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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic AleStone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

936 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 936
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 22
Gots: 422 | FT: 18
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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-02-2010

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.
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass. The beer is a bright golden-orange color, with no head. The nose is reminiscent of most of the wines used in the brewing process. You definitely get a smell of the Gewurzt, as well as an overly sweet smell, likely from the Muscat. There is an almost sour tinge to the nose because it is so sweet. The taste is an interesting blend of the wines, as well as a flavor similar to sour mash. Despite all the sweetness in the flavors and the robustness of the beer, there is a rather smooth finish. The beer kind of melts in your mouth as it goes down, very sweet. There is a lingering note of sour in the aftertaste, which is very mild and pleasant. The beer is pretty sweet, which might make it a limited drinking brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light golden color with a thin white foam that fades to nothing.

S- Lots of spice and a bit of a funky sour aroma. The grapes that were used definitely show themselves in the nose. Interesting...

T- Very tart upfront with some vinous and barnyard flavors coming forth. Plenty of Belgian yeast and spice in the finish with a good dose of alcohol. Not noticing much in the way of hops.

M- Medium/light bodied with low carbonation.

D- A decent brew but quite strange to say the least. Not what I was expecting.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Foothills fluted pint glass. revealing clear amber body with lively bubbles under a loose white head that thins quickly. Smells like white grape juice and rye. Nice spicy notes, a little mellow wheat notes, some sweet polleny floral notes and some smooth citrus oil notes that don't identify with any fruit in particular.

Tastes very... very different. Grape presence is noticeable up front, followed by the distinct spiciness of the rye and a slight sweet medicinal quality that blends into the peppery smooth wheat finish. Carbonation is sharp and lends to the light body, adding some acidity. There's a lot going on here and I'm not sure if it's my thing on a regular basis, but it's an interesting try. Decently drinkable, but a sipper and a heavy-set one at that. I think if you like rye beers, this one off is more your thing. There are some lasting Belgian qualities to the flavor like the yeasty sweetness, but that extra kick really puts this beer out there.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 936 ratings.