Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Duttonic:
4.47/5 rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Sampled 11/11/10 at Dancing Bear Pub, Waco, TX in an Allagash tulip glass.
A- Pours a light/medium copper color with one finger of white head that dissipated rapidly. There was medium/heavy and aggressive lacing throughout the sampling.
S- Sweet white grapes, hoppy notes, cranberry, cherry, chamomile, and banana esters.
T/M- Tasted like a dry hopped white wine with a bitter, dry, and tart, but not overpowering finish. Extremely smooth with a velvety texture.
D- This is my favorite Belgian Strong Pale Ale that I have ever had. It has amazing complexity, body composition, and finish. I really hope that Stone starts making this regularly. Since TX will not be getting any bottles, I may never see this beer again. It is definitely in my personal favorites and in my top five of rarities that I really want to see again.
Serving type: on-tap
11-14-2010 21:35:26 | More by Duttonic
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3.26/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2014 23:51:07 | More by beagle75
Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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