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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%
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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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5390) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Copper pour with white head and lace. Aroma of caramel and some abv. Sweet caramel and brown sugar flavor. A bit thin and watery. thanks Brent

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9241) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Tap at CK for 12.12.12. VE night. Full haze mahogany, high carbonation, webby/complete lacing. Nose is butterscotch, toffee, chocolate. Taste is minerally, spicy, butterscotch, some celery. Perhaps an odd, somewhat benign infection. Super aerated, overcarbonated palate. Drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Figured I’d better put this one down since I’ve had it a few times this week. Cheers to Greg and the boys for making this happen. Floral and musky perfume nose, and rosy orange amber. Sharp malt and sweet mid fruit. Well balanced. Nice beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4807) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Amber - brown pour, with an off-white head. Toffee, fruity esters, yeast, semi-stale bread, and a touch of orange peel. The age is noticeable, but pretty decent for being this old. Glad to try it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcane7 (1669) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Draft at Stone. Cloudy chestnut, no head. Toffee, caramel, butterscotch. A little boozy ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Macegan75 (743) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Bottle at Damico’s for Vertical Epic series. Pours ruby red to dark brown with creamy beige head. nose is candi sugar and nutty qualites. first sip is similar with an almond like finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Draft at Hopleaf. Pours a deep brown with a tan head. The nose is really appley and herbal. Lots of esters and dark fruit. Earthy. On tasting, some light and faint cardboard. A bit flabby, but it is 10 years old. Smooth with the phenols fading. Clove on the finish. appley, dry and clean and again, earthy. Pretty impressive.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1375) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Tap at Falling Rock, Denver. Mahogony brown with heavy lacing. Sweet malt with belgiany esters and some black pepper and lightly floral hops. Taste follows with some rock candy sweetness. Orange peel? Tasty not great but amazing it has aged this well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2287) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 13, 2012
On tap 4 oz. pour at Churchkey in Logan Circle neighbohood, Washington, DC on 12/12/12. Murky, rusty orange-brown with khaki head and very good lacing. Aroma of sweet toffee, sweet dark fruit, caramel and brown sugar. Taste of earthy malts, figs, bitter floral elements, fruit, oak and aged scotch. Full/medium body and low/medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (2797) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Traded $90 worth of beers for this one 2 years ago! Pouring it for my vertical epic tasting, only bottle! Pours dark ruby amber with a creamy sandy head. The aroma brings sweet notes and Belgian sugar almost like almonds/marzipan. The flavor brings some aged malt notes and ends with a pleasant sweetness.


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