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RATINGS: 190   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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4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2002
Big hops aroma, as well as citrus. Apricot colour, small head a few floaters. Strong hops flavour and kumguats. Chewy, very little carbonation. Terrific mouthfeel with that great tongue tingle. Wonderful. Cant wait til March 3, 2003!

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Damico (3145) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Wooooowwwwww - points for rare here! Thank you very much for opening this my friend! Pours clear golden amber with a bubbly body and creamy white head. Aroma and flavor bring some oxidation, but just a tad, especially considering over ten years of aging! Aroma brings the aged yeast and some sweet notes. The flavor has notes of the yeast dominating as well, hops are completely gone, bring some bitter and caramel malts blended. Had an all grain homebrew as well which followed the exact same recipe as the website, turned out really nice too.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (3111) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2016
Extreme clove taste. Nice full soft mouthfeel. Bananas on the back end, along with intense dry hopped finish. Very well crafted. Appearance is clear, gold , thick head and some lacing. Yeasty with cloves in the nose.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (3063) - California, USA - JAN 3, 2017
Clear golden orange in color... Aroma of vanilla, Candi sugar, cotton candy, citrus... Flavor is cotton candy, citrus, spices, coriander, vanilla, light peppery finish... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (3050) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 9, 2016
Bomber from BevMo. Bottled 7/22/16. Clear hazy golden in color. Some orange to it as well. Yeasty nose with a little spice as well. Yeasty up front with a pretty big hop bite for the style. Some spice and a touch of grain. A little bit of grassiness. Tastes like and imperial Belgian pilsner.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 8, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 an update, 24 Dec 2006, I just had some of this on draft at Stones Winter Storm at their Stone World Bistro. Its in great shape. Golden colored, fruity with a great finish. The balance is fantastic. Cant believe its nearly 5 years old. honey colored, w/ a great nose & flavor. Stones description is accurate. It is trippel-ish. Very nice

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Capa (3005) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Part of a vertical in Tokyo; thanks marc! Hazy, glowing golden hue with a medium head. Aroma is fruity, spices, coriander, light herbal notes. Maybe a bit thin but nicely carbonated. Some fruits, spices, wheat, coriander, some herbs, and refreshing citrus/orange. Alcohol comes though in the finish along with increasing spice tones. What an amazing beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Finally got to try it! once from a bottle that was infected and on draft at the 2013 Stone winter Storm. Nice citrusy notes with a faint Belgian yeast kick. Held up better than I thought it would.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle. From notes. A very generous BA person shared this with me the other day. Big thanks to you sir! Spicy yeast with a little lemon. Awesome, glad I finally got to try this.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2892) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Im in shock I EVER got to taste this beer. First beer of Noogfest III many thanks to JohnC for sharing this. A cloudy yellow appearance with a vanilla, lemon, honey, bread and spice filled aroma. The flavor was very nice on this with some lemons, bread, orange peel, and a hint of pine. Slightly carbonated and creamy mouthfeel. Very good stuff. Oh and rating 1420! Woot!


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