Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by bigfnjoe:
3.73/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter
A- pours a cloudy shade of light yellow with a half finger offwhite head that fades quickly. Eh, whatever
S- the grapes come through mainly in the forefront with some hints of the chamomile slipping in near the back. Solid enough, not overly vinous
T- there is a definite sweetness from the grapes in the finish. The chamomile opens very subtlely, and I feel that the beer is rather dry as well. Comparing to to Dogfish's Noble Rot, I prefer DFH's take on a vinous beer
M- for a 9.5% beer, the body on this one is really light, and it's very drinkable as well
O- this isn't bad by any means, but I can definitely see why people wouldn't like it. Personally, I do enjoy when beers are made with grapes in the style of a wine, and this one is no exception
Serving type: bottle
10-04-2012 23:53:41 | More by bigfnjoe
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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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