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RATINGS: 180   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
hershiser2 (2515) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2016
Tap at Sedona. Golden. Aroma is smoke, bubblegum, banana. Taste is smooth yeast, bubblegum, cherry, floral hops. Tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsordr (2487) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Bottle pour avg gold with moderate white head. Nose Belgian ester, light spice, some dank hop. Taste good ester, spice and mid palate moderate hop bitter. Spicy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (5323) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fujimo2000 (131) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Pours straw yellow with strong coriander and wheat. Taste follows with extremely dry finish. Interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (5076) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (3560) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2016
650 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear golden colour with smallish white head. Aroma is quite spicy with clove and white pepper, quite fruity with lots of apple, some banana and a bit of lemon, as well as some straw and flowers. Flavour is also very fruity and spicy with big apple and white pepper, banana, lemon, orange peel, clove, lots of floral character, some straw and grains. Slight alcohol presence. Quite nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftBeerNick (2123) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2016
Tap at BeerTemple, 21st December 16. Pours light straw. Aroma is fresh, yeast, citrus and spice. Taste is fresh and refreshing, some yeast, slight spice, citrus. Like an imperial yeasty saison

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gripweed57 (1433) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2016
22 ounce bottle. Honey gold color topped by a large rocky white head with clinging lace. Yeasty malt nose has notes of coriander and wheat. Flavor has more wheat and yeasty notes. Strong hints of coriander and orange peel as well. Finishes dry and peppery. Stone delivers as advertised.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RSRIZZO (1972) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2016
22oz bottle poured into a Snifter at 41. Color is a bright clear gold with good carbonation and a small white head. Aroma is slightly sweet giving malt, citrus and yeast scents. It has a lighter medium body with a crisp light mouth feel. Flavor is bright malts with some citrus and spice followed by a faint Belgian yeast. After taste is dry with a citrus bitterness that comes across with an orange note. Overall its a tasty Belgian Golden Strong Ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (6084) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2016
Bottle: Poured a clear deep golden color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and limited retention. Aroma of peppery notes with some strong coriander notes with some wheat notes is quite interesting. Taste is a nice mix of coriander with some subtle peppery notes with some residual sugar from the wheat malt notes is quite nice. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not sure how it compares to the original but nice drinking this one.


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