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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

936 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 936
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 22
Gots: 423 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
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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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice gold in color with a thin white head.

Nice Belgian yeast aroma mixed with spices.

The flavor is a winner too. A hint of earthy dryness at the start that then makes way for sweetness and an alcoholic bite. It hits all the Belgian Strong Pale Ale notes, and hits them well. I may be able to detect the grapes and chamomile, which bring another layer of wine-like complexity to this beer.

The body has substance; it's not watery.

Overall a very nice Belgian beer. It doesn't have Stone's hallmark notes of hop bitterness or flavor, but that doesn't matter. Seek it out.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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