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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3.3
xs2500 (187) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Had on draught, came an excellent golden color, finger thick white head, aroma is fruit with a hint of toasty-Ness. Flavor is slightly sweet with a bitter fruit finish.

3.3
Naven (1001) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 15, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a nice golden color. Aroma is very vinous; it smells like a glass of champagne. Flavor is like a cross between a beer and a glass of champagne. Big, boozy finish. Not terrible, but not my thing at all.

3.3
RedSox2004 (2000) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Pure liquid gold with a slight haze and a one-finger head that left spotty lacing. Yeasty aromas accompanied by cloves and other spices, white wine, berries and a hint of banana. Grapes are more pronounced in a tart, almost sour flavor which includes bready malt and tea. Generous carbonation, medium body, generally creamy mouthfeel but a bit thin, and a lingering aftertaste of wine with a touch of acidity. Overall a little disappointing.

3.3
SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 16, 2010
750ml bottle. a clear gold under a small white head. lively bubbles. corn flakes, white grape juice aroma. flavors of apple juice, white grape juice, doughy yeast. a light colored and flavored belgian strong, much like a tripel. high carbonation with a bit of alcohol. interesting ingredients though. triticale is a rye/wheat hybrid. the candy sugar adds that familiar belgian sweetness and works well with the yeast.

3.3
FlacoAlto (4228) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 17, 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a bright, dark gold color that shows a brilliant, perfectly clear (mechanically so even), gold hue with copper highlights when held up to the light. Interesting, in a wincing sort of way, I completely wasn’t expecting that, but I actually don’t know if I dislike it. The beer smells sort of funky, like a ripe, buttery cheese and a second look has me convinced that this is actually the aromas of the grapes used in this beer; it is a touch catty, somewhat like crushed, still green weeds (to messy to be just grass) and spicy like milk-weed backed by phenolic cloves, some woody pepper and a spiciness that seems characteristic of oak (is this aged in oak, I hadn’t thought so). The nose on this is very, very interesting, I am still not quite sure what to think of it, but I am still intrigued.

Lightly sweet tasting at the first sip and it definitely tastes of grapes, funky Sauvignon like flavors some Gewurztraminer acidity along with notes of lime, perhaps a touch of tropical fruit, kiwi notes as well as some grassiness. This has more flavors from grapes than it does from the beer-derived ingredients. The yeast probably plays the biggest secondary role with notes of clove, some warming-spicy alcohol, a touch of ginger and an earthiness that tastes quite a bit like coriander and it also brings out much of the grape flavors noted before. Malt? I am not sure that this plays much of a role here, there is some pale malt character in the middle as well as a touch of cracker like grain, but both of these are subtle next to the expressive grape character. As the beer warms up more of the pale malt presence becomes noticeable. The body of this is not heavy considering the strength, it does have some viscosity to it and it has enough heft to be felt on the tongue; not light by any means, but also not thick or rich.

This will definitely be an interesting one to age. I am really not too sure what to think of this; it certainly is not bad, but the heavy grape focus seems a bit out of place. Despite not really liking the flavors and aromas here, they are so interesting that I am intrigued enough to keep on drinking this and figuring out what is going on; this is a fairly complex beer, it has a lot going on & it is making my head a bit fuzzy (so it can’t be all that bad). In the end I’ll just have to simply call this beer an experience!

3.3
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2010
On tap at toronsdo sd. Nose is fruity. Tart chery and chrystal malt. Flavor is juicy sweet smoith lingering finsh. Grape jam?

3.3
jonas (8277) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - NOV 6, 2010
Bottle. Dry heavy brett aroma. golden, low head. Dry body, light sparkly, light honeyish, a bit ciric. nice.

3.3
radioseer (300) - Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2010
(22 ounce bomber - shaker glass) Aroma is of white wine. Pours a yellow translucent color. Taste is acidic, light sweetness, and light bitterness. Dry finish, average to lively carbonation and medium body. I found this beer challenging and it reminded me of white wine, overall a good experience.

3.3
nimbleprop (8922) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 8, 2010
On tap at Brickskeller DC. Pours a hazy orange with one ring of white head. Spiced aroma, coriander, tropical fruits, honey, perfume. Flavor is sweet, oranges, honey, grapefruit, a little tropical fruit, coconut. Full bodied, boozy finish.

3.3
SuperDave (2555) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Clear gold pour. Yeast, white wine(sav blanc), dirty water, yeast. Flavor is grapey, lightly hoppy, lots of yeast, lightly tart. Meh.


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