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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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. It’s 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 wit—made all the more alluring thanks to an infusion of orange peel, coriander, a sprinkling of black pepper and a healthy dose of Centennial hops—was a bright way to begin this epic eleven-part vertical tasting.

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4.1
JPDIPSO (6216) - 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
kaser (6213) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Orange pour from draft. Orange, dark, white head. Malty and biscuit taste. Citrus. Pretty good

3.4
TheBeerGod (6207) - 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. There’s 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.

3.5
luttonm (6154) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2017
Bottle at Portland tasting. Encore edition. Pale orange-gold, clear. Soapy head. Sweet vegetal yeast nose. Banana and spice. Thick, pale peppery saison. Nice enough macro saison. Ok brightness, light waxiness.

3.7
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - OCT 21, 2016
Sample at Vermont Tap House. The appearance was a ruddy to burnt yet semi-hazy yellow color. Subtle transparency. Low carbonation was seen. The aroma starts Belgian sweet, crisp bready smooth, some black cherries - sweet, light spices - white and black pepper, some cardamom. Some floral. And then grassy tones. The flavor rides the line along all of those previously mentioned aromas mainly sweet pulling the gamut on the sweetness to hit the aftertaste appropriately. Quick semi-sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice crisp smooth sweet to spicy sessionability about it. Carbonation seems to hit decently. Overall, nice Belgian strong ale that I could have again.

3.6
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2008
Bottle, thanks to kramer17801. A golden beer with a big white head. I can smell that it´s 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.

3.7
dwyerpg (6054) - 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.

2.8
ganache (5848) - 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 aren’t even particularly Stone-ized; just rough booze earned by an increased base malt. [2016.10.19: 2.8]

3.8
Gurthnar (5811) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 26, 2017
Tap at Salon piva. 2016 version. Classically Belgian, spicy, clove, coriander, balanced, dry. Tasty, balanced, very good.

4.1
TimE (5772) - 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.


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