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RATINGS: 412   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (10192) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9509) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9437) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (9133) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8981) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8741) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (8658) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8228) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2003
Very dark amber appearance, with a frothy tan head. Smells of heavy sugar, like Koolaid. It's not so fruity, just very sugary, to the point at which it feels gritty on your teeth. Strong first taste, harsh scratchy finish. This stuff is just too sweet to enjoy, but it balances the sugar taste with a honey and bread flavor, which makes it drinkable. The other two bottle I have will be in storage, and so we'll see how it is in a few months of a few years.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2005 A highly excited licorice bubblegum pulse yields sweet coriander cells...Agglutinated, they ward off almost all invading hops, save a few cones huddled within a cinnamon and black pepper clot...Throbbing and syrupy mandarines evoke a new flavor of cotton candy...A little more togetherness ans subtlety would carry it near to Abbaye des Rocs grandeur...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8059) - 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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