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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Stone Brewing
California, United States
Belgian Pale Strong Ale
3.76 | pDev: 13.56%
Aug 19, 2022
Oct 02, 2010
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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Ratings by Greywulfken:
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
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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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 year old bottle opened at cellar temp. Pours a clear orange with quickly fading head. The nose is full of grapes, wheat, and lemon. Chamomile is there too. The taste is a little funky. A bit of sourness, leather, funk, citrus peel, hops, lemon, grapes, and a smoky note. Pretty good despite the age. Mouthfeel is fairly light and dry.
Aug 19, 2022
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Reviewed by maddogruss from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured this from a bottle.
A: pours a golden, amber body with a small, white head with nice retention and lacing.
S: sweet, dry, banana ester smell typical of Brett yeast; slightly sweet dankness
T: a somewhat earthy, floral taste; dry, slight white grape sweetness with warm alcohol in the aftertaste.
M: crisp, clean, and slightly refreshing; fairly light bodied, but soothing and smooth.
O: nice feel and taste combo; alcohol and chamomile are very warming. Slight spice, alcohol warmth that is welcoming.
May 11, 2022
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Reviewed by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
tried beer in 2022. Very smooth drinkable beer. Mostly clear without head present. Nose is very wine like. Not positive it will improve with more age. lost carbonation.
May 01, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by Jamison85 from Indiana

Jul 02, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Jan 26, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by heysuz from Indiana

Jan 26, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by crbnfbr from Kentucky

Jan 14, 2018
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Reviewed by bshefftz from California

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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
Rated: 3.65 by unclekeith from Alaska

Mar 25, 2017
Rated: 3.81 by BarrelAgedG from California

Dec 13, 2016
Rated: 3.48 by Jkolls from Ohio

Oct 11, 2016
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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
Rated: 3.85 by ClePaul from Ohio

Apr 13, 2016
Rated: 3.9 by frekky from Massachusetts

Mar 13, 2016
Rated: 3.17 by BcOneSeven from Michigan

Mar 04, 2016
Rated: 3.82 by smi69 from New York

Feb 14, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by bkwhoppa66 from New Jersey

Jan 27, 2016
Rated: 4 by Hohnbaum from Kansas

Dec 06, 2015
Rated: 3.77 by MickeyHops from California

Oct 04, 2015
Rated: 3 by fosters9 from New York

Sep 13, 2015
Rated: 3.57 by ShanePB from Pennsylvania

Jul 09, 2015
Rated: 4 by Eziel from Ohio

Jun 13, 2015
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Rated by strYkn14 from New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
[scratching head] could be interesting...
Jun 10, 2015
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Reviewed by JordonHoltzman from New York

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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
Rated: 4.07 by beerinmybelly from California

Apr 11, 2015
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Reviewed by wedge from North Carolina

3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
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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Reviewed by tastybeer from North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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
Rated: 3.94 by Poupae from Thailand

Mar 28, 2015
Rated: 4.08 by SonictheBeerhog from New York

Mar 03, 2015
Rated: 3.69 by TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania

Mar 03, 2015
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Reviewed by Kurmaraja from California

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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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Reviewed by DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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
Rated: 3.16 by atrocity from Virginia

Dec 29, 2014
Rated: 4.39 by Benjamin_Stewart from Kentucky

Dec 28, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by EuphonicHops from Virginia

Dec 26, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by wethorseblanket from California

Dec 25, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Dec 18, 2014
Rated: 3 by nathanmiller from New York

Dec 15, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by jakecattleco from California

Dec 14, 2014
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