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Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 414   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ravidesai (949) - Bombay, INDIA - APR 5, 2003
dark orange, thin tan head, aroma is complex with dominant sweet malt and caramel notes but with a spice character dominated by pepper and coiroander. nice deep malty flavors, sweet and zesty with enough balancing hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (1960) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 4, 2003
I was quite suprised to find someone in Phoenix that actually had gotten some extra cases, or I would never have gotten to try it. Unfortunately it was already in the cooler, so I think that my extra will have to stay there as opposed to aging it awhile. Pours a bit of a brown with no head. Nose has the familiar fruitiness of many of the trappistes, with the addition of, suprise, HOPS! Not nearly as strong on them as most of their other beers. It is a very nice marriage. WELL DONE GUYS!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2003
A decent brew, but nothing overly special. Very malty with a light hop. I am always happy to try a new brew from this brewery

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2003
Dark oarnge ale,approaching brown. Nice sized head. Clingy with good lacework. Aroma is mainly good interplay between pepper and coriander.Nice sweetness and little hoppiness as well. Very soft mouthfeel. Starts sweet but the pepper/coriander follow and stick out more. Little sweetness in the finish,with mainly spice,and just small,leafy/sappy,hop notes,now and then. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2003
this is my first crack at a belgian strong ale, and its excellent. pours a redish brown with little head. flavor is very fruity rasins, apples, plums, maybe a little bananna. very malty but also has a good hop kick to it. this is great now and will definatly get better with age. i will definatly have to use that homebrew recipe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2003
Well, I bought it today, and I drank it today. Not exactly patience, but I had to let my liver absorb the $5.49 hit on its own terms, which were immediate. A very tasty ale, with a sweet, estery aroma. Pours red with a white head. Flavor is malty sweet, with banana-flavored esters and a bit of spice on the way down the throat. Another flavor-crammed offering from Stone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1018) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2003
Despite my good intentions I wasn't able to wait until December 2012 to try this one. Well, in 2003 it has a very nice look to it. Dark reddish brown with a nice off white head. The aroma is VERY nice, and one that I can see improving a lot with age. The flavor is also quite nice, and again I'm sure it will improve with age. A nice Belgian strong!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaymobrown (1741) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2003
Discussed and anticipated. Nice nose of cookies, coffee, raisin, plums, and coriander mixed together. Murky ruby red color with a fairly interesting head. Bananas and white peppers in the taste. Green peppers, cinnamon, spices dance on the palate. Odd body texture -- thin oily feel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 24, 2003
This is an awesome beer. Very "belgian like" and quite delicious. The pepper is quite apparent and most awesome. I've had two of these already, with many cellared. The second was better than the first, and I expect it only to get better with age. Hoppy, delicious and wonderful...combines my favorite belgian style with Stone's famous hoppy character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1907) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2003
Huge malts start off caramelly and end up ranging from slightly smoky to thick and shredded wheat-like. Hops is present and bitter underneath big waves of sugar, dried fruit (like a trail mix) and white pepper. I have a bottle put away and will go grab the last few because this will only get better with age. No carbonation and only slight alcohol detected. Outstanding and can only get better.

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