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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic AleStone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

878 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 878
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.13%


Brewed by:
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:
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.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-02-2010)
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FARGO619

California

5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with half a finger of white head that quickly recedes into almost nothing with no lacing.

S: sugar, and spicy Belgian yeast at first. Slightly tart light fruits come next--pears and grapes mostly. There are some light citrusy orange notes on the finish.

T: Spices, lots of fruit up front. White grapes dominate with some touches of pears. I can definitely tell that there were muscadine grapes used by the slightly tart and musky flavors. There are some notes of oranges in there as well. The finish has a lightly bitter yeasty flavor. Quite nice.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is pretty well attenuated giving it that nicely crisp feel.

O: I really enjoy it. The grapes go well with the typical BSPA flavors and set it apart from others. It certainly isn't a very pretty beer for the style and could use a bit higher attenuation, but the aromas and flavors are very nice.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 00:25:19 | More by FARGO619
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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.

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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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