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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale With French Oak - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale With French Oak
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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mactrail on 12-11-2012)
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Reviews by russwbeck:
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4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazingly this has a completely different color. The barrel has changed the look of the beer in a way I've never seen before. This time, it's almost red with a white head. 4

Again, this smells much different than its origin. I'm getting oak, vanilla, and grapes mostly. Some booze comes out at the very end and is stronger as the beer warms. 3.5

The taste is really nice. The oak and vanilla really work with the grapes and some must and I quite like the caramel finish. After the aroma I was ready for this to be an oaky, booze bomb, but it impressed me. 4.5

The body is medium this time and is carbonated very well. Like before, this is very drinkable. 4

I called this the most surprising beer of the night and it's one of the best of the night as well. I would definitely say this was better from the barrel. Making Stone two out of three in that category. Overall, I wasn't that impressed with the Vertical Epics, but some of the barrel aged iterations really impressed me. 4

russwbeck, Dec 16, 2012
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Enjoyed at the 'Most Arrogant Bar in America', Barley's Pizzeria & Taproom in Greenville, SC! Served from tap into a snifter. Poured a dark red brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, wood, earth, sweet alcohol, and subtle dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, spice, wood, sweet alcohol, and dark fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The French oak really added a nice bit of complexity to this brew. The base beer really wasn’t that exciting if I am honest, so I wasn’t going into this one expecting huge things. However, the French oak definitely helped to take it to the next level as it added a nice earthy note that I did not get in the base brew in the past. A really well thought out plan here that seemed to actually enhance the brew.

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Interesting... I don't exactly remember the original version... but I had them side by side and the bigger oak made those perfume notes bloom.

I dig it.. Thanks to Chris, Dave, Erin, and ultimately Greg who made tonight's VE tap throwdown happen.


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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale With French Oak from Stone Brewing Co.
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