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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3.7
Tmoney99 (14968) - 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.

3.8
msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2010
On tap at Beachwood BBQ. Pours clear golden orange with white head. Aromas of sweet malts, orange citrus, caramel, bready, belgain yeast, and some spices. Flavors of belgain yeast ans spices, bready malts, and a touch of sweet citrus. Nice mouthfeel and carbonation. My first of the epic series believe or not. Solid BSA.

3.2
dcschiller (2211) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2010
(22oz bottle). Pours clear golden color with 1 finger head. Active carbonation and not much lacing. Aroma is honey (sweet wines), florals (chamomile). The more I smell the beer, the more I like it. Taste is not as sweet as I expected and has a little bite at the end. Light bodied with oily texture. Finish is very much like wine with slight bitterness and the alcohol making it’s prescence known. Interesting, but not great.

3.4
JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2010
22 oz bottle. Clear bright golden amber pour, white head. Aroma of crisp apple, citrus, and pear (wine like),, also lightly herbal, yeasty esters, and fruit. The grapes are very apparent in the flavor, the chamomile is harder to detect. the sweetness contrasts the sharp yeast, which I didn’t really like. Finishes with some breadiness, but somewhere in the middle it feels like the flavors are attacking each other. I thought I was going to like it at first, but the more I drink the less I like it. Too disjointed, maybe age will help, maybe not.

3.8
murphym45 (779) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2010
On tap @ Rattle ’N’ Hum Pours a clear light gold with a thin head. Strong fruity, grape aroma, especially from the Muscat, along with some floral and citrus notes. Medium bodied and very smooth with a light bitterness that takes a few seconds to hit and lingers. Also a little bit of citrusy sourness. Very complex, there are a lot of subtle aromas and flavors that take a while to come out, this beer was a lot of fun to drink and discuss.

3.8
Kevin (2201) - Montana, USA - OCT 19, 2010
hazed yellow body with a lasting white head. smells a bit too herbalish for my tastes. the first couple of sips were over the top soap like and not pleasant. i let it sit for a bit as i ate dinner and with a bit of air and warmth it mellowed. sweet honey notes with a lingering floral herb note. AN EASY ONE TO DRINK AND IT SHOULD BE FUN TO SEE HOW THIS CHANGES OVER THE NEXT COUPLE YEARS.

3.4
beernovice39 (3269) - Idaho, USA - OCT 19, 2010
Bottle pours a clear golden/orange with a very thin white head. A fruity/yeast scent with booze. Taste is light fruit sweet with a dry finish. Not my dance.

3.7
DuffMan (10665) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 19, 2010
On tap at the Hop Leaf, Chicago. Bright golden amber, lively white head. Sweet and spicy aroma and flavours, with a juicy tartness that makes this somehow super-drinkable! Very good.

3.6
rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2010
Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a white head. Aroma is esthers, Belgian yeasts, grapes, spices, chamomile, candi sugar. Flavor is chamomile, spices, sugars, belgian yeasts, and some grapes in the finish. Easy to drink and flavorful with a lot of sugar and grapes in the finish.

3
daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Clear gold pour. Yeast, white wine(sav blanc), dirty water, yeast. Flavor is grapey, lightly hoppy, lots of yeast, lightly tart. Meh.


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