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RATINGS: 418   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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


2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerman6686 (6010) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6197) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Clear brown-red, beige quick cover. Aroma is cocoa, oxidation, caramel, candy. Taste is similar, lightly cardboardy, cocoa, eh.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (11870) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 30, 2011
22 oz. bottle, pours a hazy golden amber with a small beige head. Aroma of candied sugar, coriander, dry white wine, and some floral notes. Flavour of dry white wine, some candied sugar, floral notes, toffee and light coriander. Certainly has held up well after 8 years. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2765) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 8, 2011
This poured a dark copper to hazy brown color. The aroma contains some caramel, chocolate, molasses, and toffee. The flavor is rather sweet with more chocolate, caramel, and toffee. It tastes like a Heath Bar! Which is a good thing. Overall you can tell it’s a bit on the old side but it still tastes good to me!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5844) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Big thanks to brentfeesh for bringing this to the tasting. Copper, no head. Smells a little bit oxidized, but not too bad. Smells like caramel, maybe some bourbon, and a herbal note. Flavor is nicely sweet apple, caramel, and more herbs. Maybe a little bit of pear and honey as it warms.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Sample at a tasting at Suttree’s. Pours hazy rusty brown with some offwhite head. The aroma is mild raisin, malt, fruity notes, and a slight barrel hint. The flavor is a spicy malt taste with some white raisin, some oxidized sweetness, and some breadiness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (15588) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 6, 2011
Getestet beim LCRBM am 08.09.2007 Tetsnotizen: Sehr fruchtiger, interessanter und etwas überraschender Antrunk. Für 9% ist es nicht gerade sehr stark, die Malzigkeit ist stark, aber nicht übermäßig stark ausgeprägt. Recht eigender Nachgeschmack mit sich deutlich zeigender Karamellnote. Test vom 30.10.2007, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 9,9,9,9,10,9 - 9,05

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (4945) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2010
22oz Bottle First bottle to kick off our 10-10-10 tasting. With a huge thanks to Toby and Sam for getting this. Pours out brown topped with a small tan head. Aroma was of roast, pit fruit sweetness, caramel, wood, and bread. Taste was much of the same along with a nice spice, and light bitterness at the end.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Bomber at the 5th Annual Epic Beer Tasting in Richmond, VA, November 28, 2010. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel, nuts and bread. The taste is caramel, toffee, nutty notes, leafy hops. Medium bodied. Low carbonation.


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