I've been known to criticize these retailers, well, they get the praise too, especially for the weekend before Christmas. Funny, looking for that bad day link above, I found another day I went to both stores and had a good experience. Maybe they aren't so evil after all!
Today I'm drinking Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale brewed by Stone Brewing Company in San Diego, California. This is the 9th beer in this Vertical Epic Series, an ale brewed with Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc grapes and chamomile. I reviewed 09.09.09 last year if you're interested. There's a long story about plot lines intersecting with great grape harvests. I took pictures so you can read it.
Fruity grape and apple aroma along with sweet honeysuckle. Cider-like, acidic fruity flavor start. That coupled with some sweet sugar and an alcohol burn make for an interesting introduction. Whew! Flowers and grape flavors provide an intense wine-like flavor with strong carbonation being a distinct difference. Sour and spice seem to come into play after you drink a bit of big 22, all accentuated by that same 9.5% alcohol. Yeasty, a little funky, interesting as well and as usual. Fruity tart finish and aftertaste.
Now, this beer was not really very beer-like, although that's not necessarily a bad thing. Everyone has their own definition of beer, and most still think the piss that Bud manufactures is that definition. I'm probably closer to Stone than they are, but these Stone dudes are clearly on their own edge of the spectrum. Did I like this beer? I liked it like I like a glass of nice white wine, but not as much as my favorite beers. Get it? Perhaps that's just because I drank before the date they meant for me to drink it--sometime after 12/12/12!
Dedicated to the Cooking Asshole because of his undying admiration of Stone Brewing.
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