Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
85
very good
957 Ratings
Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic AleStone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
957
Reviews:
476
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
13.6%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
413
For Trade:
19
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Photo of warnerry
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy golden brown with very little head and no pacing to speak of. Some sediment in the glass.

S - White grape aroma with big floral chamomile notes. Some lemon and Belgian yeast, with a faint funk.

T - Starts with a bit of tart grape, followed by chamomile, lemon, Belgian yeast that adds a slight funk, and some faint sweet notes.

M - Medium mouthfeel is pretty crisp and finishes with a nice earthy funk.

O - Definitely not something I would want every day, but I enjoyed this more than I thought I might after reading the description. The taste didn't live up to the aroma, however.

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Repost of review from hacked account "jmkratt" :(

A - Poured from brown bomber to NBB Globe glass. The beer pours a hazy golden color with little head. A bit of sediment towards the end of the bottle. Some lacing.

S - A unique nose that is dominated by the light and crisp grape tone. The chamomile played second fiddle to the fruity character of citrus and the earthen hop character.

T - Reminds me a lot of wine in character and flavor, which struck me a bit as odd. Just like the nose the grape character dominates. The fruity flavors meld well with the chamomile and earthy, almost spicey, hop character. The yeast provides a further dynamic that reminds me I'm drinking a Belgian Strong rather than white wine and rounds the palette out well. Hides the alcohol fairly well though it comes through as it warms.

M - Surprisingly light bodied with good carbonation. A light mouthfeel.

O - Good beer. I'd like to pick up another if possible to cellar and enjoy in a couple years.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 07-07-2011 21:20:55

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of negroobserver
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with hues of pink and orange. Pours with about a quarter inch of white head. Smells of wheat, fruit and prominentt sour notes.

Tastes of wheat mostly. Light sour taste at the back end with a bit of hoppy bitterness. Slight residue on the tongue, but it's flavorless.

Nicely carbonated. Could be a cleaner finish. A bit of the alcohol comes through. Not overwhelming, but noticeable.

Overall a nice and easy to drink brew, but it's not the best in class.

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thin wisp of white mousse that quickly disappears.

S: Strong, fruity aromas reminiscent of wine grapes are present on the nose. As the beer settles and warms, aromas of spicy yeast, candy sugar, chamomile, and grain emerge.

T: A crisp entry is immediately chased by notes of candy sugar, herbs, lemon, chamomile, grain, wine grapes, and spicy, pungent Belgian yeast. The finish is extremely clipped, crisp, and dry with flavors reminiscent of a white wine.

M: Medium to full in body, though a bit closer to the former than to the latter. Carbonation is crisp and prickly. Very dry and very drinkable for the style.

O: This is a decent Belgian-style ale that does not quite pull everything together. Though every aspect of this beer is interesting, it still comes off as being a bit out of whack. I'm happy to see Stone experiment like this, though.

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3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours apricot with a pinky of cream colored head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Pears, funk, white grapes

T: Pears, white grapes, s touch of juicyfruit & dryness up front. Some muscadine sweetness as this warms, dirty funkyness mixes in as well, a little bit of leafy & lemony hops as well, a bit of booze warmth. Finishes with much fruittyness, a touch of pineapple & more juicy fruit gum

MF: Medium bodied, semi-firm carbonation, decent balance

This was an alright/interesting take on the style, but nothing special

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
3.75 out of 5 based on 957 ratings.
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