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Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 410   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


3.3
   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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAY 31, 2003
Serving size : 22 oz. brown bomber bottle. Purchased at Whole Foods Market, Vienna, Va. on 3-28-03 for $5.99 each. Purchased 2, just in case. Well, I don't know what exactly to make of this beer. It pours out a reddish brown color, with barely a hint of head. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass. A few yeast clumps in the middle of the glass on top. Aroma mostly of malts, like Arrogant Bastard. Smells a little like cotton candy. And Circus Peanuts. Very sweet on the palate. Smooth on the palate as well. Coats the tongue with a syrup-like consistency. Not much happening here in the way of hops, at least as far as I can tell. Certainly not 8.5% ABV either. More like 6% ABV, if that much. I'll throw my hydrometer in the next bottle just to make sure. Finishes very smooth. Not a true Belgian Dubble, by any stretch of the imagination. A good beer for now & then, however.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2003
smells identical to NB Abbey, brown/black with a uniform medium sized head, clove spiciness and wheat notes along with a hint of choclate and a dry flat finish, overall don't believe the hype

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fraternie (826) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2011 5/6/2003: Ruby brown body, nice head. Fruity, tripel-esque aroma. Floral, dark fruit notes (grapes, plums). Malt is floral with deep, dark fruit notes reminiscent of Chimay Blue. Spicy body. Smooth, slightly herbal/vegetable finish, incredibly well balanced. ABV seems hardly present. I went ahead and rated this one without age, I have another that I am saving for quite a bit down the road and I have very high expectations. 3/31/2011: Malt has sweetened a bit over time, with notes of caramel dominating some very floral dark citrus notes. Very creamy and smooth, with spicy herbal elements still present, but with a peppery component revealing itself through the long finish. Balance is still in tact, with abv well-masked.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Panzuriel (1316) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2003
Dark brow liquid with some ruddy hints. Nice latte colored full head. Dry hoppy aroma with wee hint of citrus. Dry tangy flavor that has a smoky and metallic thing going on. Spice in the allspice and nutmeg sort is evident as well. A nice solid beer, but nothing wonderful.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2004 Love the concept of the vertical. but not so happy with the coriander. Let’s hope it gets better with age or I have a case of shit in my garage. I have to re-rate this stuff in 05. Re-rate 11/10/04. After swillin on this stuff for 2 sessions at BBF, I have to say it did indeed improve. The coriander and pepper has fallen out making this smooth as silk.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Beautiful copper color with hints of clove and nutmeg with a delightful warming finish....in other words, damn good.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Hazy amberish color w/ head retention that could be better for "dubbelish style". Clovey and spices are very apparent in the initial aroma and a light plum as it warms. Wheat malty aromas also more apparent as it warms. Hops are non existant for a Stone beer. Malty,spicy, and hoppy flavor with some bitterness to balance. Aftertaste is bitter w/a funky little caramel malt taste. Higher carbonation and medium body more to the dubbel"ish" style and alcohol is hidden very well. I'd like to see how this one ages in a few years, but I don't know if it's big enough to make it 10 years. It should be interesting. I plan on saving one bottle to try anyway.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2003
Brownish copper in color with medium head. Extremly malty nose with notes of pepper. Flavor is hops and spice. Full bodied and balanced

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2624) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 21, 2003
Interesting and nose-tingling aroma, very spicy, with notable coriander, licorice, tangerine and orange peel, with a background sweet, dark and fruity maltiness. Dark brownish red in color, lightly sedimented, with a creamy, fine, off-white head and lacing. Flavor is a nice blend of spices, fruit, malt, dark candyish sweetness, and a touch of spicy hop bitterness throughout, apparently of the Warrior variety. Spices, malt and esters throughout the finish. Fairly light texture, lightly effervescent and citric mouthfeel. Unique.


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