Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series: 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A new Vertical Epic will be released every year, with the goal being to collect them all and have a Vertical Epic tasting once the final Epic is released on 12/12/12. Each new Stone Vertical Epic Ale will be release one YEAR, one MONTH and one DAY apart. Vertical Epic 02/02/02 was not brewed "to style". Instead, we tried to create something new. Its triple-ish in nature, with wit character, coriander and orange peel, and has way more hops than either a Belgian triple or a Wit would. Belgian yeast was used. Belgian Strong Ale is the closest category that fits -- Greg Koch, Stone Brewing CEO. In addition, we are pleased to provide the homebrewing recipe: http://stonebrew.com/timeline/020202
In 2002 we began our groundbreaking, millennium-inspired series with Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale. This bumped up Belgian-style witmade all the more alluring thanks to an infusion of orange peel, coriander, a sprinkling of black pepper and a healthy dose of Centennial hopswas a bright way to begin this epic eleven-part vertical tasting.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4183) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 29, 2017
The original 02.02.02 was the only one I missed. I drank the 03 to 12 Vertical I had in 2013.Glad they rebrewed this so I could complete the series. I will wait for the 03 that I loved. Nose is light banana, cloves, and a hint of bubblegum. Very lightly hazy yellow gold with a lightly lacing off white head. Flavor is fruity and spicy with a small amount of bitterness. Wish I had the original in 2002 with a early dated rating.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (2271) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 21, 2017
Bottle. A: Clear gold with a thin foamy white head. N: Green apple, coriander, clove, esters, lemon, rosemary and pine, some candi sugar, white peppercorn, chardonnay. T: Sweet and lightly bitter. M: Light body, no alcohol, soft carbonation. O: Tasty; really glad they re-released it. I cant imagine having this aged though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (9011) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Bottle thanks to Luke. Pours a bright orange color with a large white head. A big fruity sulfur nose. Spicy, banana esters, light toast and hops, a bit of orange peel and pepper. Solid.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (9140) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 17, 2017
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Yeast and spice aroma with orange. Spice and yeast flavor with light orange. Medium bodied. Spice and yeast lingers with light malt and light orange.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (6052) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2017
Bottle at Portland tasting. Encore edition. Pale orange-gold, clear. Soapy head. Sweet vegetal yeast nose. Banana and spice. Thick, pale peppery saison. Nice enough macro saison. Ok brightness, light waxiness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kyzr (1474) - Montana, USA - MAY 15, 2017
Clear gold pour with nice sized white head. Spice and orange zest on the nose. Flavor is sweet up front with yeast, candied orange zest, a touch of ginger, and herby. One of the better of the cast of 11.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (9222) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2017
[8986-20170120] 1pt6floz bottle. Floral celery and spices aroma. Clear, orange body with a quick foamy white head. Orange peel and celery flavour. Medium-full body is fairly bitter. Tasty, great balance. (8/3/8/4/16) 3.9
(c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, GregClow, jercraigs)

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (3335) - montral, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2017
22oz bottle, with a slight hazy honey golden hue, with a big fluffy white head, with a spicy fruity, yeasty, doughy nose with some mild coriander, curaao, panettone cake dough, subtle orange marmalade accents and a faint floral citrus, leafy hop, pale, wheat malt note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a smooth fruity belgian yeast, dough, crackery pale, pilsner, wheat malty character with some spicy flowery citrusy, leafy hoppy, zesty lemon, orange peel, faint spicy coriander, subtle peppery flavours, leading towards a fruity, spicy yeastiness, lemon, orange zestiness, lingering citrusy, leafy, cedary hop bitterness finish.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnstone (3193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 13, 2017
Clear golden color with a white head. Extremely (overly) Spiced flavor with some Belgian yeast character. Notes: on tap at Aces & Ales (Tenaya) Stone Domination event, May 17

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenL8 (167) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 11, 2017
Nice appearance, more or less clear, intense carbonation and a fine layer of head. Aroma is very Wheaty and spicy, pepper, coriander, a bit funky, very refreshing. Very refreshing taste as well, wheat is dominant, spicy, pepper, hints of coriander, Belgian flavours, sweet and rich, very rich for a wit. Nice!


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