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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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3.9
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Pour is deep golden yellow with dense off white head...lots of floasties...smell is butter, alcohol, vanilla, orange...lively mouthfeel...taste is sweet and lightly citric...thick chewy butter scotch-ish finish, but not diacetyl butterscotch....like it was supposed to be there... People say it is going downhill, tastes about the same as I remember...I think it is holding up fine.

3.9
3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2006
22oz bottle thanks to Walt. Color is cloudy yellow and orange. Has a juicy nose full of oranges, pineapple and pears, with some alcohol noticed, and some Belgian candy sugar scents. The old fruit flavor is very dominant, but still retains a bit of freshness. No signs of oxidation or questionable storage, very impressive how well it has held up for being so "light". Medium thickness, moderately frothy, a bit sticky. Flavors of creamy oranges and a bit of funk and mold (the good kind) from the yeast is noticed. Chalky but smooth texture in the finish. Only complaint would be a slight hint of fuesal alcohol.

3.9
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2006
22 oz bottle. Thanks Walt. Cloudy orange in color with a little white head. Citrusy sweet candi sugar aroma. Orange and Lemon notes. Fruity and spicey flavor. Oranges and Pears. Sweet. Medium bodied. Well balanced. This beer really aged nicely. Smooth finish. Very nice. Enjoyable.

3.9
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2007 Bottle at Noog Fest thanks to JohnC and my 600th!!. Pours a hazy orange color with a white head. Aroma is malty, orange peel, spicy, and yeasty. Flavor is malty, orange, citrus, and a bitter spicy finish.

3.9
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2007 Had on tap at stone winter storm ’06 out of a 4 oz tasing class. Hazy orange color with nice white head. Aroma sweet and spicy with a lot of hop notes. Body I described as creamy mellowness in my notes... yep... Flavor was very nice, still had a lot of spices in it, orange and bitterness. Thank you to the brewers for breaking out this five gallon treat.

3.9
Grovlam (4257) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2008
Bottle. [Sk8viking great American blind tasting] Huge bubbly white head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Light hazy looking orange yellow color. Aroma of ginger, coriander, fruit, caramelized. Over the palate came mild alcoholic and herbal feel with a nice touch of hops. Full bodied with an average carbonation and light dry and alcoholic texture. Moderated sweet and light bitter flavor. Lingering ginger and fruity alcoholic finish.

3.9
Ungstrup (38958) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2008
Bottled. An unclear golden beer with sediment floating around under a thin white head. The aroma is very sweet with strong notes of fruit - especially peaches and oranges as well as a note of alcohol. The flavor is sweet with dusty notes of hops and strong notes of fruit - especially peaches. The alcohol burns the tongue. Huge thanks Sk8viking for sharing this rare beer.

3.9
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2009
70th Rating of this brew, shared by LagunitasFan(Tim) at our J&J tasting, I was so damn supremely stoked to try this, I couldn’t care if it was maybe past its prime, I just couldn’t wait. Tim you are super awesome!!! Pours orange with no head. Nose was sweet and subtle with some faded hops and a touch of wit characteristics. Taste is sweet and citrus and overall very nice, not past its prime in my opinion but then again I’ve never had it before and doubt I’ll ever have it again.

3.9
hapjydeuce (1005) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Bomber shared by LagunitasFan, sampled at J&J’s Friday the 13th Tasting at WeeHeavySD’s place. Thanks a ton for sharing this! I never thought I would see one of these bottles! Pours a still hazy gold color with no signs of carbonation. Aroma is a mix of white grape, orange citrus, and a touch of bubblegum. Lightly oxidized but pleasantly sweet flavor with orange peel. Seems like it held up after all this time. Thanks again Tim, this was a real treat to try!

3.9
jmagnus87 (3302) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle. From notes. A very generous BA person shared this with me the other day. Big thanks to you sir! Spicy yeast with a little lemon. Awesome, glad I finally got to try this.


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