Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale With French Oak - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.68/5 rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This brew was served from the tap (labeled as “Aged with Oak Chips”) at the Tap and Mallet Vertical Epic tasting event. It arrived in a chalice, glowing a golden brown coloring. It held a one and a half finger head of light brown bubbles, showing good retention. Spidery lacing was left down the glass. Carbonation appeared average. There was the haziness of apple cider, but no sediment was noted. The aroma gave medicinal phenols, oaky sourness, sugary plums and nectarines, citric hops, light yeast, chalky caramel malts, and the soured bite of pale Belgian malts and yeast. Our first impression was that there was nice soured oakiness to the flavoring, holding nicely against the bright juiciness of hops and white grapes. As we sipped, the flavoring opened with clovey phenols, Belgian malts and yeast, big boozy bite, and a metallic twang. The peak came with soft vanillas, more metallics, lemon flesh, and the bite of soured vinegar. The end gave even more orange and lemon flesh sweetness, pale malts, and faint toast of pale malts and oak. The aftertaste breathed of soured grain of oak and toast, phenolic bittering bite of plastics and medicinals, and the juiciness of white wine grapes. The body was full, and the carbonation was full. There was heavy froth and slurp to each sip, with a nicely even coating to the palate. This gave way to crisp dryness of chalky grain. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.
Overall, what we liked best about this brew was the warmth of flavoring and nice citric spice. The oak was certainly apparent, but ultimately added little in the way of robustness that wasn’t already present to the original ’10 VE. The flavor, has, however, evened out quite a bit, making for a milder, sweeter oaky blend that does sit nicely against those initially cloying and biting grapes of the fresh bottle.
Serving type: on-tap
12-23-2012 14:36:35 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
4oz draft pour into a tulip glass.
A: Brown, ruby color with minimal head.
S: Banana bread aromas.
T: Molasses, brown sugar, banana, and plum flavors.
M: Really sweet and slightly warming, but ultimately more sweet.
O: Interesting how the oak aging brought out different flavors, and liked it slightly better.
Serving type: on-tap
01-22-2014 20:41:06 | More by blindtiger24
Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale With French Oak from Stone Brewing Co.
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