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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2004
Sharp citrusy and piney hop aroma. Flavor was of hard caramel, citrus, many other fruits and some spice hops. A very nice beer. Very up front and in your face, you don't need to go searching for the aspects of the flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2003
A fascinating beer that clearly would get better with age. A dobbelbock gone insane.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Pours a faded reddish hue. Nice butter rum, sweet potatoe, and caramel nose. The flavor echoes the nose with a considerable amount of carbonation and a decent hop finish. As Stine said it is very remnicent of Demolition, and as far as Im concerned that is a good thing. Thanks a bunch Milkmandan!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 9, 2003
Quite a bit of spice, clove and Belgian character in the nose already. Beer is a dark amber color with a medium head that fades fast. Beer has a lot of character and is very fresh, indeed, it would probably be best consumed in some time, maybe at the end of this decade. Bit different than the other hoppier beers from Stone. Well crafted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ukoolaid (579) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brownaler (547) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Ok, so this is my first Stone brew, so I'm not familiar with what else they have. It has a dark amber appearence and a nutty taste, similar to a brown ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Boone, 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.

   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.

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