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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3.9
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
22oz bomber pours a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. The body is light auburn. Aroma and flavor are distinctly Belgian. Lots of spice. Flavor starts a little sweet but finish tart. Very nice brew.

3.6
monkeychugg55 (1093) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Clear golden yellow with a small white head that fades to a ring. Yeasty aroma with burnt wood, white grapes, floral notes, and very mild alcohol. The flavor is mostly white wine. Some tripel characteristics come through. Smooth mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Mildly alcoholic with a bone dry finish. For what it is it’s not that bad, but it’s not quite what I was expecting. Has a crisp, almost cider-esque taste. Can see this being refreshing on a hot summer day.

4.1
AJofDenver (71) - Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2010
The appearance of this beer shows a hazed color that also has a small thread of a white foam at the top. The aroma of this beer has a sweet fruity start and ends with a hint of hops towards the end. The taste of this beer starts with a intense flavor of white wine and has a slightly floral ending.

3.6
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Bottle shared by dragonstout. Thanks B! Pour was a slightly hazy orange color. Aroma was fantastic! So incredibly fruity! Grapes, apples, oranges and lemons. Flavor was sweet and sticky up front. Caramel and raisins. With just a slight hop finish. Very good! Cant wait to try all my other vintages now!

3.6
thornecb (5947) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Pours clear amber into a snifter. White head with little retention quickly recedes to nothing leaving no lacing. Looks like brandy...white grape aromas. Soft with front to back fruity grapes. This is as close to wine as any beer I’ve ever had...but quite drinkable.

3.9
JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Bottle shared by WesIRS. Pours a clear golden color like apple juice with nice very white thin bubbly head. Aroma is very similar to a bottle of sparkling wine with a somewhat herbal thing going on. Taste is very dry with a spice characteristic and some Belgian yeast flavors and some bitterness of course. Frothy smooth pallet, and definitely doesn’t taste like 9.5% alc. Overall pretty good.

3.4
Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2010
22oz bottle 10/20/10 (Binny’s-Downers Grove)-48° in Snifter-Pours a clear orangish amber with a small white ring for a head. Aroma of yeast, citrus, malts, and spices. Taste of the same with a bit more yeast coming through on the back end along with the citrus. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and hides the ABV well. A little wine taste on the back end. Nicely done.

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possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma has floral notes with maybe a hint of the grapes. This feels a lot like drinking a white wine and has hints of that flavor. A nice mixture of slight sweetness balanced out by a little hint of the alcohol and a touch of bitterness. Very interesting brew. It makes me sorry that I have missed the previous years of this release.

3.2
obguthr (6429) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Funky peach nose. Cloudy amber, floaties, headless. Very much like a tripel on the front, peach is dominant. White grape notes in the finish keep the sweetness at bay. Alcohol evident. One of the more balanced VEs.

3.7
Tmoney99 (14601) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Bottle. Poured clear dark golden color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt, yeast and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy complex bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where exceeded with an well above average brew.


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