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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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. Itís 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 witómade all the more alluring thanks to an infusion of orange peel, coriander, a sprinkling of black pepper and a healthy dose of Centennial hopsówas a bright way to begin this epic eleven-part vertical tasting.

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4.5
malrubius (2859) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 5, 2016
Bottle from Brewtopia. Slightly hazy gold with lasting head and lace. Beautiful aroma of coriander light orange and bready tangy wheaty esters. Sweet vanilla grass wheaty tang with spicy peppery finish. Medium light body soft carbonation. Iím not doing a good job of describing how FUCKING EXCELLENT this is. Almost like a white IPA and not one of the shitty ones. WHOOOOO!!!!

4.4
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 Stoneís Winter Storm at their Stone World Bistro. Itís in great shape. Golden colored, fruity with a great finish. The balance is fantastic. Canít believe itís nearly 5 years old. honey colored, w/ a great nose & flavor. Stoneís description is accurate. It is ítrippel-ishí. Very nice

4.4
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2003
Never though I would get the chance to enjoy this fine and historic brew. Much thanks Marc. Had an orange brightness to it with a background of squash haze. Head is near moderate. Smells like hard candy and trail mix, though more on the dried fruit side, thatn the nut side. The trail mix stays on for the flavor and combines with sticky carmel and sweetness/bitterness fight it out for the finish. Damn impressive I must say.

4.4
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Slightly cloudy yellow color with a small to moderate head. Nice intense flavor of coriander and spices, also very yeasty. A punchy and slightly dry aftertaste. Fruity, complex, and a great beer. This is right down my alley.

4.4
teamrunkle (381) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2016 Peel, a good bite. Excellent beer from these guys. Draft at the brewery and a bottle to go. Coriander. Clear, White head. Lacing. Rate rate following bottle.

4.4
googleimage83 (164) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2017
Pours a fairly clear but impressively bright peach-honey orange. Head is not large but settles almost instantly. Aroma is big, with sugary sweet tropical fruit notes mixed in the usual belgian wheat qualities; honey, peach, papaya, banana, sweet orange, yeasty esters... lovely. Taste is a great mix of sweet, spicy and dry. Boozy and astringent peach elements meld with the sweeter tropical fruit and orange. Orange peel really shines through, in a way that compliments the other flavours. Some faint nutmeg and caramel malt character. Big, complex, high-quality flavours - this is great stuff. Itís not a style I have a ton of experience with, but I can confidently say itís the best of its kind that Iíve had.

4.3
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Thanks to beerdedbastard for breaking this one out of the cellar. Beautiful amber-golden color with a creamy white head. Aroma is sweet mild malts, peach, apricot and spice. Flavor is good! Spicy, sweet, malty rich with a nice hop finish. Medium body, thick and creamy. Yum!

4.3
S_Side_Smitty (766) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Pours golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is Belgian yeast, orange rind, lemon, spices and dish soap. Taste is all of the above with orange rind and lemon dominating followed by passion fruit and a bitter hoppy clovey finish.

4.3
Canmoore (478) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2017
Pours a clear golden honey with a massive creamy head that has great retention. Aroma has notes of citrus hops, earthy yeast, banana, and clove. Tasting notes include citrus, banana, cloves, yeast, and a nice hoppy refreshing finish. Excellent beer!!!

4.3
shrubber85 (11324) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2017
Bottle. Peach, orange, coriander, biscuit malt, and straw aroma. Golden yellow with giant off-white head. Moderately sweet banana, orange, coriander, biscuit malt, and mildly bitter grass/orange peel flavor. Great body and balance. Excellent.


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