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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic AleStone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale

Brewed by:
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: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden amber colored beer is poured in the glass, with a quarter inch white colored head forming on top. The head does dissolve away quickly to form a thin layer on top. A yeasty fragrance at the front of each scent, followed by fruity esters, mostly of grape and fig, that lingers on the nose for some time. The taste starts with malt and bread flavors, then a sweet sugary flavor comes out and blending to the fruity flavor of grape. A Belgian yeast flavor pops in at the end leaving the funky, spicy, ester like flavors on the palate long after each taste is gone. The feel is very thin at the front, but then gains some consistency and weight as it crosses the palate to the throat. There is the mild cleansing and tingling sensation of carbonation at the end. It all finishes with medium dryness, nothing to strong, just middle of the road dry feeling. Definitely a unique beer, with a lot of strong Belgian characteristics, but the grape flavor and scents are bit too much out of the box for me.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass. The beer is a bright golden-orange color, with no head. The nose is reminiscent of most of the wines used in the brewing process. You definitely get a smell of the Gewurzt, as well as an overly sweet smell, likely from the Muscat. There is an almost sour tinge to the nose because it is so sweet. The taste is an interesting blend of the wines, as well as a flavor similar to sour mash. Despite all the sweetness in the flavors and the robustness of the beer, there is a rather smooth finish. The beer kind of melts in your mouth as it goes down, very sweet. There is a lingering note of sour in the aftertaste, which is very mild and pleasant. The beer is pretty sweet, which might make it a limited drinking brew.

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A- Pours a light golden color with a thin white foam that fades to nothing.

S- Lots of spice and a bit of a funky sour aroma. The grapes that were used definitely show themselves in the nose. Interesting...

T- Very tart upfront with some vinous and barnyard flavors coming forth. Plenty of Belgian yeast and spice in the finish with a good dose of alcohol. Not noticing much in the way of hops.

M- Medium/light bodied with low carbonation.

D- A decent brew but quite strange to say the least. Not what I was expecting.

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Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 957 ratings
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