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Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 409   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smoosh (535) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - APR 23, 2010
Pours a hazy rust with a small yellowish head. Aroma is fruity and sweet with caramel, dust, and bandaids. Flavor is more caramel and dust with some citrus and slight hops. Palate is moderate with average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 This one took a while to pick up speed but when it did it became excellent. Started with sweet cream, coriander, and vinous malt, peppery alcohol, and the slightest undertone of ground pepper in the nose. Medium white head that easily replenished and left a little lacing on the sides on top of a amber/ red body. Started off very disjointed with coriander and malt running the show but slowly harmonized like when you tune a guitar by harmonics as spice, alcohol, nuts, brown sugar join the mix with touches of the nose come in too. Picks up a slightly vegital quality along with nuttiness, sweet malt and the traces of resiny hops in the corners of the mouth. Canít wait for this to age! (3.9) rerate June 05 Aging nicely. Pretty much the same as above only blending together bit more fluidly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2003
MMMMM, baby. This was pretty darned tasty. Very fruity, but not orangy, which is good. Very sweet and a very pleasant aroma. well worth the trouble to find. But then I might be a bit biased as this was one of the first brews I had after coming back from 10 months in China.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Yeasty aroma with dark malts and spice. Color is a deep dark brown, taste is quite peppery up front with malty middle and a dry finish. Not overly sweet. Might get better with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2003
Due to the law change, I never got to try 02.02.02, so I can't really compare it to previous ones. This beer poured a dark amber color and formed a small light tan head that subsided leaving trace lace. An aroma of malt, pepper and a slight hint of corindar and other spices. A flavor of malt, spices and touch of pepper. An interesting finish to it, almost of burnt wood. A good beer, but probably better served warmer and maybe allowed to age for awhile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - APR 28, 2003
Sweet malt aroma, light spice (moderate corriander), light roast, light caramelized sugar (cake/cotton candy). Belgian yeast funk (phenolic?). Sweet flavor with a smooth mouthfeel, light coating left in mouth. Finish is a muddled bitterness with a slight spiciness.

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