Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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Stone  02.02.02  Vertical  Epic  AleStone  02.02.02  Vertical  Epic  Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A new Vertical Epic will be released every year, with the goal being to collect them all and have a Vertical Epic tasting once the final Epic is released on 12/12/12. Each new Stone Vertical Epic Ale will be release one YEAR, one MONTH and one DAY apart. Vertical Epic 02/02/02 was not brewed "to style". Instead, we tried to create something new. It's triple-ish in nature, with wit character, coriander and orange peel, and has way more hops than either a Belgian triple or a Wit would. Belgian yeast was used. Belgian Strong Ale is the closest category that fits -- Greg Koch, Stone Brewing CEO. In addition, we are pleased to provide the homebrewing recipe: http://stonebrew.com/timeline/020202

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 04-22-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
78
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
16.71%
 
 
Wants:
139
Gots:
22
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is not a 2015 review. This review is from found notes from tasting this beer shortly after it was released.

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3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kojevergas
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bizarrely, on-draught @ a random sports bar in NYC. Hides its ABV well. Holds up well even after 14 years, drinking clean, crisp, and refreshing. Balance could be better.

High C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mothman
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a small layer of white head. Color is a hazed golden yellow.

Aroma: Lemon and wheat. Kind of piney with grassy hops. Pretty earthy.

Taste: pine and grass. Lemon citrus. Wheat. Light coriander and spice. A bit of booze showing.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with a lot to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and weedy.

Overall, not an epic fail. Somewhat drinkable, but I wouldn't go crazy to get this one. It seems to be holding up fine, but it isn't worth the trade/ebay value (unless you are looking for the tick of course). I didn't have that much to say about this one for being as highly sought after as it is. Still, I was excited to try it.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is part of the 20th anniversary Encore Series.

Good start to the head, but it settles quickly. Minimal lace. Light gold color and clear.

Soured fruit aroma. I also get some wheat to the nose.

Reasonably smooth. Biting hop is present with a decent wheat base. There's a fruity finish with banana taking the lead role. Lots of esters. I like the balance the hop brings in the swallow and aftertaste. This is a bit of blend of a wit and a pale ale.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mike, you are an interesting character. And for that, I thank you. For who else would open an 02.02.02 on 01.09.11?

A: This mythical libation pours a cloudy orange-ish color with a thin ring of white foam.

S: What? No cardboard? A miracle, I say. Sweet oranges and a fair amount of spices (coriander, mostly) on the nose with a decent wheat and bread aroma. A bit of yeast is there as well.

T: Surprisingly flavor for an almost 9 year old witbier. There are a lot of fruity notes to this beer which was strange, but enjoyable. Orange and slightly bitter orange peel with some coriander complimenting a (somehow) intact sweet wheat and malt base.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I was really expecting this to be total crap. As a witbier, it's very middle of the road. But looking at this beer for "what it has become" in terms of the VE series, it's actually pretty good. This makes the beer sort of difficult to score...

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was fortunate to try this last night at an epic tasting held by my good friend Mike, thanks for the opportunity MrBarleywine!
The first in the series pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with an almost non existent off white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is sweet with caramel and light tropical fruit with a lightly spicy bready yeasty bite to provide a bit of balance. The flavor is sweet like the aroma promised. Sugary and caramel malts with a faded but present spicy peppery yeast bite. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet spicy mouthfeel. This held up better than I expected, but its also a stretch to call this a wit I guess. It has lots of sherry oxidized notes, but it drank pretty good. Probably past its prime, but holding up just the same.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MasterSki
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle acquired by Sean9689. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Surprisingly ample carbonation that settles to a thin white cap and thicker collar, leaving behind a few spots of lace. Hazed orange-yellow body.

S - It smells like 'old' beer, but not in the bad sense of the word. Very fruity, with a hand lotion-esque note to it, peaches and pears, a touch of vanilla. There's oxidation, but thankfully it isn't of the cardboard variety.

T - The taste is quite similar, with fruity flavors and a dab of caramel, as well as sherry-like oxidation. Not great, but not terrible either.

M - Surprisingly zesty carbonation, a bit grainy in texture, medium in body, and no perceptible alcohol.

D - For an 11-year-old Wit it's surprisingly decent. That being said, I certainly wouldn't buy or trade for this. Went down pretty easy, and unfortunately this far surpassed some of the subsequent VEs.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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2.06/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12/13/2012

Bottle shared by Overlord at the start of a tasting of all the Vertical Epics. The bottle was stored at 35 degrees for 6 years and then at 55 degrees for the remaining 4.

Dark orange. Clear pour. Small bubbly head fades fast. Vanilla and rust in the nose with tons of unpleasant cardboard-like oxidation. Some paper towel, cardboard, and metal in the flavor with a little bread. This beer is pretty bad. I'm not sure why Stone thought this would hold up for 10 years.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been described as an Imperial Wit by the brewer, Lee Chase. His intention with this brew is that it be able to cellar for 12 years.

Pours a cloudy golden with definite orange highlights. A slight white head that dissipates quickly, but laces the glass nicely. Aroma is similar to that of your run-of-the mill wit, but there seems to be more coriander and a substantial orange zest present. And there is just a hint of alcohol on the nose. This is one wit that you can taste the alcohol. (I'm sure this will diminish over the next 12 years.) There's a great orange/lemony zestiness. Phenolic content is fairly high. And fruity esters are abundant. There is some good bitterness here too. And a lingering one at that. The beer has a medium body. It's a very smooth and easy drinking brew for what I assume is fairly high in alcohol content. It's just a tad syrupy. A joy to try and will be a joy to try again years from now I'm sure.

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