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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3.8
mrmartin (786) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Hazy golden pour with little head. Sour pit fruit nose. Light body, tart cherry and weird tartness to the taste, lingering bitter finish. Tasty but I would not drink this regularly..

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.

3.9
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Pours a clear honey yellow with thin white frothy head. Aroma is a mix of green grapes, tart cherry, raisin, hay. Flavor is crisp with notes of tart green grape, candi sugar, bready notes, and floral presence. Body is light and crisp with active carbonation.

3.6
Hoprider (778) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Pours almost clear golden with very little foam N: grapey. Sweet grapes. This is like sauternes if it wasn’t for the light spicy yeast character T: the taste is wonderfully winey and sweet. Gewürstraminer or something. Only getting lightly drying in the aftertaste. Funny stuff.

3.4
jsh12bama (761) - Alabama, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Pours golden with thin fizzy head. Aroma of grapes and Belgian yeast. Taste of spices, and herbs with a floral finish. Medium mouthfeel. Tons of sweetness. Just OK. About like the rest of this series.

3.8
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Pour form a bomber. Flavors are of sweet malt, belgian yeast. The grape flavors work very well and are tasty. Medium bodied brew and nice mouthfeel. Good complexity of flavors. Good beer.

3.5
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Bottle. Poured a clear, light, golden color with a rapidly diminishing off white head. Nose is vinous and spicy, definite Belgian character with big notes of clove, bread, and wine, lighter notes of pale toasted malts, banana, and chamomile. Medium body with a smooth mouth feel and soft carbonation. Flavor is fairly dry, peppery and slightly herbal, chamomile is much more noticeable in the flavor than the nose. Up front I get clove and pale bready malts, the beer sweetens towards the finish with notes of grapes and candi sugar. Moderate bitterness throughout, fairly complex.

3.8
brigg (720) - New York, USA - NOV 4, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2013 (11/4/2010 - bottle) A slightly hazy, orange amber body with basically no head (bad glass maybe?). The aroma has strong yeast tones; dough, overripe fruit, some alcohol and mild sweet toasted malt. Very sweet up front with a slight tangy-sourness that creeps up as the beer travels back. Pretty acidic, and a bitter aftertaste of orange peel. Maybe a little too acidic for my liking, but I like the sourness at the same time. A little flat, too. The alcohol becomes more noticeable as time goes by, and the aftertaste gives way to the warm alcohol sensation in the mouth. I might try another bottle just to see if this one’s a bit off. It’s not bad. Aroma: 7 Appearance: 3 Taste: 5 Palate: 3 Overall: 12 (03/06/2013 - bottle) Hazy orange body, wisp of a head. Sweet floral and Belgian yeast aroma; honey, flowers, banana, medium spice (clove, allspice), grape, pear. Medium to full body, some carbonation, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Flavor of grape/white wine, light spice, yeast, moderate to heavy sweet. Aroma: 8 Appearance: 3 Taste: 7 Palate: 4 Overall: 16

3.8
beerchugger (717) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Has a nice clear copper color with a thin white head. Aroma is of citrus, barn yard, fresh farm air, and sweet fruits. The flavor is rather tart with grapes, barn yard, and earth. The finish is dry and tart.

4
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours a bright golden yellow color with a few carbonation bubbles emanating from the bottom. Very little head. Very interesting. Flavor is initially light Belgian malts and slightly sugary, recedes to a very wine like grape sort of sweetness, hints of Boone’s Farm, grape jolly ranchers, and just a hint of booze. I’m really digging this beer, it’s definitely different than the typical same old.


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