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Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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81
good

55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 139
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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4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

DRTBrewster, Feb 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

SpdKilz, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of cadaugherty
1.75/5  rDev -50.6%

cadaugherty, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Gonzoillini, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
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.

johnnnniee, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of charlzm
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.

charlzm, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of orangesol
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

orangesol, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.43/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Doppelbockulus, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of TKEbeerman
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.

TKEbeerman, Jan 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

MordorMongo, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of sandiego67
4/5  rDev +13%

sandiego67, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
2.05/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12/13/2012

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.

HopHead84, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of 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.

ehammond1, Dec 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

bradfordjohnson, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev +13%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of CelticAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

CelticAleMan, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of jerz
4/5  rDev +13%

jerz, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13%

Halcyondays, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

DarthKostrizer, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of dmsohyea
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

dmsohyea, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of mothman
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.

mothman, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
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...

womencantsail, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of Overlord
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Overlord, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Westsidethreat, Jan 01, 2007
Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.