Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale

 
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RATINGS: 628   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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This ninth edition of our Stone Vertical Epic Ale series takes two interesting left turns. A Belgian-style golden triple is the starting point of this beer, but the first left turn is nearly immediate with the addition of dried chamomile flowers, triticale, and Belgian amber candi sugar. The second, and rather unusual left turn takes us half an hour up the road from Stone to Temecula courtesy of the addition of just-pressed Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc grapes from our friends at South Coast Winery. As the Stone Vertical Epic Ale series has moved through the calendar, we found that the brewing schedule for a 10.10.10 release coincided nicely with the grape harvest, neatly providing an interesting twist in this epic ale.

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (3641) - Malm, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2013
ppeljuicefrgad med ett litet skum. Stor fruktig doft av sta pplen, aprikoser, sta jordgubbar och aningens jst. Smaken r frst st, men stramas snart upp och vergr i en torrare, lite syrlig och ltt jstbesk eftersmak. I bryggningen anvnds rgvete, ett hybridsdesslag som frmst anvnds fr etanoltillverkning. Riktigt gott men kanske lite enkelsprigt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5772) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Bomber. Nose of a golden tripel with vanilla and dusty, musty fruit -- I do get grapiness, but its more like a Saison than wine. Beautiful rich golden-orange body with a short white head. Taste is tart with jammy fruit, principally white grape and strong apricot, but also some orange marmalade and honey, sweet but controlled, very little bitterness. Clean, full body, little carbonation, distinct candi sugar effect but not too minerally, and theres a deft pale herbal character (though I wouldnt think to call it chamomile). Alcohol better integrated than the previous editions in this series, which is a nice compliment. At this point, the showy additions arent showy, but as a strong, fruity tripel with vinous touches on the margin, this is a rousing success.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (1105) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2013
Tap at Draught 55. Poured a straw yellow/golden with a small white head. Aromas of citrus, grapes and sour fruit. Taste is fucking sour with a fruity citrus backing. Toffee malts come at the end to add sweetness. Almost a grape bubblegum taste about it. Different shit-not my thing though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatDane1632 (1169) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Notes from 2011 -- From the bottle it pours a transluscent golden yellow w/ white head. Smells slightly carmelly white a little grape on the nose. Crisp flavor of carmel, grapes, slight alcohol bite with citrus on the tongue. Very nice, would love to drink multiples.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvsn (1897) - ISRAEL - NOV 27, 2013
Bottle sample at Stone tasting at Beer&Beyond shop. Thanks ariel. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet fruits and grapes, a bit spicy with some floral notes. Taste - sweet flavor, raisins, white wine, light cherries-like tartness, spicy. Medium-bodied, a bit syrupy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (6147) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2013
22 oz bottle from Evergreen Discount. Peachy red and cloudy with a small white head that diminishes to nothing. Aroma and flavor of white wine, grapes, dark fruit, Belgian yeast, musty juice, floral hops, fruity esters, light candy sugar and alcohol. Medium sweetness, light bitterness. Strong and boozy with a medium to full body, low carbonation and a warming finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (3068) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2013
TAP at Chez Moeder Lambic during "Moeder Lambic Vs. Stone". Only found back scores, not ratings.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
magsinva (1208) - Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle - pours cloudy orange. Nice effervesce. Lemon-lime thing happening on the tongue. Very Nice!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK (4528) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle from Russells Liquors. Pours blood orange without a ton of carbonation and a thin head. Lots of grape and sugar on the tongue. Hides its alcohol well. Solid but I was hoping it was more spectacular.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2013
11/2/2013. 22 oz. bottle. Pours orange with a thin white head. Malty aromas with sweet fruit, honey, citrus. Buttery flavors, banana, spices. Light hoppy finish.


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