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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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3.6
jcwattsrugger (12418) - 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.

3.5
hopdog (12341) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2010
22oz bottle. Poured a medium golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of fruitiness, spicy, citrus, candi sugar, and some yeastiness. Tastes of candi sugar sweetness, fruity, lighter citrus, and spicy.

3.8
Pinball (12060) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2010
cloudy to clear yellow, small white head. nice sourish and hoppy aroma. nice balance. flavor is soursh wood, hops, dry, the sour note is dry. very very nice actually.

3.3
slowrunner77 (11891) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"i’d say this is my least favorite thus far of all the Vertical Epic brews. the chamomile which intruiged me never made an appearance. it was all spicy belgian triple and wine grapes. obviously it’s still young, and tasted so, and this is the first one that i think will be better on 12-12-12 than it was fresh. i may re-rate in 6 months or a year, but for now, this one is just ok, which for stone is a big fat miss.

3.5
deyholla (11479) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear amber gold with a white head that dissipated extremely quickly to the edges. Aroma is full of belgian yeast with some candied sugars and a light grape and red wine note. Flavor is quite dry with a red wine note, as well as some light grapes and a bit of sugar came out in the start.

3
daknole (11044) - 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.

3.4
hopscotch (11043) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Draft… Hazy golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Great retention. The nose delivers floral chamomile, spicy phenols and fruity esters. Full-bodied and silky with stinging carbonation. The flavor offers sweet honey and white grapes, light acidity, pear and mild clove. Bittersweet, spicy, floral finish.

2.9
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: November 12, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, The Fred
Appearance: clear orange, fine off white head
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, citrus aroma, candy sweetness
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, lots of spicyness, touch of clove, light bitterness
Overall: all spice and no nice, boozy and spicy
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

3.7
j12601 (10868) - 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.

4
DocLock (10646) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Bomber from Capone’s, fresh off the truck. Pours deep gold toard canary with 2-finger clingy white head. Nose is rock sugary pale malty, a bit caro syrupy, with florals, slight dank funky yeasty esters, and some hops. Tastes rich, rock sugary malty, with some funky, floral, chardonnay, apricot, and spicy hop notes. Very complex, and this one has well hidden alcohol, and evolves to become drier as it warms, becoming very saisony late.


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