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Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 412   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 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 (1784) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - FEB 21, 2010
(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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 23, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUL 3, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11274) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2009
Amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of American hops, dried fruits, caramel and port. Dry, toffee and slightly roasted malt flavour. Some dark fruits in the middle and a nice bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14103) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2009
Bottle. Blindtasting @ Thewolf. Pours cloudy amber with a small creamy white head. Nose is toffee and vinous. Buiscuit , dark fruits and bread. Smooth palate. Some roast and a bit of warmth. A fine one.

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