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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 901
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 19
Gots: 416 | FT: 14
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 alpinebryant


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow with almost no head. Smell of doughy belgian yeast, spices, and green grapes mixed with pilsner malt.

Taste very similar to the aroma, however the grape flavors are extremely strong. The belgian yeast is also pretty strong, but there is not that creamy belgian mouthfeel that I usually associate with a BSPA. This is nearly a hybrid between a Duvel type Belgian Strong pale ale and a chardonnay. The latter seems to be more prevalent with the mouthfeel as this was pretty thin overall. Candied sugar mixed with grapes and bready yeast. While not a bad beer - and I applaud the effort to make this a different beer for the Epic lineup, it is not one that I would really seek out for a second go around. preferably it would come in a 12 oz bottle so I wouldnt have to drink 22oz of it, but it is relatively drinkable with a low carbonation and a very light almost wine-like body.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 23:31:36 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of steelerguy

New York

4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden color, low carbonation, spare head with big bubbles...faded very rapidly leaving only light lace on top.

S - Spicy with Belgian phenols and a slight mustiness, almost like a farmhouse ale.

T - Clean light malt character, the spices come on strong but not overly so, floral hops with a smooth bitterness that finishes with some lemon at the end. This is a complex beer that is well balanced and I think could use a bit more aging to reach it's true potential. Regardless, I think it is quite excellent right now, and will only get better.

M - Nice and this like a Belgian pale should be, there is a definite warmth from the alcohol, a bit more carbonation would be nice to finish.

D - For being such a big beer, it is light bodied, complex but balanced, and quite smooth. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 23:13:46 | More by steelerguy
Photo of jorg2619


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

I have waited a few weeks to drink my first bottle of 10.10.10. This Belgium triple pours super clean and pale into the tulip glass. There is a thin hyper bubbled head that leaves minimal lacing. The mouthfeel is thin yet coating which is nice. The taste is different, I taste busquity malt, the spicy yeast, some chamomile, along with some dry notes that must be the "wine" characteristics. A nice dry finish on this fresh beer. I like this beer and I look forward to it again in a few years

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 23:01:38 | More by jorg2619
Photo of nas5755


4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear golden beer with amber hues, a small quickly disappearing head and some lacing. The nose has some chamomile and pale malts, with some grapes. The taste is full of chamomile, grapes, sweet honey, phenols, and a little spice with a big lemon chamomile finish . I think age will really help this beer out. The sweetness of this beer gives it a slight syrupy note which become a hindrance later on, but at the moment there are no negative consciences from texture. The carbonation is medium. Overall, I really enjoy this beer, the finish is amazing, although a tad hot, I love to drink a really intense glass of overly steeped loose leaf chamomile tea at times and this beer really reminds me of chamomile tea. I expect age to bring more of the grape flavors, dull out the chamomile a little, but improve the overall taste vastly.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 22:03:33 | More by nas5755
Photo of Foxtrot


4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 02:52:10 | More by Foxtrot
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip.

This year's entry into the Vertical Epic series pours an absolute crystal clear yellow orange. The creamy white crown rises up to about three fingers in height before falling away disappointingly quickly. There's not a trace of lacing to be found on the glass, The nose is decent. A vinous acidity is the predominant trait, but there's some clove/pepper making itself heard as well. While there wasn't any malt influence in the aroma, it makes itself known in the flavor. It's not overwhelming by any means, but there's a definite green apple/pear malt sweetness right up front. That same racy acidity that I can only assume comes from the grapes crashes the body and dominates the middle of the beer on my palate. The yeast spiciness comes in to close things out, and the flavors are so vibrant that I can't really find the chamomile anywhere. Body is a tad heavy and carbonation is slightly too low, and the result is a mouthfeel that's just a bit too rich/syrupy for this kind of beer. It doesn't miss the mark by a ton though. 10.10.10 Vertical Epic is a decent beer, but the impact of the grapes borders on overpowering at times. I think I'll enjoy this beer a little bit more with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 01:54:09 | More by axeman9182
Photo of adsomers


4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: this review was made after nursing this beer for 4 hours. I strongly recommend spending a long time with this one, it's a very slow evolver.

A - Bright gold, clear. Constant bubbling from bottom of glass (even after 2 hours). Poured with medium vigorousness to reveal a fine head.

S - winey aroma and a *hint* of belgian funk. With time (3+ hours) aroma turns to a hot alcohol with grape juices totally exposed. Can't stop putting my nose in this one (4 hours in).

T - Taste is snappy, a tad sour, very complex as it lingers. Also turns a bit hot and evolves over time

M - A slight pucker, then a smooth dryness, then a lingering tingle and mild bitterness

D - This has your mouth feeling things you didn't expect. But after a long slow session with this beer, what you come to expect is constantly defied. This beer must be had very slowly to experience the many hidden layers.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 00:06:51 | More by adsomers
Photo of Beernf


3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA. Part of a Stone archive event. Poured into a tulip glass.

I thought this was a decent Belgian, big wine smell like others have mentioned. No lacing from what i could see, very little head. I thought it tasted pretty earthy, almost herbacious at times. Has a kind of waxy flavor in there along with the sweetness of the grapes. Thought the alcohol finished hot and i mostly sipped this guy. Oddly i think i could drink a lot of this beer though. I wanted another when i was done.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 23:40:34 | More by Beernf
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 22:35:40 | More by 100floods
Photo of cbutova


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

Shared by Dan, entering my review for now but I will re-review it on the day of reckoning in 2 years. From notes.

A- Golden yellow with a creamy white head that has decent retention. A cloud and ring leave slight spotty lace.

S- Mostly Belgian Strong Pale Ale yeast with some grape behind it. A bit floral.

T- A good blend of Belgian Pale yeast with spice and bread. Floral hints and then a huge blast of grape in the finish. Some citrus zest, sweetness and grape vines.

MF- Moderate body with solid carbonation. Slight bitterness and alcohol warmth. Silky.

DB- Grape blasted Belgian Ale. Good flavor from the grape and spice combination. A redemption for the 14th Anniversary.

UPDATE: 02/02/2013

T- A lot of grape influence still but not killing the beer. Spicy feel like lemon zest and pepper. Oak is tasted and herbal floral hops. Gets to be VERY grape heavy with time and warmth.

Scored: 3.25, 3.0, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 21:41:56 | More by cbutova
Photo of bucklemyshoe


4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle at 42* into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a clear and almost glowing orange color with no head.

S: The smell is eerily similar to Don de Dieu: strong Belgian yeast character, spicy earthiness, and some sweet, white wine.

T: It begins with spicy earthiness, lemon, and transitions to sweet grapes. It finishes dry with some breadiness and citrus rind.

M: It has an average but sticky body and isn't as carbonated as I imagined, given the freshness and style.

D: This is an interesting take on one of my favorite styles. It goes down way too easily as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 04:48:36 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of Vonerichs


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

Clear golden body, with little head. Decent looking, but nothing spectacular.

Smell is slightly grassy and tart. The savignon blanc grapes are really pronounced.

Thumbs up to Stone for thinking out of the box. This is a novel take on this style (which the bottle calls a tripel.) The grapes give it a crisp dryness, but there's also a low degree of sweetness to it. It's slightly grassy, presumably from the savignon blanc.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, moderately high carbonation.

A very enjoyable beer. The alcohol does not show up as much as 9.5% would suggest.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 01:20:05 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of dirtylou


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

22oz bomber, split and shared

very interesting description on this one

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice, hazy bright copper-golden body, light white foam - no retention

smell: fruity and floral - sauv blanc grapes (can't really distinguish the other grapes used), yeast, fruity esters, pale malt

taste: i generally dig when belgian pales take on vinous traits - while this has flaws, its still something i enjoy. sauv blanc and other white grapes provide great depth, though the alcohol is a bit hot on the finish. Pale malts and light leafy german hops provide support. I'll sit my other bottle down till 2012 and see what happens.

mouthfeel: a little hot, medium-light, prickly

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 22:43:54 | More by dirtylou
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours an orange color with a short 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: green grapes, grass, and fruity sweetness create a nice aroma. A hint of wine like scent arrives late.

Taste: nice malt profile with some pears, grapes, hearty bitterness, a bit of spiciness, and a little touch of alcohol. The flavors kind of hit a chardonnay note late in the swallow.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry late. Aftertaste is long.

Drinkability: this is another slow sipping beer from the vertical series freshly delivered and opened. I could see this dramatically improving with some age.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 20:47:46 | More by Gavage
Photo of Chico1985


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

Thanks to Dan (atremains) for sharing.

Translucent light orange with white head. Some flecks eventually settle to a small white blob at the bottom.

Tart scent, getting more sugar, spice and floral notes more than anything else, a tiny bit of booze.

Huge white grape tastes. Definitely reminiscent of a white wine. Candi sugar, floral notes. Sweet but not cloying. Very nice baked bread finish.

Mouthfeel is solid, a tad boozy but I thought it was pretty well-hidden.

I liked it way more than I thought I would. This is the beer that DFH Midas Touch SHOULD'VE been, definitely was more intrigued with this than the 08 or 09.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 14:02:48 | More by Chico1985
Photo of Reagan1984


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

Pours with a foamy/whipped egg white head that shows some nice structure as it collapse. The beer is a bright clear brass color with some slowly rising carbonation making it's way to the surface. Some spider web lacing remains.

Aroma is mostly candied sugar with some yeast and a very slight floral note.

Ok, so I admit that I saw this is currently rated as a "B" My first thought after a few sips is, how the hell is this averaging a "B" It's pretty damn good. Pear, peach, candied sugar with a strong bitter/yeast like finish. Very herbaceous. Some white wine notes for sure. You can detect the higher abv here.

Finishes quite dry. Fairly light bodied. The sweetness comes out more as you continue to work through the bottle.

In the end this almost does drink more like a white wine. Pretty good. Will be interesting to see how this ages for a couple years.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 00:41:44 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of Kadonny


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

Poured from tap at TJs in Paoli into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: A fairly clear medium golden color with almost no head to speak of. Lacing was full, but very quick to fade back down into the glass. No lingering lace at all.

S: Huge belgian yeast smell with a large floral boquet and some fruity notes to it.

T: Belgian yeast pops immediately with some musty tones to it. The floral onslaught comes next with some flavors of fruit mixed in. It's like putting your mouth into a bed of flowers and chewing on them. Some white grape and vinous characters mix in as well. While colder the finish is sugar sweet with some slight tartness. As the beer warms the hops really punch at the end with a nice herbal bitterness. Lots of stuff going on here.

M: Medium, coating, a bit prickly upon warming up, some slight alcohol lurking. Lacking carbonation.

D: Medium. I had one glass and enjoyed it, but not sure if I could go back for another.

Overall a very different VE. Not my favorite, but not bad by any means. I must seek a bottle of this to age as I think this will really begin to pop with some years on it. I like it, very different.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 19:05:53 | More by Kadonny
Photo of JLeege


3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trying this fresh, have a few more bottles to age.

Appearance- pours a clear gold with a 1 finger bubbly white head, quickly disipating but leaves a ring around the top of the beer

Smell- belgian golden esters and yeast, there is definitly grape in there as well

Taste- sweet and very grapey. The chamomile is noticed. Has a lot of white wine characteristics. Getting some subtle wheat notes as well. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel- pretty light overall, the alcohol is not noticed at all

Overall- This is pretty good, different, reminds me of DFH Midas Touch, must be the muscat grapes. This is the first VE released in my area so definitly going to hold on to some to line up the 10,11,12 "not a true 'vertical', with every beer being different, Vertical".

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 03:23:50 | More by JLeege
Photo of Axic10

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Light orangish with a finger of foam that settles down quickly to a thin layer on top.

Smell: Belgian yeast, some wine notes from the grapes, coriander, some warming spice.

Taste: Belgian yeast, coriander and spices, then the grapes give it a slightly dry, subdued aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and carbonated nicely.

Drinkability: I'm not a huge fan of this style (I'll drink it, but I often over look it) but this is a decent (yet interesting) example of it. I have another bottle that I'm saving for my mini vertical 08-12, so I'll definitely drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 23:45:58 | More by Axic10
Photo of DNICE555


2.53/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at Eli's. I noticed it was a Belgian Strong Ale and I almost didn't order it but I love stone. A 12oz pour of a pretty clear orange body with some remnants of head by the time it got to me. Smell that funky Belgian Yeast. Gross. Smells like a big girl sitting around me has a yeast infection. Tastes just like it smells. I get some nice spices and the faint hint of some hops but as with most Belgians the yeast funk is overwhelming and make me wanna throw the glass at the bar. This is about as drinkable as a cup of apple juice with grain alcohol poured in it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2010 18:14:05 | More by DNICE555
Photo of PicoPapa


3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours a clear orange with a head that dissipates almost instantly. Zero lacing. Strong aroma of spices. This beer smells a lot like wine. Floral aromas as well. Taste is more of that wine flavor. Also a lot of spices and floral flavors. I know the Vertical Epic Series is made for aging so I hope this one tastes better with some age on it because right now it's a flowery, winey mess. If you buy 1 throw it in the cellar because fresh is not worth your time.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 05:12:33 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of morningthief


4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Watou chalice.

Appears a pale orange, almost the definition of golden. A vigorous pour yields a fleeting puffy white head, with little lacing to speak of.

Smells of familiar Belgian yeasts, some funk, white grapes, and when I get really down into it, some nice vanilla. Yet still, I'm looking for more here and coming up average.

The taste, however, is unexpectedly great. Everything about this beer prior to the point of contact indicates an average brew, but this is far from average. Belgian yeasts dominate up front, and quickly give way to an exceptional floral explosion. Finish is malty and bready and pleasant.

Like most Belgians, this one is heavy on the carbonation, and yet is very pleasant on the tongue. As it warms, it becomes reminiscent of a sparkling white wine (in a good way!). Alcohol is present, but not a bit overwhelming.

10.10.10. is an great offering in a series of understandably hit or miss brews. While I am often quick to judge Stone harshly, this one deserves mucho praise. As a light-bodied, deceptively alcoholic drink, I would not hesitate to pair this with any meal for which a white wine would normally suffice.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 23:05:04 | More by morningthief
Photo of Tilley4


2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my Chimay goblet and this ones looking cloudy and yeasty.. A pale golden with a surprisingly small head...

Lots of yeast present in the aromas... Also a super strong vinous aspect... Almost like a wine mixed with a Belgian... Slight spiciness perhaps but mostly lots of wine aromas.. Pretty disappointing....

Lots of vinousness present in the tastes as well... Almost overpowering actually... There is some yeastiness and spiciness as well but they definitely take a backseat to the grapes used here....

I wasn't crazy about this one.... Perhaps with some time it will blend together better but as of now it just didn't do it for me...

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 21:44:26 | More by Tilley4
Photo of BarrelO


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

22oz bomber poured into a goblet.

A: Light orange body. Head isn't as vigorous as I would have expected.

S: Largely vinous and floral.

T: Phenolic notes from the yeast. Vinousness from the grapes. Floral notes from the chamomile. Prickly alcohol. The flavors start out as distinct, but they blend together better as the beer warms up.

M: Medium-bodied. I would have liked to see more carbonation.

D: Stone's Belgian-style offerings haven't really impressed me. For the most part, they strike me as more interesting than good. Unfortunately, this one is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 06:19:22 | More by BarrelO
Photo of perrymarcus


4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber (22oz) served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a clear, bright golden tone with a quickly receding finger of off-white head; spotty lacing. great color but docked points on the lack of head retention.

nose is a nice and interesting potpourri of white grapes, a big florally presence, spices, and some belgian yeast.

hmm, unique and rather tasty flavor profile. white wine grapeness leading the way, accompanied by clove, chamomile, a very subtle note of funk, and a sweet, candied sugar presence. a touch of warming alcohol in the finish... enjoying this quite a bit.

medium-bodied/carbed mouthfeel and for my money very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 03:15:20 | More by perrymarcus
Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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