1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic AleStone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

923 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

(view ratings)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 923 | Reviews: 471 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of benyerd
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought 2 bottles and figured I would have one now and save the other for 12-12-12.

(A) Burnt orange in color, nice white head with mild head retention and mild carbonation. It left a slight lace along the glass. Best part about the appearance though was the clarity.

(S) Overall was lacking in the nose but still could pick up a semi-sweet aroma with hints or floral hops and almost came across as sour.

(T) Sweet, with hints of grapes and earthy undertones. Also picked up on the candi sugar. Think this will have more flavor in about 2 years.

(M) A little lighter then medium mouthfeel. I was actually expecting a little thicker but i think this fits this ale well.

(D) Decent drinkability overall. but with the higher ABV, and intense sweet flavor, might want to limit to 1 or 2.

benyerd, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of NCSUdo
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Golden body under a small white head. No lace, no retention.

S: Good dose of malt, some earthy yeast, bit of pine slightly herbal hop, vinous.

T: Malty, pine hop, sweet, hint of grape, mint, slight hint of apple, maybe some bubble gum (very faint hefe characteristic to me). Mild bitterness in an otherwise sweet finish. Alcohol slightly apparent.

M/D: Light bodied, carbonation is high. Drinkability is good. A good beer, which should do well with a little age.

NCSUdo, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of jfmorey
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a stemware glass.

The bubbly head disappeared quickly. The color is on the yellow side of orange, clear.

The smell is tart and faintly spicy.

The taste is also crisp, pleasant but neither wine-like nor beer-like; somewhere in between. The mouthfeel is more like a wine, a bit light in spite of the carbonation. I expect more complexity in the style, and it is not as good as the others in the series that I have had.

Certainly above average, but I will have no problem keeping the second bottle purchased to find out how well it ages.

jfmorey, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on 2/1/2013
(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a deep orange body with a wall of microbubbles and a thin cloud of snow white head swirling around. The second pour turned the beer very hazy.

S- The clean yeasty aroma had some mead qualities with a white grape hint and some triple hints in the yeast and sugar hints when it opened up.

T- This beer has a dry bitey white grape skin flavor with a dry finish and a tangy aftertaste. There is a fruit Muscat grape flavor that never grows as big as I would like but is present, and some floral yeast hints come through aswell. There is an odd tomato quality to the grape skins flavor that grows as it opens.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz and no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer comes together more as it opens up but the flavor is muted and never really becomes what I hoped. The Muscat grapes in a Triple sounds delicious and there are hints of greatness in there, but it remains a bit of an under achiever.

---
Drank 10/20/2010
(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a slightly hazy orange body with a sea of tiny bubbles swirling to the surface. There is a bubbly white head that last for a few sips and then fades to a thick ring of bubbles.
S- The white grapes and yeasty aroma has a soft phenolic spice to it. As the beer warms the grapes take on more of a white wine flavor that is very dry and more of the s. blanc grapes than the others. The wine tannins really dry out the aroma.
T- There is a tartness and pungent green hop flavor that turns more green grapefruit rind as it opens up. The dry finish has a light fruity hint and lots of white wine tannins but it is soon covered by fizz.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a big scrubbing fizz in the finish.
D- This beer is pretty clean if flavor and aroma and the fizz covers up more of it. There are some nice tripel qualities but the grapes really dry it out to much. I didn't get much from the Muscat and Gewurztraminer grapes but I have only tasted them in desert wines and candy so I was expecting them to be a bit sweeter. The tannin flavor makes it almost sulfury in the dryness. I will be interested to see how this one ages?

rhoadsrage, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of grittybrews
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured light gold with an orange tinge into a Duvel tulip with a thin slick of white head. Initial aroma of slightly funky and spicy Belgian yeast, with sweeter grape notes emerging and a hint of chamomile.

Slightly high carbonation and a light, dry mouthfeel. Sweet grape, banana, and malty honey up front followed by an abrupt shift to slightly bitter chamomile, spicy pepper, banana, and leather on the finish (which has just a bit of alcohol warmth).

I appreciate that despite the grape element, this beer doesn't come across too sweet. While I wouldn't exactly call it balanced, there are definitely lots of big flavors butting heads and it makes for a fun experience. I'll be interested to see how this brew develops over the next couple years.

01/2012 update: Mouthfeel was a little thin/flat, but the grape notes in the aroma and flavor were more dominant and the yeasty spice had faded somewhat. Quite a bit more balanced than I recalled.

grittybrews, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very characterful Strong Pale but the flavor and aroma spread of the beer is a little bit of "everywhere at once".

A bright golden appearance brings only the slightest of haze. Abundance of carbonation brings a spritzy (almost fizzy) appearance to the beer that I am unaccustomed to, from Stone. Loosely knit bubbles are slight fit for foamstance but slight on retention or lacing.

High perfume/floral/fruity aromas give a spicy tickle to the nose. Peppery phenolics play nicely on the olfactories while a wet/raw-grain scent offers a slight detraction

Flavors of soft pilsner malt gives a cracker-like crispness to a light grainy-sweet taste. Bright fruits of green apples, pears, lemons, and appricots leap off of the malt base with a lot of freshness and assertiveness. Balance not only by the peppery phenols, but also by the earthy/lemony hops. Alcohol flavor causes an abrupt bitter/acetone taste that interrupts the taste after mid palate and heading toward the finish.

Expansive and airy, the initial sip seems to explode in the mouth. But the beer's heat and effervesence grows into fusal (hot) feel that dispells the dry, digestible nature of the beer form becomming appreciated.

A decent beer with some good attributes. But in true VE fashion, I hope this one ages well, but it doesn't fare as well young as did many other in the VE series.

BEERchitect, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of silver0rlead
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a thin off-white head that retains OK. The aroma is impressively unique with a ton of white grape notes, along with some green apple and chamomile, a little honey and candi sugar, belgian yeast, wheat, a little funk and some alcohol...very unique and intriguing. The flavor has a winey edge upfront with white grape and green apple notes, along with some white pepper and chamomile, honey and candi sugar, funky yeast and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is a bit sharp, and drinkability is very good considering the ABV. A unique twist on a tripel, certainly out of the box but still very tasty.

silver0rlead, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a clear golden orange color that produced a good white head that dissipated quickly to bubbles.

(S)- A floral tripel character. Chamomile obviously present with a lightly tart and sweet white grape in front of an earthy clay/lemon/banana profile.

(T)- Very similar to the smell only backwards. An earthy bite up front with lemon peel citrus. Some bitter floral aspects. Finishes with a lightly tart white grape flavor.

(M)- A good carbonation level to it. Fruity and mildly tart and sweet. Has a bizarre bitter floral kick to it that I am not sure I like, but it does keep it interesting.

(D)- An interesting take on the style for sure, but this either needs serious age time or something. I love Stone, but I am not sure how I feel about this one.

sweemzander, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While I've always been intrigued by the Vertical Epic releases, and admire the creativity endowed in each, none of the releases so far have really hit it out of the park for me - until now - this 10/10/10 version is one impressive beer. Not sure that I can grasp all the brewing elements, but the grapes are clearly evident. Interestingly, they lend a fruityness without imparting a noticeable wine aspect. Lively without being fizzy and a nice bit of spicyness to the beer. There is a touch of a raw edge that I'm curious to see if a little age might smooth it down a bit. Normally, I put back one of each of these for the eventual vertical, but I think a few more of this year's edition will find a home in the cellar.

Brent, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass a burnt orange tinged medium golden witha fluffy one finger white head atop that left no trace of lace behind as it settled.White grape aromas along with a bit of funk,and sweetish alcohol.The mouthfeel is a bit sharp in the back end,prickly going down.Again big white grape juice (not wine) flavors up front with a some residual toastiness,the funk is subdued,a ginger and clove flavor becomes more noticeable as I drink more.Its pretty good,I guess I might like it more but Iam not a huge fan of the style,still not a bad beer for the new VE.

oberon, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of mjaskula
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle for now and a bottle for 12.12.12, as I expect many did. Served in a tulip glass. The beer pours crystal clear golden with a bit of an orange hue. The head was moderately thick, white and soda like. The head falls and disappears completely leaving no lacing.

The aroma is very wine like, with strong grape and a floral hops and alcohol. Flavor is fairly complex and dry. The grape and alcohol flavors are mild, but present. Floral hops are still there too. The belgian yeast shows itself more as the beer warms and fits in nicer than I expected it to. Mouthfeel is dry and carbonation is moderate.

This feels to me like Stone trying play the Dogfish game. Overall I think they pulled it off. I wonder how this will change over the next two years.

mjaskula, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of abecall98
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this freshly purchased bomber with Little Luna.

A - pours a pale orange, with a nice offwhite head. The head is rather small, and the lacing is rather weak, but the beer looks clear and crisp, like a nice belgain pale ale.

S - Very sweet, like a glass of freshly peeled white grapes. A slight malt and alcohol noticed in the end of the wiff.

T - Rather good, the grapes take control of this beer from beginning to end though. As I coat my mouth, a slight hint of yeastiness is present. No noticeable hoppiness, and only a slight malt flavor at the end. This beer taste is very familiar to the nose, so what you smell is what you taste in a sense. The alcohol is very noticeable in the finish. Could use some age.

M - Carbonation is low for the style. Most Belgian styles I am used to have overcarbonation, and this beers lack of bubbles is completely noticeable right after the first taste. The flavor is very pleasing, and the beer is about even for wet mouthfeel with a dry finish. Wierd in that sense, but during the taste, the grape flavor is somewhat sticky in the mouth, but after you finish the drink, your left with a slight dryness. I haven't had much beers like this before.

D - This beer is not offputting with regards to flavor. Though, the heat could be toned down slightly, I found this beer to be relatively drinkable for it's given abv.

O - one of the better of the Stone Vertical Epics IMO, but could have been better. I will have to see how a couple of bottles will age, and if the heat can mellow out, I am sure we could see an A rating for this beer.

abecall98, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of bonkers
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bomber into a snifter. It pours hazy straw yellow with a light, wispy 1 inch head. The aroma is sweet grapes, very vinous. The beer is very sweet and dominated by vinous characteristics, finishes crisp. The beer is light bodied, well carbonated, no hint of its high abv. It is an easy drinked, most wine drinkers would like it. Not the beer for me, if I want white wine I would buy white wine.

bonkers, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of cjacobsen
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass

Poured a light yellow straw color with a small, white head. Had a little sediment in it which made for some cloudiness.

Smelled sweet and alcoholic. You can catch the hints of grapes and wine.

Tastes just like it smells. Has that wisp of wine grapes but not the immediate sour hit of wine. It's got a great combination of additives and the Belgian Triple. The major sweetness and heavy alcohol caused by the candi and fermentable sugars is offset by the chamomile and grapes and it evens out to a great tasting brew.

The mouthfeel is still a bit tart and the alcohol and carbonation plays a role here. It nips a little but its pretty smooth for a triple.

I could easily drink this all night long but would end up on the floor with the 9.5%. I have a wine tasting party coming up and I'm thinking about bringing along a bottle of the 10.10.10 to show the winos how we can do it in beer country.

cjacobsen, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of Westsidebuddha
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Whole Foods Pasadena-Arroyo Pkwy,Calif.

Poured a light yellow color into Steinlager glass. Small 1/4" head with carbonation. The smell of grapes and Belgian ale is the first thing I noticed. The taste of grapes is noticable. Mouthfeel is good with a slighty dry back end. Good drinkability that it's not as strong tasting as I thought it would be. Okay, a couple of glasses in, I'm starting to feel the abv. Another good Epic.

Westsidebuddha, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My wife picked up a bottle of this for me.

Appearance- dark golden color, head dissipates quickly

Smell- wine grapes, spice

Taste- grapes, very interesting flavor

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, high carbonation

Drinkability- very good, I liked it a lot

jeffjeff1, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of mentor
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a finger of lightly tanned head over a clear rich-golden liquid. Nice streamers running to keep the head supplied. Smells of musty grapeskins, mild brettanomyces, earthy yeast, flattened waxy clove phenol. Mild lemon, tang mix, some oxidized character, and frozen peas.

Tastes light grapey, green apple, clean clove, and belgian candi sugar. Earthy yeast and nice peppery zip that has a bit of ginger character to it. Nice malt sweet carried on a thick body that gives an interesting grape leaf flavor overall. Alcohol is present throughout in a positive contributing way. Mild carbonation works well with the flavors and the body for a wonderful experience. Me likey.

mentor, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of JizackFH
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked this up from Bierkraft in Brooklyn. Poured into my Stone Imperial Russian tulip.

A - small quickly diminishing head. Great color on this beer though.

S - Smelly yeasty and a bit spicy. Definetly smells like a belgian strong pale.

T - Just as the smell indicated, belgian strong pale. i taste white grapes which is nice. A bitter finish at the end. Yeasty. Maybe a hint of lemon zest.

M - Medium body, not too thick. High carbonation makes a little hard to take down easily, but it still does go down nicely.

D - A little bit of strong alcohol but i like my beer that way. This goes down pretty smooth

All and all i really enjoyed this beer. Im usually not the biggest fan of this style of beer but this was nice. I have a second bottle to age until 2012 and i cannot wait to see what that turns out like. I really love stone beers and i think the whole vertical epic thing is a really cool and interesting idea. I just wish i could have gotten into it when it started. Sucks that I was 13 haha. oh well at least i get to enjoy the last 3 in the sereis. But again this beer was definetly worth it.

JizackFH, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this one up yesterday afternoon, and as I have been somewhat underwhelmed by the majority of these Vertical Epic efforts, I expected nothing different here. Pours a clear medium golden color, with a diminishing white head that is gone within moments. On the nose I get some Welch's white grape juice, some fruity Belgian esters and white pepper. On the palate, the wine grapes are noticeable, and help lift up an otherwise pedestrian tripel. Lightly hoppy, with a long, lingering bitter finish. Decent, and certainly drinkable, but nothing epic, whatsoever.

emmasdad, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of kkipple
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed a few of these at my local booze-pusher for the low-low price of $5.99. Immediately interesting - THREE grape varietals in here (Muscat, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc) and chamomile. Belgian pale as the base. Okay.

A. Deep red-gold, a disappointingly tiny head that doesn't fit, and seems a bit lifeless. No lace, no real retention. This seems like a flaw.

S. As this warms and opens up, things get more promising. This is a dry, yeast-forward Belgian with a good amount going on. You have the evident grape juice (white wine notes abound), clove, pepper, what I assume is the chamomile, some herby thing and a little bit of pale malt + sugar. Not the best nose, but curious and fun.

T. Follows suit - an unusual Belgian Strong Pale here. Dryish with some needed malt sugar heft in the mouthfeel, but the white grape is rather forward and adds a highly unusual quality - reminiscent of Allagash Victoria, but I haven't had many brews like this. There's a tidbit of lemon peel and pepper here, but the real star is the grape juice, which lends a sophisticated mustiness ('cause grapes are for cultured people) and some odd sweetness.

M / D. Medium body here, mid-low carbonation - I would have preferred a much more effervescent beer.

I'm not quite sure what to make of the 10.10.10. It is treading into some new territory and gets praise for that, but it could immediately be made better by fixing the carbonation / head retention issues and to be honest the base beer (sans grape) simply isn't that compelling. A curious, if flawed, beer. However, at the cheap price of $6 a bottle, this is worth a buy.

kkipple, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of Beejay
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clean amber brown with a nice white head that quickly turns into a ring. A good amount of bubbles rising form the bottom.

S: Definitely some Belgian character. Sweet with citrus notes and a bit of an herbal scent which I assume is the chamomile. I'd like to think I can smell the grapes.

T: Sharp, sweet and boozy. Definitely a wine character with a bit of a herbal thing. There is a bit of a sharpness to it. A bit of booze as well.

M: Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Very high carbonation.

D: Interesting but a bit on the strong side. It tastes like it needs a bit of time, but I can see this aging into a great beer.

Beejay, Oct 18, 2010
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!

Gueuzedude, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of berebrando
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a white head dissipates quickly, leaving a simple lacing, and a small ring of foam where the glass meets the beer. The smell is boozy, bananas, candy, belgian yeast and stone fruit. The phightin phils (ugh) just took a 1-nuthin' lead over the gints. The beer is lightly puckering with notes of apple, bananas, something subtly sour and spicy. She, who must be obeyed, and is also a wine aficionado, claims that the grapes in this beer are all used in white wine - and you can taste it - and she says that Muscat, in particular, is a very sweet wine. Aw, mouthfeel - yes, it feels good in my mouth. Drinkable - yes, or I would've left a more critical critique. Good beer, it's a good year. Cheers.

berebrando, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of nkersten
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden honey with a soap bubble head. Smell is strong yeast and cloves, some banana, hops and malt buried behind. Taste follows smell, slightly more noticeable hops and lots of yeasty tastes. More like a triple then a Belgian pale ale. I cant seem to pick up any of the grapes or chamomile. Maybe a slight white wine grape flavor in the finish, but it is mild. Mouthfeel is super dry and a slight bit tart, the carbonation is soft. Drinkability is ok, but for the price i may not revisit this one with so many better Belgians around.

nkersten, Oct 18, 2010
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
Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 923 ratings.