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Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 418   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9439) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Sample from a 22oz bottle. Hazy brown reddish color. Minimal off-white head - just a bit of swirly on the surface. Minimal lace. Fruity nose - apple, pear, some white grape. Hint of chocolate. Very smooth, almost no carbonation, but that’s OK, texture is great. This is impressive. I think age has worked for this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (6648) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2012
On tap at Churchkey. I can’t believe this lasted more than a week. Pours a transparent caramel amber with some creamy, off white head. Nose has a little cardboard, crackers, caramel, orange peel, a little leather. Flavor is sweet, orange, leather, malt, a little cherry, some apple juice. Medium bodied, still lightly sweet. Nice although a bit too far gone at this point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3855) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
BACK INTO TICKING after a long hiatus - BOOM!!!! On tap at ChurchKey. Hazy dark chestnut brown with a one finger tan head. Oxidized but nice raisin and dark fruit aroma with prune and fit. Nice flavor despite some cardboard - medium sweetness with smooth roast, dark fruit, licorice, and malt balls. Medium-full body with a slick smooth palate and medium-low carbonation. Not that epic, but epic that I ticked it. BOOM!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2607) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Draft to snifter - pours dark amber with offwhite head. Nose is just like the 06.06.06 I just had. Flavor is vinous. Honestly this is just like the 06.06.06 I just had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyReynolds (1079) - 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 (1441) - 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 (5277) - 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 (3629) - 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 (1696) - 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

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