10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with half a finger of white head that quickly recedes into almost nothing with no lacing.

S: sugar, and spicy Belgian yeast at first. Slightly tart light fruits come next--pears and grapes mostly. There are some light citrusy orange notes on the finish.

T: Spices, lots of fruit up front. White grapes dominate with some touches of pears. I can definitely tell that there were muscadine grapes used by the slightly tart and musky flavors. There are some notes of oranges in there as well. The finish has a lightly bitter yeasty flavor. Quite nice.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is pretty well attenuated giving it that nicely crisp feel.

O: I really enjoy it. The grapes go well with the typical BSPA flavors and set it apart from others. It certainly isn't a very pretty beer for the style and could use a bit higher attenuation, but the aromas and flavors are very nice.

Serving type: bottle

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4.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the third best beer that I have tasted to date. The first is a wheat beer from a small brewery in Oceanside, CA. The second was Stone's anniversary ale from last year.

A - it's nearly perfect when you consider that it's supposed to be a premium/super normal beer and not a super Belgian ale like their Russian Stout or similar. ie - it's sweet versus bitter and strong.

S - No major faults here. Almost perfect. The addition of a little wine makes it have none of the typical faults of most beers. I'm a fan of wine and mixed drinks, though, so hard-core beer fans might not like it nearly as much.

T - Honestly, this equals the best beers out there no matter what price and it's very inexpensive. A total shocker that shows what Stone can do when they set their mind to it. Alcohol is nearly a whopping 10% and you don't taste it at all. NOTE - this beer, having some wine in it, has to be drunk at a warmer temperature. It's one of the few beers that I've tasted that actually tastes better slightly warm. I think that the wine in it creates a temperature buffer that's not normally present in beers.

The biggest part, though, is that this is actually a beer/wine hybrid and I don't think anyone has done this as well before. It has the complexity of a good wine and the drinkability of a fine beer - a win-win for a beer with a nice meal or just for causal drinking.

M - it could be a bit better, but I think the wine in it tones down the head somewhat. Can't really fault it in any way though. The only reason it gets a 4.5 from me is that it's not as good as their Anniversary Ale from last year - that beat the Belgian ales by a large margin. As in crushed 10-20 dollar a bottle stuff for about $8. I *so* wish I'd bought several cases of that.

D - Awesome. Loads of alcohol and reminiscent of the beers that one would find in Europe. If you ever wanted to know what's missing from American Beers/is present in good German and Belgian beers in Europe, drink this.

In short, Stone needs to make this a normal offering. They really hit a home run with this one. I'd buy it consistently for parties and get-togethers.

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look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft serving into a tulip for $6. Sampled 10/26/10.

A: Pours with a finger and a half of foamy off-white head with decent retention. The body is light orange - about 90% transparent - with cranberry tints which disappear when backlit. A few active streamers keep the thin film alive. No lacing.

S: Light lactic qualities on the tip of the nose, followed by a heavily spicy component. Herbal (suggestions of rosemary and parsley) leading into the fresh scent of lemon. Alcohol has a presence but, in the form of white wine, its not offensive. Instead it comes off as a favorable quality.

T: This is a bold brew with a wide spectrum of flavors that work EXTREMELY well together. Alcohol is noticeable but not to the detriment of the beer. Light bitterness and moderate sweetness. The chamomile inclusion is understated but noticeable; the blend of white wines is sublime.

M: Appearance aside, the mouthfeel appears to be the only drawback of 10.10.10. It comes across a touch thin, perhaps due to a less-than-perfect level of carbonation. My opinion changed after the first sip from my second glass, however, as each aspect of the mouthfeel not only improved, but also began to make sense to the beer as a whole. The body gets fuller and the effervescence becomes prickly. Now there is almost nothing to complain about here.

D: [DRINKABILITY] The next sip is always an anticipation. As I've said above, I ordered a second glass as soon as I finished the first. I almost never do that. The ABV is the only thing keeping the drinkability rating from being a '5'.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: opaque yellow/gold with an orange tint. Small white head, some lacing.

S: Belgian yeast upfront. Boozy citrus aroma, sweet malts and large handful of floral and herbal spices. White grapes and lemon zest take over the fruity characteristic.

T: Citrusy and tangy at first, as the taste rolls into a heavy fruit flavor with a bitter sweetness. Spices are more subtle than they were in the nose, which is a nice touch. Chamomile is clear and present, adds an amazing layer to this beer. Exceptionally malty. Aftertaste is extraordinary, boozy bittersweet finish.

M: Syrupy and milky. full body with medium carbonation.

D: Spectacular, in my opinion. One of the best Belgian ales I've had in a while.

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4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with over two years of aging - golden yellow with a small head. Head disappates quickly but left with spotted lacing on the glass and a small amount of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Smells like white wine grapes - sauvignon blanc comes to mind - a bit fruity but yet still dry. Taste is a great weave of wine and beer - the grapes are present from front to back with a sweetner on the end.

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4.64/5  rDev +23.4%
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..

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