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 (1160) - 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 (1805) - 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 (10255) - 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.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2009 Bottle from jazz88 near the entrance of the 09 Grand Tasting. Nose is dark malt, oxidization, light spice. Flavor is very like a dubbel, though I missed the hops and pepper - not a surprise after 6 years. I must say, there might be more interest in the grand vertical if every edition aged this well.
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUL 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle@TheWolf. Amber coloured with a small bubbly white head. Aromas of nuts, caramel, malt, yeast and fruit. Spicy flavour with notes of oranges, dark fruit, caramel, hops and yeast.