Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 19.05%
Wants: 136
Gots: 11 | 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:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 04-22-2002

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 
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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 21
Photo of beerguy101
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Medium orange color. Small head. Aroma is coriander, vanilla and various fruits. Medium bodied Belgian style ale. Malts are bright and slightly sweet and fruity. Hops are citrusy. Interesting blend of spices and flavors. Seem to change with each sip. Well balanced. Complexity of a nice Belgian. Well done. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Photo of Overlord
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jerz for hosting an awesome tasting, and for so many generous beer connoisseurs who made the event possible.

Broke this one out of the cellar for Jerz's tasting. A few notes before getting to my review:

1.)This was in my fridge until late 2008, at which point I finally had to get rid of my extra large beer fridge. At that point, it went to a cellar temp of 50ish degrees.

2.)A lot of people at the tasting, me included, kind of expected it to be bad. I was dreading it, actually. I mean, it's an Imperial Wit? How could it still be good? And, frankly, I don't care much for wits (although I don't know if I've ever tried an IMPERIAL Wit before). This was pretty much about The Tick(tm).

In any event, here we go:

Pours a light yellow good. Some white bubbling. I was pretty happy that the somewhat rusted/discolored cap kept the carbonation in.

Smells faintly of spicy yeast, with a large citrus (ripe oranges and mandarin oranges) presence. A bit of honey/honesuckle to the nose. A very pleasant aroma. I must admit, with a bunch of sours and heavy -bal aged stouts on the table, this was an interesting change of pace.

The taste was surprisingly strong. I don't think of wits being a really flavorful style beer, so this was quite surprising ... especially given its advanced age. Melon, honeysuckle/honey, a really, really surprisingly strong orange background with a bit, just a bit, of peach skin zest ... maybe a splash of creamed vanilla. A bit of spice to it, but unlike EVERY OTHER STONE VERTICAL EPIC SINCE 2006, it doesn't assault you with a blistering over-powering tornado of spices that ruin whatever else the beer is trying to do.

Nice refreshing mouthfeel.

I suppose the other reviews will let me know if I'm overly biased, but this was a really pleasant surprise. Stone's old brewer maybe knew what the f*** he was doing after all. This and VE06 have been the only vertical epics I have unreserved praise for. I can't believe how light, yet flavorful, this was after nearly 10 years.

Photo of charlzm
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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 Westsidethreat
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Stone Winter Storm in 4 ounce servings, 10am.

A: Medium blonde with meringue highlights. Body is fairly still, only a few bubbles are active. Head appears velvety, the color of creme fresh.

S: Honey suckle, jasmine, vanilla, strawberries & cream and some yeast.

T: This is really like drinking straight honey suckle nectar. Orange peel, grass trimmings and pure vanilla work very well with the yeast. Surprisingly bitter, but well balanced and quite nice. Finishes sweet with honey and more floral notes.

M: Medium body with an absolutely silky mouthfeel.

D: What a great beer to start your morning! I'm blessed to have had the opportunity to sample this. Frankly, I'm surprised its held up this well but the 7.5% alcohol is working hard to preserve it.

Photo of Treebs
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of scootny
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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 TKEbeerman
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
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 +12.9%
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 jcalabre
4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
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 dmsohyea
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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