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%
 
 
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139
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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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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

Photo of chippo33
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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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of HopHead84
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

Photo of Canada_Dan
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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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kvgomps
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled 1 year and 6 months after it was first launched.

If you’ve had the Stone VE03, then the bottle for the VE02 has the same design, bar the circle of numbers below the word Stone, which is comprised of 02’s rather than 03’s.

Pours with a clear dark blond-to-golden look with hints of amber and real-gold when back-lit. Not much of a head at first, large bubbles initially coagulate to form a large bubble mass above the gold liquid. When swirled, the inherent carbonation almost struggles to come out solution, and though they form a lovely golden soda-like mass – they do little to support the head.

Very strong nose, and highly reminiscent of a strong Belgium Tripel. Herbs, a yeasty spiciness and a definitive strong hint of coriander breaks through, it’s almost as if the lack of a thick solid head, and the gaps between the large bubbles, allows the aroma’s to just ooze out of solution. Deeply inhaled – I could be sat outside of a Café in Brussels.

Strong spicy malts fanfare the Tripel-like entrance, the tastes build with an acetic citric-bite mixed with coriander and some grain malts that captivates the middle of the beer. Tangy with raw orange and lemon zest, as well as a light grain but soft bitterness, the ending has a memorable Tripel like perfume-like wheat-zesty twist. An astringent finish with a citric bitterness that is reasonably smooth and crisp. Leaves a soft delicate warming feel in the stomach that reminds you of the beers strength.

Spicy alcohols are assertive in the mouthfeel, but not at all overpowering, but they do let you know who is Boss. Leaves a smooth spicy lemon zest coating on the cheeks & in the mouth when swallowed. Crisp.

I had a Bomber of this, but I am not so sure that I could drink another one to be honest (as if I would ever get the chance!!!). A strong beer, the high alcohol does not detract or hinder its drinkability, neither does it complexity, but it still has some raw edges that do.

A complex beer that I can only describe as a Tripel mixed 80/20 with a zest-biting Wheat beer, that tries to take the edge of off the ‘rawness’ of the former, but fails. The VE02 is the first of the Stone Verticals, & it is undoubtedly already a very rare beer. But I am not sure if it will survive the journey to the 12th December 2012 for the ‘12on12 Stone Vertical Tasting’ to be perfectly honest. I bet the VE03 will though, I’m glad I have a case of that one at least.

What better way to celebrate my First Anniversary today on BeerAdvocate.com.

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Photo of tommyguz
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of shoegueuze
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of BeerBeast
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ehammond1
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Epic Festival 12-12-12
Stone Brewing Co.
Escondido, CA

(Aged for 10 years)

Cloudy, hazy, murky orange and gold with just the tiniest hint of a white head. Leaves the glass nearly clean but slightly oily.

The aroma has held up incredibly well for the age. Citrus notes along with bits of apple and banana combine with a very mild yeast character.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with notes of lemon combining with green apple (in a good way), apple skin, mild yeast, and wheat. Very few signs of aging, which is surprising, because most other beers this day were decidedly dulled and older-tasting than their once-fresh former selves.

Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

One of the highlights of the festival. Quite a remarkable test of time.

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Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
3.65 out of 5 based on 78 ratings.
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