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RATINGS: 416   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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 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 (1173) - 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.

   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 (10350) - 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.

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