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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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (3559) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Location: Bottle at Nerd Beer Epic Weekend, 1/25/13

Aroma:†The aroma is fairly sweet with some dark fruit, nuts, a little spice, and some yeast notes to it
Appearance:†It pours an orangish color with a small head, but not nearly as flat as it could have been
Flavor:†The flavor is quite sweet as well, and this one has developed some intriguing complexity
Palate:†The fell is pretty clean and soft, it has a medium body, and isnít too cloying from the sweetness
Overall Impression:† It was really cool to get to try this one, and was a great way to kick off the weekend. Props to Dave, Kramer, and Andy! As for the beer, I think we were all shocked it had held up so well. It really didnít taste all that worse for the age. Sure it is extremely sweet, but it has developed some nice complexity. This certainly exceeded my expectations.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Huhzubendah (2258) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Thanks to the Thorpeís for sharing. The beer is copper hued with a thin tan head that quickly fades. Pockets of bubbles evident throughout the glass. The aroma offers malt, citrus, booze. Notable signs of age. Toffee and caramel flavors. Light sweetness, with butterscotch candy and caramel chews. Fairly light in body with moderate carbonation. Pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopmelt (104) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Pours medium dark amber, half finger off white head into pilsner glass lots of bubbles streaming up. Big malt aroma, toffee, caramel, biscuity, very slight astringent, cleaner and cardboard, it is 10 years old! Taste is very malty, slight biscuit, belgian crystal, peppery and spicy mid mouth, bit of noble hop character. Slight alcohol, no off flavors at all, much different than the nose here. Good carbonation, medium thin, slight alcohol and pepper burn. Overall excellent, first time I had it, so I donít know what it would be like fresh, aroma would probably be better fresh though.

3.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (3435) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Walnut and almond nose, marzipan and dusty wood. Clear copper, no head. Flavor is simpler, red currant but not ezceedingly tart. Maybe a light almond note.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Thanks to my father-in-law for sharing this one. Surprisingly fairly good. Molasses and dates, mostly. Really thinned out.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
22oz bottle. Another one of those Iíve had a few times and just noticed I did not rate (had this during a full 020202 - 121212 vertical). Brownish in color with a small sized head. Fruity, yeast, some spiciness, and brown sugar.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Pours a translucent brownish amber with a smaller bubbly white head. Aroma of toffee, dark fruits cardboard and some Hints of pepper. Flavor of dark fruits, toffee, brown sugar, Belgian yeast spices.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (5715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pour on tap at Falling Rockís Vertical Epic event, dark reddish brown pour with thin white head, aroma brought brown sugar, toffee, earth, vanilla, touch of oak, fig, and dark fruits, slight oxidation but really not all that bad. Taste is a nice mix of toasted brown sugars, bread, dark fruits, slight oxidation/cardboard, hints of vanilla, finishing fairly sweet, slightly dry. Held up pretty damn nicely.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
cheap (3801) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
I write this review for all of the Stone Vertical Epics from 333 -999 but the numerical ratings of each are different. I pen this review reflecting on my tremendous respect for Horny Devil James Ė the supplier of these brews, Justin Lithy Ė the ratebeerian who supplied the locale, Ben london101 Ė for his VE comments and Beerman6686 Dan - for the interesting insights. Prior to this RB Pittsburgh December 2012 Post Apocalyptic Beer Tasting, I could have cared less for some happy BS vertical beers. However, James and Justin, by providing carefully guided beer experiences, which adjusted the stereo typical stigma that I held about such beers, and there numerical family. After I saw James immediately pour a bottle of 333 down the drain, after we all had a sample was not only breathtaking, but it I had to pinch myself to make sure it wasnít a dream. I was cautiously thinking to myself, without speaking out loud, about my cheapness, that I would have drank that whole bottle, if it was one of my singular tasking sessions. Perhaps I would have got sick, who knows. Well, for the ratings, they all were rather old, musty and tasted about the same, except the 777. The triple 3 was a dark, flat, old, rude, coors cardboard and bitter; fer sure. The 444 had a somewhat spicy smell and looked like pale lager. Of course, it come across rather old too. The 555 was a dark beer. It had some decent co2 for a change. Bitter initially, then mellowed. However, I found more it acceptable than most IPA. The devil #666 was just that. Dark pour with a decent head. Smell is a little tart, pretty good olfactory. Some co2 on the palate. Not as bad as the first 3 VEs. 777 was the best of the bunch, again a darker ale. Smell is acceptable. Really strong taste but did not have many of those negative old beer thing attributes. Lots of CO2 which makes this more fun Ė IMHO the best of the bunch fer sure. I thought it was because it was the newest, but modified my impression after having the 888 & 999. With the 888 pour is pale yellah. It must be a strong ale & the medicinal bitterness is quite high. Finish is back of throat bitter bite that goes on for quite a while. And lastly the 999. Seems much older in personality that the 444-888. Actually, I get the impressions of an old barley wine on the nose. Strong & rude. A little over the top fer sure. Does not hide alky what so ever. Not the best VE Iíve ever head, heheh. There Ė you have it; VE ratings from a VE newbee.

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
kramer (4681) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber body with a small fizzy off-white head. The nose is a ginormous load of oxidation, even more so than the 02. There is a weird almost menthol like note in here too, but itís buried below the oxidation. The flavor is pretty well totally destroyed, itís not even loaded with cardboard, itís just thin and watery with nothing positive to to say about it. An odd mix of alcohol and that weird menthol like note on the finish. Thin and watery with decent fizzy carbonation at least. The only thing positive to note about this beer is that the carbonation was still good. Worse than the 02 even, but itís a really tough competition.


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