Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
A: Pours a bright golden yellow color with a couple of fingers of frothy white head. The head dissipated fairly quickly and left a decent amount of sticky lacing.
S: A good amount of floral and herbal aroma, with that traditionally ester like Belgian yeast in the background.
T: The flavor was really complex and enjoyable. Some notes of a traditional BPA up front with a good amount of citrus. For me, the grapes really came through in the mid palate as the flavor turned pleasantly sour with notes of green apple as well. The finish was slightly bitter.
M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
D: Amazingly drinkable for 9.6%. Now I know why I didn't feel so great this morning after drinking a few of these! Another great Stone beer.
10-17-2010 01:05:08 | More by MrDanno96
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
A: Dull golden hue with a minor head that leaves a bit of lacing.
S: Lots of herbal notes, also lemon and citrus aroma as well. Belgian yeast noticeable as well.
T: This is a pretty good interpretation of a Belgian pale ale, with a twist that only Stone can provide. Aside from typical BPA characteristics, there is some hits of grape and a floral herbal quality, not unlike heather ales such as Fraoch.
M: Carbonation is decent, but could be slightly bumped up a notch. Finishes with a mild floral or hoppy note.
D: Not bad; I like it. Undoubtedly, there are better BPA's out there, made by those who are known for them. However, this could stand toe to toe with any of them, and still hold it's own.
10-17-2010 00:00:43 | More by irishking1977
4/5 rDev +6.4%
My 1st review on BA.
Bottle poured into a oversized wine glass.
App- Golden color, a bit hazy and shimmery in the glass, small 1 finger little off white head, dissapted quickly. Very nice dissaptaing lacing down the glass.
Smell- Very floral and lemony to me. Smell took a while to develop. Could have been a bit too cold when poured.
Taste- Has the taste that I love in a beer. That undeniable beligan loveliness. Not as much herbs as I would have thought and def had a taste of a more potent white wine with the grape coming through at the end for me.
Mouthfeel- Clean, crisp, exactly what I was expecting to find in the 10. Had a bit of sediment on the lip after 3 or 4 sips
Drink- Was very smooth on the tounge and the palate. Would easily have a second bottle while enjoying with friends if any of my friends could put down the BL or Coronas long enough to try good beer. Give it 4/5.
10-16-2010 22:29:31 | More by FosterJM
4.43/5 rDev +17.8%
Pours a hazy gold color, with a nice white head.
Aromas are very nice. Reminds me a bit of a Tripel or a Wild Ale. Hints of sourness, funk, grass, vinegar, oak, and grapes. I am digging sniffing this one.
Taste is very good, interesting, and quite unique. Starts with a very full and thick creaminess. Beer then settles into some crisp green apple and white wine like flavors. Finish is nice and crisp, dry, with some tart lemon zest.
Mouthfeel is superb. Almost perfect, well rounded, full, with a snappy finish.
Drinkability is good. I am impressed. I think this will definitely be a love/hate type of beer, but please put me in the love camp. I really like the uniqueness of this one, and I think this is a perfect candidate for cellaring, might have to grab a couple more to age beyond 12.12.12.
10-16-2010 20:19:13 | More by flexabull
4.1/5 rDev +9%
Had the pleasure of drinking the vertical epic on tap at lucky baldwin's in pasadena last night. My wife took a sip from the goblet and enjoyed it as well...review is from memory so it may not be as precise
Appearance: Good Belgian head that disapated as the beer sat. Has a good golden color, but I was expecting sediment...maybe when I buy the bottles.
smell: a bit fruity...but smell difficult to discern in a pub that smells like good beer everywhere! NOticed a hint of hops, not typical of stone who usually is not so subtle
taste: seems like the flavors are there for something special. Some fruits at the beginning anf bit hoppy at the end. It tastes like a german made a belgian beer...but this beer was designed for a wait, so I think the taste will definitely improve with age
M: a bit tangy...no sweetness...little carbonation..a smooth easy drinking beer
D: again...very easy to drink, may not be the best version of strong ale...but it has the beginnings of something special...i could easily drink 2 or 3...
10-16-2010 14:01:35 | More by unseenbyyou
3.43/5 rDev -8.8%
Appearance: pours a pale gold, slightly chill-hazed, with a fluffy one-finger head of pure white that quickly fades to a filmy top layer that grips the sides with gusto in horizontal lines of lace.
Smell: strange mustiness in the back, akin to lager yeast. White wine, sour green apples, swedish fish, light lemon zest, floral lavender, chamomile.
Taste: the mustiness appears in the flavor as well. It's akin to a skunked lager. Chamomile, roses, light fruitiness of pears and green apples. Very dry finish.
Feel: medium, tingly carbonation. Nicely smooth, but the medium-light body becomes lighter as it moves about the mouth.
Drink: For all the "left turns" the label boasts the beer taking, this tastes pretty similar to Vertical Epic 08, though I'd place that beer above this one on a Best Of list. Not the best of the series.
10-16-2010 06:48:37 | More by Phelps
4.5/5 rDev +19.7%
Poured into a Great Divide Tulip.
A - Pours a really nice coppery golden color. Crystal clear. Very little head that dissipates almost immediately. Quite a nice looking beer.
S - Wow. Great nose on this. Smells strongly of tripel/Golden ale. Definitely getting that classic tripel yeast smell. Also definitely some booze. There is a bit of sweet grape, or maybe some sugary sweetness there as well.
T - Definitely a tripel. Definitely grapes added as well. Given the addition of grapes (especially muscat) and Belgian candy sugars, I was worried that this was going to be a sugar bomb. I was worried it would have a quad type sweetness in a golden ale. I needn't have worried. The grape/sweetness is nice and balanced. The tripel comes through strong first, this has a bit of funk to it, but not much. Then the grapes and booze come in and give a nice wine like sweetness, with some complimentary wine booze notes. This really blurs the line between beer and wine for me.
M - Very clean and crisp. A little bit of resin remains on my lips. Quite interesting.
D - The booze in this really shows up. But other than that, this is super drinkable. I don't know if I'd really like a second bottle, but I'd be willing to try. At the very least, one goes down smooth.
This is my first experience with the Vertical Epic. Too bad I missed the previous incarnations. Hopefully I can find a generous soul on 12/12/12.
10-16-2010 06:02:05 | More by artcurtis
4.63/5 rDev +23.1%
This ale appears a light golden color with a small white head.
.It smells slightly of a sweet white wine. The grapes are quite noticeable in the smell. There is a sweet sugary smell as well to the beer. As well as some floral notes. It smells quite complex.
It tastes slightly like a white wine. There is an acidity and earthy flavor that I associate with white wine. There is a very floral and herbal flavor going on in the beer as well. I also get a bit of a honey flavor to the beer as well. There is also a bit of alcohol heat to this beer, but it blends nicely with the other flavors. The taste ends with a slight bitterness. A nice floral flavor lingers on the palate.
The carbonation seems natural. The carbonation is moderate low. It complements the beer perfectly.
The drinkability is pretty good for being high in alcohol. Though all I can drink is one 22 ounce bottle of it.
Overall an amazing, creative, complex beer that pushes the boundaries. It seems to be a fusion between a semi-sweet white wine and a tripel. I can see why many don't like this beer as the flavor is quite unlike most beers. i think this is a beer your either going to love or hate. I am going to pick up a few more of these.
10-16-2010 02:37:47 | More by chumba526
3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
10-16-2010 02:24:28 | More by ism
2.38/5 rDev -36.7%
Pours a honey/orange/yellow color, viscous with a small white head. Smells...old, like stale old, a note in aromatics that would normally lead me to believe this ale is past its prime, a buttery note and a pleasant sweetness accompany it. This beer is tough to review. The sweetness initially is enjoyable, waves of an awkward tartness as well as a 'stem' quality found in some wines. Not vinous, not sour, the grapes IMO clash with the yeast and the hops are (surprisingly) almost unnoticable. This isnt horrible until the aftertaste...very off putting. I dont care for it.
10-16-2010 01:29:23 | More by ATPete
4/5 rDev +6.4%
A - Poured from 22oz to pint glass. Clear, Head at first from pour; however, it dissipates very quickly.
S - Can definitely smell the muscat and blend of grapes. Aroma of chamomile.
T - Slightly sour from the Sauvignon Blanc but also sweet. Very complex. I do wonder how it will age though.
M - Lingers a bit on the palate. Decent amount of carbonation.
D - Very Drinkable but i think it only would do well by itself. Can't really match a flavor to it in particular.
10-16-2010 00:04:02 | More by KeithStolte
4/5 rDev +6.4%
A-Light amber with almost no head. Light, soapy lacing.
S-Pale malts,grape sweetness, a bit floral. Some light booziness.
T/M-Disappointing. The addition of grapes adds a faint sweetness, but no vinous qualities. The chamomile comes through just a bit, adding an interesting, if underdone herbacious quality to an otherwise unremarkable Belgian pale ale. The finish is soft and bready. Medium bodied, with low to medium carbonation.
10-15-2010 23:03:39 | More by DaveHS
3.35/5 rDev -10.9%
Stone Vertical Epic 10.10.10 on tap at Bob's Bar in Columbus, Ohio. Served in a snifter glass.
Appearance: A totally transparent honey-orange color. Thin white head that disappears quickly. No lacing.
Smell: Malts, some sour fruit. Infusion/tea aromas too.
Taste: Sour! Maltiness, acidity. Booze around.
Mouthfeel: A little thin for a beer this strong. Alright carbonation, not great. Medium body.
Drinkability: OK. Easy, but not a very attractive beer. I've had much better strong Belgian ales/Belgian IPA's, and certainly much better Stone Vertical years!
It is disappointing to see how all those complex ingredients listed above don't get to make a great beer. Aging would improve it, I assume.
10-15-2010 21:45:09 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
On cask at the Daily Pint in Santa Monica during their Stone night at the end of LA Beer Week 2010.
A: poured a thick mandarin orange into a short stemmed goblet. About two fingers of beach sand head. Opaque glow when held up to light. Light sticky lacing.
S: I have a cold, so unfortunately I can't smell well. I smell light spices, corriander, citrus faintly.
T: bright flavor. Not strong on the Belgian yeast. Nice tangy aftertaste with very light hop bitterness. The grape juices do give it a slight acidic bite and a dry finish that is faintly reminiscent of the wines they produce. Some caramelized candi sugars, tilting the bubblegum often found in Belgians closer to orange-flavored cotton candy.
M: perfect carbonation from the cask conditioning. Creamy mouthfeel perhaps undermines the dry finish from the grapes. Aj, but it's on cask!!
D: pretty drinkable. It feels more like a Belgian Wit than a Tripel or "Belgian Strong". Alcohol is defnitely felt towards the bottom of the glass, so it's not seasonable but it's a tasty brew for easy quaffing nonetheles
Overall, I think this beer is confused as to what it is. But it's enjoyable all the same.
10-15-2010 21:41:24 | More by vertigelt1
4.3/5 rDev +14.4%
appearance- amber orangish color with moderate white head and small bubbles can seen rolling up the glass, slightly murky when looking closely
Smell- nose is quite familiar of most Belgian triples, nice yeast and spice noticeable, very nice Belgian nose
Taste- has some sweetness of front and then some spice on the backend that really keeps everything in balance, some hops are definitely there on the finish that keep it from being really sweet and some grapeyness maybe there and noticeable up front in sweetness, has some sweet and sourness to it, but overall has very nice enjoyable spice and flavor to it that i enjoy in a very nice belgian beer, overall pretty complex
mouthfeel- smooth and nice feel, low carbonation
drinkability- highly drinkable and enjoyable with booze level way hidden, i really most enjoy the sweet/tart up front nicely checked by hops and spice on the backend, just overall has a really enjoyable belgian beer flavor that is so enjoyable in many of the style, pretty good beer and rather complex, not sure how much i really notice the grapes but maybe just bit beyond my ability to really grasp my best assumption is it rears its head with the sour component that appears, anyone worth looking out another nice beer by stone
10-15-2010 21:33:02 | More by Stunner97
3.08/5 rDev -18.1%
Thanks to the beer buyer at Whole Foods for finally getting this in from Morris Distributing...
Clear light amber with an orange hue, no real head to speak of and middling carbonation. Aromas strong with lemon, tangy fruit, like kiwi or raspberry. Very interesting, unique and nice. Some crisp, floral characteristics also. Flavor is crazy tangy. Almost like a sour or wild ale, but I'm guessing this isn't using any Brett. This must be the white wine grapes that are used in this one. Like a saison, but has this biting finish that is like white wine. Kind of wacky, if you ask me. My guess is this needs to be paired with food, right...Heh heh...Super complex, as it moves from almost sweet and juicy, to dry and tangy-bitter. Pretty cool, but the finish is so weird it kills me. Very decently drinkable, however, but the hefty pricetag will leave you gasping and really drops the drinkability for me. Unique, but not sure if I would call it great beer.
What I like Most: The fruity, floral aromas.
What I like Least: The price of $6.49/bomber. Ouch.
Verdict: Worth trying due to its unique qualities, but not worth the price.
10-15-2010 21:32:07 | More by SolomonGrundy
3.23/5 rDev -14.1%
Appearance - Appropriately golden, with a frothy almond head. The light bubbles make the beer look really inviting - my mouth is watering! Nice and clear too. 4.0/5.0
Smell - Flowery sweetness and sugar. Lemon, banana and honey too. 3.0/5.0
Taste - The belgian taste is dominant - all of the spice, coriander and lemon are really potent and easy to pick up on. I don't mind the sweetness and it masks the alcohol extremely well (and at 9.5% ABV, this one will sock it to ya). The use of wine grapes is different - it adds some tartness to it that you don't normally see in a tripel. The taste changed a bit as the beer warmed. - 3.5/5.0
Feel - A clean beer - there is a little aftertaste, but it's very mild. Flavor is predominately on the tongue. 3.5/5.0
Drinkability - I gotta say, I enjoyed the beer, but I didn't really think it was so amazing that I would buy this by the case. I could get a bottle of New Belgium Tripel for about 1/2 the price. 2.5/5.0
10-15-2010 20:41:00 | More by taxguyjase
2.03/5 rDev -46%
Pours a pale yellow gold. A few inches of white bubbling foam quickly died down to nothing. Just perhaps the barest rim of bubbles. Barely any carbonation. Frankly, the appearance that came to mind is malt liquor. I poured some out for the homies that couldn't be here.
Smells like grainy yeast, a wisp of sickly, rotting grapes, and ... ugh. Solvent alcohol?
This is one nasty tasting brew. Just a kitchen sink mess. After having the sublime 06/06/06 (one of the best "Belgian" non-wilds I can recall) this is such a let down. The grapes add nothing but a weird rotting green grape undercurrent. The yeast has an unpleasant ... twang ... buzzing ... horrid aftertaste ... to it. There's some spices (cloves) and some banana and earthy bittering character trying to get through, but they don't meld with the weird overpowering sweet yeast backbone. The folks who are saying they didn't detect any alcohol ... advocate please. It's like a cleaning solution.
Zero carbonation is a problem, but I don't know if it would help this beer much. Maybe it will be better in a few years.
I would have thought it was already implied, but I guess it should be stated more clearly: this hot mess of a beer is for people that want a hot mess of a beer.
10-15-2010 06:19:52 | More by Overlord
4.13/5 rDev +9.8%
Good Vertical Epic, taste improved as Ale warmed. Smell hints of grapes (of course) banana and pear. Tastes close to a Barley Wine but a lot smoother. The 9.5 alcohol will creep up on you so enjoy! Strong Floral notes, no doubt that this epic will be perfect in 2012!
10-15-2010 02:49:28 | More by Givemesome
4.15/5 rDev +10.4%
Beautiful golden body, small white head.
Aromas of chamomile tea, honey, flowers, and yeast. Vague white wine aroma.
The flavor is somewhere between white wine, mead, tea, and a Belgian golden ale. Honey, flowers, herbs, spicy yeast, and a noticeable wine character. The juice adds richness on the palate and a little sweetness while providing the primary flavor component. The grape blend is more and more impressive as I spend more time tasting it and allowing it to warm.
An interesting, strange, and enjoyable beer. Reminds me of the Widmer Prickley Pear Braggot. Seems like it would age very well. Remarkably easy drinking.
10-15-2010 02:28:11 | More by BradLikesBrew
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
A- Looks way way viscious for what it is; this is the strongest Epic they've made (ABV WISE) and it looks like it will deliver! Amberish gold with a fluffy white head!
S- Don't know what to think of the nose but its so intriquing that it perked my interest into why they hopped this thing so hard that you can't even get a whisp of grapes??
T- Nice and bold with spice, some excellent fruit notes coming in here and there, no grapes, but the end has a distinct woody-camamile tea essence.
D- Pretty damn good for 9.5%, I could drink this until the lights dim actually. Not sticky or sweet, nice and sharp and dry.
10-15-2010 01:24:02 | More by slayer3604
4.58/5 rDev +21.8%
When I heard a relatively accessible bar was going to be tapping Vertical Epic I knew I had to schedule my day around it. All activities were leading up to that fantastic moment as I sat on the couch of Lincoln Park Whole Food's and began sipping this beer. Seemingly twelve ounce pour into a tulip-like glass.
A- Honeyrod golden body with a generous collar, middle of the lake cirrus clouds float until this beer was finished being consumed. Tons of carbonation. Absolutely truck loads. Dozens of streams danced their way up the fluid. It was a bit turbid and hazy to see through. The lacing never lasted long enough for me to be ultimately happy with it.
S- Heavily reminded of a super sweet belgian. Almost sickeningly sweet, almost. Initially it was floral notes and a hint of funk. The aroma evolves throughout the experience. Brown sugars and what has to be the chamomile come forward as it lingers in the glass.
T- Heavily sweet. It borders a candied beer with nausea. Borders, though. It never fully crosses into that territory. The funk exists in the finish along with a noticeable hop presence that fades quickly. Great residue on the tongue that reminds me of creme brulee burnt sugar. The middle flavors should be noted as acetic sourness with love. Tender, like I like it sprinkled on food.
As the beer warmed, the sweetness fades and is replaced with a new bittersweet complex. The sour starts coming out more into its own place, which is obviously the grapes. Some nice wine qualities. Awesome.
M- Full, heavily carbonated, residues on the lips, tongue, and soft palate all differ from each other. Each one lovely in their own way. Hops to the lips, creme brulee to the tongue, and a varying mixture elsewhere.
D-Here is a beer I would love to drink on a weekly basis. It tastes great, never overwhelms, blends the alcohol in perfectly. There are zero real complaints, and all compliments for stone on this one. Room for improvement of course, but not much. Easy, easy, easy to consume and love all at once.
10-15-2010 00:02:14 | More by Khazadum
2.8/5 rDev -25.5%
Well, I usually don't drink such beers so light tasting & smelling... I'm a hop head and this certainly is no IPA.
A - Poured golden and pure, not much head or lacing. See through & sorta fizzy.
S - Not much going on here ,kinda sweet/wine smell.
T - Light & Belgian/Heineken/german/ minimal after taste.
M - Medium to light & fizzy, easy drinking faint wine/vine thing going on.
D - Easy drinking, light, no problem finishing this one Pt. Kinda tasty but I know its designed to be aged to December 12 2012. Very aggressive Belgian style if you like that... Me I'm more of a hop head that requires some sort of "bite" or cringe. I respect its made from grapes and has a high alcohol volume (9.5%). Good "different" beer.
10-13-2010 23:20:51 | More by SDtastentune
2.38/5 rDev -36.7%
This is a hard beer to review as I like to try and think about the style. Sadly I'm not sure what to think about a german hopped, Belgium yeast, and grapes in a beer.
Golden, an ok amount of bubbles given what I think the style is, and after a quick hint of head it's all gone. The bubbles put on a show when swirled I guess. Pretty boring by just about any standard you go by. As beer goes golden and bubbles isn't great. For belgiums it's under carbonated. So, yeah it's not impressive at all.
The beer doesn't give off much aroma. Served in a Stone Vertical Epic glass so the glass is what stone wanted it served in I have to assume. It's a really faint white grape juice with yeast and alcohol. A light hint of spices. Some earthy wheat and yeast tones I've never had words to describe as they only exist in some wheat and Belgium beers.
The taste is dominated by the grapes. A very light bodied malt, a slight bitter hop finish, and then alcohol and more grapes to end. Earthy hop flavor. A touch spicy but rather mild compared to say their 07.
The mouth is clean but not really dry. The grapes linger and stick to the back of your mouth. The carbonation is pretty solid for the style and for drinking./
I'd have finished this bottle in 10 minutes if I wasn't reviewing it. I'm not a fan here, but it's extremely thirst quenching, not overly flavorful, and extremely easy to drink. The 9.5 is all but non existent here.
10-13-2010 22:23:25 | More by bobhits
4/5 rDev +6.4%
Just picked this up today...got two bottles: one to try now, and one to save for years from now.
This is a 22 ounce bomber sampled from a Stone Levitation tulip glass.
Keeping in mind that this one is quite young, and intended to be aged for quite some time, the appearance is lacking in a nice head. It actually faded pretty quickly after being poured. There is, however, a ton of activity in the body of the beer, contributing to a small but steady fizz on top. The body color is a relatively clear light copper.
The aroma here is quite floral...tulips, lilies...as well as a slightly herbal, tea-like aroma. There is some funk in the nose, for sure. Hints of apple, coriander, clove, and orange peel also linger.
Up front the flavor is very spicy...hints of clove, tobacco, green peppercorn, and cinnamon, come to mind. On the back end, there is a chalky malt finish, leaving an astringent bitterness behind. This definitely tastes like a tripel, which I believe is the intended style (with some Stone tweaks, of course). In the middle of this beer is some strong candy sugar...leaving a nice, sweet coating on the tongue, and contributing to some of the good alcohol burn (though not too overpowering) on the way down.
Overall, this beer is pretty darn good. I'm excited to see what it's like in a few years.
10-13-2010 21:49:21 | More by movingtrain
Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 915 ratings.