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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic AleStone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale

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878 Ratings
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Ratings: 878
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.13%

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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Photo of blindtiger24


3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

4oz draft pour into a tulip glass.

A: Light orange, copper color with no head.

S: Honey and lemongrass smells.

T: Slight fig and plum flavors.

M: Sticky, sweet mouthfeel.

O: Enjoyed the smells of this beer the most. Taste and mouthfeel were just missing that oomph.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2014 20:38:23 | More by blindtiger24
Photo of maxwelldeux


3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Draught at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh. Pours a mostly clear amber color with a smallish white head on it. Nose is fruity and quite sweet with an almost sugar-like quality to it. Taste is actually a bit sour, but definitely fruity. Feels a bit thick and heavy on the tongue (that’s what she said). Very interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2013 02:01:50 | More by maxwelldeux
Photo of clayrock81


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, light golden color with minor lacing on top of a light, appley pear smell as well as some orange and a yeast twang and hop bitterness. A very flavorful if not dry citric hop taste w/ clove and a sweet fruit tart flavor like apple, grape and there's some orange. A residual sticky caramel malt passes over my tongue as well and has a nice dry finish. W/ the ABV kept down on the tongue this beer balances well and is quite enjoyable.
***After first review on 11/19/10 when this was "fresh, had again but this time via an almost three year aged bottle and the brew holds up quite qell. Differences from the first time having it include the aging bringing out the wine and grape notes more and the beer is a little bit more boozy as well as some of the sweetness is powerful.. Has a strong, tart finish so I really had to sip this because it started to hit me hard.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2013 17:26:21 | More by clayrock81
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a lightly hazy deep golden yellow to copper in color with some moderate orange + lemon yellow highlights, moderate amounts of visible carbonation, and just a touch of visible yeast sediment in the bottom of the glass. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of lemon citrus along with light aromas of spicy yeast, some spices, and just a hint of tartness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of pale malts with distinctive Belgian yeast and spices (clove and black pepper). There is a moderate amount of tartness with some light vinous notes almost like it had been aged in white wine barrels.

M: Heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Significant amounts of dryness.

O: Having tried this when it first came out, I think it improved quite a bit with age and was pretty excited to find it on tap (since I was not writing reviews when it came out initially). I found it easy to drink and thought that the tartness really improved this one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2013 19:58:34 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of hayesjw


4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - burnt yet light saffron color.

S - citrus with gentle warm spices found in a California late coastal summertime.

T - tangy golden ripe juice with refreshing grape.

M - rounded full body with a crisp finish.

S - if i were a bee, it might be a luxurious early morning dance between honeysuckle and yuzu flower tasting nectar?

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2013 23:12:09 | More by hayesjw
Photo of MDDMD


3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-sweet malt, yeast, hint of lemon and pepper

T-sweet malt, lemongrass, yeasty bread, pepper, slight bitterness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-OK but not compelling flavor profile, drinkable but not something I would seek out

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2013 03:05:56 | More by MDDMD
Photo of SeamusDoyle


3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2013 19:59:56 | More by SeamusDoyle
Photo of Oakenator


4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with over two years of aging - golden yellow with a small head. Head disappates quickly but left with spotted lacing on the glass and a small amount of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Smells like white wine grapes - sauvignon blanc comes to mind - a bit fruity but yet still dry. Taste is a great weave of wine and beer - the grapes are present from front to back with a sweetner on the end.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2013 00:39:21 | More by Oakenator
Photo of RaulMondesi


3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sippin' on dis bad boy at Downtown Johnny Browns in San Diego, CA.

Not to into the bubblicious white wine notes, but Raul is still intrigued. As Raul sip it, he like it. But at the same time, Raul not too into it. Ya feel me?

Raul says, 'aite,' but also, 'wuteves.'

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2013 00:12:47 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of DoubleJ


3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now on to 2010, aged for two years, and served on-tap at Tustin Brewing. On to the beer:

Dark amber with solid lace that splashes at a few point in the glass. The nose is very sweet, a contrast to 08.08.08. Very fruity, and there's a strong scent of fresh apples. Good aroma, but there's something that's missing from the picture. Caramel would pair well with apples...and that's exactly what comes into play in the taste. Caramel apples galore! To compliment are hints of cocoa and figs. Not cloying, thank goodness. Medium-full bodied with the alcohol hidden well.

As many have said in the past, " a good one".

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2012 23:18:06 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of russwbeck


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering is a nice yellow color with some white head. The both laces as it recedes into the beer and sticks around for long enough to be noted. 4

We're getting pretty late in the night, so my senses aren't quite top notch, but I mostly smell grapes and must. There's some remnants of old hops and sweet Belgian yeast. 4

The grapes come out strong on the taste as well. The must comes back, which I can't tell if I like or not, along with some banana. All of those flavors try to cover up the booze, and do a good job of it, but I still note a little bit sneaking through. 4

The body is light and carbonated very well. I found the various fruit flavors made this a very drinkable beer. 4

I'd say this is aging very well, but wouldn't recommend holding onto it for too much longer. It's a good beer that's currently balanced, but I got the sense it's heading south in terms of booziness and holding onto its flavor. 4

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2012 20:29:43 | More by russwbeck
Photo of jaasen64


3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Lord Hobo for their Vertical Epic event on 12/12/12. Part of Flight "C" (09, 10, 11, 12). 5oz serving in a flight glass.

A- Translucent light orangish yellow with a decent white head that fades at an average pace. Not overly carbonated.

S- White grapes that provide a sauvignon blanc presence to the beer, definitely a mixture of floral notes and some spices that accentuate it. About average aroma strength.

T- Grapes, sauvignon, light spices, and a light floral presence. Grapes definitely dominate the most giving a very sauvignon wine presence that's balanced with a light floral spice presence.

M- Light, easy drinking, decent carbonation.

O- This was a nice beer that was very easy to drink but wasn't anything special. If you like sauvignon blanc wine then I would definitely recommend trying this beer out. This was very similar to the barrel-aged version except maybe a little bit less flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2012 20:38:29 | More by jaasen64


4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft serving into a tulip for $6. Sampled 10/26/10.

A: Pours with a finger and a half of foamy off-white head with decent retention. The body is light orange - about 90% transparent - with cranberry tints which disappear when backlit. A few active streamers keep the thin film alive. No lacing.

S: Light lactic qualities on the tip of the nose, followed by a heavily spicy component. Herbal (suggestions of rosemary and parsley) leading into the fresh scent of lemon. Alcohol has a presence but, in the form of white wine, its not offensive. Instead it comes off as a favorable quality.

T: This is a bold brew with a wide spectrum of flavors that work EXTREMELY well together. Alcohol is noticeable but not to the detriment of the beer. Light bitterness and moderate sweetness. The chamomile inclusion is understated but noticeable; the blend of white wines is sublime.

M: Appearance aside, the mouthfeel appears to be the only drawback of 10.10.10. It comes across a touch thin, perhaps due to a less-than-perfect level of carbonation. My opinion changed after the first sip from my second glass, however, as each aspect of the mouthfeel not only improved, but also began to make sense to the beer as a whole. The body gets fuller and the effervescence becomes prickly. Now there is almost nothing to complain about here.

D: [DRINKABILITY] The next sip is always an anticipation. As I've said above, I ordered a second glass as soon as I finished the first. I almost never do that. The ABV is the only thing keeping the drinkability rating from being a '5'.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 19:46:42 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of yesferro


4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Flying Saucer in Cordova TN, on 11.12.11

Poured a beautiful gold color, fizzy, barely any head, didn't last long. Hard to judge on the head since I didn't pour it myself and have no idea how the taps are set. Every single beer other then the nitro beers I saw being tapped last night had no head.

Smells great, crispy belgian yeast smell, small hint of lemon.

Tastes like a dry triple, that's the easiest way to explain it, the added wine grapes come through real subtle, very intersting. I'm glad we have a bottle of this left to age some more. Really wish this wasn't a special release!

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2011 18:11:46 | More by yesferro
Photo of Stagandhound

West Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first beer that I have rated, so take it for what its worth. I am drinking this beer on tap out of a tulip glass at theStag and Hound (what I call my home patio, with it's kegerator and loyal hound). I got this 1/6 keg per the advice of Ben Peirson at Cavalier Distributors in Blue Ash, Ohio. He is a great guy who gives solid advice freely.
The Vertical Epic has a very nice golden color with a light, small bubble, quarter inch head. It has a subtle flowery/citrus nose. Though it has a high alcohol level, I taste very minimal alcohol. It is hard to believe that this beer is 9.5 ABV. It has a nice light bite on front of the tongue. It is very clean and has very little aftertaste. The mouth feel is unremarkable. Though I admit to struggling with this part of the rating, it has a very slightly oily feel.
This beer easily pairs with food. I could drink this beer all day.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 18:52:39 | More by Stagandhound
Photo of richcwilliamson


3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden, no head, no lacing. White wine meets czech pilsner. Smells like white wine. Nice sweet wet pilsner flavor. I would have again ex it is very high alc.

Golden, no head, no lacing. White wine meets czech pilsner. Smells like white wine. Nice sweet wet pilsner flavor. I would have again ex it is very high alc.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 22:18:06 | More by richcwilliamson
Photo of BretSikkink


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with an alabaster head of fluffy foam. Good lacing though. Nose is light, fruity and floral. Hints of phenols and menthol. The yeast is quite prominent and enticing.

The body holds this one back: quite balanced flavor with a lot going on, but the overall thin nature isn't terribly exciting. Up front, there is a slightly tart malt pale malt with a wheat lightness. Fruitiness follows, with some mango and tangelo before tobacco and grape in the finish.

Again, very complex start to finish, but too thin and "light" to keep me interested. Drinkability is pretty good, as it only mildly sweet, bitterness is moderated, and body is attenuated.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2011 03:38:51 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Common Table in Dallas.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is a nice mix of white wine grapes, Belgian yeast, biscuit malt and a lot of sugary sweetness. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of notes that remind me of a tripel - candy sugar, citrus, biscuit malt and alcohol - along with a lot of white wine notes. There is a strong grape presence to the flavor which is expected in this beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2011 07:07:33 | More by Mora2000
Photo of EgadBananas


2.7/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale, clear, bubbly, with a light half finger of head that produces no lacing.

Aroma is sweet, with a hint of caramel, grapes and tart citrus.

Taste is slightly malty, slightly tart and sour, with a bit of funk to it. Hops are spicy, with a touch of zesty citrus.

Feel is crisp, and light, though upper light in body. High effervescent carbonation.

Fair drink. It's unique and I will finish my pour, but it is not my bag..not even close. Shouldn't be a problem holding onto my bottle for a few years; we'll see what happens.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2011 02:40:05 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Good Time's pub with a steak sandwhich. Brew arrived in a long stemmed tulip. Color was a straw yellow with mild to light bubbling and carbonation with no head. Smelled nice with all of the usual suspects in the nose and taste. The one thing that stood out to me was the dessert wine quality of the brew (must be the muscat grapes?). Mostly soft and subtle and a bit on the sweet/white wine side. Glad I got to try it, but not something I will be looking for. Mouth was light and it's an easy drinker, just a BPA on the sweeter end of the spectrum.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 21:05:58 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of DrDemento456


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got to try this in a 5oz sample at D's.

A - Golden straw yellow with a mild bit of foam that clears rather quickly leaving no lace.

S - Smells like a typical Belgium strong ale. Notes of mild caked yeast and a bit of citrus. Very little hops.

T - Taste pretty balanced. The yeast isn't as overbearing as some Belgium's giving way to a citrus zest, mild apple and pear. Not bad.

M - I drank it pretty slow. Was the odd beer out left to be drank last in the sampler.

D - I got to hand it to stone they sure can make a Belgium beer tolerable. I actually got more flavors than most natural Belgium's but the yeast was still pretty strong in this one. Wouldn't seek out again but glad to try for 2 bucks.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2011 22:50:27 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a wine grapes, a champagne yeast elect and some esters.

The taste consisted of bright sharp esters and a crisp noble hop. Some residual sugars apparent as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a decent ale. Better ones out there though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2010 22:06:29 | More by plaid75
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw it on tap, debated between a few belgians, but knew they all could afford to wait a few days.

This beer was poured into a 5oz tulip with a dense, white head of about one inch. The beer was a golden yellow with light brushes of orange against the midday sun. It's a well carbonated beverage, but the beer's head still disappeared as soon as the grease from my lips hit the rim.

I am surprised by this beer at this point because I thought it was going to be a typical Stone strong IPA, but it was instead a Belgian! WIN. I would recognize that distinct funk anywhere. Aside from the yeast, I noticed nice notes of fruity sweetness accompanied by a little spice.

The taste is that of a Belgian strong ale, if you're experimenting with this beer as your first of its class, try the real thing because although Stone did a nice job, it's still no Chimey or Saison Dupont (although...I don't think there is a pale ale to come from Belgium yet...).
Looking at the website I am noticing that there were 3 different grape varieties added along with chamomile, it would help to explain the beers capacity for complexity. I wouldn't mind trying the beer again now knowing that the sweetness comes partially from this tri-grape infusion. Little of the chamomile came through, but I felt quite relaxed after drinking!

Dense, mysterious, yet bubbly, and summery like all Belgians seem to do. I wasn't getting bitter as much as I was the sweet or funk. The beer went down smooth, light, and refreshing. I was forced to sip (given the generous abv and weak man's glass size), but easily could have gulped this beer down.

Excellent beer to drink mid winter, heavy and complex, yet light like a summer's treat. It broke up the porter-trippel-stout loop that I'd been in. I'm definitely glad I went out on a limb in trying it, I would definitely get again knowing that it's also bottled. For the price ($7.50 at the blue tusk in syr, ny) it's steep and there are other beers I'd probably get instead (ie. the same size ye' olde barley wine by dfh on tap for $5.50). However, I would definitely try this beer bottled, possibly let one sit until summer rolls around.


Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 20:13:09 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of confer


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Spinnerstown. Served in a wine type glass. Overall this is a a solid Trippel like beer. I think the grapes give it a softer sweeter finish. The big alcohol content is not obvious at all. Definitely the same as last year but overall a relly good job.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 22:56:04 | More by confer
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed golden straw, cap of dense yet frothy white head, decent lacing. Scent is big on Belgian yeasts with underlying notes of tart and vinous fruit. Taste starts off with a strong yeasty profile and moves into a wine like presence very quickly. Medium bodied, slightly spritzy, dry finish. Interesting combination that doesn't do much wrong, but doesnt work fantastically together.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2010 14:47:50 | More by rfgetz
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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.