Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale

 
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RATINGS: 629   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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3.5
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Interesting use of ingredients that unfortunately don’t help the flavor or complexity of the beer itself. 14 karat body produces a 1/4 inch ivory head that left some lacing. Extremely sugary, floral aroma with some orangepeel accompanying grapejuice. Again, flavor is quite sweet with a subtle peppery spice lingering on the palate. Medium mouthfeel. Can’t imagine this one getting better or adding collected with age.

3.7
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2010
shared bomber. 10.10.10. pours a bright orange with a slim white head. white grape and Belgian candi sugar nose with a thin layer of yeast. medium round body with more grape notes... very sweet throughout. vinous finish with the Sauvignon Blanc grapes coming through the most. slight tartness and dry on the back.

4.1
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Sweet honey orange and white grape aroma and taste with some nice herbal notes and some pepper flavors to the finish.

4
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 29, 2010
22oz bomber. Pours is orangey gold with medium thin white head and slight cloudiness. Aroma is fragrant with touch of herbs and white grapes but also with subtle leathery quality. Some herbal hops (noble origin I think?). Flavor is malty sweet up front with an interesting fruitiness and hints of Belgian esters. Dry and bitter, but neutral, hop character. Finishes dry and hoppy with a hint of lingering wihte grape fruitiness. Mouthfeel is pleasant, full bodied, with suds to lighten/soften it. Velvety and slippery texture. Overall, delicious.

3.6
LilBeerDoctor (4147) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange with a small ring of white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and lots of spices. Flavor is also heavily spiced, with Belgian yeast and corn malt. It’s not a terribly flavorful beer but it’s decent enough to drink. I didn’t get any of the wine/grape flavors as described. Anyway, an ok beer but not something I’d be crazy to try again in a couple of years... 7/4/7/4/14 [3.6/5]

3.6
Drake (14062) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Bomber from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear orange-amber color with a medium fizzy white head. Fairly poor head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel, grapes, bread and spicy hops. The taste is white grapes, lightly toasted grainy notes, caramel, faint floral notes and bitter peppery hops in the finish. Medium bodied.

2.9
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Very handsome pour, a deep burnished gold getting close to the copper end of the spectrum. Crisp carbonation, thinnish head, but that seems appropriate for the style. Digging the nose, which suggests a dry-hopped beer with some substantial candi malts and floral additions. The grapes are faintly present in the nose, and the subtlety is appreciated. Problem is, it tastes like a wreck. Muscat grapes clash mightily with the hops and flowers, rendered dank by the sweet malts. I sincerely hope that ageing does this beer some good, but I wonder.

3.8
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2010
22oz bottle from grape & gourmet. pours a clear, light, gold with a thick, bubbly, white head and light trickles of lace. aroma is very nice with sweet belgian yeast, light spice notes of coriander and lavender, and oakey, white wine notes with hints pf peach and floral esters. flavor is great with the sweet yet slightly tart white grape and oakey wine notes coming through early backed by notes of pear juice, clove, and juicy-fruit gum with a light, dry, grassy note on the finish. palate is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation and a light, dry finish. overall, another tast addition to the vertical epic series.

3.7
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Bomber btl. Pours clear darker golden with a thin white head. Lots of carbonation a good triple appearance. Has an aroma of yeast and white grape. Crisp super refreshing mouthfeel. Crisp all the way through with a spicy and mildly dry finish. A subtle floralness that compliments the wine grapes well. A nicely done beer.

3.2
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Thanks to OSCF for sharing! Another VE beer that tries to be memorable but isn’t. MEh


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