Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 628   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Poured into a Duvel Tulip. Golden pour with a two finger fluffy white head. Decent retention and minimal lacing. Classic Belgian Yeasts on the smell with some citrus and clove notes. Im getting a little something more though. Almost a dark fruity hint. Tastes very much like a classic Triple, but the alcohol presence is noted. Very light to begin, possibly from grapes, but that gives way to a warming feeling from the alcohol. Slightly dry finish. Not as light as I would have thought, nice amount of carbonation to pull it all together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaraCurtis (117) - Nevada, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Strong belgium smell. For a 9.5% beer, its a great, well-balanced Belgium style beer. It has a very light colored pour. Basically no head. A little bit of palate at the tip of the tongue. Not a lot of lingering. Overall, I do like it and hope to have the entire epic series 02 to current. It could be interesting and curious to see how much difference this beer is year to year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jrgratz (113) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Pours a cloudy golden orange color with very little head. Scent is Belgian yeast with sweetness evident. Some grapes, light fruit on the nose. Taste is semi sour, oak, slight bitterness, light fruit. Flat. Drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidrobot (103) - Port Charlotte, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2010
There are so many tastes in this I cant pick one out. Incredible beer. Stone has yet to let me down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
emarkd (100) - Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Pours very orange with a small head. Aroma is mostly chamomile with something sour around the edge, like old chamomile tea left too long in the pot. Some earthy, musty smells come out as the beer warms. The grapes dominate the taste, very wine-like. The citrus hops tastes come through in the end. The beer is very thick in the mouth with plenty of alcohol warmth. The flavors here work pretty well together but I found it way too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - OCT 12, 2010
The previous poster must just despise Belgian style ales, because this is a well-crafted, multi-faceted and yet subtle beer. Not much of a head to speak of. The aroma is candi sugar and Belgian yeast with some hint of the wine grapes. The taste is where all of this beers ingredients really shine. The esters, grapes in front and the chamomile and triticale rounding it out with some bitter flavors. The palate is really like a hybrid between a Belgian golden and a nice white wine with a touch of carbonation. This should age beautifully.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MacDouglass (88) - Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Aroma: crisp, winey, mostly subtle; Appearance: hazy yellow, going towards orange, plenty of carbonation but not much head after the pour; Taste: HEAVY clover, or, as the label says, chamomile flowers, plus abundent white wine, its like someone took a wine and mixed it with chamomile tea, then carbonated the entire thing, a very unique beer, I typically like champaign-y beers, but this one was not tart enough and was almostly awkwardly bitter, still enjoyable for the unique experience though; Palate: aftertaste is honestly more enjoyable than the swallow, with the sugars coming out which are otherwise masked by the two primary notes, those being clover and wine; Overall: not my favorite Stone brew by a long shot, but truly unique and not boring in the slightest, Id recommend it for the experience but not as "one of my favorites"

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UnionBeerCzar (82) - Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Bomber to white wine glass, appropriate? Really weird golden orangey color, small head that evaporated quite quickly. Nose is candied sugar with a little must, not really in your face. Medium to light mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, very bubbly. The high carbonation does not deter from the beer, it actually kind of makes it for me... Its champagne-ey and I like it. Very Belgian blonde feel on the front palate, Definetly finishes with the white wine/grape/muscat action. Overall I really found this to be interesting, however Im glad its retired because I dont know if I personally would go after it again. Salut

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slimbrundage (80) - USA - DEC 16, 2010
Cloudy golden with orange highlights. Grape aroma, mildly sour, floral hops with light island fruits. Full bodied with a viscous mouthfeel. Very wine like, I get the subtle citrus of Sauvignon Blanc, the body of Chard and the finish of a good sweet muscat. This is an interesting beer to say the least, well crafted layered and unique. I am happy with hint of sourness and the overall complexity of this beer. It may not be a crowd pleaser but good for Stone for pushing the envelope

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoppyhampy (73) - , California, USA - DEC 30, 2010
22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Another bottle I have had for a while but am just now getting around to cracking it. Pours a lively opaque yellow. Good carbonation but little head. Smells like a Bavarian hefeweizen. Banana and coriander and some extra sweetness. There is a sugary, floral quality I cant place but is probably chamomile. Medium bodied and well rounded mouthfeel. Lots going on on the palate. I get guava up front and then banana and orange peel. The gapes definitely make this one unique. I wasnt sure what the outcome would be but this is quite good. There is a drier quality with this one than you find in most beers. Must be the grape tannins. There is also a very different sweetness to it. Lighter and grassy which has to come from the grapes. I like it. Stone is definitely on to something with this one. I predict more than one imitator.

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