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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Jason from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle with a vintage date on the label.

LOOK: Bright golden and clear, crackling froth leaves a decent lacing.

SMELL: Vinous, musk, bready, estery, earthy, tart fruit, mint, faint phenols, grape skin

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, warming esters, grape skin tannin, biscuity grain, spicy, sleepy time, walnuts, kiwi, star fruit, tart, herbal hop, mildly bitter, peppery

Complex is the least I can say. Deft hand with the grapes in this brew and a big brew at that. A solid VE, hoping to run into this one again.

Mar 14, 2012
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy, golden body with a frothed, white head that settles to a ring, but never quite fades away.

Smell: Aroma featuring sweet and sour aspects leaning more heavily towards the pulverized grapes, chamomile, and fresh spices backed by lighter hints of fruits and citrus juice.

Taste: Initial impression of brioche brushed with a bit of sweet treacle. Then, a gulp of sparkling white wines as the grapes roll in, taking hold of the flavor, at least until the strong, unique taste of chamomile makes itself known, reminiscent of beer blended with wine blended with Sleepytime herbal tea. Now and again, a sensation of lime juice. Small pinch of hop bitterness. Growing clove and raw ginger as it warms a tad. Tangy, tartish finish with lingering, tongue and belly warming wine.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall, it's pleasant and as tasty and interesting as a strong Belgian Pale Ale dosed with wine grape juices and cut with chamomile can be. Could've used a bit less chamomile, but it's still nice.

Mar 09, 2011
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Blanco from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks orange/pinkish like peach flesh with a white head. Fruity in the smell, with the belgian yeasts showing a strong presence. Spiciness is strongly apparent. Taste has some bite right off the bat. More fruits in taste, similar to the nose. Light mouthfeel. The grape flavor is more of wine than of fresh grapes. slight warming from the alcohol.

Jul 14, 2011
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IKR from California

3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy straw yellow color with some amber overtones. Has a fairly small white head that faded fairly quickly to a thin ring.

Smell: Bready notes, with the grapes used making themselves known in the form of some white wine notes. A trace of alcohol makes it's way known in the nose.

Taste: The grape/white wine notes come through strong, with some bready tastes coming through and even some hops coming in at the end. It's flavorful and bold enough to make you either love it or hate it. I'm with it.

Mouth-feel: Medium-bodied with very modest carbonation. Not bad.

Overall: I've been buying this beer since it first came out. The fact that quite a few people seemed to really dislike it made it easy to find and cheap. I'm glad I came upon a few more and could review it.

Aug 18, 2011
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B14 from New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Jan 27, 2013
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Magery from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Nov 16, 2011
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Gonzoillini from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Jan 01, 2013
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notchucknorris from California

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden orange color with pretty much no head.

S: Tons of grapes. Doesn't smell like a beer at all. Really, this smells like white grape juice with a slight herbal smell.

T: This pretty much tastes like a sauvignon blanc. There is a hint of malt that would suggest otherwise, but this tastes a lot like wine to me. There is also a hint of banana/bubblegum flavor reminiscent of a hef. This is an interesting take on a Belgian Pale Ale. I'm curious how this is going to turn out in a few years and saving one so I can find out.

Feb 25, 2011
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NYR_Rob from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Jun 15, 2014
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victory4me from Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -47.2%

Nov 18, 2011
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mikeyv35 from New York

3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Date: 01/27/2011
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip
Vintage 2010

Poured a golden straw in color w/ only a skim coat white head that left minimal lacing on the glass. The nose was probably the best aspect of this beer, aromas of grape skins, fresh cut hay, and breadiness. The taste was simple, light sour grape skins and breadiness up front, and a finish of booze and hop bite. Where is the chamomile? Thin bodied. A bomber was way too much for me and should be split if at all IMO.

Overall, I will not be revisiting this beer as it is just bland and boozy. Can not see this improving w/ age.

Jan 29, 2011
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Jeriba from Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was lucky to pick up a bottle of this on a trip because it was totally sold out in my area. Sadly, there were too many beautiful brews in my suitcase and I had to eliminate one. This didn't make the cut, so I poured it just before my flight and shared with a friend.

A: Pale honey yellow with a head that dissipates almost immediately and leaves no trace.

S: Fruits, especially prune and raisin. Mildly sour yeast aromas.

T: White wine grapes, sour fruit (plum, cherry) and citrus flavors. There is also a hint of breadiness. Not at all what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it.

M: High carbonation, but full and not watery.

D: The near-wine level ABV makes this a good beer to split with someone else. I was lucky to have a friend on hand to share it with.

Feb 08, 2011
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tuka from New York

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

May 21, 2012
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Noelito76 from New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

May 26, 2014
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JLeege from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trying this fresh, have a few more bottles to age.

Appearance- pours a clear gold with a 1 finger bubbly white head, quickly disipating but leaves a ring around the top of the beer

Smell- belgian golden esters and yeast, there is definitly grape in there as well

Taste- sweet and very grapey. The chamomile is noticed. Has a lot of white wine characteristics. Getting some subtle wheat notes as well. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel- pretty light overall, the alcohol is not noticed at all

Overall- This is pretty good, different, reminds me of DFH Midas Touch, must be the muscat grapes. This is the first VE released in my area so definitly going to hold on to some to line up the 10,11,12 "not a true 'vertical', with every beer being different, Vertical".

Oct 29, 2010
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bierguru from Florida

2/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A -
clear copper medium to high carbonation pours with a thick white head fades really quick

S -
muscat grape sweet malts

T -
muscat grape sour sweet spice huge malt very slight hop
flavors to me felt mushed together no order

M -
fairly bubbly light on the tongue dries the mouth of a lot

D -
very disapointed with this brew didnt like it at all

Jan 06, 2011
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ebrifan from California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Jul 06, 2013
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silver0rlead from North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a thin off-white head that retains OK. The aroma is impressively unique with a ton of white grape notes, along with some green apple and chamomile, a little honey and candi sugar, belgian yeast, wheat, a little funk and some alcohol...very unique and intriguing. The flavor has a winey edge upfront with white grape and green apple notes, along with some white pepper and chamomile, honey and candi sugar, funky yeast and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is a bit sharp, and drinkability is very good considering the ABV. A unique twist on a tripel, certainly out of the box but still very tasty.

Oct 20, 2010
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eerbayman from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Nov 15, 2011
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benyerd from Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought 2 bottles and figured I would have one now and save the other for 12-12-12.

(A) Burnt orange in color, nice white head with mild head retention and mild carbonation. It left a slight lace along the glass. Best part about the appearance though was the clarity.

(S) Overall was lacking in the nose but still could pick up a semi-sweet aroma with hints or floral hops and almost came across as sour.

(T) Sweet, with hints of grapes and earthy undertones. Also picked up on the candi sugar. Think this will have more flavor in about 2 years.

(M) A little lighter then medium mouthfeel. I was actually expecting a little thicker but i think this fits this ale well.

(D) Decent drinkability overall. but with the higher ABV, and intense sweet flavor, might want to limit to 1 or 2.

Oct 21, 2010
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Chuggernaut00 from California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Feb 08, 2014
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plaid75 from New York

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a wine grapes, a champagne yeast elect and some esters.

The taste consisted of bright sharp esters and a crisp noble hop. Some residual sugars apparent as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a decent ale. Better ones out there though.

Dec 31, 2010
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sisuspeed from New Hampshire

3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Foothills tasting glass. Nice clear, almost lager like, body with a thin white head on top. Pale golden-orange tint to the body. Very little lacing. Head mostly dies.

Very Belgian-esque nose. Spices, floral chamomile with juicy white grapes. Quite aromatic with a hint of alcohol. Flowery and spicy with sweet malts. Enjoyable.

Wow, this is different. A barrage of flavors ending in white grape juice. Flowery, bitter, orange zest mixed with sweet golden malts. Some herbal hops. Not bad, but a bit muddled and almost juice like on the finish. Some alcohol comes through, but not as strong as the 08.08.08.

Mouthfeel has light, yet prickly carbonation. Body is on the lighter side but still substantial. Has some nice warming alcohol and a mixed juicy/bitterness on the finish.

Drinkability is a bit above average. Kind of an odd beer and the ABV is noticeable. Definitely a unique experience. If you like white grape juice and Belgian spice, then you'll probably like this beer quite a bit. Possibly a good beer to pair with pasta. I'm interested in seeing how this ages and will crack the second bottle on 12/12/12.

Oct 26, 2010
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mattsdenney from Tennessee

3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber gold color w/ thin head that dissipates quickly. No lacing or retention.

Smell: Strong grape smell w/ a light whiff of licorice and fruit.

Taste: Sweet muscadine flavor with a touch of malty rye. Light hops and lingering taste of white wine.

Mouthfeel: Light, bubbly, and dry (like wine I suppose).

Drinkability: I don't prefer sweet wine so it stands to reason that I wouldn't prefer beer with the same characteristic. That being said, this beer is complex and flavorful. Would be interested to taste after it was cellared for a few years.

Nov 12, 2010
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maxwelldeux from Washington

3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Draught at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh. Pours a mostly clear amber color with a smallish white head on it. Nose is fruity and quite sweet with an almost sugar-like quality to it. Taste is actually a bit sour, but definitely fruity. Feels a bit thick and heavy on the tongue (that’s what she said). Very interesting.

Jun 02, 2013
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