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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (4735) - 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.

3.3
   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 (4562) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (4433) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2017
Bomber from the lcbo. Tropical fruit Aroma, lots of yeasty esters, some bitter citrus oils, and some light spice. Effervescent mouth feel, and lively carb. Finish is medium to highly bitter with a very dry, bitter bite. Dry cardamon flavour with lots of yeast and tropical fruit. Reminds me of a dialed up tripel. I dont see age helping this much, fresh would be best I think on this one.

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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricksta_p (4240) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2016
From tap at BeerTemple, Amsterdam. Aroma is spicy Belgian yeast, coriander, fruits, soft floral notes, with a touch of hops. Flavour is sweet and surprisingly bitter for a Belgian style strong ale, though I guess I shouldnt have been surprised coming from Stone. Medium bodied, enjoyable stuff.

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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (4130) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2006
I thought for sure that I had had this. Attractive, moderately-sized carbonation, in a clinging white head on a hazy dark yellow body. Beautiful aroma--flowers so big I might have to shoo away bees in a minute, plus bubblegum, canteloupe, banana, a touch of coconut, and good yeast influence. Easy drinking, with a sophisticated touch at the end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (4117) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2013
I was fortunate to try this last night at an epic tasting held by my good friend Mike, thanks for the opportunity MrBarleywine! The first in the series pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with an almost non existent off white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is sweet with caramel and light tropical fruit with a lightly spicy bready yeasty bite to provide a bit of balance. The flavor is sweet like the aroma promised. Sugary and caramel malts with a faded but present spicy peppery yeast bite. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet spicy mouthfeel. This held up better than I expected, but its also a stretch to call this a wit I guess. It has lots of sherry oxidized notes, but it drank pretty good. Probably past its prime, but holding up just the same.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (4106) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2017
Bottle - 22oz. Golden, slightly hazy body with a thick, white foamy head. Nice malty/hoppy aroma with spicy, spruce, and orange hints. Alcohol is well hidden. Its sharp malty/hoppy taste carries spruce, citrusy, peppery, cloves, and grainy notes. Ends with a long, dry, woody/spicy finish. Interesting.


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