Beer Review: STONE 02.02.02 VERTICAL EPIC ALE (10 YEARS LATER)

Beer Review: STONE 02.02.02 VERTICAL EPIC ALE (10 YEARS LATER)

Dan’s Reflection on the Belgian Strong Ale by Stone Brewing

Publisher: Dan Beer Reviews
Genre: Belgian Strong Ale
Print Length: Not Applicable
ISBN: Not Provided


Unveiling the Long-Awaited Sip

For the past six years, the elusive Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale has lingered in the corners of my beer fantasies. The chances of indulging in this brew seemed slim, having barely encountered a fleeting 0.25-ounce sip at some obscure tasting. To say I dismissed that as a mere tease would be an understatement. Fast forward to The Full Pint’s attendance at Stone’s 12.12.12 The Final Chapter Party, where the notorious Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale took center stage.


The Encounter: On Tap at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens

Appearance:
Pouring into the glass with a clear yellow-gold hue, the Vertical Epic Ale presents a modest spectacle. Sparse tiny bubbles gracefully ascend within its body, forming a ring of delicate white suds crowning the glass.

Aroma:
Aromatic notes of strawberry lemonade intermingle with the sweetness of ribbon candy, creating an intriguing olfactory experience.

Taste:
The flavor profile unfolds with dry pale malt and a hint of spicy yeast. Lemon candy undertones add a zesty twist, culminating in a spicy finish accompanied by a subtle light tartness.

Mouthfeel:
Lively carbonation dances on the palate, while the beer maintains a thin side of medium-bodied texture, exuding a juicy quality.


Critique: A Decade of Evolution

Overall Impression:
Remarkably decent and surprisingly lively for a decade-old brew, the Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale manages to defy the expectations of aging. The standout feature lies in its slight tartness, a beckoning invitation for another sip. It’s worth noting that Stone Brewing Co. has maintained this keg in impeccable condition, offering a disclaimer that individual results may vary.

In conclusion, the revisitation of this Vertical Epic Ale serves as a testament to the enduring quality of certain brews. Stone Brewing Co.’s meticulous care ensures that the nuances of this beer stand the test of time, leaving enthusiasts with a memorable and unique drinking experience. Cheers to a decade of aging gracefully!