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RATINGS: 258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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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3.4
JohnnyJ (5570) - 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.

4.1
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.

3.8
nearbeer (5518) - 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.

3.7
stevoj (5360) - 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.

4.2
beerguy101 (5360) - 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.

3.8
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.

2.5
ChainGangGuy (4908) - 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.

3.5
tricksta_p (4879) - 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 shouldn’t have been surprised coming from Stone. Medium bodied, enjoyable stuff.

3.5
nickd717 (4772) - San Francisco, California, USA - 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 I’ve ever had!!!!!" But alas, here I am drinking an imperial witbier that’s 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
robinvboyer (4719) - 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 don’t see age helping this much, fresh would be best I think on this one.


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