chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
JoeTheYounger (1173) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - FEB 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(on bottle) Dark red/orange, small, white head. Old wet clothing-aromas. Soooooft mouthfeel, taste full of the bourbonbarrel. Gets watery in the end, but holds itīs alcoholwarmth nicely. Some peppernotes in the long finish.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stone Brewing Company--Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale--2003 Release--22 oz. Bottle--7.70% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Clear thin dark amber color. Thin head. Tangy spicy hoppy front. Crisp dry sweet tart hot body. Crisp tangy fruit notes. Hot hop Belgian end. Sampled 1/10/2004.
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
maltzilla you rock man! Pours a brownish color. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, toffee, light hops and some oxidation. Flavor is sweet with caramel, light oxidation, fruit, wood, and some very light hops. This one aged pretty well. Way better than 04.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle thanks to Eric. Did an 03 thru 08 vertical. Amber in color with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit and a very light hop aroma. The taste is mostly sweet malt with some spicy sourness mixed in too, there is some oxidization that drags this down though. Fullish body and a dry finish. Decent but probably past its peak, canít really see this one making it to 12/12/12.