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Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 19.77%
Wants: 143
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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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 00:19:15 | More by mothman
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

02-07-2013 01:01:50 | More by SpdKilz
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Geuzedad

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

06-23-2013 13:54:33 | More by Geuzedad
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ebrifan

California

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

07-06-2013 06:07:41 | More by ebrifan
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JTomczak

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

08-13-2013 18:37:11 | More by JTomczak
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

01-20-2013 19:00:09 | More by orangesol
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TKEbeerman

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 01:07:34 | More by TKEbeerman
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charlzm

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 18:28:50 | More by charlzm
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Treebs

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 03:16:33 | More by Treebs
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 03:25:31 | More by MasterSki
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-03-2013 00:03:49 | More by Gonzoillini
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Canada_Dan

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-15-2014 17:30:52 | More by Canada_Dan
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Kurmaraja

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-07-2014 15:37:33 | More by Kurmaraja
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womencantsail

California

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...

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 22:53:33 | More by womencantsail
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-09-2013 22:53:59 | More by spycow
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bradfordjohnson

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

09-06-2012 13:50:53 | More by bradfordjohnson
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moonknight31

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-24-2013 05:40:04 | More by moonknight31
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-25-2013 04:04:16 | More by t0rin0
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robbrandes

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-03-2013 06:02:41 | More by robbrandes
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

07-19-2014 06:07:12 | More by zestar
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

02-26-2013 01:40:53 | More by sinstaineddemon
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2012 03:09:32 | More by ehammond1
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scootny

New York

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

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 22:48:37 | More by scootny
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 02:10:53 | More by johnnnniee
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

4/5  rDev +13%

12-27-2012 03:03:41 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.