Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale With French Oak - Stone Brewing Co.
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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
4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
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
12-16-2012 22:10:29 | More by russwbeck
4.08/5 rDev +2%
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.
12-13-2012 21:01:22 | More by jaasen64
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
4.65/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
12-12-2012 18:08:40 | More by Oakenator
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
Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale With French Oak from Stone Brewing Co.
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