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Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 416   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2500) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (3000) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (903) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Bottle, shared at Brendan’s 12/12/12 party! Pours a clear very dark amber with a small bubbly white head that fades. Aroma is quite sticky sweet, of raisins, marzipan, wood, yeast, malt, dark fruits. Taste is sticky sweet yeast, malt, raisins, sugar, and at the very very end a bit of sparkly pepper on the tongue. Lingering sweet and a hint of pepper. Could use more pepper. Hasn’t aged that great, but still decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
craftycarl21 (2302) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Draft at Churchkey 12.12.12. Creamy mahogany pour with a decent frothy head and nice lacing. Nose and flavor maintained a surprising amount of black pepper and cinnamon, caramel, molasses, and a bone dry toasty finish. Pretty all right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (6097) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Draft at Churchkey on 12/12/12. Poured a slightly hazy toffee color, thick white head that dissipated to a small creamy, slightly wispy off-white head. Slight oxidation, but mostly light toffee notes, some sweet mellow malts. Flavor was some toffee and creamy caramel. Held up a lot better than I ever would have expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (3150) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Opened tonight by Michael, thanks for the opportunity! Pours a solid dark brown with a bubbly off white head that shows great retention. Smells of dark sugar, caramel and some hints of chocolate and dark dried fruits. The flavor is what I expected it would be based on the nose. Lots of caramel and dark sugars with a muted but present raisin and dried sweet cherry flavor. Spicy wheat and yeast flavors round out the palette. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a lightly sweet mouthfeel. I am glad I got the opportunity to try this one, but I really wish I had tried it sooner. There’s really nothing wrong with this beer, but it feels a bit past its prime.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madmitch76 (19649) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2012
22nd January 2011
Cloudy brown beer, little white head. Nose of aged malt. Crisp aged malt. A little chocolate and cream. Mild minerals and the remnants of what once might have been hops. Clearly past it’s best and hugely disappointing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Pours a murky copper color with minimal foam. Smells very oxidized and slightly metallic. A bit of sweet caramel and brown sugar malt notes, maybe a hint of overripe fruit, too. Not all that appealing, though. The flavor has a definite note of pennies to it. Still sweet and malty, but definitely some cardboard oxidation and a generic, muddled fruit flavor. Medium bodied with low carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerman6686 (5615) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2011
This one poured a murky lighter brown color with basically no head at all. Aroma was lots of residual sugars, some dark fruits and cardboard. Flavor was a good bit oxidized, medium cardboard, sweet caramel malt and some dates and prunes. Definitely way past its prime but still not qute as bad as i was expecting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Fall 2011 Ratebeer gathering. Not good at this age but it held up a bit better than it could have I guess. +++ Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark chestnut color with a small tan head. The aroma was caramel, molasses, cherry and had a metallic undertone. The flavor was tangy caramel, nut, metal and faint cocoa. The finish was long with caramel, nut and vanilla. Fairly full bodied. I wish I could have tried one back when it was fresh.

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