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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

939 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 939
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 22
Gots: 422 | FT: 20
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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Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Michael Shea's shaker pint glass.

The other main DocumentaryFest beer. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises ginger, coriander, rye bread, clove, banana, lemon zest, and Belgian yeast. The taste falls along very similar lines, with the addition of mandarin oranges and white grapes. The body is a light-ish medium, with a more-fizzy-than-light-but-less-so-than-light-moderate carbonation (that's right, baby) and a full, fluid feel (I really hope that makes sense to someone else). Overall, a rather tasty brew, one of my favorites of the Epic series.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep golden body beneath a frothy head of white. Good retention and lacing, but both should be better.

Smell: Fruity and wheat-like, floral and slightly herbal, phenols from the Belgian yeast.

Taste: Balanced; tartish but not acidic. Fruity with some grape. Sweetish, but not sweet. A hint spicy. Floral. Herbal dryness with mild bitterness in the finish. I'm reminded of cedar or light wood but I can't really pinpoint where that might be coming from. It's smooth and round without much transition from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a median carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite possibly my favorite of all of the Epic series so far. It doesn't offer the bigger, more malty or hoppy components of some of the others. Nor is it particularly complex. But it is quite interesting, and remarkably drinkable.

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

A - Oours with a small head of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves no lace.

S - A spicy aroma of coriander, lemongrass, pepper, and pineapple.

T - Thick malt and fruity yeast up front. Some spicy notes of pepper, coriander, and chamomile in the middle and a finish full of fruit juice.

M - Medium thick body, average carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Pungent and fruity this seems like it is as fresh as the day it was made. It anything, time has brought the fruity character more to the front. Nicely done.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spices, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, fruit and spices. Then a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast breadiness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid strong Belgian-style pale ale to drink for a long time.

Photo of Jason
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle with a vintage date on the label.

LOOK: Bright golden and clear, crackling froth leaves a decent lacing.

SMELL: Vinous, musk, bready, estery, earthy, tart fruit, mint, faint phenols, grape skin

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, warming esters, grape skin tannin, biscuity grain, spicy, sleepy time, walnuts, kiwi, star fruit, tart, herbal hop, mildly bitter, peppery

Complex is the least I can say. Deft hand with the grapes in this brew and a big brew at that. A solid VE, hoping to run into this one again.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant golden body, completely able to see through it, forms a bright off white head rising well above the rim of my La Fin du Monde chalice. Aroma has some nice earthy grape seed and tart hints of grape juice with the chammomile herbal grassiness to balance things out. If you focus on the tart vinous qualities these thing dries out much like a wine, with herbal and alcoholic edges swaying it back and forth. As it warms a bit the pineapple tropical fruit starts really kickin in the nose, a very nice effect if your patient and sip on this one. Very much a white wine experience going on here, with some buttery dryness finishing like a wine. These two worlds are unique when coming together but with all of the elements going on I'm not sure if harmony is ever found between them. Another element is the Belgian yeast strain producing some phenolic esters full of pineapple and mild citrus as well, definitely complex this is the type of beer that will impress your wine friends. Mouthfeel will weight on you this becomes a bear of a beer with 9.5% alcohol kicking nothing burns on the palate but I wouldn't say it's well hidden, definitely provides a warmth in your chest. The acidity level definitely reminds me of a wine versus a beer, overall drinkability wasn't as bad as the draft experience but I'm still on the fence of whether or not I could go for this beer again. I respect the creativitiy but sometimes the concept doesn't always work, you'll have to judge it for yourself.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light creamy head fades quickly over hazy ale orange wheat color.

Nose of some farmhouse yeast, a slight dry funky musty aroma, with light grape smells and musty grapes, golden Belgian malts, sweetness, orange peel, saison like spices and malts, and a very light vanilla.

The taste is crisp, with Belgian golden saison or tripel like malts. Somewhat sweet malty flavor, little juicy fruits, orange peel, some light grape flavor with a musty grape especially. Semi dry farmhouse flavor with a touch of subtle chamomile, touch of vanilla, smooth and thick, lightly syrupy. Finishes a little drier, still little sweet, lingering orange peel and spices, a little bitter, light saison and lingering Belgian malts. The chamomile comes out quite a bit on the burps actually. A touch of warming booze.

The mouth is medium to lighter body with light warming booze and decent carbonation.

Drinkability is decent with a lingering bitterness and orange peel, semi sweet with a dry finish, and touch of warming booze.

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours apricot with a pinky of cream colored head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Pears, funk, white grapes

T: Pears, white grapes, s touch of juicyfruit & dryness up front. Some muscadine sweetness as this warms, dirty funkyness mixes in as well, a little bit of leafy & lemony hops as well, a bit of booze warmth. Finishes with much fruittyness, a touch of pineapple & more juicy fruit gum

MF: Medium bodied, semi-firm carbonation, decent balance

This was an alright/interesting take on the style, but nothing special

Photo of MasterSki
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and minimal lace. Hazed golden body.

S - The chamomile and grape must dominate the aroma, with a caramel and honey malt backdrop. Not a ton of Belgian yeast character, but some definite candi sugar character.

T - The taste is more malt-dominated, with some nebulous grape sweetness and chamomile in the finish. Aged tripel sort of vibe, but with the expected American sweetness.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, lower carbonation, fairly clean finish. Some mild alcohol warmth in the finish.

D - Not really my thing - can't tell if it wasn't very good fresh or if it aged poorly, but it seems to lack the punch of 08.08.08 and 09.09.09. Wouldn't bother with this one again.

Photo of Rifugium
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a clear honey color with a small, dense, white head that retained as a thin layer of bubbles. Floral aroma infused with sweet grapes; slightly phenolic. Taste of fruit salad and white wine, with grapes coming in more sweet and less sour. Sweet, smooth, malty base. A bit of herb and spice in the finish, taking some of the edge of the overall fruitiness, and leaves an aftertaste that isn't quite dry. Medium mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable, though not overly extraordinary.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Vertical Epic glass because that's how I roll.

Beer is yellow / amber and mostly clear with a white head low retention, no lacing, moderate carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma at first is really yeasty, almost skunky, but then the sweetness, and the esters come through. It is a mildly spicy Belgian ale.

Beer is quite thin, a little dry on the finish, pretty sweet throughout though. It is quite strong in flavor, carbonation sharp on the palate, decent but a little boozy still. I'll have it again at a VE party.

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mdfb79
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a transparent dark golden color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of spices, wine, grapes, yeast, light citrus, and some floral notes.

t - Tastes of wine and grapes, spices, pepper, yeast, fruity malts, and tart apple.

m - Medium body and high carbonation that stings the tongue.

d - A decent beer but not one of the better Vertical Epics. The smell and taste was very wine like, and it was too carbonated. Have another bottle I'll hold until 2012.

Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold color. Moderate head that leaves a coating of lace.

Belgian yeast aroma along with pale Belgian malt. Notes of nutmeg, corriander and orange peel. Light alcohol smell.

Very Belgian in the flavor, like a pale tripel. Strong alcohol presence. Lots of citrus tartness. Creamy body with a high level of carbonation. The swallow has elements of lemon and cream.

Photo of WesWes
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding. It has a wonderful tripel scent; pale malts fruity yeast esters. It's exceptionally fruity with chamomile flowers and muscat grapes. It's mildly tart/fruity with a solid pale malt sweetness. The taste is great as well. It's smooth with a sweet pale malt flavor that's complimented with an array of grape character and chamomile flower notes. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer. It's quite complex, yet easy drinking, even at 9.5% abv..

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a bright, dark gold color that shows a brilliant, perfectly clear (mechanically so even), gold hue with copper highlights when held up to the light. Interesting, in a wincing sort of way, I completely wasn't expecting that, but I actually don't know if I dislike it. The beer smells sort of funky, like a ripe, buttery cheese and a second look has me convinced that this is actually the aromas of the grapes used in this beer; it is a touch catty, somewhat like crushed, still green weeds (to messy to be just grass) and spicy like milk-weed backed by phenolic cloves, some woody pepper and a spiciness that seems characteristic of oak (is this aged in oak, I hadn't thought so). The nose on this is very, very interesting, I am still not quite sure what to think of it, but I am still intrigued.

Lightly sweet tasting at the first sip and it definitely tastes of grapes, funky Sauvignon like flavors some Gewurztraminer acidity along with notes of lime, perhaps a touch of tropical fruit, kiwi notes as well as some grassiness. This has more flavors from grapes than it does from the beer-derived ingredients. The yeast probably plays the biggest secondary role with notes of clove, some warming-spicy alcohol, a touch of ginger and an earthiness that tastes quite a bit like coriander and it also brings out much of the grape flavors noted before. Malt? I am not sure that this plays much of a role here, there is some pale malt character in the middle as well as a touch of cracker like grain, but both of these are subtle next to the expressive grape character. As the beer warms up more of the pale malt presence becomes noticeable. The body of this is not heavy considering the strength, it does have some viscosity to it and it has enough heft to be felt on the tongue; not light by any means, but also not thick or rich.

This will definitely be an interesting one to age. I am really not too sure what to think of this; it certainly is not bad, but the heavy grape focus seems a bit out of place. Despite not really liking the flavors and aromas here, they are so interesting that I am intrigued enough to keep on drinking this and figuring out what is going on; this is a fairly complex beer, it has a lot going on & it is making my head a bit fuzzy (so it can't be all that bad). In the end I'll just have to simply call this beer an experience!

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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