Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale With French Oak - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.68/5 rDev -8%
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.
12-23-2012 14:36:35 | More by TheBrewo
3.83/5 rDev -4.3%
Dark amber in the tulip glass with a minimal foam and just enough carbonation on the tongue. Quite winey in mouthfeel, but it makes for a different sort of adult beverage a little outside the usual beer sensations.
Great fruity flavors with blackberry and vanilla. The muscat grape taste is nicely integrated with the beeriness. This is kind of a malt liquor "with natural flavors," but quite pleasant sipping. Warm and slightly sweet, plus nutty and just a touch of molasses. As it warms there seem to be melons and cucumbers. The oak contributes a very refined woodiness, it's one of the better barrel flavors I've had, but way less intense than most.
On tap at Local Habit during their Stone Vertical Epic week. I see it's also listed at the Stone mother ship location.
12-11-2012 07:02:08 | More by mactrail
3.85/5 rDev -3.8%
First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA
Served in a 9oz. snifter, a coppery chestnut color, hazy, with a small cap of off-white head; nice retention and lacing. Woody aroma, nutty, notes of apple and grape skin. Similar taste, nutty malts, obvious oakiness, crispness of apple and grape skin, not overly fruity though, subtle tannins, with a drying, herbal hop finish. About medium in body, mellow carbonation, slight alcohol warmth, drinkable and enjoyable.
12-19-2012 04:31:37 | More by Rifugium
3.88/5 rDev -3%
Reviewed on 12.12.12
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series
P: Brown body with creamy off white head.
S: Predominately oak and cardboard.
T/M: Heavy coffee creamer, figs coated with melted butter, apricots, honey and nice oak flavors. Dry finish in a syrupy body.
O: Not a huge difference in the original but develops a nice buttery oak taste.
12-23-2012 20:30:34 | More by Hopswagger
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
01-15-2013 11:52:03 | More by thagr81us
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
01-22-2014 20:41:06 | More by blindtiger24
3.98/5 rDev -0.5%
A healthy probably 10-12oz pour into the Bittercreek Teku glass tonight.. Pours a hazed shade darker golden.. Decent head.. nice lacing.
Poured too cold.. let warm up for a while.. nose has some oak and a sorta perfumy .. granny smith apple skin notes..
Flavor has more oak.. and even more "perfume" ... musky dry reisling notes.. a bit of something that I associate with Perries..
Body is a solid medium... as it warms up the carbonation dies down and allows the good flavors to bloom out of the glass...
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.
12-13-2012 05:55:02 | More by JohnGalt1
Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale With French Oak from Stone Brewing Co.
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