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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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3.2
DSG (15403) - 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.

3.2
Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2010
Bottle at ØLbaren Thanks to ??? Clear golden - white head. Toasted, fruity, rubber, candy, spicy, grassy, citrus, grapes, perfumed, sweetness, cammomile. A bit strange - give it brett and maybe some light barrelage and it would work !!!

3.7
Tmoney99 (15114) - 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.

3.6
Drake (14332) - 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.

3.8
Dogbrick (14290) - 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
Lubiere (14240) - 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.

3.9
crossovert (14128) - 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

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.

3.7
BeerandBlues2 (14018) - 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.

3.7
j12601 (13297) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Pouring at session one of Belgian Beer Fest in Boston. Pours a clear orange gold with a thin white head. Yeast, chamomile on the nose, very floral. Chewy wheat, tangy but clean. Bright and lively. Sweet tingly finish. Very nice and well executed. It will be interesting to try this again in a year or two and see how it holds up given how delicate it was.


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