Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic AleStone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

476 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 476
Hads: 947
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 25
Gots: 428 | FT: 20
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This ninth edition of our Stone Vertical Epic Ale series takes two interesting left turns. A Belgian-style golden triple is the starting point of this beer, but the first left turn is nearly immediate with the addition of dried chamomile flowers, triticale, and Belgian amber candi sugar. The second, and rather unusual left turn takes us half an hour up the road from Stone to Temecula courtesy of the addition of just-pressed Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc grapes from our friends at South Coast Winery. As the Stone Vertical Epic Ale series has moved through the calendar, we found that the brewing schedule for a 10.10.10 release coincided nicely with the grape harvest, neatly providing an interesting twist in this epic ale.
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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Date is 5/24/2015. This beer is old. Poured into a snifter, no carbonation to speak of.
Very nice beer, smells like it aged well. Belgian and smooth. Definitely can taste the grapes. (183 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Hazy golden orange with sparse bubbly cream on the surface that eventually disappears. Smells of golden raisins, sweet bread, white wine, and slight oxidation. A flowery chamomille note pops up here and there, but doesn't last. Apples, figs, and a clingy wine grape sweetness. Just a little pepper from the yeast. Medium-plus bodied with a creamy slickness. A bit drying, which helps with the sweetness - but still, a small pour is enough. (443 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange in color with a small, tight, white head. No laceing and no head remains after it fades. Aroma is definitely fruity, Belgian with a few kicks. Very floral, sweet and purple sugary. Purple sugary like raisins, dates, extra ripe plums, figs etc. Taste is comprised of more evenly dispersed sweetness. Floral, sugar, purple fruits like crazy. White and red wine-like as well. This beer is interesting but probably too sweet for my taste. (448 characters)

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not sure exactly what this was like fresh, but with time it seems to have lost carbonation (based on reports) and turned into something fascinatingly vinous. The Belgian yeast notes fade into the background and the chamomile and grapes take center stage. Really nice ... and having consumed a few wine based wilds / lambics recently (Vig, The Lucy by De Garde, Blancs by Side Project, etc) this was an excellent example of how you can do interesting things with grapes in non-wild beers. (487 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didn't happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go.

3.5 A: Mildly hazed light orange color. Short head falls quickly.

4.0 S: Nice nose on this. Herbal camomille backbone. Vinous white grapiness. Super peppery. Smells like a more than solid saison.

3.5 T: Like the nose, but less depth. Still quite nice though. Lots of pepper with plenty of overall spiciness. White vinous grape, oak, and vanilla. Maybe a touch of banana.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation.

3.5 D: Not bad. (696 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

The 2010 offering of Vertical Epic was a tripel style Belgian. I liked this one quite a bit, though tripels aren't my favorite Belgians. Still, it was very well made and aged nicely. (184 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely sweet brew, featuring lots of grapes, honey, tea, flowers, wine, and yeast. A very complex bouquet that translates directly to the palate. If this beer were a touch less sweet, it would be even better; as it is, it's quite enjoyable. (243 characters)

Photo of Nova_K
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bought at Keg Liquors in Clarksville, IN.
Drank from snifter glass.

A - Cloudy. Golden amber color. Minimal carbonation with a quickly (under 5 seconds) dissipating head. Lacing is almost non-existent.
S - Immediate banana aroma. Slight cloves. Fresh chlorine and yeasty smelling.
T - Banana, green apple, yeasty/esters. Slightly spicy swallow.
M - Medium to heavy body. Sticky on tongue after swallow. Perfect amount of carbonation.
O - At first sip, it tastes and smells like a regular Belgian Tripel, but it develops subtleties when aerated (specifically Gewürztraminer/green apple). (588 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Stone snifter

A- pours a clear golden orange color with a small fizzy white head that disappears quickly, looks similar to a hard cider

S- vinous aromas of white wine grapes, banana and clove from the base triple, flower peddle, apple cider, candied sugar

T- classic triple flavors up front of banana and clove, the addition of the grapes adds a slight tartness with hints of ripe apple and pear, flowery hibiscus gives a floral sweetness with hints of candied sugar on the finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a spritzy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- the addition of grapes adds a nice variation to a traditional triple, good but likes '11 and '12 better so far (694 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick fizzy, eggshell-colored head into a tulip glass that was gone quickly. the body was crystal clear, bubbly, and amber.
s - very juicy smelling with some floral aromas as well.
t - juicy and sweet grapes dominant. very wine-like.
m - slick and thin.
o - i've had several gewurztraminers and this was very reminiscent. not my favorite VE but solid. (375 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
4.64/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The smell comes off as a sour, and this has been nearly aged for 4 years. Some sour flavors come through, but a big white wine taste, the belgian yeast comes through. But big grape, and slight bitterness.

Great carbonation after all this time. This is very complex and powerful. Great.. (288 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.44/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Came across a halfdozen 10-10-10 bombers a couple of weeks ago, just sitting on a shelf. We cracked open a chilled bomber the night before Dark Lord Day:

Pour pale yellow and aggressively effervescent, very champagne-like. Smells like a deadringer for Champale. Seriously, I'm not being facetious; it smells like friggin Champale. Only better. Less ersatz. Imagine a very light Belgian Pale mixed with candy-sweet nodes of muscat. Very nice.

Tastes like it smells only with a pronounced floral finish. Big grapes, Belgian yeast, chamomile, potpourri. Nice combination.

I never had this fresh, but aging appears to have really helped the grape and fruit nodes meld into one another. Nothing's too intense, and while the flavor is certainly odd it's also wonderfully balanced. (777 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, brassy golden color with no foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Syrupy Belgian crystal malt is minimally yeast-affected; more comparable to honey. Adjuncts tend to disappear into the overall heavy-sweet sensory profile; one could make a case for the contribution of the grapes, but the herbs are particularly absent. That said, it is not overtly vinous in any way. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins very off-dry, with refined Belgian aromatic malt and wheat-affected yeast esters that yield some similarities to imperial weizen. Additional bright stone fruit—very much like those inherent to the tripel style—is also present in the first half of the profile. Flavors become soft, earthy, and only marginally bitter into the slightly medicinal finish. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, syrupy and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer exhibits a seamlessness that has developed over time since its release. The result is an initial crispness indicative of a tripel, followed by a spreading mustiness that is impossible to attribute only to the grape or herbal adjuncts. It is complex, though rather muddied—but at three years of age it leaves less of a question mark in the mind of the drinker than it did in 2010. (1,339 characters)

Photo of 2Xmd
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really nice Belgian triple.
Over three years old and still clear, not much sediment. Amber color with a strong white wine grape smell. Low carbonation. Tastes of a nice mix of the wine grapes, Sauvignon Blanc, Gerwurztraminer, and Muscat with the Belgian Triple in the middle there. Mouthfeel u get a chamomile tea with honey on your tongue. Overall was very surprised how this held up. I thought I waited to long and it was gonna be one glass for me and the rest for the sink. Drink it now! (491 characters)

Photo of blindtiger24
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

4oz draft pour into a tulip glass.

A: Light orange, copper color with no head.

S: Honey and lemongrass smells.

T: Slight fig and plum flavors.

M: Sticky, sweet mouthfeel.

O: Enjoyed the smells of this beer the most. Taste and mouthfeel were just missing that oomph. (275 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a Stone tulip glass

A - This beer pours a clear golden color topped with off-white head. The head has larger than normal bubbles comprising it.

S - The aroma is grapes and Belgian yeast.

T - The taste has some pear, white grape, and Belgian yeast.

M - Moderate and smooth as silk.

O - I like it. It is smooth, yet still a sipper. I enjoy the light fruit scent and flavor. (412 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3 year old Ten pours with a crystal clean body of golden Apple coloring and a rising head of tiny bubbles.

The aroma takes on a true Apple juice scent with some hints of honey and Reisling wine.

Apple seems to be a theme as I taste an Apple cider more so than a beer. There is also some dry white wine qualities that couple with the Reisling wine notes.

The feel is sprite and effervescent with prickly bubbling like a Champagne.

Maybe not the best of the Verticals but so interesting it's worthwhile. (505 characters)

Photo of DanielDomigan
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

bottled 10.10.10 cracked open 11.17.13

A murky apple juice color nearly no head or lacing

very sour smell and alot of yeast blast the nose

very fruity and sour with a lot of yeast. some hints of spice appear after a while and a little bit of a boozy taste

its a bit thicker than water kinda sticky in the mouth almost no carbonation

not sure what aging has done to this brew since i didn't get to try it in 2010. but it taste mighty fine now kinda like a Belgian tripel. wish i coulda tasted it then and now. (515 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: somewhere between deep gold and pale amber, hazy, translucent; brief white head leaves little behind

S: pale orchard fruits and flowers, suggestions of white wine, cane sugar, and herbs

T: tastes like a juiced-up tripel - rich pale malts, candi sugar, and bright yeasts; rounded off with floral aspects, and a wheat-like tartness and flavor; flavors of pale fruit and spices abound

M: slightly tart, medium-to-full-bodied, modest carbonation, very nice aftertaste, reasonably clean aftertaste

O: don't be surprised that Stone can pull off a Belgian tripel/strong pale ale - nothing too sugary or heavy or fruity - very nicely balanced between fruits and flowers and grains and hops and yeast. Well-rounded, solid tripel. (727 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle.

A: Orange-yellow with a very thin white head. Good lacing.

N: Light lemon, pilsner malt, some light caramel, toffee, ginger and honey. Tons of white wine grape run through this.

T: Very sweet with more of the grapes giving this a heavy wine quality.

M: Medium, slightly sticky. Alcohol is well-hidden.

O: This one strikes me as a bottle that might have gotten better given how much sugar they dosed into it. Hard to tell at this point, however. (467 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spices, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, fruit and spices. Then a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast breadiness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid strong Belgian-style pale ale to drink for a long time. (748 characters)

Photo of Zraly
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant gold with a tinge of orange. Crackling, white head that dissipates. Fruity esters upfront predominate the nose. No lacing as it is consumed.

Very complex and a bit disjointed but has some interesting qualities to it. Tea with honey takes center stage at first. Spicy notes follow, particularly ginger and black pepper. This is then followed by what I perceive to be tannins and a bit of astringency; a touch of grapefruit pith. There a minor musty, funky note holding its own in the finish. A bit sweet and finish is a bit sticky, but as you let it linger, it gets powdery in its dry-down. There is also still a touch of a hot alcohol note that hits just right on the back of my throat. Medium-bodied and carbonation seems reasonable for style.

I think the vertical epic idea was interesting but I can't say, from what I recall, that I have been overly impressed with most of the beers in the lineup, whether fresh or aged. I can't say any were terrible or totally bad ideas, but that doesn't mean they were good ideas either. And I can backtrack and say I really do like Stone and appreciate their dedication to the craft -- they put the American IPA on the map and a damn fine line of them, too. I think Stone's mojo is better suited for the "Enjoy By" series, which are delicious, fun, and take an interesting play on savoring now rather than later. (1,373 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear gold with a pristine white head that is quick to fade. Smells like ginger ale that's been sitting out for awhile. Tastes pretty much the same. As it warms I get some white grape and golden pear.

We did a blind VE tasting and so didn't know what ingredients where put in to any of the beers. Odd that chamomile, triticale, and grapes comes across as ginger ale after 3 years. (382 characters)

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Source/Serving: 22oz bottle, aged till just after 'ideal' date

S: vinous white grape and apricot cider. Moderate green, musky hops with brightness. Light coriander/chamomile, blood orange, pepper, biscuit. Bright and zesty.

T: Sweet/sour play with a vinous, spiced flavor profile. Sweet orange, coriander/chamomile, and tart white wine hit up front. Star fruit, guava, caramelized brown sugar, and white grape. Not a lot of transition in flavor as the sip moves to the middle, but some 'green' herbal hops come in. Not much bitterness, but strong, clean alcohol and tannic skin provides plenty of dry balance. Faint grape skin pithiness. Finish is sweet-dry-tart all together with moderate chamomile notes, pepper, toasted malt notes. Warming, as you'd expect.

Notes: Bright and fruity in an unusual way. (808 characters)

Photo of maxwelldeux
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Draught at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh. Pours a mostly clear amber color with a smallish white head on it. Nose is fruity and quite sweet with an almost sugar-like quality to it. Taste is actually a bit sour, but definitely fruity. Feels a bit thick and heavy on the tongue (that’s what she said). Very interesting. (318 characters)

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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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