10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale
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10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale
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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
3.79 | pDev: 13.46%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale
Notes: This ninth edition of our Stone Vertical Epic Ale series takes two interesting left turns. A Belgian-style golden triple is the starting point of this beer, but the first left turn is nearly immediate with the addition of dried chamomile flowers, triticale, and Belgian amber candi sugar. The second, and rather unusual left turn takes us half an hour up the road from Stone to Temecula courtesy of the addition of just-pressed Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc grapes from our friends at South Coast Winery. As the Stone Vertical Epic Ale series has moved through the calendar, we found that the brewing schedule for a 10.10.10 release coincided nicely with the grape harvest, neatly providing an interesting twist in this epic ale.
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bshefftz from California

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cracked open May 2017 after 7 years storage in temps occasionally warmer than ideal cellaring conditions. The bottle opened with an unusual pop, and given the age the carbonation held up well, with a light and lacy head and consistent fizz. Powerful grape aroma on the first sip, reminiscent of a sparkling white wine, with the malt backbone emerging as the beer warmed. Slightly bitter and dry hops finish, but in a tasty way. Very enjoyable drinking experience and worth the wait - a refreshing, fruity take on a tripel.

May 21, 2017
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im sampling a cellar temp 22 oz bottle that Ive aged at cellar temp since purchase. I recently did the entire vertical...minus 020202 and had this bottle left over for another go round. The beer pours a sparkly clear copper color with fizzy eggshell white head that dissipates to nothing immediately after the pour.
Aroma on this beer is fruity with white grapes and pear and some general candy sweetness. I dont get any real hop notes on the nose and do find a bit of grainy malt buried underneath the fruit presence.
First sip reveals a light body with very fine tingly carbonation and a smooth texture that coats my palate on each swallow. The flavor is fruity and sweet up front as the nose advertised but does roll to a dose of black peppery alcohol. The finish is very dry and the booze flavor doesnt equal any warming in my belly. This one is holding up well roughly 5.5 years after the bottle was shipped from Stone. Try one now if youve got any laying around.

Oct 04, 2016
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JordonHoltzman from New York

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Date is 5/24/2015. This beer is old. Poured into a snifter, no carbonation to speak of.
Very nice beer, smells like it aged well. Belgian and smooth. Definitely can taste the grapes.

May 25, 2015
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wedge from North Carolina

3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Hazy golden orange with sparse bubbly cream on the surface that eventually disappears. Smells of golden raisins, sweet bread, white wine, and slight oxidation. A flowery chamomille note pops up here and there, but doesn't last. Apples, figs, and a clingy wine grape sweetness. Just a little pepper from the yeast. Medium-plus bodied with a creamy slickness. A bit drying, which helps with the sweetness - but still, a small pour is enough.

Apr 06, 2015
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tastybeer from North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange in color with a small, tight, white head. No laceing and no head remains after it fades. Aroma is definitely fruity, Belgian with a few kicks. Very floral, sweet and purple sugary. Purple sugary like raisins, dates, extra ripe plums, figs etc. Taste is comprised of more evenly dispersed sweetness. Floral, sugar, purple fruits like crazy. White and red wine-like as well. This beer is interesting but probably too sweet for my taste.

Apr 06, 2015
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Kurmaraja from California

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not sure exactly what this was like fresh, but with time it seems to have lost carbonation (based on reports) and turned into something fascinatingly vinous. The Belgian yeast notes fade into the background and the chamomile and grapes take center stage. Really nice ... and having consumed a few wine based wilds / lambics recently (Vig, The Lucy by De Garde, Blancs by Side Project, etc) this was an excellent example of how you can do interesting things with grapes in non-wild beers.

Feb 19, 2015
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didn't happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go.

3.5 A: Mildly hazed light orange color. Short head falls quickly.

4.0 S: Nice nose on this. Herbal camomille backbone. Vinous white grapiness. Super peppery. Smells like a more than solid saison.

3.5 T: Like the nose, but less depth. Still quite nice though. Lots of pepper with plenty of overall spiciness. White vinous grape, oak, and vanilla. Maybe a touch of banana.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation.

3.5 D: Not bad.

Jan 18, 2015
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dcscientist from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The 2010 offering of Vertical Epic was a tripel style Belgian. I liked this one quite a bit, though tripels aren't my favorite Belgians. Still, it was very well made and aged nicely.

Sep 26, 2014
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely sweet brew, featuring lots of grapes, honey, tea, flowers, wine, and yeast. A very complex bouquet that translates directly to the palate. If this beer were a touch less sweet, it would be even better; as it is, it's quite enjoyable.

Aug 22, 2014
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Nova_K from Indiana

3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bought at Keg Liquors in Clarksville, IN.
Drank from snifter glass.

A - Cloudy. Golden amber color. Minimal carbonation with a quickly (under 5 seconds) dissipating head. Lacing is almost non-existent.
S - Immediate banana aroma. Slight cloves. Fresh chlorine and yeasty smelling.
T - Banana, green apple, yeasty/esters. Slightly spicy swallow.
M - Medium to heavy body. Sticky on tongue after swallow. Perfect amount of carbonation.
O - At first sip, it tastes and smells like a regular Belgian Tripel, but it develops subtleties when aerated (specifically Gewürztraminer/green apple).

Jul 22, 2014
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Stone snifter

A- pours a clear golden orange color with a small fizzy white head that disappears quickly, looks similar to a hard cider

S- vinous aromas of white wine grapes, banana and clove from the base triple, flower peddle, apple cider, candied sugar

T- classic triple flavors up front of banana and clove, the addition of the grapes adds a slight tartness with hints of ripe apple and pear, flowery hibiscus gives a floral sweetness with hints of candied sugar on the finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a spritzy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- the addition of grapes adds a nice variation to a traditional triple, good but likes '11 and '12 better so far

Jul 20, 2014
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GPHarris from Alabama

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick fizzy, eggshell-colored head into a tulip glass that was gone quickly. the body was crystal clear, bubbly, and amber.
s - very juicy smelling with some floral aromas as well.
t - juicy and sweet grapes dominant. very wine-like.
m - slick and thin.
o - i've had several gewurztraminers and this was very reminiscent. not my favorite VE but solid.

Jun 17, 2014
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Celtics17 from California

4.64/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The smell comes off as a sour, and this has been nearly aged for 4 years. Some sour flavors come through, but a big white wine taste, the belgian yeast comes through. But big grape, and slight bitterness.

Great carbonation after all this time. This is very complex and powerful. Great..

Jun 05, 2014
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mynie from Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Came across a halfdozen 10-10-10 bombers a couple of weeks ago, just sitting on a shelf. We cracked open a chilled bomber the night before Dark Lord Day:

Pour pale yellow and aggressively effervescent, very champagne-like. Smells like a deadringer for Champale. Seriously, I'm not being facetious; it smells like friggin Champale. Only better. Less ersatz. Imagine a very light Belgian Pale mixed with candy-sweet nodes of muscat. Very nice.

Tastes like it smells only with a pronounced floral finish. Big grapes, Belgian yeast, chamomile, potpourri. Nice combination.

I never had this fresh, but aging appears to have really helped the grape and fruit nodes meld into one another. Nothing's too intense, and while the flavor is certainly odd it's also wonderfully balanced.

Apr 26, 2014
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beagle75 from Iowa

3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, brassy golden color with no foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Syrupy Belgian crystal malt is minimally yeast-affected; more comparable to honey. Adjuncts tend to disappear into the overall heavy-sweet sensory profile; one could make a case for the contribution of the grapes, but the herbs are particularly absent. That said, it is not overtly vinous in any way. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins very off-dry, with refined Belgian aromatic malt and wheat-affected yeast esters that yield some similarities to imperial weizen. Additional bright stone fruit—very much like those inherent to the tripel style—is also present in the first half of the profile. Flavors become soft, earthy, and only marginally bitter into the slightly medicinal finish. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, syrupy and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer exhibits a seamlessness that has developed over time since its release. The result is an initial crispness indicative of a tripel, followed by a spreading mustiness that is impossible to attribute only to the grape or herbal adjuncts. It is complex, though rather muddied—but at three years of age it leaves less of a question mark in the mind of the drinker than it did in 2010.

Jan 26, 2014
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2Xmd from New York

4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really nice Belgian triple.
Over three years old and still clear, not much sediment. Amber color with a strong white wine grape smell. Low carbonation. Tastes of a nice mix of the wine grapes, Sauvignon Blanc, Gerwurztraminer, and Muscat with the Belgian Triple in the middle there. Mouthfeel u get a chamomile tea with honey on your tongue. Overall was very surprised how this held up. I thought I waited to long and it was gonna be one glass for me and the rest for the sink. Drink it now!

Jan 25, 2014
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blindtiger24 from Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

4oz draft pour into a tulip glass.

A: Light orange, copper color with no head.

S: Honey and lemongrass smells.

T: Slight fig and plum flavors.

M: Sticky, sweet mouthfeel.

O: Enjoyed the smells of this beer the most. Taste and mouthfeel were just missing that oomph.

Jan 22, 2014
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a Stone tulip glass

A - This beer pours a clear golden color topped with off-white head. The head has larger than normal bubbles comprising it.

S - The aroma is grapes and Belgian yeast.

T - The taste has some pear, white grape, and Belgian yeast.

M - Moderate and smooth as silk.

O - I like it. It is smooth, yet still a sipper. I enjoy the light fruit scent and flavor.

Jan 20, 2014
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3 year old Ten pours with a crystal clean body of golden Apple coloring and a rising head of tiny bubbles.

The aroma takes on a true Apple juice scent with some hints of honey and Reisling wine.

Apple seems to be a theme as I taste an Apple cider more so than a beer. There is also some dry white wine qualities that couple with the Reisling wine notes.

The feel is sprite and effervescent with prickly bubbling like a Champagne.

Maybe not the best of the Verticals but so interesting it's worthwhile.

Dec 14, 2013
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DanielDomigan from Florida

3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

bottled 10.10.10 cracked open 11.17.13

A murky apple juice color nearly no head or lacing

very sour smell and alot of yeast blast the nose

very fruity and sour with a lot of yeast. some hints of spice appear after a while and a little bit of a boozy taste

its a bit thicker than water kinda sticky in the mouth almost no carbonation

not sure what aging has done to this brew since i didn't get to try it in 2010. but it taste mighty fine now kinda like a Belgian tripel. wish i coulda tasted it then and now.

Nov 17, 2013
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Greywulfken from New York

4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: somewhere between deep gold and pale amber, hazy, translucent; brief white head leaves little behind

S: pale orchard fruits and flowers, suggestions of white wine, cane sugar, and herbs

T: tastes like a juiced-up tripel - rich pale malts, candi sugar, and bright yeasts; rounded off with floral aspects, and a wheat-like tartness and flavor; flavors of pale fruit and spices abound

M: slightly tart, medium-to-full-bodied, modest carbonation, very nice aftertaste, reasonably clean aftertaste

O: don't be surprised that Stone can pull off a Belgian tripel/strong pale ale - nothing too sugary or heavy or fruity - very nicely balanced between fruits and flowers and grains and hops and yeast. Well-rounded, solid tripel.

Oct 06, 2013
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Sarlacc83 from Oregon

3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle.

A: Orange-yellow with a very thin white head. Good lacing.

N: Light lemon, pilsner malt, some light caramel, toffee, ginger and honey. Tons of white wine grape run through this.

T: Very sweet with more of the grapes giving this a heavy wine quality.

M: Medium, slightly sticky. Alcohol is well-hidden.

O: This one strikes me as a bottle that might have gotten better given how much sugar they dosed into it. Hard to tell at this point, however.

Sep 12, 2013
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spices, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, fruit and spices. Then a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast breadiness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid strong Belgian-style pale ale to drink for a long time.

Aug 21, 2013
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Zraly from Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant gold with a tinge of orange. Crackling, white head that dissipates. Fruity esters upfront predominate the nose. No lacing as it is consumed.

Very complex and a bit disjointed but has some interesting qualities to it. Tea with honey takes center stage at first. Spicy notes follow, particularly ginger and black pepper. This is then followed by what I perceive to be tannins and a bit of astringency; a touch of grapefruit pith. There a minor musty, funky note holding its own in the finish. A bit sweet and finish is a bit sticky, but as you let it linger, it gets powdery in its dry-down. There is also still a touch of a hot alcohol note that hits just right on the back of my throat. Medium-bodied and carbonation seems reasonable for style.

I think the vertical epic idea was interesting but I can't say, from what I recall, that I have been overly impressed with most of the beers in the lineup, whether fresh or aged. I can't say any were terrible or totally bad ideas, but that doesn't mean they were good ideas either. And I can backtrack and say I really do like Stone and appreciate their dedication to the craft -- they put the American IPA on the map and a damn fine line of them, too. I think Stone's mojo is better suited for the "Enjoy By" series, which are delicious, fun, and take an interesting play on savoring now rather than later.

Jul 09, 2013
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donkeyrunner from Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear gold with a pristine white head that is quick to fade. Smells like ginger ale that's been sitting out for awhile. Tastes pretty much the same. As it warms I get some white grape and golden pear.

We did a blind VE tasting and so didn't know what ingredients where put in to any of the beers. Odd that chamomile, triticale, and grapes comes across as ginger ale after 3 years.

Jun 30, 2013
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