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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3.3
BillWyce (1086) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2011
From notes: pours clear amber with a small, white head and a slight effervescence. Mild aroma of grapes mixed with a floral note. Palate is deep with a slight thickness to the body. Flavor was light. Wine-like grape taste lingers on the tip of the tongue. Floral and earthy notes lie beneath that become more pronounced as it warms.

3.3
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2012
Bottle. I didn’t mean to age this one, it just sort of happened. Smells like yeast and nail polish remover with a little pear and grape. Maybe a bit perfume-like too. Pours an orange-gold color with a thin head that doesn’t form a full layer. Not much of that even sticks around. More of the grape comes out in the flavor with notes of the chamamile too. Sweet, a bit sticky, and floral. As the case with many +/- 10% Triples/Belgian Strongs this does get a bit sticky sweet with noticeable alcohol but there’s some peppery spice on the back end that offsets that. It’s actually easier drinking than the aroma had me thinking. I wouldn’t say this is a great beer but it was a bit better than expected and overall not bad at all. .

3.3
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Found some old phone ratings. Deep gold pours with a large soapy white head. Nose is fruity esters, phenolics, Belgian yeasts, plums, sweet malts and grapes. Flavor is sweet, fruity Belgian yeasts along with grapes and light spice. Chewy, medium body. This one wasn’t doing it for me.

3.3
SpringsLicker (3636) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2012
The pour produces a slightly hazy gold body with a thin, fleeting white head. The aroma is subtle, sweet fruity and a bit floral. The flavor starts with a tart aspect from the grapes. The hops don’t make themselves known here. The high carbonation level adds some carbonic acid to the vinous bite of this brew.

3.3
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 18, 2012
- pours hazy straw nuclear orange. No head. S - sour notes. Vinegar, salty, eggs, funk, green grapes. Smells more of a gueuze. M - super flat, richish mf, full bodied Belgian. Lingering sticky end. T - candied fruits, fruit cake, Belgian yeasts, grapefruit up front. Sticky sweet malty palate. Grains, dough, bread, tangerine, orange peel. Lingering grain alcohol. Hint of Sauvignon O - uninspired, muddled, overly sweet. 3.3 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Pours a mostly clear light orange color with a big fizzy head that quickly fades. Aromas are banana, vinegar, flowers, grapes, and slight funk. Taste is decent. Fairly fruit and wine like. Sort of like a sweet fruity wine. Dry finish, slightly acidic.

3.3
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2013
22oz bottle, shared. Mildly hazy golden orange color. Minimal white head. Belgian yeasty nose. White grape flavor, light spice, light belgian yeast. Medium to bigger body. Light, but more crisp carbonation. Smoother taste, light tang. OK.

3.3
stevencon (522) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Draft and bottle. Grape and eucalyptus floral spices. Hazy gold. Honey vegetal taste. Grassy finish but not really bitter. Eucalyptus

3.3
Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2013
22oz bottle. A: Orange-yellow with a very thin white head. Good lacing. N: Light lemon, pilsner malt, some light caramel, toffee, ginger and honey. Tons of white wine grape run through this. T: Very sweet with more of the grapes giving this a heavy wine quality. M: Medium, slightly sticky. Alcohol is well-hidden. O: This one strikes me as a bottle that might have gotten better given how much sugar they dosed into it. Hard to tell at this point, however.

3.3
VastActiv (7030) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle 0.665l at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Colour is clear golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Spices, Belgian yeast, fruits and white wine.


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