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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

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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Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Rifugium, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mactrail, Dec 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

mdaschaf, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

3.5/4/4/4/4

JohnGalt1, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

thagr81us, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev +0.3%

CheapBeerBuzz, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

bigred89, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of nrbw23
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

nrbw23, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of jaasen64
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Lord Hobo for their Vertical Epic event on 12/12/12. Part of Flight "E" (BA variants of 08, 09, 10). 5oz serving in a flight glass.

A- Translucent golden copper, nice head that recedes at a fairly average pace and leaves decent lacing, not a ton of carbonation. Similar to regular 10, but slightly darker.

S- Muscat grapes, sauvignon blanc wine, fairly strong floral notes coming from the chamomile, a hint of tartness, and a slight presence of oak. Slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Muscat grapes, sauvignon blanc, a faint grape tartness, a bit floraly from the chamomile and an oak presence that balances nicely with the floral presence. Finishes with a lightly sweet muscat/sauvignon taste. I really like how the oak balances with the other flavors going on.

M- Medium, not a whole lot of carbonation but fits beer well, smooth, goes down very easily.

O- The barrel-aging on the 10 added a nice touch and french oak barrels were definitely the right type of barrel to perfectly compliment the other flavors in the beer. Like the 09, tasting them side by side you could tell how the barrel accentuated the flavors nicely and actually provided more flavor unlike the 08. I enjoyed drinking this beer and I almost appreciated it just as much as the BA 09.

jaasen64, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Oakenator
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful color and presence with this beer - light amber with a bit of cloudiness probably due to some barrel effects. The head was minimal but some lingering foam on the rim of the glass a bit of lacing. Smells of white grapes and flowers - sweet. Taste is complex especially next to the non-barrel aged. The wine presence is mellowed a bit in this version and takes on a bit more of after dinner drink (like a port or icewine). Great beer.

Oakenator, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

BAsbill, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of TheBrewo
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

TheBrewo, Dec 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

zekeman17, Jan 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

neckbracesub, May 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

GeoffreyM, Dec 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

EyePeeAyBryan, Jan 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

ryan1788a5, Jan 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

masterofsparks, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

rydev24, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of russwbeck
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

rudabegga9, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

moonknight31, Jul 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

OnryAndMean, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

user785335, Dec 31, 2012
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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale With French Oak from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.