lived, white head. Smell: Soapy, phenolic, medicinal and a bit boozy. Taste: The flavor leaps to an astringent medicinal quality, though with a little pepper and bitter citrus felt, along with a fair share of alcohol. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall: Not doin it for me, sorry.


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