Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale

 
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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
anderson01 (356) - Spirit Lake, Idaho, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Golden in color. Minimal lacing with no head what so ever. Aroma is brocchili. Aroma is sweet but yummy. A little sour in the taste. Thin texture with Average carbonation. I don’t know what is going on but this is doable.

3.9
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Very much enjoying this. Typically the fresh stone beers are pretty hoppy and bitter but this is nice and complex with minimal bitterness. Can definitely taste the muscat grapes. Also a little floral funky. Great beer!

3.9
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Drinking 11/10/11Smell is Chamomile, belgian yeast, apricots, alcohol, and apples. Poured fairly flat. Light orange color not a whole lot of carbonation. Taste is lots of carbonation, apple sauce, belgian yeast. Mouthfeel is light, taste is snappy. Some alcohol burn. Probably not the best bottle conditioning on this one. The taste is a bit disjointed and amateurish. Not what I remember at all. Enjoyability 3/5

3.9
jrmac (335) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Not the best vertical epic I have tasted. Still the pour is pretty amber with a small white head. On the nose I do pick up some of the muscat and Gewurztraminer notes that I would associate with wines made from tose grapes. On the palate it is well balanced between hops sweetness and fruit.

3.6
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Interesting aroma, jelly beans, coriander, grapes, and grapefruit. Smell is rather dry and tart, with a pear after taste. Good but not what not as interesting as some of it’s predecessors.

3.5
RamyG4 (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a small-medium white head. Aroma is white wine, grapes, spicy Belgian yeast. Taste is very sweet, more white wine and spice from the yeast. Finish is dry, slightly tart. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Not bad, interesting.

3.6
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Very intriguing beer from Stone; I am used to the hop grenades and alcohol bombs, but this beer is something a bit different. Strong, broad palate on the malt and sugar, with the yeast aromas present in most Belgians. Very well balanced and easy drinking beer for being a strong Belgian.

3.7
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
10.10.10 pours a glowing golden color. White fluffy head pours with good lacing. Smell consists of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, and grapes. There is a hint of alcohol that burns the nose hairs a bit. While the grapes were evident in the aroma they are even more evident in the taste. The grape flavor just keeps on adding up here. But so is the alcohol. Burns the throat. I’ll be interested to see if the heat dies down over time on this one. Rounding it out is kind of a per-fumy taste. It’s weird. Then of course the Belgian Yeast, some citrus, and a earthy characteristic. It’s a weird beer but it somehow works. Funny thing is, I had a friend come into work today and tell me he had the same beer last night and he couldn’t stand it. He hated the grapes in the beer. This is why we review beer. I love other peoples opinions. Mouthfeel was slick but on the thicker side. Syrupy.

3.4
brokephibroke (315) - Mead, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Golden pour with a white head. Aroma of sourdough bread, sweet fruit, and lemon peel. The palate may be the best part of this beer - the grapes hit the sides of the tongue with their sweetness and then a long sour linger. The taste is not exceptional, any subtlety overpowered by yeast. The chamomile is noticeable in the back of the mouth. As for the triticale, isn’t that for tribbles?

3.7
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
On tap at the Petrol Station in November. Very clear light orange with absolutely no head or lacing - odd.. The nose is spicy and a bit tart. The flavor brings a nice blend of citrusy hops and some mild citric acid tartness with a little Belgian spice in the background. Quite a tasty brew. Very hard to classify this one in my mind - a hoppy tripel? Belgian IPA? How about just tasty brew?


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