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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

906 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 906
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 19
Gots: 416 | 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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beertaster13

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 00:44:09 | More by beertaster13
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JMBSH

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-25-2014 00:45:51 | More by JMBSH
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ThreeFishes

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-29-2014 02:14:00 | More by ThreeFishes
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mtlasley

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-21-2012 23:10:50 | More by mtlasley
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-19-2014 06:08:45 | More by zestar
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leodarko

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-04-2012 23:09:57 | More by leodarko
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-24-2014 22:53:58 | More by beernads
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LoveStout

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-06-2013 22:48:39 | More by LoveStout
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Clowerweb

Ohio

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 06:58:08 | More by Clowerweb
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PhineasGage

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-27-2012 18:55:58 | More by PhineasGage
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Eriktheipaman

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-21-2012 16:04:18 | More by Eriktheipaman
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hawkmage

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-31-2011 17:27:57 | More by hawkmage
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

08-13-2013 16:46:27 | More by kscaldef
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yoitsarch

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

11-13-2012 03:35:51 | More by yoitsarch
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-08-2013 04:44:56 | More by WOLFGANG
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KevdoggNasty


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-28-2012 15:35:11 | More by KevdoggNasty
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billab914

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-14-2013 02:11:13 | More by billab914
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Fitzmke

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-08-2012 22:17:04 | More by Fitzmke
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

08-07-2013 02:42:38 | More by tommyguz
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-29-2012 13:47:42 | More by thegerm87
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beertardis

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-07-2013 09:44:01 | More by beertardis
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dudeabides76

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-04-2012 01:49:54 | More by dudeabides76
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MarcWP

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-02-2012 00:41:45 | More by MarcWP
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-01-2011 03:26:36 | More by barnzy78
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bashiba

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice hazy orange with a light yet sticky head.

The nose is a strong mixture of belgian pale yeast and big sweet fruits, must be from the grapes.

The taste is much milder than the nose with a light tartness and a big spicy flavor, the fruit notes, which are more citrusy than grapey, are much more subdued with some nice german hops and a long lingering belgian yeast finish.

The mouthfeel has a nice bit of carbonation, but finishes very dry.

Overall It I enjoyed it more than I thought I might coming in with low expectations due to the strangeness of it. Still wouldn't make my top list of Belgian Pales, will be interesting to try again several years from now.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 01:33:15 | More by bashiba
Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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