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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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2003
Dark brown color with a decent head. A sour grape aroma with fruits. The flavor was bitter sour and fruity. A good full palate and nice carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2003
As I missed the first batch, I have waited with great anticipation knowing that was going to have a 6 pack as soon as it came out. The beer pours a sanguineous color, the head modest in size, frothy in texture, the color a nice light tan, and the residual lace a very fine sheet to cover the glass. Malt dominates the nose, sweet and just a light hint of the corriander, crisp and fresh, quite pleasant. Sweet malt at the start, the top Iíd say middling, the finish has a purposeful acidity, the hop persistent in their spicy bite, maybe a tinge of the pepper in the aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden, but is felt in the tummy as the warming is noticeable, quite a quaffable brew, and yes it will be tough to wait till 04.04.04 to sample the next along site the 03.03.03.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5285) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 7, 2003
Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malt, coriander and peppers. A full bodied ale. This beer is a frelling flavor fest. Malts are bold, slightly sweet and very smooth. It is not very hoppy, which is very unusual for a Stone Brew. But there are plenty of spices to balance it out; coriander, peppers (!), some fruits (apricots and cherries) and a touch of peat and smoke. Very smooth taste. Aging will only make this beer much better. Hides the 9% alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with some peppery tones. Etched Beer bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2003
Poured a clear ruby amber color with a thick beige head. Would make a nice photo. Light malty aroma with some sugary sweetness, spiciness, pepper, and a little lemon zing. Spiciness and pepper charge the front of the flavor. Some coriander and yeast followed with some creaminess and a light maltiness. Aftertaste full of hops. Moderate mouthfeel and carbonation. The hops in the back end were a little too strong for me. I was really enjoying the other flavors before the hops asserted themselves. Should age nicely. I'm looking forward to this one at a later date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 7, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2006 -- Tasted again, 16 Dec 2006 Had this on tap at Stoneís World Bistro. It has aged very well. -- Tasted again, 1 Feb 2005 No change in rating, but itís matured well. It still has a beautiful brown color w/ a nice head. The flavor is noticably sweet, almost like a doppelbock. Still a great beer --- Original Rating 7 May 2003 itís a nice, medium brown color w/ a thin head. The flavor finishes slightly sweet w/ hints of pepper. The nose also has some pepper in it. The alcohol is nicely masked. The more I slowly drank, the more flavors I picked up. great job

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2003
A very murky dark, color with a hint of bronze. Little to no head. Pepper, in addition to pepper with a hint of coriander, alcohol, grape cough syrup and pepper dominate the unique aroma. Very nice malty flavor to it, yeastlike and has a strange paste like quality. I believe I also tasted the liquid equivalent to fruit and nut trail mix. The alcohol is only in the air and not in the taste, oh, i forgot to mention that pepper played a significant role in the flavor. A very strange belgian, kind of a freak, but still good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAR 6, 2003
Pours a great dark brown-red color. Not much head, I thought the aroma was close to Chimay Bleu. Coriander and pepper in the flavor, a little confused up front but more pleasant on the aftertaste. Hops are very subdued for Stone(thank you!). I'll be interested to see how it ages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 This one took a while to pick up speed but when it did it became excellent. Started with sweet cream, coriander, and vinous malt, peppery alcohol, and the slightest undertone of ground pepper in the nose. Medium white head that easily replenished and left a little lacing on the sides on top of a amber/ red body. Started off very disjointed with coriander and malt running the show but slowly harmonized like when you tune a guitar by harmonics as spice, alcohol, nuts, brown sugar join the mix with touches of the nose come in too. Picks up a slightly vegital quality along with nuttiness, sweet malt and the traces of resiny hops in the corners of the mouth. Canít wait for this to age! (3.9) rerate June 05 Aging nicely. Pretty much the same as above only blending together bit more fluidly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 03/03: poured a nice polished copper color and it settled with just a halo of suds...yeast, alcohol, coriander dusted orange peel, more coriander,styrofoam, medicine, burning plastic, white pepper, cardamom, and even some more coriander show up in the aroma...the flavors were predominatly yeasty, slightly to moderately metallic at times with notes of coriander, alcohol soaked apricots, nectarines, and nonsweet bing cherries..the mouthfeel is pleasantly chewy, bitter in the back of the tongue, but mostly pretty full..itís a decent brew but nothing really special..its a tad too yeasty/spicy for me, like somewhere between a dubbel and a trippel..01/04: as i read my initial rating...i donít see much of a change...thought iíd let you know anyway.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2003 A true double that will please you to no end. Rich malty texture, subdued hops (a rarity for Stone) on the nose but a bit more hoppy flavor then I would like to see ... but not too much. After trying it again I'm re-rating it a point lower then last time. Great Amber color. The coriander begs you for a return visit as you swirl it around your tongue, savoring every last drop. Could use a bit of aging but we can't hold that against it, can we? Kudos to the Bastards!

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