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RATINGS: 179   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (5322) - 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 (5073) - 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 (4993) - 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 (4860) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Pours a translucent golden with a medium bubbly white head. Aroma of some oxidized cardboard notes, light spicy notes, citrus and very Tripel like. Flavor of lemon zest, spicy Belgian yeast character, light oxidation and candy notes. Lively carbonation and nice and dry.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (4365) - Sofia, BULGARIA - NOV 21, 2016
Bomber from Cork 57. Ok, let me first say that if I had to rate the tears of all the desperate tickers who cried when this was re-brewed after they spent like $900 to get it on the black market and choked down a crappy 11-year-old witbier while telling every other desperate ticker in their tasting group how amazing it was and that cardboard was actually a delicious flavor that added complexity and depth, that rating would be "11/6/11/6/26 = 6.0 = A+++++ best beer Ive ever had!!!!!" But alas, here I am drinking an imperial witbier thats not 11 years old, but probably just as good as the original was in 2002, and no number of "Nah bro for realz the original was WAY better, best beer I ever had except for Dave that I paid $2000 for" will convince me otherwise. So, the actual beer. It pours clear golden with a lasting white head and nice bubblies. The aroma is quite heavy on the coriander and orange peel, with a touch of pepper, Belgian yeast, and sweat malts. The flavor has a nice sweet base, then gets very herbal, with a touch of citrus and citrusy hops. Medium-plus bodied with nice carbonation. A good beer, but yeah, if you paid the better part of a G for this, then you just might be a desperate ticker.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Poured a clear goden color with a small white head. Malty aroma with that Belgian yeast smell. Bubble gum, sugar and floral notes. A hint of alcohol as well. The flavor seemed on the light side and started out dull, which having this for the first time I can only assume it is from age. Floral flavors came in followed by light maltiness. Some warmth in the throat. Body was on the small side but decent. I was suprised overall. I didnt know what to expect and found this to be very nice indeed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (4297) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 17, 2016
Bottle from Boise Co-op. Rich golden body with foamy head, which fades fast. Normal Saison aromas. Musty, cheesy, yeasty. Tasty brings a but if a snap, probably from the spices. Nice chewy, slick body, and more savory notes at the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2008
Bottle. [Sk8viking great American blind tasting] Huge bubbly white head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Light hazy looking orange yellow color. Aroma of ginger, coriander, fruit, caramelized. Over the palate came mild alcoholic and herbal feel with a nice touch of hops. Full bodied with an average carbonation and light dry and alcoholic texture. Moderated sweet and light bitter flavor. Lingering ginger and fruity alcoholic finish.


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