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Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 140
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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. It's 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 

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 04-22-2002)
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Reviews by dmsohyea:
Photo of dmsohyea
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle graciously shared by jerz, huge thanks. This isn't a beer I had ever thought I would get to try, or at least not until 12.12.12.

A - This is not a good looking beer. It's very light yellow, think corona or something on that level. Pour was mostly flat, but there was still a bit of carbonation that manifested as a hand full of bubbles stuck to the side of the glass.

S - Weird. Almost like a light perfume with a bit of fruitiness. Camomile tea, peaches and maybe some apricot. Not like any other beer I've smelled.

T - Very light and fruity. Some twang from the Belgian yeast. Coriander and rosemary or sage are hiding in the background somewhere. Not a lot of sugar left in this beer, very dry. It's really pretty amazing how these flavors have held up over the years. I was expecting this to be awful, but it certainly wasn't.

M - Pretty close to flat with a very light body. 7.5% seems high for how light the beer tastes.

O - Much better than I thought it was going to be. Not great by any means, but it hasn't completely fallen apart over the years.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Epic Festival 12-12-12
Stone Brewing Co.
Escondido, CA

(Aged for 10 years)

Cloudy, hazy, murky orange and gold with just the tiniest hint of a white head. Leaves the glass nearly clean but slightly oily.

The aroma has held up incredibly well for the age. Citrus notes along with bits of apple and banana combine with a very mild yeast character.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with notes of lemon combining with green apple (in a good way), apple skin, mild yeast, and wheat. Very few signs of aging, which is surprising, because most other beers this day were decidedly dulled and older-tasting than their once-fresh former selves.

Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

One of the highlights of the festival. Quite a remarkable test of time.

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A. Poured into my VE glass this brew pours a murky golden color with a considerable head that quickly dies down to a white ring around the glass. When held to the light, the yeasty sediment is visable.
S. The aroma is a burnt malty caramel smell with a little sweetness to it.
T. The flavor does not indicate much wheat. Typical oxidization, really light toasty notes.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth, carbination is spot on for the style.
Overall, this brew is solid considering the age and style.

Photo of OStrungT
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden yellow color, with a thick, fluffy off white head, with a slight yellow tint to it. The head fades slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a yeasty aroma. This is the dominate aroma. Behind that, I get some spicy aromas. Mostly cloves and coriander. It has a very slight citrus aroma. All the aromas are very mild. That is to be expected with age.

This beer tastes much like it smells. As with the aroma, the flavor is very mild. It has an earthy yeast flavor. Some spices back that up. It has a slight fruity flavor as well.

This beer is carbonated well, but I had it on tap, and I would assume that the bottle would be considerable less carbonated. It goes down smooth, leaving a yeasty aftertaste.

I think that if the beer was ever available at all, it might be a decent session beer. It is not too terrably high in alcohol.

Overall: Wow, I can not believe that Stones was releasing this beer on tap today. It was part of their Winter Storm. It was in one 5 gallon keg, with only 4 oz tasters available. You could buy more than one taster at a time. I am happy to have now had every Vertical Epic to date.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.43/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I christened my Vertical Epic Glass with this one.

It pours a slight hazy golden bronze with a white head that rapidly rises and quickly settles. The beer has several persistent bubble streams rising from the bottom of the glass.

I smell caramel and buttered sweet bread, light vanilla, and a faint trace of tropical fruit.

The taste is light, sweet, and enjoyable. There are hints of vanilla and watered down tropical fruit juice and faint pinapple. Also includes light buttered bread and light astringency.

I feel a light tingle and light tannin. It's hard to determine if the feel is more a result of age than the wheat.

Photo of scootny
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to my Vertical Epic tasting that was supposed to happen New Years Eve last year. Avery clear golden amber ale crowned with a white head that quickly fades to a light covering. No lace. Little carbonation.

Nose is quite good for a twelve year old beer of this abv. Honey and Belgian yeast.

Taste is wonderful. The spices and orange held up nicely. Great hoppiness that brings out the citrus

smooth feel with firm carbonation, nice weight.

superb

Photo of bum732
1.5/5  rDev -57.6%

Photo of SpdKilz
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Geuzedad
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle generously shared by Jerz and I felt fortunately to get my pour from him

Look: Pours a very light yellow color and a bit cloudy. The pour yields absolutely no head but there is still some carbonation bubbles floating about

Smell: The smell reminds me of dirty soapy dish water. It has a bit of funk as well from the yeast and earthy spices.

Taste: The flavors are very muted and I wish I had tried this fresh to see just how well this one has held up over the years. The beer has that same muted earthy spice notes think wild dandelions. Also has some lemon, vanilla custard and that same dirty dish water character

Mouthfeel: Very light body and almost no carbonation

Overall: To this day I am still in shock that I got to try this beer because I knew I would never spend the money on one or trade for one so i didn't think I would get to try it. With 8+ years on it and it being a witbier it has held up ok and I'm not sure it was ever a good beer to begin but I could be wrong. Anyway 2+ more years will not help this beer out at all but to everyone doing the whole vertical Enjoy it.

Photo of jcalabre
4.47/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled 8 December 2002
As Stone's description indicates, it is sort of Trippel-ish, sort of Wit-ish. Whatever style you want to categorize it in, it is a very well done beer. It's honey colored w/ a nose reminding you of it's Belgian roots.

Photo of ebrifan
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of JTomczak
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of charlzm
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on January 20th, 2013 at a private Vertical Epic tasting.

Hazy golden beer with surprisingly energetic carbonation. A modest white head formed immediately and persisted for a few minutes. Some floaties in the glass.

The aroma is intense floral honey and an agreeable tea note. Odd for the style, but, after almost 11 years in the bottle, reactions were bound to happen.

Flavor is similar to the aroma with strong floral honey up front, faint caramel and wheat malt and tea traces in the mid taste and a significant but controlled bitterness on the finish. Not exactly delicious, but interesting. For the stated style? Pretty far off-base.

The beer was medium-bodied with zippy astringency and carbonation prickle, lending to its ease of consumption.

The drinkability was amazingly good for such a vintage beer but was more interesting as an experimental result than as an actual beer to enjoy.

Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mike, you are an interesting character. And for that, I thank you. For who else would open an 02.02.02 on 01.09.11?

A: This mythical libation pours a cloudy orange-ish color with a thin ring of white foam.

S: What? No cardboard? A miracle, I say. Sweet oranges and a fair amount of spices (coriander, mostly) on the nose with a decent wheat and bread aroma. A bit of yeast is there as well.

T: Surprisingly flavor for an almost 9 year old witbier. There are a lot of fruity notes to this beer which was strange, but enjoyable. Orange and slightly bitter orange peel with some coriander complimenting a (somehow) intact sweet wheat and malt base.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I was really expecting this to be total crap. As a witbier, it's very middle of the road. But looking at this beer for "what it has become" in terms of the VE series, it's actually pretty good. This makes the beer sort of difficult to score...

Photo of cadaugherty
1.75/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was fortunate to try this last night at an epic tasting held by my good friend Mike, thanks for the opportunity MrBarleywine!
The first in the series pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with an almost non existent off white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is sweet with caramel and light tropical fruit with a lightly spicy bready yeasty bite to provide a bit of balance. The flavor is sweet like the aroma promised. Sugary and caramel malts with a faded but present spicy peppery yeast bite. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet spicy mouthfeel. This held up better than I expected, but its also a stretch to call this a wit I guess. It has lots of sherry oxidized notes, but it drank pretty good. Probably past its prime, but holding up just the same.

Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of MordorMongo
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled 1 year and 6 months after it was first launched.

If you’ve had the Stone VE03, then the bottle for the VE02 has the same design, bar the circle of numbers below the word Stone, which is comprised of 02’s rather than 03’s.

Pours with a clear dark blond-to-golden look with hints of amber and real-gold when back-lit. Not much of a head at first, large bubbles initially coagulate to form a large bubble mass above the gold liquid. When swirled, the inherent carbonation almost struggles to come out solution, and though they form a lovely golden soda-like mass – they do little to support the head.

Very strong nose, and highly reminiscent of a strong Belgium Tripel. Herbs, a yeasty spiciness and a definitive strong hint of coriander breaks through, it’s almost as if the lack of a thick solid head, and the gaps between the large bubbles, allows the aroma’s to just ooze out of solution. Deeply inhaled – I could be sat outside of a Café in Brussels.

Strong spicy malts fanfare the Tripel-like entrance, the tastes build with an acetic citric-bite mixed with coriander and some grain malts that captivates the middle of the beer. Tangy with raw orange and lemon zest, as well as a light grain but soft bitterness, the ending has a memorable Tripel like perfume-like wheat-zesty twist. An astringent finish with a citric bitterness that is reasonably smooth and crisp. Leaves a soft delicate warming feel in the stomach that reminds you of the beers strength.

Spicy alcohols are assertive in the mouthfeel, but not at all overpowering, but they do let you know who is Boss. Leaves a smooth spicy lemon zest coating on the cheeks & in the mouth when swallowed. Crisp.

I had a Bomber of this, but I am not so sure that I could drink another one to be honest (as if I would ever get the chance!!!). A strong beer, the high alcohol does not detract or hinder its drinkability, neither does it complexity, but it still has some raw edges that do.

A complex beer that I can only describe as a Tripel mixed 80/20 with a zest-biting Wheat beer, that tries to take the edge of off the ‘rawness’ of the former, but fails. The VE02 is the first of the Stone Verticals, & it is undoubtedly already a very rare beer. But I am not sure if it will survive the journey to the 12th December 2012 for the ‘12on12 Stone Vertical Tasting’ to be perfectly honest. I bet the VE03 will though, I’m glad I have a case of that one at least.

What better way to celebrate my First Anniversary today on BeerAdvocate.com.

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Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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