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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

915 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 915
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 20
Gots: 419 | FT: 16
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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punkrkr27

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

11-22-2010 17:36:09 | More by punkrkr27
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ncfranklin

Alabama

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

12-13-2012 01:47:47 | More by ncfranklin
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mtlasley

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-21-2012 23:10:50 | More by mtlasley
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shade13


3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

07-25-2012 21:15:25 | More by shade13
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Schmittymack

Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -22.9%

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.

10-15-2011 07:05:40 | More by Schmittymack
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busterthecat

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

04-23-2011 13:09:25 | More by busterthecat
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mattsdenney

Tennessee

3.1/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

11-12-2010 23:24:38 | More by mattsdenney
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Hoptoudrop

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-31-2013 23:14:33 | More by Hoptoudrop
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JoePat

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

10-18-2010 00:13:57 | More by JoePat
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peacebone116

California

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

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!

11-10-2010 23:10:03 | More by peacebone116
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AdamGarcia

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

11-07-2010 23:45:31 | More by AdamGarcia
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aanth

California

3/5  rDev -20.2%

11-18-2011 03:59:30 | More by aanth
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Chuggernaut00

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

02-08-2014 20:37:16 | More by Chuggernaut00
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aranheaney

New York

2.98/5  rDev -20.7%

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?

02-12-2012 02:46:50 | More by aranheaney
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mattgreger

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

11-15-2010 21:46:38 | More by mattgreger
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UnknownKoger

California

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

After one year of aging, let's see how this has held up. I remember being fairly impressed with it a year ago. Hopefully it's still delightful. Poured into a Bruery tulip

Smell at first is that of white wine. Fruitiness. But there is something else there...some bread perhaps because of the yeast? Some of the sweeter notes seem to have faded. Appearance is a cloudy golden yellow orange

The taste has definitely changed. Whereas a year ago it was like drinking a cider, the yeast has definitely changed the flavor character of this beer. It almost tastes more like a Belgian pale ale at this point. Very interesting development.

Mouthfeel is decent. Still some good mild carbonation.

Overall, the beer has definitely changed. It's still a decent beer in its recent incarnation, but it isn't anything overly remarkable. It's good.

11-21-2011 04:52:45 | More by UnknownKoger
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johnsonni

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13%

06-10-2013 12:45:14 | More by johnsonni
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Celtics17

California

4.63/5  rDev +23.1%

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..

06-05-2014 05:20:06 | More by Celtics17
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reefa

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-15-2014 17:41:02 | More by reefa
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bierdeflanders

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

02-10-2014 07:12:01 | More by bierdeflanders
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Fat_Guy_Likes_Beer

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

09-20-2013 06:41:04 | More by Fat_Guy_Likes_Beer
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ebrifan

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-06-2013 06:09:54 | More by ebrifan
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backfat

Indiana

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%

pours a hazy, straw, lager like color with a froathy white one finger gently resting on top with little activity.

the smell reminds me of a nice tripel. grassy and spicy with a mellow, brown sugar aroma. the white wine grapes are subtle but still very nice. raw banana and dry sauv blanc are pretty solid. very floral.

The flavor reminds me of white grape skins with less acidity. spice and dryness with lots of grassy hay and pear. very sauv blanc like.

mouthfeel is slippery and the carbonation isn't as present as expected. the aftertaste leaves a very white wine like characteristic of sandy dryness that leaves your tongue rough.

overall, this is different. nothing mind blowing, but I am glad I tried it. Don't know what a little age would do to this.

01-26-2011 05:51:23 | More by backfat
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MASPuros

California

3/5  rDev -20.2%

01-03-2012 22:07:03 | More by MASPuros
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Foxtrot

California

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%

I have to give Stone credit for pushing the envelope for beer creativity. I like that a lot. Last years VE offering was good, and interesting, but lets see how this one fairs.

Pours from bomber a nice slightly hazy golden honey. Head was about one finger in height with slow receding pace. Light lacing, but good foam around the edges even after the head is gone.

Aroma is pretty nice with cloves and phenols being the most obvious to pick out. Yeast and ester's remind me of tripels and hefeweizens.

The aroma's point in a strong direction of being Belgian influenced. I wonder if they used a Belgian yeast or there house yeast. But it certainly can be found in the taste. Begins pretty crisp and tart up front, then mellows with grape and some acidity. Lively notes and crispness of sauvignon blanc with light touches of kiwi and some tannins. Loved that quality about this beer, yeasty and spice and slightly puckering at the same time. A bit hot, but I don't mind seeing as there was such a wide variety of grapes used, it was to be expected. Aging should most likely take that edge off.

Mouthfeel was surprisingly medium, the ABV seemed like it would be fuller, but not at all. The flavors clear out relatively easy and leave a nice lasting viscosity on the tongue.

Drinkability seems to be right on the mark. This beer was meant to sipped and enjoyed with a fine meal and could easily fit into a fine wine establishment. Incredibly enlightened and almost elegant due to the complexity.

EDIT: They did use a Belgian yeast!

11-01-2010 02:52:10 | More by Foxtrot
Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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