Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series: 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 215   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (6139) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2017
22 oz bottle shared, purchased at Holiday Liquors (Lakewood). Aroma of orange peel, zesty hops, a mild herbal/peppery spice and light honey malt. Similar flavor, zesty, herbal, peppery and mildly bitter with a light grainy sweetness. Medium body with a lingering finish. Not bad overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (4099) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2017
Bottle - 22oz. Golden, slightly hazy body with a thick, white foamy head. Nice malty/hoppy aroma with spicy, spruce, and orange hints. Alcohol is well hidden. Its sharp malty/hoppy taste carries spruce, citrusy, peppery, cloves, and grainy notes. Ends with a long, dry, woody/spicy finish. Interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ascelja (1324) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 20, 2017
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Tap. Almost clear golden body, very high white head. Sweetish aroma with funky tones, peppery, coriander, flowers, spices, leather - such nice and interesting aroma! Taste is bitter, lightly sweet. Yeast, apricots, wood, funky notes. Medium to fuller body, moderately carbonated.
A bit unbalanced, but still very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (10281) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 17, 2017
Bomber from the Brewdog Online Shop shared with jeevan. Pours clear golden orange with a thin white head. Aromas are bready, spicy yeast esters, cream, faint banana. Taste is light sweet, dough, spice. Crisp finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
androman (2137) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2017
1pt 6fl oz shared bottle at home from De Caigny, Belgium. Nose is wheat, belgian yeast. Body is clear pale, head is small, white, frothy, mostly diminishing, fair lacing. Aroma is fruity, orange peel, spices, malt. Medium sweet, medium bitter. Finish is long lasting hoppy medium bitter, light salty-umami. Medium body, thin texture, medium carbonation. Quite easy, interesting, nice one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3708) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2017
Clear orange our with white soapy head. Aroma of coriander black pepper and orange peel. Excellent lacing with coriander and black pepper dominating the flavor with some orange sweetness. Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Patrickctenchi (6464) - Coxs Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2017
Bottle: Slightly hazy, golden-yellow with a thin, off-white head. Pear, apricot, yeast aroma. Bitter-sweet fruits, banana, pear, lemon flavour. Dusty-bitter citrus-peel....increasing towards finish. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rotin (1329) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 14, 2017
Draught at BeerGeek Bar. Slightly cloudy, gold colored. AROMA- fruity, apricot, spicy, flowery, funky. FLAVOR- pleasantly sour, not dry, moderately bitter, fruity, flowery, spicy, white grapes must. Full bodied.
Good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (11726) - Hasselager, DENMARK - APR 13, 2017
Draught @ Beergeek Bar, Prague. Pours golden with an offwhite head, lacings. Aroma of sweet malt, Belgian yeast, spice, herbal, sweet fruit. Flavor is light sweet, malt, wheat, spicy, coriander, sweet fruity, oranges, alcohol. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, light sweet finish with warming alcohol. 130417

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (14007) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2017
Keg at BD AGM. It pours orange - amber with a small white head. The aroma is. The aroma is fragrant, herbal, coriander, herbal, orange, bread, spice and cracker. The taste is bitter, dry, pretty spicy, peppery, floral, grassy, straw, orange peel, herbal and minimal alcohol. Finish is dry and spicy. Medium body and fine carbonation. Not bad.


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