Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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2.05/5 rDev -42.1%
Bottle shared by Overlord at the start of a tasting of all the Vertical Epics. The bottle was stored at 35 degrees for 6 years and then at 55 degrees for the remaining 4.
Dark orange. Clear pour. Small bubbly head fades fast. Vanilla and rust in the nose with tons of unpleasant cardboard-like oxidation. Some paper towel, cardboard, and metal in the flavor with a little bread. This beer is pretty bad. I'm not sure why Stone thought this would hold up for 10 years.
12-17-2012 21:40:13 | More by HopHead84
2.68/5 rDev -24.3%
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.
11-06-2011 20:37:35 | More by DarthKostrizer
3.1/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
10-30-2011 04:03:36 | More by dmsohyea
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.13/5 rDev -11.6%
Pours a small layer of white head. Color is a hazed golden yellow.
Aroma: Lemon and wheat. Kind of piney with grassy hops. Pretty earthy.
Taste: pine and grass. Lemon citrus. Wheat. Light coriander and spice. A bit of booze showing.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with a lot to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and weedy.
Overall, not an epic fail. Somewhat drinkable, but I wouldn't go crazy to get this one. It seems to be holding up fine, but it isn't worth the trade/ebay value (unless you are looking for the tick of course). I didn't have that much to say about this one for being as highly sought after as it is. Still, I was excited to try it.
01-26-2011 00:19:15 | More by mothman
3.28/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
01-19-2013 01:07:34 | More by TKEbeerman
3.3/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
01-21-2013 18:28:50 | More by charlzm
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
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
3.5/5 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
Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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