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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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940 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 940
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 23
Gots: 421 | FT: 19
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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Ratings: 940 | Reviews: 473
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light honey orange-yellow with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to and oily cap. Random spots and rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, and a grape-like fruitiness. Taste is of Belgian yeast, spices, malt, and light grape flavors. There is a pretty sharp bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer for the style but nothing too special on this one.

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.81/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours golden with a bit of haze. Slight white head and a moderate amount of lacing. The initial nose is quite weird. Some strange spicing and a bit of grape and mild fruits. The taste is a bit of an improvement, but as of right now this thing is really just a mess. The spicing, grapes, and base beer really don't go together very well. Feel is a bit spicy. Hopefully this mellows out over the next two years, as this is not the best addition to the series, especially after a really nice offering in 09.09.09.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: no head really on a golden body with orange hue. Boring overall.

S: citrus including tangerine, orange dominate with some belgian yeast, breads, chardonnay.

T: oramge, green apple, belgian yeast, herbal notes, light peppercorn.

M: chewy, medium to thick body with light to moderate carbonation. oily, coating the palate with semi dry finish.

Overall: very fruity and easy to drink. Nice sweet and tart balance. Has maintained very well over the years. One of the better of these I have tried.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: The beer pours a clear honey color with a very tight head; the retention is decent and a few strands of lace are left behind

Smell: Vinous, with the white wine grapes shouldering the burden of the aromatic profile; a little bready underneath, but the base tripel is really struggling to make its presence felt

Taste: Unlike the aroma, the wine grapes do not dominate the flavor profile, but they do have a dramatic impact; bready, at the outset, but the tart white wine grape elements quickly arrive to balance out the sweet malts; in the aftertaste, the camomile adds an herbal sharpness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very interesting experiment but, at least in this case, wine is wine and beer is beer and never the twain shall meet

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very characterful Strong Pale but the flavor and aroma spread of the beer is a little bit of "everywhere at once".

A bright golden appearance brings only the slightest of haze. Abundance of carbonation brings a spritzy (almost fizzy) appearance to the beer that I am unaccustomed to, from Stone. Loosely knit bubbles are slight fit for foamstance but slight on retention or lacing.

High perfume/floral/fruity aromas give a spicy tickle to the nose. Peppery phenolics play nicely on the olfactories while a wet/raw-grain scent offers a slight detraction

Flavors of soft pilsner malt gives a cracker-like crispness to a light grainy-sweet taste. Bright fruits of green apples, pears, lemons, and appricots leap off of the malt base with a lot of freshness and assertiveness. Balance not only by the peppery phenols, but also by the earthy/lemony hops. Alcohol flavor causes an abrupt bitter/acetone taste that interrupts the taste after mid palate and heading toward the finish.

Expansive and airy, the initial sip seems to explode in the mouth. But the beer's heat and effervesence grows into fusal (hot) feel that dispells the dry, digestible nature of the beer form becomming appreciated.

A decent beer with some good attributes. But in true VE fashion, I hope this one ages well, but it doesn't fare as well young as did many other in the VE series.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Knapp85
2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Just wasn't what I was hoping for. I expected it to be a bit hoppier or something but it just wasn't my favorite brew. Kind of disappointing to me. I knew it was gonna be Belgian and thats fine but it just seemed weak to me. Not sure why but I wasn't able to come up with anything epic about it.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last night of tastings. Sad really, now I will have to wait an entire month before I get to indulge in such things again. But what can you do, figured I would go out with a bang and hit up these new ones and get them off the list and out of the fridge. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, these were consumed on 11/18/2010.

I had heard mixed things about this one so I was anxious to try it on for myself. The pour was an ice light and cloudy amber color with a decent amount of haze to it and a nice three inches of head that came up and over the top, settling down and leaving a good amount of lacing. Aroma of light spice, peach, pear and a hint of herbal flower notes that seem to come across quite nicely, though a touch light. Nice light body and clean finish has all the touches of a nice strong Belgian pale. Light yeast, smooth and even flavors mingled together quite nicely I have to say. Light dry finish with a touch of grape and pear was just about dead on.

Overall not bad at all, nothing overwhelming but I think it works quite nicely in the scheme of things.

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3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Naja's

A: The pour is a clear golden yellow color with a white head that dissipates quickly.

S: The grapes provide a strong fruity component to this beer, but they're quite sweet; really reminiscent of a sweeter white wine like some Rieslings or Muscats. Candi sugar and spice/herb notes (chamomile and coriander) coming through. A bit dry and some further fruit notes like pears, bananas, and sweet apples.

T: A very sweet beer, again, a lot of this comes from the grapes. The candi sugar provides further sweetness and the fruit esters are present, too. Luckily the flavorings are not overpowering, which is something I was worried about. Very minimal floral hop character, but at least it provides some sort of bitterness.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: I was quite skeptical about this installation of the VE series. I still think this wasn't exactly the best idea, but at least it tastes okay.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

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3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass a burnt orange tinged medium golden witha fluffy one finger white head atop that left no trace of lace behind as it settled.White grape aromas along with a bit of funk,and sweetish alcohol.The mouthfeel is a bit sharp in the back end,prickly going down.Again big white grape juice (not wine) flavors up front with a some residual toastiness,the funk is subdued,a ginger and clove flavor becomes more noticeable as I drink more.Its pretty good,I guess I might like it more but Iam not a huge fan of the style,still not a bad beer for the new VE.

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4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 1-30-11 along with 08 and 09 VEs.

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It had okay retention and left some soap-like residue on the glass.

S - Picked up quite a bit of grape aroma with some Belgian yeast characteristics. Hints of caramel in the background.

T - It had a spicy yeast bite with some nice bitterness. The grapes were noticeable with some sweet caramel and grains.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good ale. The use of grapes makes it very unique.

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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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