Monday, November 15, 2010

vertical tasting of Stone Vertical Epic ales (2006-2010)

My friend Ted is something of a beer collector (I think he has almost 100 bottles or so in storage), but he also likes to drink with friends. Which led to seven of us heading over to his place to do a vertical tasting of Stone Brewing's Vertical Epic ales, from 2006-2010.

Stone Vertical Epic vertical tasting

The Vertical Epic is an annual beer that is released one year, one month, and one day apart from the last one. That is, the 2002 version was released on February 2, 2002 (02.02.02); the 2003 version was released on March 3, 2003 (03.03.03); and so on. They will continue to brew and release until 2012 (12.12.12). You're supposed to wait until then to do the vertical tasting, but I assume that Ted didn't want to wait. I'm excited to think about a shared cultural experience in December 2012, however.

Each version is brewed with different ingredients and slightly different styles, varying from witbeir to Belgian dark. By the way, the older ones are hard/expensive to find. As in, $750 per bottle hard/expensive. However, Stone posts a homebrew recipe for each version, which is really nice. It would be even more nice if I could understand it, but that's not Stone's fault.

Stone Vertical Epic vertical tasting

The 2006 and 2009 were my favorites, but I'm partial to dark ales. They were actually all pretty nice. Here are the Beer Advocate reviews for the ones we tasted:

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