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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyReynolds (1078) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2012
The aroma vs the taste on this beer is what has me at ends. The aroma is spicy with some caramel notes while the taste brings out a merlot quality, sweet with a grape type flavor, completely changing my expectation of the beer. Maybe that is contributed to the age. Mind blowing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deekyn (1371) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 18, 2012
A - pours murky darker caramel orange brown. Little to no head. S - very grainy, barley, dark dried fruits, peppers, cinnamon, candied sugar, toffee, notes of tiramisu . M - medium bodied. Relatively simple palate. Sticky sweet no carb lingering lightly bitter grasses. T - sticky grainy up front, grains, dry dog food. Sticky caramel maltsand pepper on the palate. Lingering lightly bitter grassy malty end with notes of bread and over ripe bananas, scones, corriander. O - pretty good dubel 3.7 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (4765) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2012
On draft at church key in DC. Pours a hazy brown with a creamy off white head. Mild cinnamon aroma. Creamy mouth feel with toasted malts and baking spices. Spices dominate the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2012
tap at Lizardville RR its a lighter colored beer than i expected and quite thin in the palate the spice has definitely faded and it tastes like an old belgian

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (3414) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2012
12oz from tap at Brouwers in Seattle, leftover from Vertical Epic night. Deep woody brown. Rosy apple, sappy wood. Syrupy wood with right carbonation, grape/apple juiciness. Some off-bitter aftertaste. Dryness is odd. Interesting at least.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Prufrockstar (1580) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Draft at Brouwer's, 12/12/12. Light brown/red appearance, head dissipates quickly to ring. Aroma is old dubbel (dark fruits, ester, stale bread). Taste is ... hollow. Surprisingly moderate carb, short dry finish. Oldest beer I've ever consumed, and it feels like it - it was my first of the night, and not inspiring. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (2023) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Tap, CK. Deep dark hazy brown with a thinnish light tan head. Lots of sweeter dark fruit aromas, some yeastiness, touch of sugar, and some slight oxidation is apparent. Flavor packs in toffee, dark fruits, and very much leans to the sweeter side of things. Medium silkier body. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
trevor211 (1470) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2012
On tap at Brouwer’s for 12/12/12. Dark cola brown. Dark fruit, allspice, maybe some nutmeg. Warmth from spices covers a slightly tinny note. The aroma is nice, but I’m not too impressed by this one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle to Chimay glass. Surprised by how much carbonation remains in this. Dark chestnut brown color, Faded, vegetal hop aroma. Agave nectar, cooked broccoli, cauliflower, and golden brown sugar flavor. Not my favorite in the series but still drinkable for the age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (4804) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Draft @ Lord Hobo, on 12/15/12. We got to enjoy the left over Stone from the 12/12/12 event. Brown rusty color with very thin soapy head. Nose is mild Belgian yeast and cotton candy. Taste of figs, old dark malts, raisins and caramel. The alligator peppers are just a wisp in the finish. This really, REALLY good considering it is 9 years old. My waiter gave us the very last glass from the keg. It could have been the last draft glass of 03/03/03 anywhere!!

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