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RATINGS: 272   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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Blake (398) - 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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bu11zeye (13239) - 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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zoucrew102 (2240) - - SEP 15, 2016
Bomber. Spicy Belgian yeast aroma with notes of orange, coriander, wheat and black pepper. Pours clear golden colored with a thin white head that has decent retention but little lacing. Starts with wheat malt flavors with mild non-citrus fruitiness and orange citrus. Finishes quite dry with Belgian yeast, pepper, coriander and a slight amount of hops to finish it off. Quite nice.

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Terminus (3740) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle-Pours bright deep orange hue with some floaties and a small spritzy white head and sparse lacing. very phenolic nose of corriander. orange peal, lemon zest, almost smells like a big wit beer with some more trippel-ish notes. Flavors are great-lots of orange peal, lemon zest, belgian malt base, carbonation is prickly but yet not too strong. finish if somewhat abrupt with lingering phenols and slight bitterness. Very cool brew and wish i was able to have the original when it was fresh.

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superspak (6216) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2016
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/22/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate herbal/citrus peel bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, biscuit, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.5%. Overall this is a great imperial witbier! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Quite hoppy for the base style, but not enough to make it feel like an IPA. The traditional witbier flavors are the main showcase. A very enjoyable offering.

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SDalkoholic (2444) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 10, 2016
Bottle from Sprout’s: Poured a golden straw hue with a firm layer of foam head. Aroma smells strong with authentic Belgian ale yeast that brings about scents of clove, coriander seed, sage, banana, and a faint background bubblegum. The drink is bold with the same flavors as mentioned from the aroma except has more taste of herbs such as sage or dried tarragon and comes across as dry on the palate. Taste like a true Belgian ale or a hearty witbier style, but I am just overall happy that this beer had a re-make because it was the only vertical epic I had missed finding back in the day.

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joejames (510) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2016
On draft, Brew Vino, York, PA served in a snifter glass. Poured clear golden. Minimal white head with scant lacing and retention. Aroma of pepper, banana, clove. Taste is sweet and sour with a nice bitterness that carries this. Medium bodied, light carbonation, slick mouth feel. Finishes dry. Tasting notes of grass, coriander, peppercorns, bubblegum, sour apple and yeast. Nice take on a Belgian strong.

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csaso (2362) - Missouri, USA - OCT 21, 2016
Bottle - big foamy head, medium gold color, good size coriander/peppery yeasty spice aroma and flavor, some mild citrus fruit notes in the background, good yeasty spice finish, very good overall

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solidfunk (9734) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2016
Nice stuff. Floral hops and some straw. Some coriander. Just the kind of Belgian strong I like. Light sweetness with some hint of bitter grass like a cow’s last meal before the slaughter. Bottle.

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Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2016
Bomber from Whole Foods Milwaukee, 10/12/16. Slightly hazy golden, large foamy off-white head, good retention. Aroma of yeast, bready malt, vinous notes. The taste is bready malt, spice, apple skins, pepper, lime on the tip of the tongue. Medium-full bodied, oily, lingering spice, moderate carbonation.


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