Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series: 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3331) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2017
A damn good Belgian style beer from an American brewery. Typically I HATE American attempts at Belgian beers, but this one tasted very authentic. Aroma was yeasty and light. Bubblegum and light fruits in there as well. Pour was a nice hazy light gold with a one finger white head. Taste was very Belgian. Very yeasty with strong bubblegum, apricot and peach. Not too sweet as this style tends to get. Good carbonation. Nice beer

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cuso (8209) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 1, 2017
Tap at craft b33r gallery. Golden color with huge white head. Aroma of yeast, malt, candies, light citrus hops. Taste, candies, malt, spices, yeast, very light citrus hops. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bunget (903) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2017
Bottle. Clear golden body, big, white, fluffy head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of yeast, sugar, pears, coriander, apricot jam and ginger snaps. Taste of yeast, sugar, orange candies, ginger, hints of peppers and lots of herbs. Delightful.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (3254) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2017
2016 release, from the LCBO. Pours a clean golden colour with a big white head, good retention and foamy lacing. Belgian Ale yeast aromas with lots of banana notes that come out eventually, and hints of apples. Some sharp bitterness in the middle, but not too much dryness. Yet. It does seem to grow. Spices, banana, alcohol, bubblegum and hops. A good Belgian strong ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (7259) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 23, 2017
Where and how: bottle LCBO 650 ml
Aroma: plenty of wheat infusion with semi dry meadow like, floral notes. Side hinted with mild spices. Solid 7+
Appearance :
Top: large long lasting white top. Glass marked with lace.
Base: slight haze on amber gold.
Palate : medium bodied, balanced
Taste: up front bubble gum. On sweeter side with balancing hop touches. Finishing with some alcoholic heat. Tasty ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7489) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2017
[Bottle (650ml) shared w/ HogTownHarry, GregClow, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o HogTownHarry] Pours a hazy gold with an average size lasting frothy white head. Aroma: Smells like a Golden Ale along with oranges, spices and perfumy notes. Floral flavour along with honey, spices and herbs. Medium bodied. Nothing special, just good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zymurgeist2 (2034) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 19, 2017
Bottle to glass. Heavy coriander in both tast and aroma clear gold with beautiful sustained head. Alcohol shows itself.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevinsenn (2113) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2017
Bottle from LCBO. Spicy and slightly sour yeasty aroma. Very dry taste. Spicy and a little boozy in the finish. Fine, but as a Stone fan I thought Id like it more.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jksipa (839) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2017
Bottle from the LCBO. Slightly hazy medium gold under a small fluffy white head that lingers. Nose is wheat, yeast, orange, coriander and pepper, and banana. Light+ fruity sweetness with a bit of tartness in the middle. Spice is a bit distracting throughout but creates a quite dry finish. Mouth is medium with slightly prickly carbonation. Interesting. 8+/4/7-/4-/15

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AleRider78 (900) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2017
650ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a fairly big foamy bubbly white head and has a pale golden appearance. Excessive carbonation. Some thick dirty lacing remains. Aromas of orange peel, tropical fruit notes, hints of spices. Flavours are mostly citrusy and floral hop notes, zesty, the orange peel is quite noticeable with some more floral hops and a bit of hoppy bitterness to finish off. Some nice subtle spice notes eventually make an appearance. Medium/full bodied mouthfeel. Great retention. A good balance of sweetness and bitterness. Pretty easy going, smooth and drying sensation on the palate. Good stuff.


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