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RATINGS: 261   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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4.2
beerguy101 (5364) - 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
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
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
Capa (3445) - 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
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!!!!

4.2
zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2013
(bottle - 22 oz - Night of the Titans 2013) The first of the reason we had our gathering. To drink the Stone Vertical Epic series. This was the one we were most concerned about as to whether or not it would age properly. Thank God that it did. Mildly cloudy amber pour, but after 11 years of sitting that didn’t shock me really. Still a fair amount of carbonation though. Sweet and spicy malt aroma with a nice honey and citrus undertone. Very nice sweetness throughout with a great sweet and spicy finish and aftertaste. Amazing how well it held up and how good it tasted.

4.2
Cristobal37 (1234) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 17, 2017
On tap at Hopaholic. Classic bubblegum aroma. Sweet almond but then comes the finish, classic deep heavy hop bitterness. Great Belgian ale with loads of hops, typical Stone. Cool

4.2
Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2017
22 ounce bottle
It was great to finally be able to have an opportunity to compare this to someone's homebrewed clone. It stood up well which makes me wish I'd been able to try the original. This is one of those great beers that everyone should try fresh at least once in their lives.

Aroma / Appearance - The semitransparent body glows and glimmers under a pure white head. Bananas, yeast, and fresh esters brighten the air and spirit. A vibrant feel could not possibly have survived ten years without fading to a ghost of its former self.

Flavor / Palate - Honey, almonds, and bananas sweeten the palate. The transition of fresh daisies carries to a robust conclusion. Stone is clearly still on top of their game as this affordable bomber demonstrates. Hopefully I can get my hands on a few more re-releases from these earlier entries. They will certainly be on the top of my list in future shopping trips.

4.1
Heidbummer (886) - SCOTLAND - MAY 8, 2017
Draft Brewdog Edinburgh. I love this. Big Belgian aroma and taste. Exceptionally dry, but nice notes of hay, wood, toffee popcorn. Really well made. Like a pimped up Cali-Belgique. Yummy.

4.1
rederic (3344) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2017
22oz bottle, with a slight hazy honey golden hue, with a big fluffy white head, with a spicy fruity, yeasty, doughy nose with some mild coriander, curaçao, panettone cake dough, subtle orange marmalade accents and a faint floral citrus, leafy hop, pale, wheat malt note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a smooth fruity belgian yeast, dough, crackery pale, pilsner, wheat malty character with some spicy flowery citrusy, leafy hoppy, zesty lemon, orange peel, faint spicy coriander, subtle peppery flavours, leading towards a fruity, spicy yeastiness, lemon, orange zestiness, lingering citrusy, leafy, cedary hop bitterness finish.


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