Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.03/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
12-24-2006 23:15:06 | More by OStrungT
4.03/5 rDev +13.8%
Sampled 1 year and 6 months after it was first launched.
If youve 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 02s rather than 03s.
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, its almost as if the lack of a thick solid head, and the gaps between the large bubbles, allows the aromas 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, Im glad I have a case of that one at least.
What better way to celebrate my First Anniversary today on BeerAdvocate.com.
08-17-2003 03:11:36 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.91/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
01-27-2013 02:10:53 | More by johnnnniee
3.85/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
02-02-2014 22:48:37 | More by scootny
3.78/5 rDev +6.8%
Stone Epic Festival 12-12-12
Stone Brewing Co.
(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.
12-13-2012 03:09:32 | More by ehammond1
3.5/5 rDev -1.1%
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...
01-13-2011 22:53:33 | More by womencantsail
3.45/5 rDev -2.5%
Bottle acquired by Sean9689. Served in a tulip glass.
A - Surprisingly ample carbonation that settles to a thin white cap and thicker collar, leaving behind a few spots of lace. Hazed orange-yellow body.
S - It smells like 'old' beer, but not in the bad sense of the word. Very fruity, with a hand lotion-esque note to it, peaches and pears, a touch of vanilla. There's oxidation, but thankfully it isn't of the cardboard variety.
T - The taste is quite similar, with fruity flavors and a dab of caramel, as well as sherry-like oxidation. Not great, but not terrible either.
M - Surprisingly zesty carbonation, a bit grainy in texture, medium in body, and no perceptible alcohol.
D - For an 11-year-old Wit it's surprisingly decent. That being said, I certainly wouldn't buy or trade for this. Went down pretty easy, and unfortunately this far surpassed some of the subsequent VEs.
03-06-2013 03:25:31 | More by MasterSki
3.33/5 rDev -5.9%
So we got it. Thanks to Sean9689 for doing the legwork and securing the bottle. Opened up on 02.02.13. The anniversary of the first Vertical Epic. 22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter.
A: Pours a semi clear orange color with solid white head forming on the pour. Surprised by the amount of carbonation in this guy.
S: Pretty fruit still, some light oxidation with a little bit of prunes. Seems like it oxidized in a non-poor way. We'll see what the taste entails.
T: Definitely oxidized in a sherry-like way. Deep dark dark fruits, some figs and prunes with a stale oat flavor to it. The best way to describe it is it just tasted "old". Mild paper from the oxidation as well, but surprised at how this has held up .
M: Medium to light bodied with a pretty solid and ample carbonation level. Pretty easy drinking.
O: As mentioned before this beer just tasted old, but the oxidation took a sherry like approach to it which lessened the blow of the usual cardboard flavors that a beer of this age would usually pick up. For being a 7.5% witbier, it surprised everyone at the tasting.
02-08-2013 03:16:33 | More by Treebs
Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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