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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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917 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 917
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 20
Gots: 419 | FT: 17
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

HopsMatt, Feb 16, 2013
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Kavon, Jan 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Gtg642, Dec 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

orangesol, Jan 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours foggy and golden, looks like cider. The head a nice white foam that vanishes farely quickly.The smell is of grain and slight smell of honey nectar. Tastes of apples and honey, alcohol comes in after.the alcohol controls the taste, (hopefully this will die down after I age a few bottles). Feels light and crisp in the mouth. Will go great on a hot summer day, hopefully it will have aged better by then. I like this beer, I have a feeling I will like it better aged a bit more.

beertaster13, Mar 04, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

malfunxion, Aug 25, 2014
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JMBSH, May 25, 2014
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ThreeFishes, Jan 29, 2014
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mtlasley, Apr 21, 2012
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zestar, Jul 19, 2014
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leodarko, Mar 04, 2012
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beernads, Jul 24, 2014
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LoveStout, Jul 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Poured aggressively from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass. It's a 10.10.10, so no other dates needed - it's about a year and a half old, purchased yesterday.

A: Cloudy golden, nearly opaque, probably 5% opacity. About 2 fingers of white head, average retention, not great, no lacing to speak of.

S: I pick up a light grape juice scent - white grapes, and some booze, but this is a pretty high ABV so it's not surprising.

T: Tastes a lot like white wine, very much like white grapes, no depth or complexity at all. Hits you first with a lot of sour grape and bitterness, very in-your-face with the sour grape. Starts and finishes about the same with that fermented white grape, but it does start sour and finish sweeter. The booze isn't very well hidden in this one, it's very alcoholic, and tastes more like carbonated white wine than anything else. Not bad, not great, but I rated it above average because it's unique and has character.

M: Lighter bodied mouthfeel, quite watery, very dry on the finish. Kind of feels like drinking sparking grape juice or champagne. Starts with a prickly carbonation that quickly tames to very light.

D: Definitely drinkable, goes down pretty easy, but the alcohol is prevalent.

O: Eh. Stone makes some very fine brews, but they can be very hit or miss. This is certainly different for the style, and an interesting change from the norm, but I'm going to go ahead and call it a miss. It's not great, nor is it bad. There isn't anything that's really offensive about it, so the drinkability is up there, but it has zero depth and reminds me of sparkling grape juice and vodka. Doesn't live up to the "epic" name IMO. Overall, it's just above average because of it's uniqueness.

Probably wouldn't pick up another VE for the price, but I also don't regret buying it. I'd drink it again if it were cheaper, or if someone offered me one free.

Recommended? Don't pay $6 - $8 a bomber to try it, but do try it if you can get it cheaper and/or you like white wine, or if vodka flavored sparking sour white grape juice sounds appealing to you.

Clowerweb, Jan 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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