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Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale



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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericnixon (743) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Dark dark dark. Well, i think it was dark, i rated it around 2am while outside in the dark. Huge head on it that didn't quit. According to what i wrote at the time, i said "a nice perfect hoppy mess."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sloth (2809) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2003
Pretty tan head, Hazey brown color with orange hues. Spicey, coriander, citrusy nose with some apple notes also. Full/medium body, great mouthfeel. The coriander flavors are fairly predominant. The roasted malt flavors work well with the spices. A nice lace hangs on the sides of my tasting glass. Fruity, slightly citrus notes (coriander?) are nice. The roastiness and some caramel come into play moreso as it warms. Alcohol i s fairly subdued. Finish is dry, slightly roasty with a pleasing spicey aftertaste. Not sure about the hops though? An ibteresting project this Epic series is. Hope i can obtain the rest of the series as time goes on. Would love to get some of the 02 version. I believe the 03 will get better with age. Enjoy! Stone!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2003
Cloudy mahogony color with a wispy tan head. Subdued aroma consiting mainly of hot alcohol notes, dark fruits and minor hop notes. Reminiscent of a Belgian dubbel with it's sweet, malty notes backede up by dark fruit flavors and minimal hop character. Only mild spice notes appear. No yeasty/bready aromas or flavors you might expect from a Belgian though. A bit thin bodied. Nice, and it definitely packs a wallop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2003
MMMMM, baby. This was pretty darned tasty. Very fruity, but not orangy, which is good. Very sweet and a very pleasant aroma. well worth the trouble to find. But then I might be a bit biased as this was one of the first brews I had after coming back from 10 months in China.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2003
A deep dark finished maple color with a small off-white head. A sweet malt/bread aroma. Layers of alcohol soaked fruit( not citrus). A vinous quality. A sweet alcohol taste, a little too sweet for me. Honey soaked black bread.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2003
Brown/amber color with a beige head. Aroma is sweet and malty but pretty weak. Flavor is sweet and very spicy. Has a little sourness and a lot of pepper in the finish. Seems to be similar to Corsendork Christmas Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 11, 2003
Pours with a burgundy body topped by a thick rocky head that disappears rather quickly and leaves a good amount of lace. Slightly spicy(peppery) Hop aroma with a touch of sweetness, a malty background and the tiniest hint of alcohol. Peppery malty flavor with a good hoppy character and a touch of sweetness. The finish is bitter with a touch of swetness. Full bodied, slightly tingly with a touch of warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 9, 2003
Quite a bit of spice, clove and Belgian character in the nose already. Beer is a dark amber color with a medium head that fades fast. Beer has a lot of character and is very fresh, indeed, it would probably be best consumed in some time, maybe at the end of this decade. Bit different than the other hoppier beers from Stone. Well crafted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Deep, dark, rustic mahoganey in color with an inch high luscious, rich, puffy thick, ivory colored frothy head, great sticking thickly stringed lace. Nice aroma of toffee and dark fruits with a note of nuts and spice. Taste is complex, smooth, rich full bodied, and quite yummy, good dark toffee and caramel candy sense, dark fruits of plum, raisin, and orange. Solid grab and feel of balanced hops in the middle right into the lightly dancing bitter drying finish with a hint of nuts, spice, and alcohol. Good full body feel with awesome smoothness and lingering light tang in the mouth after each sip. This is is some great stuff, yummy as hell, and to hell with waiting to open this brew, live now, its worth it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 29, 2003
yeasty, nutty nose. light hops. nutty, hoppy, caramel, a bit thiner then i expected but nice.

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