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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (11018) - Sřborg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
>Bottled @ RBESG2005: Amber coloured. Unclear. Light brown head. Sweet, fruity and marzipanlike aroma. Flavour is flowery, sweet and has some fruits in it. Is kind of dusty on the palate. Is sweet and medical in the end. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (10551) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2009
maltzilla you rock man! Pours a brownish color. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, toffee, light hops and some oxidation. Flavor is sweet with caramel, light oxidation, fruit, wood, and some very light hops. This one aged pretty well. Way better than 04.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 11, 2007
Bottle shared at Ølbaren. Cloudy dark amber colour. Sweet aroma of toasted malt, yeast, some chocolate and spices. Flavour of caramel, toasted malt, yeast, spices, chocolate and hops. This beer has a lot of goodies!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2003
Crystal clear copper hue. Very small, quickly dissipating, khaki head. The aroma is of sweet malt, candy sugar, caramel, yeast, toffee, allspice, cinnamon, alcohol and dark raisins. The flavor is very well-balanced for a Belgian style ale. Bursts of toffee, milk chocolate and caramel up front. Nice, lightly bitter hop presence on the backside. Full-bodied with a dry mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Short, dry finish with fescue at the wee end. Another great offering from the fine folks at Stone. I would like to pop open another bottle of this stuff twelve years from now, but I could only get my hands on one bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (10255) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
22oz bottle. Another one of those I’ve had a few times and just noticed I did not rate (had this during a full 020202 - 121212 vertical). Brownish in color with a small sized head. Fruity, yeast, some spiciness, and brown sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (9998) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2003
I am hoping I have the patience to get one of each of the V.E. beers to actually do the vertical tasting. This beers pours a solid amber color with a medium beige head. Aroma is spicey and malty at the same time. For some reason when I tasted it I was reminded of one of those god-awful "12 Greatest Brews of the World" monstrosities brewed by Gluek. Some kind of cardboard taste maybe? This wasn't a bad brew but I could not get the comparison out of my head. Finish is hoppy and toasty. Overall the cardboard flavor and general oilyness kind of ruined what is definitely a brew that will improve over time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9083) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9041) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2005
Bottle. Dark hazy amber with a small khaki head. Sweet malt with plenty of hot alcohol and hops present, hint of brown sugar? Warming in the throat, sweet malt and vague caramel dominate. Odd notes of spice and bitterness in the finish are tough to separate from the boozey sensation. Spices seem to have faded, leaving only a touch that lingers in the aftertaste, muted pepper. Medium palate. Seems somehow better when we return to it later. Perhaps the warming changed it? Bottle courtesy of Crockett @ RBSG 05.

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