Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by magictacosinus:
3.68/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
This is going to definitely be the oldest beer I've cellered so far that I've opened to date. Poured into a chalice from a 22oz bomber. This is definitely over 2 years old in age at this point.
Pours a orange amber color unlike probably any beer I've seen before. It seems that the white wine grapes have really done their job here, as well as any spices and chamomile that was added to this beer. Starts with a tiny head that fizzles almost immediately, which is not something I've seen in aged Belgian style beers, even those over a year or 1.5 years old. The alcohol leggings are pretty high on this one, and by the time all the bubbles die down, it looks like a combo of an amber ale and a white wine, which is probably exactly what Stone intended here.
The aroma at this point seems to have matured and diversified in ways that probably wouldn't have been present in a fresh batch of this (not that I would know anyways), yet there is a surprisingly tarty aroma in this one, combined with notes of pear, lemon, and apple cider. Not too many grapes or yeastiness, but I assume the tart/lemongrass combo is a byproduct of the aging process involving them. There's a delicate sweetness that arises from the alcohol, but if this was slightly more alcoholic, I could've been fooled into thinking this was a dry variety of white wine if not told that this was beer.
The taste is equally tarty and apple like, with very few characteristics that resemble beer, let alone wine at the same time. No hops to speak of, barely any maltiness, and the white grapes seemed to have faded into syrupy, sugary texture that is complex yet perhaps over-sweetened to my liking. The apple and tart flavors are pretty good here, but the alcohol finish is rather strong, and combined with said sweetness is a little dizzying. Despite any flaws in the flavor (nicely sour yet too sweet), there's a smooth refined texture that I've never before had in a beer before, and it's quite a breeze to drink. It has the flavors of wine without the acidity! This seems to get better when brought to room temperature.
Well, this was definitely a fascinating, experimental take on the Belgian style, and the 10.10.10's wine-like characteristics are wholly remarkable. I definitely could do without the excess sweetness, but my personal bias against muscats and Gewürztraminer grapes is definitely showing here. I should have paired this with spicy food (maybe Thai or Vietnamese) to remove the harshness. Recommended for white wine and cider fans... If you can get your hands on one by now!
After-note: For those who still do, I HIGHLY recommend pouring some yeastiness into the glass. It won't look as pretty, but it tastes far more fruity and feels more full-bodied that way. Hooray for yeast!
Serving type: bottle
12-28-2012 06:53:07 | More by magictacosinus
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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
4.39/5 rDev +17.1%
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!
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2014 02:56:49 | More by 2Xmd
3.63/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
01-22-2014 20:38:23 | More by blindtiger24
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-20-2014 05:14:50 | More by buschbeer
Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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