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RATINGS: 414   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2004
Bottle. Color is a nice amber. Aroma is excellent with fig, raison, spice, and malt. The taste reminds me of a dark belgian double. Nice dry malt with spice and pepper. The pepper really comes on strong at the finish. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2003
Dark oarnge ale,approaching brown. Nice sized head. Clingy with good lacework. Aroma is mainly good interplay between pepper and coriander.Nice sweetness and little hoppiness as well. Very soft mouthfeel. Starts sweet but the pepper/coriander follow and stick out more. Little sweetness in the finish,with mainly spice,and just small,leafy/sappy,hop notes,now and then. Not bad at all.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 25, 2004
Nice dark carmel color. Aroma is big and malty with fig tones, similar to Aventitus with moderate hints of spice, especialy coriander. Taste is malty, very very dry, rather spicy corriander and some noticeable pepper that seems to realy hit you at times. Lightly yeasty and bitter. A bit unusual but very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2004
In the aroma I get intense ripe fruits - banana, plum, apple - followed by mild phenolics - clove and band-aids. There is also some malt and yeast earthiness and spiciness. Clear ruby-amber in color, beige head is milkshake-like and leaves good lacing. Flavor is malty and spicy, with some peppery alcohol and moderate hop bitterness coming through in the finish. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, hides the alcohol well. I had this beer last year, just after it came out, and didn't like it. I thought it had way too much hop flavor for a Belgian-style ale. Well the hop flavor has dropped out, leaving a superbly balanced Belgian. It has all the spiciness and fruitiness that a Belgian should, but with an even balance from the Stone-quantity of hops added. Amazing what a year will do for a beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2003
rich brown color with a moderate head. A pretty good belgian interpretation if you like them a little hoppier.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2003 Bottle: Reddish and clear with a nice head. Too close to some of their others to be too "special" in my opinion. What an incredibly tough job, though, to make a beer that stands out above their regulars! Would be a terrific addition to nearly any other brewery's stable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2003
Cloudy mahogony color with a wispy tan head. Subdued aroma consiting mainly of hot alcohol notes, dark fruits and minor hop notes. Reminiscent of a Belgian dubbel with it's sweet, malty notes backede up by dark fruit flavors and minimal hop character. Only mild spice notes appear. No yeasty/bready aromas or flavors you might expect from a Belgian though. A bit thin bodied. Nice, and it definitely packs a wallop.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
Bottle RBESG. Rich, malty, flowery aroma. Same goes for the flavor. Very nice. Rich, amber color and lots of head.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevencon (503) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Traded with daknole. From bottle. Old wet cardboard murky amber color. Lots of cardboard. Still carbonated. Cherry plumb coconut. This beer is past its prime but still surprisingly good. Tastes like a strawberry twizzler.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Bottle. I only bought 3 of these when they were new, had one fresh, now this one, and Iím saving the last. I canít believe I didnít rate it fresh. Looks like I got lazy on all the VE except 04. Pours a hazy orange brown with thin off white head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel and a faint spiciness. Flavors come in equally malty sweet, with some light fruit, definite coriander and other light spice (maybe cinammon and pepper), and a dusty yeastiness throughout. Finish is clean and has a strong alcohol presence. I got one of these left so Iíll re-rate it then. Guess Iíll pop open an 05 and 06 in the next couple days to get them rated as well.


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