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RATINGS: 411   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


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Coffee brown in color. Smells like chemicals. Hoppy flavor. Can't read the rest of my writing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
THis is a decent brew. I'm not a big fan of the style but very drinkable and refreshing

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2006 Very mellow, 03 bottle drank in 06. Smooth caramel malts and some subtle spiced fruits is about all I got from this one. Aging has taken the bite out of this one. Decent beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAR 12, 2003
Poured a nice reddish-brown. Dense, fluffy head formed and held on for a few minutes. Fantastic lacing. The flavor and aroma are not what I was expecting from a beer that is not meant to be drank for nine years. Aroma seemed lightly malty with a balanced corriander nose. First sip was surprisingly subdued with almost no hop, spice, or pepper flavor to counteract the malt. 3-4 sips in and things started to change. Not as overwhelming as the "02" which I had a hard time finishing due to sensory overload. Quite drinkable as it is. It's going to be difficult to keep my case under lock and key..

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
celogan (201) - Oroville, California, USA - AUG 20, 2003
DDDDaaaaaawGONE This is Good Beer. Next to Dreadnaught this has to be the best go slap your mother-in-law beer. I can't imagine how good this stuff will be when it's fully aged in 12/12/12. Poured dark brown with frothy head that lasted throughout. Nice lacing and good carbonation. Malty nose but not overpowering. Good balance of Malt with just enough hops to make it near perfect. I absolutely will drink this again. If you can get some do it now. If you wait to long for this limited gem, you may pay it's weight in gold to get any, especially if there's any left by 12/12/12. Thanks To Slikwily for This my 100th Rated beer. It was well worth the wait and worthy of this landmark occasion.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopswagger (198) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Review date 12.12.12 Celebrating the 10 year Vertical Epic Series P: Two-tone hazy brown and tan with translucent top and bottom with sediment floating. Creamy head that leaves delicate spider webs around the glass. S: Molasses, candied plums, chocolate, bread, bananas, clove, coriander, toffee, wheat and oxidation on the rather boozy aroma. T/M: Super malty, molasses, big time toffee, fruity, buttery herbs, sweetness backed by wood, white pepper, candy sweetness followed by aged cherries. Silky body that is smooth and finishes dry with surprisingly good level of carbonation. O: Totally surprised by how well this aged. A beer that is 10 years old and shows a little oxidation but nothing like I expected. Stone has done a fantastic job of brewing a beer that will last. Great beer that come across more as a dubbel. Serving type: on-tap

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopmelt (196) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Pours medium dark amber, half finger off white head into pilsner glass lots of bubbles streaming up. Big malt aroma, toffee, caramel, biscuity, very slight astringent, cleaner and cardboard, it is 10 years old! Taste is very malty, slight biscuit, belgian crystal, peppery and spicy mid mouth, bit of noble hop character. Slight alcohol, no off flavors at all, much different than the nose here. Good carbonation, medium thin, slight alcohol and pepper burn. Overall excellent, first time I had it, so I don’t know what it would be like fresh, aroma would probably be better fresh though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2004
This was my first experience w/a Vertical Epic and I didn't know what to expect. All in all, an enjoyable beer. More or less a Dubble, with more hops and American style hops at that. I'm going to try and secure another bottle to see if it gets more complex with age, but I doubt it would improve that much after a year or two in the bottle. But I'm not one to shy away from a beer that's trying to be unusual or experimental, so I'm glad to have tried it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Good sized (4-5 ounce) pour at a Stone Vertical Tasting Event sponsored by Belmont Party Supplies on 5/12/2010, served in a very cool Stone Vertical Epic tasting glass. Very murky looking ruby brown color. What little head there was recedes to a ring around the edge of the pour. Yeasty, fruity and floral aromas. Lots of belgian yeast, mellow spices of coriander and pepper, malty finish. Medium to light bodied (maybe a bit watery) with low carbonation, almost flat. This tasted great, but not sure it’s going to make it another 2 years as it seemed like it may have been a little past it’s prime. Nevertheless, it was still interesting to taste a beer 7+ years old to start off a tasting event.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2003
Beautiful red color. Little head. Sweet honey smell. Very much like Karmaliet or another Belgian, yet lacking in the sharp scent. Belgian style is definately an effect of the yeast. Don't be fooled by this brew though. First sip will tell you that is not the case. It lacks the maltiness of a Belgian strong ale, and is certainly missing the wheat and doughy taste. Hoppy and oily finish. Definately has that "American IPA" taste... Interesting concept, but it's missing some complexity. Alligator peppers leave your lips and tongue just slightly warmed. Perhaps some age will bring out more flavor and mask the burnt malt taste. Not excellent, but decent enough. I'll pick up a bit more and age them as directed.


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