Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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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
3.45/5 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.
81 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.