10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale10.10.10 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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: no head really on a golden body with orange hue. Boring overall.

S: citrus including tangerine, orange dominate with some belgian yeast, breads, chardonnay.

T: oramge, green apple, belgian yeast, herbal notes, light peppercorn.

M: chewy, medium to thick body with light to moderate carbonation. oily, coating the palate with semi dry finish.

Overall: very fruity and easy to drink. Nice sweet and tart balance. Has maintained very well over the years. One of the better of these I have tried.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light honey orange-yellow with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to and oily cap. Random spots and rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, and a grape-like fruitiness. Taste is of Belgian yeast, spices, malt, and light grape flavors. There is a pretty sharp bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer for the style but nothing too special on this one.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Knapp85
2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Just wasn't what I was hoping for. I expected it to be a bit hoppier or something but it just wasn't my favorite brew. Kind of disappointing to me. I knew it was gonna be Belgian and thats fine but it just seemed weak to me. Not sure why but I wasn't able to come up with anything epic about it.

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very characterful Strong Pale but the flavor and aroma spread of the beer is a little bit of "everywhere at once".

A bright golden appearance brings only the slightest of haze. Abundance of carbonation brings a spritzy (almost fizzy) appearance to the beer that I am unaccustomed to, from Stone. Loosely knit bubbles are slight fit for foamstance but slight on retention or lacing.

High perfume/floral/fruity aromas give a spicy tickle to the nose. Peppery phenolics play nicely on the olfactories while a wet/raw-grain scent offers a slight detraction

Flavors of soft pilsner malt gives a cracker-like crispness to a light grainy-sweet taste. Bright fruits of green apples, pears, lemons, and appricots leap off of the malt base with a lot of freshness and assertiveness. Balance not only by the peppery phenols, but also by the earthy/lemony hops. Alcohol flavor causes an abrupt bitter/acetone taste that interrupts the taste after mid palate and heading toward the finish.

Expansive and airy, the initial sip seems to explode in the mouth. But the beer's heat and effervesence grows into fusal (hot) feel that dispells the dry, digestible nature of the beer form becomming appreciated.

A decent beer with some good attributes. But in true VE fashion, I hope this one ages well, but it doesn't fare as well young as did many other in the VE series.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of superspak
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, obvious bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a small fairly dense off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a ring of lacing that eventually reduces to nothing. Slight spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of apple, pear, grape, floral, herbal, honey, bread, candi sugar, earth, chamomile, and light yeast spiciness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of grape, pear, apple, honey, floral, earth, bread, chamomile, candi sugar, herbal, and light yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, honey, candi sugar, floral, earth, chamomile, bread, and light yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Solid flavor balance and complexity; with some light cloying sweetness present on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty good Belgian strong pale ale. A bit too cloyingly sweet, but has some solid balance and complexity; and is very smooth to sip on. A fairly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 1-30-11 along with 08 and 09 VEs.

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It had okay retention and left some soap-like residue on the glass.

S - Picked up quite a bit of grape aroma with some Belgian yeast characteristics. Hints of caramel in the background.

T - It had a spicy yeast bite with some nice bitterness. The grapes were noticeable with some sweet caramel and grains.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good ale. The use of grapes makes it very unique.

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Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: The beer pours a clear honey color with a very tight head; the retention is decent and a few strands of lace are left behind

Smell: Vinous, with the white wine grapes shouldering the burden of the aromatic profile; a little bready underneath, but the base tripel is really struggling to make its presence felt

Taste: Unlike the aroma, the wine grapes do not dominate the flavor profile, but they do have a dramatic impact; bready, at the outset, but the tart white wine grape elements quickly arrive to balance out the sweet malts; in the aftertaste, the camomile adds an herbal sharpness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very interesting experiment but, at least in this case, wine is wine and beer is beer and never the twain shall meet

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Photo of Kurmaraja
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a lightly hazy deep golden yellow to copper in color with some moderate orange + lemon yellow highlights, moderate amounts of visible carbonation, and just a touch of visible yeast sediment in the bottom of the glass. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of lemon citrus along with light aromas of spicy yeast, some spices, and just a hint of tartness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of pale malts with distinctive Belgian yeast and spices (clove and black pepper). There is a moderate amount of tartness with some light vinous notes almost like it had been aged in white wine barrels.

M: Heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Significant amounts of dryness.

O: Having tried this when it first came out, I think it improved quite a bit with age and was pretty excited to find it on tap (since I was not writing reviews when it came out initially). I found it easy to drink and thought that the tartness really improved this one.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep golden body beneath a frothy head of white. Good retention and lacing, but both should be better.

Smell: Fruity and wheat-like, floral and slightly herbal, phenols from the Belgian yeast.

Taste: Balanced; tartish but not acidic. Fruity with some grape. Sweetish, but not sweet. A hint spicy. Floral. Herbal dryness with mild bitterness in the finish. I'm reminded of cedar or light wood but I can't really pinpoint where that might be coming from. It's smooth and round without much transition from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a median carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite possibly my favorite of all of the Epic series so far. It doesn't offer the bigger, more malty or hoppy components of some of the others. Nor is it particularly complex. But it is quite interesting, and remarkably drinkable.

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3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Medium/light grade honey.

S - Light banana, green apple, some water cracker, touch of clove. Some light honey-like sweetness.

T - Twang of booze up front. Some honey, banana, wheat bread on the back end.

M - Light residual bitterness. Some sweetness through the finish.

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Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

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