Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by taxguyjase:
3.23/5 rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
Appearance - Appropriately golden, with a frothy almond head. The light bubbles make the beer look really inviting - my mouth is watering! Nice and clear too. 4.0/5.0
Smell - Flowery sweetness and sugar. Lemon, banana and honey too. 3.0/5.0
Taste - The belgian taste is dominant - all of the spice, coriander and lemon are really potent and easy to pick up on. I don't mind the sweetness and it masks the alcohol extremely well (and at 9.5% ABV, this one will sock it to ya). The use of wine grapes is different - it adds some tartness to it that you don't normally see in a tripel. The taste changed a bit as the beer warmed. - 3.5/5.0
Feel - A clean beer - there is a little aftertaste, but it's very mild. Flavor is predominately on the tongue. 3.5/5.0
Drinkability - I gotta say, I enjoyed the beer, but I didn't really think it was so amazing that I would buy this by the case. I could get a bottle of New Belgium Tripel for about 1/2 the price. 2.5/5.0
Serving type: bottle
10-15-2010 20:41:00 | More by taxguyjase
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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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