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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

916 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 916
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 20
Gots: 420 | FT: 16
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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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-15-2013 00:58:12 | More by randylangford
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eerbayman

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-15-2011 10:21:00 | More by eerbayman
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LSUPT

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-25-2011 17:18:00 | More by LSUPT
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BeerOps

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-13-2012 00:24:50 | More by BeerOps
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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-24-2013 00:20:31 | More by Sparky44
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-11-2013 23:14:10 | More by DaPan
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sbricker

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-14-2011 17:16:38 | More by sbricker
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

On tap at BSP, Decatur, GA. Served in a nonic.

Appearance: A clear crystalline golden copper, capped by one finger of fuzzy, soapy head, lightly tanned though mostly a dull white. The retention isn't fantastic, though, but there are occasional dollops and blotches of glittery runny side lace left in its wake. Carbonation rising to a speckled, mottled surface is sparse and minimal, though a soapy, sudsy collar does persist through, large-bubbled and oddly disuniform.

Aroma: Tart grape notes are large, as are a bunch of simply sweet, slightly crackery pale malt notes. Belgian spice isn't far behind, with the obligatory clove and coriander providing the necessary one-two to back up the grapes and tropical fruits, almost all above the range of peach. Fairly complex, if not expertly made.

Taste: Crisp pale golden malts and biscuity, wheat-like, and dry honey overtones mix with a slew of Belgian spices, cloves, coriander, and star anise. Tropical fruits are also estery and strong, a little syrupy but not overwhelmingly so - orange, nectarine and tangerine, peach, and persimmon (not to mention a classic banana note) all mingle well with a tart, quenching white grape note. The whole thing is a little tart, a little sweet, a little spicy, a little wholesome ... and a lot well-made.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, and even initially, though it becomes eruptive with even mild in-mouth agitation, it comes close at points to approximating that envious Belgian pillow-esque feel, and though it never quite gets there, its nice on the whole.

Drinkability: I'm less harsh on this beer than it seems many people are. Are people expecting more as we move along? I found this one crisp, refreshing, and enjoyable, and though it was nothing groundbreaking - and the 9.5% is gettin' up there - it was solid nonetheless. Tentative recommendation.

11-22-2010 23:07:48 | More by CrellMoset
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archey

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-17-2012 07:27:24 | More by archey
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%

02-14-2013 19:29:52 | More by GrindFatherBob
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Amdy

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-08-2011 08:41:40 | More by Amdy
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kornkid8600

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-08-2011 06:55:41 | More by kornkid8600
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-04-2011 18:06:16 | More by whallgren
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a Stone tulip glass

A - This beer pours a clear golden color topped with off-white head. The head has larger than normal bubbles comprising it.

S - The aroma is grapes and Belgian yeast.

T - The taste has some pear, white grape, and Belgian yeast.

M - Moderate and smooth as silk.

O - I like it. It is smooth, yet still a sipper. I enjoy the light fruit scent and flavor.

01-20-2014 05:14:50 | More by buschbeer
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a huge fluffy white head that slowly recedes but leaves a fair amount of sticky lace on the sides on the way down. The aroma is filled with light brown sugar, sweet candy sugar and malts along with prunes, grapes, raisins, and a non descript floral smell. The flavor is much like the aroma promised. Sweet malts and dark sugars alongside dark pitted fruit. The flavor is quite vinous, but the caramel from the malt counters that quite nicely. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet light syrupy mouthfeel. This is the second time I've tried this beer, and honestly when fresh I really didn't like it, it was too winey for my tastes. That being said, age seems to have done wonders for this brew and all of the ingredients seem to have melded quite nicely.

09-09-2012 03:05:25 | More by johnnnniee
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allanplaysguitar

California

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

App - Murky gold, think wheat fields in a glass, zero head retention.
Nose - A little bit of green hops and white wine.
Taste - Golden ale meets white wine. Strong in character, with sweet malt and citrus hops hitting up front. Then tart white grapes hit with tannins and an acidic bite.
Aftertaste - Wheaty and sweet, but quickly fades away.
Mouth Feel - Smooth and clean, a little too easy to enjoy.
Overall - This is the white wine beer. Could for sure use a little aging, but gives you a great reason to start getting the collection going.

04-12-2011 05:11:49 | More by allanplaysguitar
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dacull

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a clear amber with a thin head that quckly dissipates. Smells fruity and bitter with the white grapes and belgian yeast at the forefront. First taste is rather sour with a slight astringency and a strong white grape flavor. Although I was slightly shocked by the inittial impression it quckly yeilds to a more pleasant sweet fruity flavor, though still rather sour, much more like a fruit lambic than a trippel or belgain pale ale. Mouthfeel is good with a nice thickness relative to the style and very pleasant carbonation.

Being a big fan of the Stone Vertical Epic series, I have to say this one is a bit of a dissapointment. The fruit and yeast flavors, while good and moderately complex, are somewhat overpowering and diminish the great malt and hop flavors that initially drew me to stone brews. I commend stone for the creative effort and certainly respect this as a well crafted beer, but personally I feel that it is a bit too far from its claimed style, as well as being poorly suited to my personal taste.

11-06-2010 07:15:33 | More by dacull
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aerozeppl

New York

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

A:Pours a super clear golden honey color. A little bit of white head. A decent amount of head retention.

S: The nose is all the grapes. A nice natural sweetness is there. A touch of the candi sugar. The yeast is fairly clean.

T: The grapes really take center stage. It has a nice natural sweetness but the yeast cuts into that quite a bit. It is on the sweet side but I think it works especially as a one off during the grape harvest.

M: Nice full body without being overwhelming. Low carbonation.

D: I enjoyed this beer. Not something I would go for every day but a nice sipper. Split the bomber which probably helps. This should be good to go in 2 years. Nice.

11-03-2010 23:32:02 | More by aerozeppl
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slayer3604

California

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

A- Looks way way viscious for what it is; this is the strongest Epic they've made (ABV WISE) and it looks like it will deliver! Amberish gold with a fluffy white head!

S- Don't know what to think of the nose but its so intriquing that it perked my interest into why they hopped this thing so hard that you can't even get a whisp of grapes??

T- Nice and bold with spice, some excellent fruit notes coming in here and there, no grapes, but the end has a distinct woody-camamile tea essence.

D- Pretty damn good for 9.5%, I could drink this until the lights dim actually. Not sticky or sweet, nice and sharp and dry.

10-15-2010 01:24:02 | More by slayer3604
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy, golden body with a frothed, white head that settles to a ring, but never quite fades away.

Smell: Aroma featuring sweet and sour aspects leaning more heavily towards the pulverized grapes, chamomile, and fresh spices backed by lighter hints of fruits and citrus juice.

Taste: Initial impression of brioche brushed with a bit of sweet treacle. Then, a gulp of sparkling white wines as the grapes roll in, taking hold of the flavor, at least until the strong, unique taste of chamomile makes itself known, reminiscent of beer blended with wine blended with Sleepytime herbal tea. Now and again, a sensation of lime juice. Small pinch of hop bitterness. Growing clove and raw ginger as it warms a tad. Tangy, tartish finish with lingering, tongue and belly warming wine.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall, it's pleasant and as tasty and interesting as a strong Belgian Pale Ale dosed with wine grape juices and cut with chamomile can be. Could've used a bit less chamomile, but it's still nice.

03-09-2011 22:58:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
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glid02

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy honey-golden color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth light malts with good amounts of medium fruits - pears mostly. Also present are large amounts of floral aromas from the chamomile.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the grapes make a much stronger appearance than in the aroma. Crisp light malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by syrupy pear flavors. Midway through the sip the flavor profile dries out quite a bit with the addition of white grape flavors. Slight amounts of earthy and herbal notes make a brief appearance before fading out into a crisp and mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was a fan of this beer but the grape flavors were a bit rough around the edges. I'd be willing to bet this will smooth out nicely by December 12, 2012 but if you can't wait that long it's worth a shot now.

10-13-2010 01:49:56 | More by glid02
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

22 oz. bottle at 42* into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a clear and almost glowing orange color with no head.

S: The smell is eerily similar to Don de Dieu: strong Belgian yeast character, spicy earthiness, and some sweet, white wine.

T: It begins with spicy earthiness, lemon, and transitions to sweet grapes. It finishes dry with some breadiness and citrus rind.

M: It has an average but sticky body and isn't as carbonated as I imagined, given the freshness and style.

D: This is an interesting take on one of my favorite styles. It goes down way too easily as well.

10-31-2010 04:48:36 | More by bucklemyshoe
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rarbring

Sweden

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

A clear brass colored brew, an off-white head that settles slowly, leaving a little lacing. Good curtains.

The smell is full of fresh fruits, pine-apple, apples, pears, some yeast strains as well.

Upfront a refreshing sweetnes, dextrose, sour fruity flavors, peach, apples, bitter lemon zest and a hint of wasabi.

Low carbonation, very small bubbles, a heavy body, yet rather refreshing, a long smooth dryness.

Lighter and more refreshing than expected, esp considering the ABV.

12-28-2010 13:17:52 | More by rarbring
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A very vinous aroma, with hints of malt and hops.

T: As it is with the smell, the taste has a dominant vinous character. Also has traces of hops, malt, and wheat making for an interesting flavor. Not in keeping with most BSPAs, but is still tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An unusual, but drinkable beer.

10-17-2010 12:14:36 | More by avalon07
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mentor

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours a finger of lightly tanned head over a clear rich-golden liquid. Nice streamers running to keep the head supplied. Smells of musty grapeskins, mild brettanomyces, earthy yeast, flattened waxy clove phenol. Mild lemon, tang mix, some oxidized character, and frozen peas.

Tastes light grapey, green apple, clean clove, and belgian candi sugar. Earthy yeast and nice peppery zip that has a bit of ginger character to it. Nice malt sweet carried on a thick body that gives an interesting grape leaf flavor overall. Alcohol is present throughout in a positive contributing way. Mild carbonation works well with the flavors and the body for a wonderful experience. Me likey.

10-18-2010 05:28:11 | More by mentor
Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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