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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Veeks (63) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Yeasty Belgian with spices all blended into a dark beer somewhere between a porter and a stout...great finish...really good, I had with a friend with a porkloin dinner and it was sublime!!!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (6082) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 14, 2016
Aroma and flavor is bananas/bubblegum, Belgian tripel yeast and a mix of spices, hops and alcohol in the finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (5866) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2016
Lightly hazed golden color with a modest off-white head. Pure light malt sweetness in the aroma. A mild floral (honeysuckle) and herbal (cloves and cardamom) backdrop. Mild attic and clover honey. Sweet malt goodness in the front. Mild citrus and spice balance things out. Mildly acidic. Finish has a crisp pale malt and bit of wintergreen. Soft to nearly watery on the palate, but it does glide by well. My kind of Belgian tripel/strong.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Listigovers (1023) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2016
Golden blonde, smells like bananas and spiced lightly. Yeasty flavour, very rich and belgian tasting, slight sweetness, extremely good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smaynard6000 (1045) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2017
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with generous tan head. Heavy banana aroma. Spicy with banana and a bit of orange peel. Lingering spicy flavor. Very good.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 19, 2002
An Imperial White Ale (or a Double White), with an I.B.U. around the 45-50 range. Only 300 cases produced. Somewhat sweet initially. Finish was bitter with a fairly aggressive hop bite. I drank it young. Couldnt wait until 2012.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - APR 26, 2003
Had from bottle on April 18, 2003 at the Suffed Sandwich
I only have one of these bottles in storage which I am saving until the suggested opening date, so having a bottle presented to me at the Stuffed Sandwich was a great opportunity. The beer has a citrusy/hoppy aroma with a slight cloudy yellow appearance and no head. Great flavor with a hint of fruit and a slight bitterness. Nicely done - waiting until it's been aged much longer to see how it performs.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Thank you Beardedbastard, I never thought I would have tried this beer if you hadn't been so kind to bring one to the SoCal Gathering. This slightly cloudy golden elixir is topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is slightly sweet and fruity (raspberry, lemon) with a sour note and a slight yestiness. The flavor is slighlty sour yet slightly bitter with a slight fruitiness and a slight sweetness. Medium bodied and dry.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (4107) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2006
I thought for sure that I had had this. Attractive, moderately-sized carbonation, in a clinging white head on a hazy dark yellow body. Beautiful aroma--flowers so big I might have to shoo away bees in a minute, plus bubblegum, canteloupe, banana, a touch of coconut, and good yeast influence. Easy drinking, with a sophisticated touch at the end.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12894) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2006
(22oz bottle, courtesy of Walt, big thanks) Pours a cloudy yellow body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of orange zest and spicy yeast. Flavor of orange, honey, malt, and herbs. Walt you are the best!


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