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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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djd07 (14495) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2010
On tap at Petrol Station. Pours a cloudy orange with a quickly diminishing small frothy white head. The aroma is yeast and pepper. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet fruity malt and yeast with a nice crisp finish. Easy to drink hiding the alcohol very well. Really enjoyed this one, an impressive Belgian Strong Ale.

3.7
Tmoney99 (14479) - 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.

2.5
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 10, 2010
22oz bottle. Small off-white head atop clear apple juice body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Belgian yeast/dusky/spicy, cotton candy/bubblegum, some grape, faint ethanol. Taste is moderately sweet, vinous/grape, spicy, cotton candy, some alcohol, alcohol astringency. Medium body, some stickiness.

3.9
Lubiere (13905) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2011
A golden amber ale with a thin white head. In aroma, a wine like offering with white grapes, light funk, quite nice.In mouth, a white wine with light wooden notes, herbal notes, grapes, belgian hopping, wonderful. On tap at Mr. Beery, Jan 3 2011.

3.6
Drake (13732) - 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.

3.7
BeerandBlues2 (13308) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear gold with an average, fizzy white head, low retention with light lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (hay, straw, cookie), light hops (floral), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of peach, pineapple, pepper, ginger, and barnyard. Flavor is heavy malt (hay, straw, cookie), light hops (floral), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of peach, pineapple, pepper, ginger, and barnyard. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation, light creaminess with a medium sweet texture and a dry finish.

3.5
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2010
(Draught) Pours a clear orange body with a medium white head. Aroma of white grapes, florals, some citrus, and candi sugar. Flavor of apricot, herbs, grain, light grapefruit, cardamom, white grapes, and nuts.

3.8
Dogbrick (13010) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 06/17/2011. The beer is a mostly clear orange-gold color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma is somewhat vinous with notes of Belgian yeast and cloves. Medium body with flavors of white grapes, grapefruit, yeast and sweet spices. The finish is fruity with a lingering yeast aftertaste. Above average overall.

3.9
crossovert (12918) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
650ml bottle. It pours an amazing color. It is a peachy orange with the slightest hint of rose. It is crystal clear. The head is foamy and white and leaves some nice lacing as it recedes. The smell is typical Belgian pale, fruity esters, some spice, sweetness. There is an extra bit of earthiness in this one. The flavor is where this one gets interesting. It is noticeably grapey and vinous. It has a nice dryness, but it is nicely bodied. The grapes add a slight bit of tartness but mostly an earthy fruitiness. It is sweet, but never too much so, the slight tartness helps ot balance it out somewhat. It is a persistent flavor, however. There is a certain spiciness that takes over in the aftertaste. This is a good one, I have kind of ignored the other Vertical Epic ales and maybe I shouldn’t have, this one is pretty good. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-22-2010 06:19:21

3.4
thewolf (12594) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle, bought @ Systembolaget, Hansakompagniet, Malmö.
Light hazy golden with a small, fast disappearing white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, doughy, some esters, oranges. Medium carbonation, fine dry and light oily palate. Flavour is sweetish malty, doughy, oranges, citrus, vinious. A bit sharp and fairly ordinary.


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