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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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907 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 907
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 19
Gots: 415 | FT: 15
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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3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 1 Pt. 6 Oz. bottle into glass.

A- This pours an effervescent, yet cloudy golden honey. No head. Looks very light considering the ABV. On the second glass, when I poured the bottom of the bottle, there's a fair amount of fine sediment floating around.

S- The most dominant scent is sweet white grapes. Orange peel. Earthy, spicy aroma.

T- Out front this has a predominant white grape taste which, combined with the carbonation, is definitely white wine-like. However, the introduction of the strong Belgian yeast and hops brings us back into Belgian triple territory. There's a brilliant spicy hop aftertaste that lingers for a while. There's definitely alcohol warmth that sets in a few second after swallowing, but it is handled very smoothly.

M- The body is light and the carbonation makes this a very drinkable variation on the Belgian Strong Pale style. I appreciate a beer that has a thin mouthfeel, but still leaves a strong, quality aftertaste.

O- As anybody familiar with this line of Stone beers knows, this beer was "intended" to be aged until at least 12/12/12. This means that perhaps my review (and all the reviews posted thus far) aren't a perfectly accurate depiction of what the beer was ultimately intended to be. It's already quite good today, and I plan on purchasing one to keep aged until NYE 2013. I found this beer to be a pleasant surprise. It definitely grew on me. The first few sips I was a bit hesistant, but once I had finished about half the bottle, I was delighted with the interplay of flavors present here. Complex without being puzzling.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 04:05:05 | More by seabass87
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S- vinous aromas of white wine grapes, banana and clove from the base triple, flower peddle, apple cider, candied sugar

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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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