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Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 409   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2003
another good beer from stone. as with most american belgain style beers, it's not overly subtle, but that worked well. The hops mixed well with the belgain citrus flavors. Glad we waited for it to age a little and i'm sure it will continue to improve.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2003
A fascinating beer that clearly would get better with age. A dobbelbock gone insane.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2003
I hate Belgian style beers and was kind of worried about this one after reading the description. However this didn't taste like a Belgian beer to me. When it poured from the bottle with it's think head and dark brown color, it was one of the most beautiful beers I have ever seen. This ale had a nice malty taste and the alcohol was masked very well. If it wasn't so expensive ($10 per 22 oz. bottle) I would buy it again. Is it good, YES. Is it worth $10 a bottle, NO.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2517) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2003
Well I couldn't wait around until 2012 to sample this, but I think I'd like to give it a shot, this could age nicely. Nevertheless, its ready to drink now! Garnet brown with medium head and strong carbonation. Funky aroma with smoky and chili notes, some toffeeish malts, various herbal qualities, possible fruit (apricot). Surprisingly dry presentation with a mild sweetness up front and a long dry finish with lingering spicy bitterness. Some bubblegum notes appear in the nose and mouth. Soft mouthfeel. I definitely agree with the commercial description, its a dubbel gone wild, look for it on DVD.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2003
Deep brown body with an almost non existant head. Spicy nose with a hint of yeast and oatmeal cookies. Medium, spicy body with lots happening on the tongue. Definite sweetness towards the finish and a slightly spicy to bitter end. Great beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19230) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2003
Bottled. Nut brown with rich head. Cookie aroma. Softly malty with notes of chocolate, cinnamon and syrup. Clean, short finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2003
Deep mohagany body with a big thick tan head. decent carbonation. hints of deep ruby. Nose of raisins, caramel, alcohol, good ester presence: bannannas, a hint of butteryness, creamy teastiness, lightly roasted. Dates, papper, alcohol and spices. nice and creamy, but definite bite. Dry and pretty alcoholic, yet sweet and yeasty. good balance. mouthfeel was a bit flat though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 2, 2003
Murky brown color with a creamy off white head. Sweet and malty aroma. Tasted of toasted malt with a nice subtle hoppyness. Very robust beer. Bitter finish. SHould age REALLY well.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - MAY 31, 2003
I think it's really good. Nice dark dubbel color with creamy effervescence. Kind of like Duvel, but creamier and darker. Very spicy with cinnmon and nutmeg.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2003
Beautiful red color. Little head. Sweet honey smell. Very much like Karmaliet or another Belgian, yet lacking in the sharp scent. Belgian style is definately an effect of the yeast. Don't be fooled by this brew though. First sip will tell you that is not the case. It lacks the maltiness of a Belgian strong ale, and is certainly missing the wheat and doughy taste. Hoppy and oily finish. Definately has that "American IPA" taste... Interesting concept, but it's missing some complexity. Alligator peppers leave your lips and tongue just slightly warmed. Perhaps some age will bring out more flavor and mask the burnt malt taste. Not excellent, but decent enough. I'll pick up a bit more and age them as directed.


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