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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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923 Ratings
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Ratings: 923
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 19
Gots: 420 | FT: 17
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 JamisonM
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: very clear rich golden color with a bright white head head did not stick around a bit of lacing

S: smells a bit like duvel with some grape smell in there a bit of a light flowery smell as well.

T: much more grapes in the taste then the smell. getting the yeast along with a zing from the grapes should be interesting to age.

M: med mouth med carbonation

D: not very drinkable for me the grapes bugged me.

Overall: interesting brew glad I tried it I am not going to want to drink another for a long time.

JamisonM, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of thegrimone
4.25/5  rDev +13%

thegrimone, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of DonDirkA
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20 month old bottle, poured into a Belgian tulip glass.

You can definitely smell the white wine tones in there. Lemons, grapes, orange zest and various fresh citrus scents. Grassy, herbal tea notes wind throughout. I feel like I'm picking up some vanilla in there too. Overall, it smells fantastic. Bitter, slightly boozey grape, lemon and tart tangerine flavors up front. The chamomile comes in and tones down the acidic flavors, smoothing it out a bit. Its very effervescent and a bit boozey. The heat, although it gets smoothed out a bit, definitely sticks around and warms you up a lot inside. When this one first came out I wasn't a fan and most of my friends didn't like it much either. Either my tastes have changed or it has just matured to a great point. I can't wait for my 07-12 vertical later this year.

DonDirkA, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Sokool
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Sokool, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of Celtics17
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The smell comes off as a sour, and this has been nearly aged for 4 years. Some sour flavors come through, but a big white wine taste, the belgian yeast comes through. But big grape, and slight bitterness.

Great carbonation after all this time. This is very complex and powerful. Great..

Celtics17, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of meich75
4/5  rDev +6.4%

meich75, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Hoptoudrop
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Hoptoudrop, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of 100floods
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow. Wonderful, classic belgian yeast aromas. I'm thinking green apples and something else. Interesting flavors. I taste the familiarities of a belgian pale ale. but the after taste reminds me of something sour and grain, not in a good way. This flavors stays in my mouth and ruins the experience. It almost taste like sour dark fruit. It makes my taste buds think that whatever is being left, I'm not supposed to taste. It kinda reminds me of a bad white wine (definitely hints of grapes in the mix, not my thing). Did I get a bad bottle? Perhaps if there was more carbonation this beer could be saved. The finish to this beer is what really throws me off. I was not expecting this.... Upon reading this 'liner notes' to this beer some of my notions weren't too far fetched. This just seems like an odd blend to put in a beer.

100floods, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of punkrkr27
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden pour with a 1-finger, white head. The aroma is sweet, musty, and yeasty with lots of boozy fruit notes, bubblegum esters, banana bread, and a strong vinous note from the grapes. The flavor is sweet and yeasty upfront with lots of bready malt, some honey, and a hearty dose of Belgian esters. The finish is heavily influenced by the grapes and has a very dry, tart, white wine character with some herbal and floral notes lingering in the aftertaste. The body is sticky, medium full with lots of effervescent carbonation.

punkrkr27, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of ncfranklin
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber in a tulip. 2 years on this beauty. For the 12th.

A: Beautiful gold translucent. Light carbonation bubbles. Minimal white head fades to nothing.

S: Nose has gone feint, likely a byproduct of the carbonation loss. Light grape, spice and bread. Not much more.

T: This is where this one shines. It's smoothed over the edges, and the flavors have developed into a sweet honey along with the tangy grape and light biscuit. Easy drinking too. The wine influence from the grapes is elevant.

M: Carbonation almost gone. Not much left here.

O: I'm not sure the age has benefited this one as much as change it. The grapes come full circle and everything mellows.

ncfranklin, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of mtlasley
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

mtlasley, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of shade13
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

shade13, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of mattsdenney
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber gold color w/ thin head that dissipates quickly. No lacing or retention.

Smell: Strong grape smell w/ a light whiff of licorice and fruit.

Taste: Sweet muscadine flavor with a touch of malty rye. Light hops and lingering taste of white wine.

Mouthfeel: Light, bubbly, and dry (like wine I suppose).

Drinkability: I don't prefer sweet wine so it stands to reason that I wouldn't prefer beer with the same characteristic. That being said, this beer is complex and flavorful. Would be interested to taste after it was cellared for a few years.

mattsdenney, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Schmittymack
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into trusy shaker glass. Pourd an orangeish color with very little head and no lacing. Aromas of malt and citrus; taste was banana and clove with no hop bitterness whatsover. I'm glad I'm not doing the whole veritical as this one is quite depressing.

Schmittymack, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of busterthecat
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 2 wine glasses.

A- Pours a nice golden tan hue. Some light head that leaves no lacing.

S- Lots of sweet banana, cloves & yeast. Good. Medium strength. Really inviting me to have a sip.

T- Very much a beer/ wine hybrid. The grapes are quite present. There is some alc heat that is detectable that gives some bite. A burst of traditional belgian flavors that seems to melt more into a wine. Hay & spice in finish. Good.

M/O- Medium strength. Sits nice on palate. could be nicely paired. An interesting and different beer that wont offend. Perhaps a gateway beer for the wine drinker.

busterthecat, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of aanth
3/5  rDev -20.2%

aanth, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of JoePat
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden straw color with a slight haze and a thick white head.

The aroma is amazing I get a little bready malt deep under the white wine and bubble gum aromas. If there ever was a white wine bubble gum I can imagine this smells like it would taste.

This beer gets most of its flavors from the yeast. I made a homebrew using some must and a belgian yeast and this has some very similar flavors. This also has some white wine flavor in the after taste.

Very smooth and syrupy texture on the tongue. The alcohol doesn't come through and for a 9.5% beer this is pretty drinkable but definately not something I want tor drink alot of.

JoePat, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of peacebone116
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into Stella Artois glass.

A: Hazy, cloudy honey orange. Quickly fading head with delicate lacing at the glass's edge.

N: Alcohol, banana, and grape jelly (almost a prune juice like scent).

T/M: Alcohol burn--very much like brandy or port--is immediately present. Orange peel and coriander with a noticeable flash of dry white wine, primarily on the finish. When I close my eyes and try to pick out the white wine flavor, it is hard to grasp; but, when it hits, I can get lost in the complexity of the flavors. The beer has an oily mouthfeel, but not too astringent. The beer's "wine notes" become more evident as it warms.

I can honestly say that this beer is nothing like I have ever had before; it is very interesting and complex and quite a nice venture from the norm. The Belgian flavorings are much more prominent on the nose than they are in the taste, where it takes on wine qualities. I am very interested in seeing how this beer ages; I anticipate that the wine notes will fade as the beer notes become more prominent over time, but we will just have to wait and see about that! Nice experiment, Stone!

peacebone116, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of reefa
4/5  rDev +6.4%

reefa, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of AdamGarcia
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in Duvel tulip.

A: Clear straw color with a fluffy white head. Looks at home in the Duvel tulip. Head shows a creamy texture and pretty good retention with some sticky lace.

S: Spicy, somewhat musty scent. Very saison-like. Grapes and chamomile lend a perfume-y aroma. Pleasant, but not especially appealing.

T: Bright flavors. Zesty hops and earthy, spicy yeast. Sweet white grape juice. Maybe a hint of spice from the Gewurtztraminer. Some black pepper. Slightly tart at the back of the tongue. Crackery malt in the background. White grapes again in the finish. There are some tremendous flavors going on here, but they don't all come together cohesively.

M: Smooth and creamy, with the right amount of prickly carbonation.

D: High marks. The flavors are all very interesting and keep me wanting another sip. 9.5% abv is nowhere to be found.

AdamGarcia, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of johnsonni
4.25/5  rDev +13%

johnsonni, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of Chuggernaut00
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Chuggernaut00, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of aranheaney
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Here it goes review #100-

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber that has been cellared since October 2010 into a 3 Heads Brewing pint glass, wanted to do something big and noteworthy for this one...

A-Hazy honey orange with a bit of head and no lace

S-apricots, sweetness and a hint of wine

T-super sweet, almost like grape juice or wicked sweet wine

M-carbonated well, not much else to say

O-first stone product that has not delivered, can I get a mulligan for #100?

aranheaney, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of mattgreger
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark, but slightly clear golden color. This brew had a small bright white head that faded pretty quickly. It does leave behind some nice lacing as you make it through the glass.

The first nose on this one is all bitter. Not overwhelming, but certianly catches you off guard if you aren't expecting it. There is a tart grape smell that roles from the nose. There some other aroma as well, such as lemon, cherries, and maybe some bananas as well. There is a huge arrey of peppers as well, that role into a hoppy grasses and spices. I think there might even be a touch of floral hops in there as well.

The flavor on this one is kind of muddled a bit. As many expect this brew is meant to age for some time. There is the touch of grapes and the front, some what of a white wine almost. Its followed by the grouping of almost the same aromas from above, with some lemon zest, a touch of cherries and some esters of bananas. The finish does have a nice malty, breadiness at the end that kinda gives it a decent finish. I think, that though this brew is great, it will become amazing over time.

The mouthful on this one is very light, and extremely crisp. The carboniation level is nice, giving this brew a nice tingle on the taste buds. Its followed by a nice warming from the alcohol.

For the drink on this one, it really depends on the drinker. There is quite a bunch that this one would give someone, who isn't normally a belgian strong pale ale drinkier. It is a bitter beer, but I like it. I am definitly going to pick up a few more for storage, and to try through the next two years. Can't wait for 11.11.11.

mattgreger, Nov 15, 2010
Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 923 ratings.