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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 936
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 22
Gots: 424 | 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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Photo of kirkpjr
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tiny hotel room glass.

A: Pours a clear golden orange with a half finger head that results in no lacing.

S: Smell is predominately Belgian yeasts. Some spice and grapes as well.

T: A zesty Belgian Strong Pale. Strong esters, some cloves, and apple juicy notes - which is muddled with the grape juice noted on the label.

M: Kind of wanting this one to finish a bit more dry. Moderately high carbonation and medium body. Very spritzy.

D: This one was alright and somewhat refreshing. The fruity notes detract a little from what could be a solid BSPA.

Photo of ism
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having waited excitedly for this year's version, restrained myself by pouring controlled into a pint glass. Body is hazy gold orange with a 1-finger off-white head, spotty lacing. Spice and yeast plentiful in the nose, with a subtle floral-herbal note. Medium-light mouthfeel with tingly carbonation, slight butter slickness on the tongue. The palette is hard to pin down - sweetness coming from multiple sources, a slight tang, rather subdued. Standard cast of characters, though: coriander, cloves, lemon peel. It shifts as it warms, towards the sweet end. A grape tartness emerges more fully in the finish, not unlike wine. Hides the alcohol fairly well.

Gonna get another bottle but not drinking it anytime soon. Should be much nicer after it develops some.

Photo of Sam21
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased for ~$7. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance – Golden orange body with a tightly wound white head. Initial retention is good, but it loses its hold soon after and fades down to nothing. Lacing is spotty initially but nothing more. Look decent enough.

Smell – The tripel that sits as the foundation of this beer comes forward first. Belgian candy sugar, banana esters, and bits of bubblegum. Some herbal notes and a good dose of flowery aromas. The grapes are nicely integrated and I get the feeling that they are hiding the ABV.

Taste – Again, the base tripel sets the stage. Sweet malts, yeasty esters, and a touch of herbs. The grapes really come alive towards the end bringing forward a tart acidity that is truly wonderful. The wine grapes add such an interesting twist to the Belgian base. Sour grapes and thick twangy acidity (more so as the beer warms) overwhelm the base malts and yeast and drive the flavor profile home.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied with soft and full carbonation. What I would expect from any Belgian-inspired beer.

Drinkability – Definitely drinkable, interesting, and enjoyable. The base tripel adds familiarity while the grapes and other additions build a unique character. It’s worth it if you enjoy Belgian-style beers and fruity acidity.

Photo of psuKinger
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 ounce bomber, shared with my buddy Matt, poured into a couple of Stone RIS tulips.

A: Pours a bright orange color with a thin bone-white head that didn't stick around for long.

S: Lots of lemon zest, a moderate amount of banana, and hint of clove. Yeastiness shines through from the background.

T: Taste follows the nose. Lots of bright lemon. Some citrus spice that I didn't notice in the nose. Banana present but underlying. Almost as if someone squeezed an orange into a tall glass of lemonade and then pureed in just a bit of breadiness.

The lemon just explodes out of the glass here. It's strong and full of flavor, but not balanced, either.

M: Carbonation is low. Not surprising, considering this was brewed on 10.10.10 and today is 3.16.12. But lots of sticky lemon flavors on the back end, and a good dry finish.

D/O: The lack of balance with this beer made it somewhat undrinkable. I look forward to trying this again as part of the "big flight" when the epic series concludes, but I don't feel much desire to have another one today.

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

A: Pours a hazy, dark straw color with good carbonation and just a little bit of a head that dissipates quickly and leaves a halo.

S: A boozy, fruity smell emanates from this one with a bit of a honey finish, with a touch of chamomile.

T: Sweet and fruity. Tastes like chardonnay, or sweet champagne. Has a yeasty quality to it, and has a bit of a floral finish, probably from the chamomile.

M: This one is rather light, but with good carbonation, and goes down quickly and a bit dry.

O: Not bad. I'm not a fan of pale or light ales of any sort, but this one has enough character and flavor for me to keep coming back for it. Not their best, but pretty good.

Photo of cmannes
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into the Vertical Epic Glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold with a few light bubble streams rising from the bottom.

The smell is mildly acidic and slightly funky, and it also is weak.

The flavor has had an exciting evolution. I had it fresh, and it was good, after one year it wasn't so good, but now after two years it is really good. It is tart with a medium sweetness like some of the sweet white wines I have had. The grape character is similar to that of a dry muscadine wine.

It has a pretty clean feel with a light tingle and mild tannic character.

Photo of rogueleonardi
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of DocDownUnder
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of thegrimone
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of ramseye4
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber my Fiancee go me for xmas...what a thoughtful girl. Pours a murky golden orange color, with a one finger head that quickly disappears. I get orange, yeast, and spice, nothing too complex. Yeast hits the palate first, clove makes an appearance grape definitely appears in the end and the beer has a nearly wine like finish to it, with bitterness lingering afterwards, and the ABV is hidden. Mouthfeel is full bodied and highly carbonated, and the subtle taste and hidden ABV combine to make this one about as drinkable as a 9.5 percent ABV beer can get

Photo of techfed87
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a well-rounded head. Color is mild yellow. Smell is a bit fruity, very belgian. I can always tell Belgian ales apart from other ales by the very distinctive smell that they give off. This one has it in abundance.

First sip is a mix of traditional belgian flavor qualities with something a bit more sugary in nature. Overall, the flavor is quite mellow and mouthfeel is overall very well contained.

Sadly, I did not wait until 12.12.12 to try this bottle; however, as I've found it to be quite enjoyable, chances are that I'll come to own another one very soon.

Photo of JamisonM
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of Hoptoudrop
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of mattsdenney
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of DonDirkA
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of Sokool
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of meich75
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ncfranklin
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of 100floods
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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.

Photo of dcscientist
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

The 2010 offering of Vertical Epic was a tripel style Belgian. I liked this one quite a bit, though tripels aren't my favorite Belgians. Still, it was very well made and aged nicely.

Photo of reefa
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mtlasley
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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