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Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 412   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2003
Deep amber. yellowish head, fairly stable. Nose gives... vanilla-and-raspberry icecream??? Eeuh...yes. And diacetyl. Taste: diacetyl, damn: too young. Stone? And then I read the text on the bottle. Right, it's all there. It's me who's been the culprit. Had to wait another 11 years, it seems. Aftertaste & mouthfeel is buttery (of course) and soupy. Why - blame it on me. If I ever find another bottle, I'll rerate; points are given with reservation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2005 A highly excited licorice bubblegum pulse yields sweet coriander cells...Agglutinated, they ward off almost all invading hops, save a few cones huddled within a cinnamon and black pepper clot...Throbbing and syrupy mandarines evoke a new flavor of cotton candy...A little more togetherness ans subtlety would carry it near to Abbaye des Rocs grandeur...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2003
Released 3/3/03. Drank for my 33rd birthday. Oh, beauteous synchronicity, how I love your siren song. Not surprisingly, dang interesting stuff. Nose is very Belgian, orange and lemon mixed with coriander and spice. Initial flavor is big and malty, hefty initial sweetness. Moves quickly to being very spicy, just loads of pepper. Definite hops noticeable, not surprising for Stone. In the finish does have an odd tinge, reminds me of sweetened dish soap and, though I'm not sure I understand this, not in a bad way. Creamy, nice texture. Insanely interesting, looking forward to trying a bottle in a decade or so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2003
Raisins and plums...a good cold weather beer that would really keep you warm. Dark amber color, a little cloudy, and an initially thick, foamy head. The flavor is somewhat sweet, a bit fruity, with vanilla tones. The finish is smooth, yet it is a little thin and metallic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4999) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2003
Cloudy amber appearance with a little lacing - aroma of fruity candy and children's chewable vitamins - tastes like a dubbel, APA and wheat beer combined - alcohol burns the throat a bit - not as complex as I was expecting, and a bit out of balance as well - the hop bite in the finish seems incongruous with the rest of the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2003
rich brown color with a moderate head. A pretty good belgian interpretation if you like them a little hoppier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (11642) - Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2003
(4/15/03): Hazy copper body with small beige head. Aroma is sweet, spicy (coriander) and malty. Taste is malty, sweet, coriander spicy, pine hoppy, and slightly smokey. Fairly light body. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Well-balanced yummiful beer! Bought a whole case, so I'm gonna have fun drinking one of these each year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2003
9% - oh darn I should nota drank this one so fast {hic}. Looky what Stone has done to the dubble; it is hoppier, and yes they seem West Coasty, but I have to agree most wholeheartedly with tkaufman; this is going to blend wonderfully with age. The pepper is excellent here...literally as if it is sprinkled on top of the surface. Sweetness is so well curtailed. I like it. The sum is greater than the parts - I like tha flavor a lot, but the whole experience is lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tkaufman (129) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2003
I had to buy two of these so I could age one and drink one. The aroma was an excellent combination of esters, hops and spices. The flavor more than backed it up with a strong coriander and pepper presence, backed aptly by malt sweetness and hop bitterness. I imagine that these flavors will all subtly blend and become more subdued with age so I can't wait to try it again in 9 years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2003
I won't have plenty of patience, stone brews go pretty fast here in Arizona especially limited releases. Pours a thick creamy head. Good balance considering the blends but the aftertaste reminds me of an American wheat beer. The first taste has a sweetness that is un-ale like. Goes down very smooth. Good beer now, great beer when it ages.

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