Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Osiris9588:
3.6/5 rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a hazy, straw color. Two-ginger white head is pretty puffy with slight retention and lacing.
Smells bready, yeasty, with some spice, citrus and banana.
The taste follows the aroma, delivering the common characteristics of the style. Reminiscent of Piraat, but slightly more mellow and creamy, a tad more rock candy stickiness, the alcohol buried slightly more.
Though the typical flavors are there, it seems to lack some complexity of other Belgian Pales. It was over-chilled by the carryout, but even upon warming, it seemed that the yeasty sweetness dominated other aspects of the profile.
Maybe it will work well in the 11 beer Vertical tasting progression, but is far from sensational on it's own.
Serving type: bottle
01-28-2011 21:12:28 | More by Osiris9588
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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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