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RATINGS: 194   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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
S_Side_Smitty (754) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Canmoore (450) - 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!!!

4.2
   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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2003
Apricot color with a light head and wonderful fruity light spice in the aroma. More bitter than a traditional trippel but well balanced with the malt. Malt sweetness gives way to a spicy fruit finish. Well done.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1456) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Beer pours hazy golden with a moderate white head. The head is retained and there appears to be heavy lacing. When I smelled this beer for the first time, I wasn't aware of its categorization. The smell of orange peel and coriander whafted to my nostrils. "This smell like a Belgian ale" I thought. Low and behold, it is a Belgian. Flavor rivals the best American belgian styles, although there is a bit of a twang in the finish that I will put down as the hops Stone is famous for. Delicious yeast strain.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2859) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2005
Not sure where to go with this one? Was not expecting much but got a pleasent surprise. Tasting this rare brew was almost like a religious expierence. I am a big fan of Stone Brewing products so this rating may be somewhat biased. Small pressure release upon opening, Whew! Poured lovingly down the middle of my tasting glass giving rise to a small tannish head that lasted for a respectable amount of time. Lace was minimal, spotty. Aroma was fairly intact, not large but decent. Notes of citrus, spice and fruit, lightly phenolic with some bananna esthers also. Body was med/ light, crisp and biting in a refreshing sort of way. Dry maltiness up front on the palate with flavors of vanilla, citrus, melon and yeast. The hops must of faded a bit as i dont really see them as a large player. The mouthfueel gets a bit creamier. A light woodiness emerges, notes of orange sherbert appear. Hmmmm? Lots to enjoy, still. I,m really surprised how well a beer of this stature has aged, even though were only talking three years. Finish is dry with notes of caramel and a touch of woodiness. No dissappointment here. A big thanks to Larry Pitonka for a chance (and one future chance) at this beer. Thanks Andre! Stone Rocks!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Thanks very much to JohnC for sharing this rare treat. A misty orange pour, lacy white head. Aroma is citrus and spicy sweet. Predominant citrus orange flavors with a yeasty spice background, malt holds everything up with good balance of bitterness and round mouthfeel. This one has aged very well and is quite smooth, a terrific creation to offer from the cellar.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Capa (3021) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
200th rating for me. Thought this was appropriate, but also thought of 202. Who cares about the number, this is about the beer. My buddy Mark totally stoked me with this beer, and I owe him big time. I was worried to open this with the group on the 13th, because I was afraid it would be a letdown. Thankfully, this beer was better than I expected. It was hazy amber with no head. Wonderfully alive nose, with vanilla, citrus, wood, wine all wafting out. Taste is creamy, and caramel, pepper bitterness jumps out from hiding. Super complex as it moves around the mouth. YAY!!!!


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