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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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Ratings: 957 |  Reviews: 476
Photo of mikeyv35
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Orange
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of WillyMac
5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of pcarney8
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of RichBeer
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Frosty80
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours golden straw. sits brilliantly clear liquid gold

Smell: Belgian yeast character. lots of fruit including white grapes and a little banana

Taste: the sharp, fermented grapes really come though strong. great Belgian yeast character. little chamomile of course. finish has a very light bitterness and dry yeast character. slight alcohol

Mouthfeel: heavy-light body with medium carbonation

Notes: very unique blend of the beer and wine worlds. suddenly Midas Touch isnt so unique

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Photo of robbrandes
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of magnj
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light golden orange body is hazy, little head.

S - Extremely complex. Fruity, hint of Belgian yeast, somewhat sweet, almost a little licorice. With so many ingredients it's kind of hard to identify, but smells nice. More inviting than a typical Tripel for me.

T - Right up front it's kind of tart, the grapes take a big role. The chamomile is also detectable, of course it's hard to tell which ingredient is lending what flavors.

M/D - Thin to medium body, ends dry. As drinkable as any other in the style. Interesting, not sure how it will age, but worth a shot.

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Photo of ixodus
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Guiniess Pint Glass. Gold/Orange in color, small white head that fizzles down into a ring around the glass. Leaves a small amount of lacing

S: Banana, Clove, Orange, Spicy yeast esters.

T: Very sweet upfront with a spicy backbone. Banana, clove, orange, grape, moderate alcohol taste. Almost tastes like a strong Hefeweizen

M: Medium bodied with a lot of fizzy carbonation. Sweet, Spicy and Strong.

D: Quite good. It may need awhile to mellow out... I'll be saving my next bottle until 2012

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of nas5755
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear golden beer with amber hues, a small quickly disappearing head and some lacing. The nose has some chamomile and pale malts, with some grapes. The taste is full of chamomile, grapes, sweet honey, phenols, and a little spice with a big lemon chamomile finish . I think age will really help this beer out. The sweetness of this beer gives it a slight syrupy note which become a hindrance later on, but at the moment there are no negative consciences from texture. The carbonation is medium. Overall, I really enjoy this beer, the finish is amazing, although a tad hot, I love to drink a really intense glass of overly steeped loose leaf chamomile tea at times and this beer really reminds me of chamomile tea. I expect age to bring more of the grape flavors, dull out the chamomile a little, but improve the overall taste vastly.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of fastsrt
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle in a wine glass

A: golden, no head

S: grape, belgan yeast, with a slight sourness that balances out the flavors perfectly. there is is a nice wine note.

T: awesome, this beer is so freaking good. belgian triple with a slight sourness. not typical stone,

M nice carbonation, dry, crisp

D: could drink this stuff all night. this is a must try beer

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of irishking1977
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dull golden hue with a minor head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Lots of herbal notes, also lemon and citrus aroma as well. Belgian yeast noticeable as well.

T: This is a pretty good interpretation of a Belgian pale ale, with a twist that only Stone can provide. Aside from typical BPA characteristics, there is some hits of grape and a floral herbal quality, not unlike heather ales such as Fraoch.

M: Carbonation is decent, but could be slightly bumped up a notch. Finishes with a mild floral or hoppy note.

D: Not bad; I like it. Undoubtedly, there are better BPA's out there, made by those who are known for them. However, this could stand toe to toe with any of them, and still hold it's own.

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3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle for now and a bottle for 12.12.12, as I expect many did. Served in a tulip glass. The beer pours crystal clear golden with a bit of an orange hue. The head was moderately thick, white and soda like. The head falls and disappears completely leaving no lacing.

The aroma is very wine like, with strong grape and a floral hops and alcohol. Flavor is fairly complex and dry. The grape and alcohol flavors are mild, but present. Floral hops are still there too. The belgian yeast shows itself more as the beer warms and fits in nicer than I expected it to. Mouthfeel is dry and carbonation is moderate.

This feels to me like Stone trying play the Dogfish game. Overall I think they pulled it off. I wonder how this will change over the next two years.

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Photo of mattsdenney
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ism
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having waited excitedly for this year's version, restrained myself by pouring controlled into a pint glass. Body is hazy gold orange with a 1-finger off-white head, spotty lacing. Spice and yeast plentiful in the nose, with a subtle floral-herbal note. Medium-light mouthfeel with tingly carbonation, slight butter slickness on the tongue. The palette is hard to pin down - sweetness coming from multiple sources, a slight tang, rather subdued. Standard cast of characters, though: coriander, cloves, lemon peel. It shifts as it warms, towards the sweet end. A grape tartness emerges more fully in the finish, not unlike wine. Hides the alcohol fairly well.

Gonna get another bottle but not drinking it anytime soon. Should be much nicer after it develops some.

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Photo of kirkpjr
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tiny hotel room glass.

A: Pours a clear golden orange with a half finger head that results in no lacing.

S: Smell is predominately Belgian yeasts. Some spice and grapes as well.

T: A zesty Belgian Strong Pale. Strong esters, some cloves, and apple juicy notes - which is muddled with the grape juice noted on the label.

M: Kind of wanting this one to finish a bit more dry. Moderately high carbonation and medium body. Very spritzy.

D: This one was alright and somewhat refreshing. The fruity notes detract a little from what could be a solid BSPA.

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Photo of CA_Infidel2o9
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a Tulip

A- golden orange, zero head

S- apple cider, orange, pear, grapes, wine, tart, spicey belgian yeast tickles the nose

T- follows the nose except the orange has more of a raw peel earthy taste

M- medium, crisp carbonation, wine like heat

O- Reminds me of La Fin Du Monde or Don De Dieu. Full of fruity flavors, apple cider, and spices.

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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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