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RATINGS: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
A new Vertical Epic will be released every year, with the goal being to collect them all and have a Vertical Epic tasting once the final Epic is released on 12/12/12. Each new Stone Vertical Epic Ale will be release one YEAR, one MONTH and one DAY apart. With Vertical Epic 03/03/03, we used some pretty interesting ingredients...coriander (a "Belgian-style" beer favorite!), alligator pepper (wow, bite into these little gems and you get a bigtime spicy rush of flavor), and a bit of both unmalted wheat and dark roasted wheat. And a blend of Belgian yeast and American ale yeast. And a nice selection of high alpha hops (a decidedly non-Belgian style twist). All told it makes for a dubble-ish taken-to-San-Diego-pushed-to-the-edge-and-slapped-around-a-bit beer. So, treat it gently. It's been abused enough already. Store it upright, cool and in the dark. It would enjoy a nice long rest. It will have plenty of patience. Now let's see about you . . . . In addition, we are pleased to provide the homebrewing recipe: http://stonebrew.com/timeline/030303

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (5978) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2010
22oz Bottle First bottle to kick off our 10-10-10 tasting. With a huge thanks to Toby and Sam for getting this. Pours out brown topped with a small tan head. Aroma was of roast, pit fruit sweetness, caramel, wood, and bread. Taste was much of the same along with a nice spice, and light bitterness at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Bomber at the 5th Annual Epic Beer Tasting in Richmond, VA, November 28, 2010. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel, nuts and bread. The taste is caramel, toffee, nutty notes, leafy hops. Medium bodied. Low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13278) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle shared by Irish Boy (thanks again Richard) Poured a clear dark brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of wheat, yeast, coriander, dark fuit, cocoas and toasted malt. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of wheat, coriander, cocoa, dark fruit and toasted malt with a smooth lingering coriander finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Bottle: Cellar since 2003. Pours a hazy medium brown with a small off white head. The nose is subdued although i get some oxidization. The taste is driven by the Belgian yeast. The hops are almost gone except on the finish.The mouth feel is still nice and slightly heavy. Overall this is a pleasant beer but Iím not confident it will be tasting great in 2 1/2 more years. But Iím looking forward to finding out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Good sized (4-5 ounce) pour at a Stone Vertical Tasting Event sponsored by Belmont Party Supplies on 5/12/2010, served in a very cool Stone Vertical Epic tasting glass. Very murky looking ruby brown color. What little head there was recedes to a ring around the edge of the pour. Yeasty, fruity and floral aromas. Lots of belgian yeast, mellow spices of coriander and pepper, malty finish. Medium to light bodied (maybe a bit watery) with low carbonation, almost flat. This tasted great, but not sure itís going to make it another 2 years as it seemed like it may have been a little past itís prime. Nevertheless, it was still interesting to taste a beer 7+ years old to start off a tasting event.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Bomber; wow, thanks Tom!! Pours clear dark amber with thin tan head; aromas of musky spice, candy malts, yeast and white sugar; texture is thin with sweet apples, mild spice and rich yeasty sugars; super smooth and almost creamy; still a very nice brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - APR 23, 2010
Pours a hazy rust with a small yellowish head. Aroma is fruity and sweet with caramel, dust, and bandaids. Flavor is more caramel and dust with some citrus and slight hops. Palate is moderate with average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - APR 23, 2010
Bottle big thanks to DA. Pours a golden reddish color with not much head. Aroma is cocoa, coconut and citrus. Taste is raisins and caramel some hops still surprisingly. Mild carbonation. Wow this held up really well for being so old. Pretty damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2010
20100403 Special thanks to Paul for this one. Dark red-amber, mostly clear, slight beige head. Aroma is lovely with dark caramel notes, raisin, oatmeal cookie, and mild molasses. Some oxidation for sure, but itís complementary with the soft bubblegum, cotton candy, and yeasty dinner roll aromas. Iím surprised by the amount of hop bitterness that remains, mostly as a soapy, faintly perfumy C-hop persistence. With temp, and some swirling, the alcohol comes through with a black peppery bite. Pretty decent stuff. Glad I didnít wait any longer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Appearance: Pours like murky, unfiltered apple cider with a micro pin stripe of head. Aroma: Light chocolate, raisin, booze and coconut. Taste: Leather, wood, burnt sugar and dark fruit. Mouthfeel: Medium with no carbonation. Overall: Hey, I have no idea what that tasted like fresh, but I enjoyed it in 2010.

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