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Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale



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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
What a standout! We happened to have 3 of these at our own tasting and it was the hands-down champ. Amber color with a mellow head (for a Belgian), great aromas of malt, corriander, and spice. Very smooth considering the hop content; balanced and full bodied: bread, malt, and a lightly herbal hoppiness that is only barely perceptible. A pleasant, lingering finish that borders on spicy encourages a minute or two between tastes.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2003
Reddish brown appearance, decent head formation. Sweet minty aroma with orange, cloves and coriander. If anything it's clearly well spiced. there's plenty of malt on the palate, but the orangey freshness certainly takes over, showing more of the minty flavors from the aroma in the middle. Dries like burnt toast towards the end with a touch of bitterness and coffee in the finish. Maybe a little too short in the finish. Worked excellently with brie cutting through the sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3912) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2003
What a treat to try this--thanks fly. Deep amber/orange with a big head. Hairspray aroma and effect, hints of bubblegum and the delicate spices, which come out more in the flavor. I'm uneasy with the flavors, however. It gets better with the time you spend drinking it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Andrew196 (1157) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2003
The aroma was very "belgium" grapes, yeast, etc. Orange, yellow, with some pink in the color, avg head. Very spicy, but not as complex as I was expecting...this beer would be much better around this time next year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joet (2443) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Thanks a bunch to fly for bringing this over! It's got a nice sparkle, Bubble gum, grains of paradise?, heavy clove, big punishing hops. I hope this ages well, I know the hops will mellow but with the spice? Bristly feel and feeling -- these hops against the mellow Belgian yeastyness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fly (1441) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Fruity, spicey/spiced, sweet, and VERY light for my expectations. While having a nice flavor and fair balance I had a hard time getting over what I perceived as being a light character which made me wonder exactly how well this would cellar. Would the spicyness subside or would they increase in relation to the light body? Maybe this whole light thing is just a complete misinterpretation on my part. All in all a decent beer - and THE BIGGEST PART OF IT- krisbierjaeger - thank you SO much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2003 Bottle: Reddish and clear with a nice head. Too close to some of their others to be too "special" in my opinion. What an incredibly tough job, though, to make a beer that stands out above their regulars! Would be a terrific addition to nearly any other brewery's stable.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
mribm (458) - 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.

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