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Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 420   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
brokensail (15269) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13062) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Bottle sample at Stone Night at the Dilly Drli. Poured a clear dark amber color with a moderate frothy off-white head that diminshed quickly. Good spicy roasted aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Full complex sweet roasted flavor with a small alcohol tone finsh. Very smooth drinkable aged brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (12853) - Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2003
(4/15/03): Hazy copper body with small beige head. Aroma is sweet, spicy (coriander) and malty. Taste is malty, sweet, coriander spicy, pine hoppy, and slightly smokey. Fairly light body. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Well-balanced yummiful beer! Bought a whole case, so I'm gonna have fun drinking one of these each year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (12658) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle shared by Irish Boy (thanks again Richard) Poured a clear dark brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of wheat, yeast, coriander, dark fuit, cocoas and toasted malt. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of wheat, coriander, cocoa, dark fruit and toasted malt with a smooth lingering coriander finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a dark burgundy-brown with a moderate beige head. Aroma of licroice, chocolate, roasted malt, taosted marshmellow, raisins, and cookie dough. Flavor of toasted malt, cocoa, wood, and pepper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (12547) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2009
Amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of American hops, dried fruits, caramel and port. Dry, toffee and slightly roasted malt flavour. Some dark fruits in the middle and a nice bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (12383) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12360) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2005
Jan. 2005. Hazy red brown ale with sweet candy sugar and orange peels in aroma, with strawbeery cotton candy and porto notes. Sweet malt with vinous notes, hoppy and earthy nutty notes. Deep rich mouthfeel, lingering on in mouth. Delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (11932) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2007
3rd LCRBM. Malty, slightly yeasty aroma with apple and butter. Melon in the flavor. Wood, flowery and earthy hops. Just a bit thin (because of age?) and therefore somewhat alcoholic. Citrus and red berries in the aftertaste. Still an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11875) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2009
Bottle. [thank you, after4ever]
[Bottle #5 in the Kolding Blindtasting, 20th June 2009]
Pours deep, clear chestnut with a small, creamy beige head. Aroma is powerful, but rather simple. Fat caramel, yeast, biscuity malts, strawberries and nuts. But mostly just fat caramel. Lowish carbonation, very nice creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is still surprisingly dry and hoppy, caramel, yeast. Long, lingering dry finish with a dose of dark chocolate and roasted malts.

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