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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Pours an amber brown with a medium beige head. Aroma and flavor have a nice spice combination with high malt and a touch of the hops. Slightly boring - I expected better from Stone, but it is still an above average beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2005
Vertical tasting with 040404 and 050505. Ruby hue through a fairly dark body. Yeasty notes in both the aroma and flavor. Somewhat flat with bready accents. A fair amount of grass was noticeable. I’m not really certain how this would have held up for another 7 years, however.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2003
Deep mohagany body with a big thick tan head. decent carbonation. hints of deep ruby. Nose of raisins, caramel, alcohol, good ester presence: bannannas, a hint of butteryness, creamy teastiness, lightly roasted. Dates, papper, alcohol and spices. nice and creamy, but definite bite. Dry and pretty alcoholic, yet sweet and yeasty. good balance. mouthfeel was a bit flat though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
I love all Stone brews, and this is no exception. Beautiful pour, and that sweet fruity/sweet/spicy aroma that wafts from the glass made my mouth water. Can't wait to see what it tastes like on 12/12/12

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2003
Tulip glass. Half-inch head settled to small white foam (lasting entire glass) covering hazy, reddish/brown ale. Short lasting lace. Sweet smell caused me to sip immediatly. The sweetness continued through to the taste buds, accompanied by a perfect balance of malts and sexy spiciness. I went through two glasses relatively quickly, very drinkable. Very nice alcohol warmth and pleasant buzz. An amazing "THANK YOU!!" to egajdzis for my first Stone Brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Pours reddish with some apricot and butterscotch in the aroma. The flavor is caramel malt with some cinnamon and orange. The style seems somewhere between a brown ale and a dopplebock, not really exerting any Belgian yeast. Finish is thick and heavy, but not imporved with the high-alpha hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 7, 2004
On tap at the Belgian Beerfest. Brown with an off-white head. Aroma of spiced chocolate cake. Sweet, but not overly so, I tasted lots of chocolate in this, roasted malts. Maybe this mellowed a bit in the year and a half, because this is not quite as in-your-face as other Stone brews. A dubbel to make you start liking dubbels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - MAY 8, 2005
5.8.05 Pours mahogany brown with an average off white head. Aroma is brown sugar and dark fruits. Taste is about the same. Very sweet initial sip. The aftertaste leaves a little alcohol kick. Should be fun in 2012.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2003
Good balance between the hops & malt with some moderate spiciness throughout. Had a somewhat odd aroma - kind of perfumy, but with something else I couldn't quite pin down. Still an excellent offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2003
I won't have plenty of patience, stone brews go pretty fast here in Arizona especially limited releases. Pours a thick creamy head. Good balance considering the blends but the aftertaste reminds me of an American wheat beer. The first taste has a sweetness that is un-ale like. Goes down very smooth. Good beer now, great beer when it ages.

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