Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale

 
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RATINGS: 627   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (13323) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2011
On tap at The Common Table, Dallas. It pours a hazy orange colour with lively carbonation and a thin off-white head. The nose is spicy, bonfire, citrus fruit, and strong chamomile. The taste is caramel, orange, mango, pineapple, sweet white grape, wood, hay and strong chamomile, with a bitter bite towards then. There is a good balance of sweet and sour flavours. Its really quite unusual, but enjoyable nonetheless.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (13192) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (13150) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12894) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (12607) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (12535) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Dagan. Hazy golden. Spicy and fruity aroma with some white wine notes, light earthiness, a malty hint and a bit of honey. Sweetish flavor, spicy and fruity, with a bit of floral honey, light earthy hints and a drier finish. Medium-bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12479) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12297) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2010
22oz bottle-pours a foamy offwhite head with yellow/gold color. Aroma is herbal-camomille, spice, sweet light malt, grassy. Taste is herbal-camomille, spice/lemon/grains of paradise, sweet light malt/grain-sugary, grassy/spice hops, yeast. Drying finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12274) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle, bought @ Systembolaget, Hansakompagniet, Malm.
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (12247) - 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.


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