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Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale

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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


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8196) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2003
Deep amber. yellowish head, fairly stable. Nose gives... vanilla-and-raspberry icecream??? Eeuh...yes. And diacetyl. Taste: diacetyl, damn: too young. Stone? And then I read the text on the bottle. Right, it's all there. It's me who's been the culprit. Had to wait another 11 years, it seems. Aftertaste & mouthfeel is buttery (of course) and soupy. Why - blame it on me. If I ever find another bottle, I'll rerate; points are given with reservation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (8037) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 30, 2011
22 oz. bottle, pours a hazy golden amber with a small beige head. Aroma of candied sugar, coriander, dry white wine, and some floral notes. Flavour of dry white wine, some candied sugar, floral notes, toffee and light coriander. Certainly has held up well after 8 years. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7890) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 3, 2009
Big thanks to AmEricanbrew for opening up this one. Pours with a hazed amber body and a small off-white head. Aroma or raisins, dark fruits, buttery, toffee, jammy, currants and rose hips. Taste is dark fruits, raisins and caramel. Light bubbles, slightly watery mouthfeel... Holding up quite well.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (7777) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Sample from a 22oz bottle. Hazy brown reddish color. Minimal off-white head - just a bit of swirly on the surface. Minimal lace. Fruity nose - apple, pear, some white grape. Hint of chocolate. Very smooth, almost no carbonation, but thatís OK, texture is great. This is impressive. I think age has worked for this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (7492) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2009
Bottle. Low fluffy white and quickly disappearing head. Clear dark brown body. Vineous prune fruity spicy aroma with a bit of alcohol. Fruity alcohol malt flavor. A bit too much alcohol in fact. Low carbonation. Long aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2006
Bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting, August 2005. Distinctly more coherent and focused that the 04.04.04 in my view, producing a much more satisfying beer. Or perhaps the elements have benefited from more time to integrate and settle down. Plenty of juicy, sharp hops mingling nicely with the spicy, peppery notes and with a rich, fruity backbone. Just gets a bit sweet for me but otherwise really enjoyable.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
deyholla (7454) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle shared by Tim, thanks! Pours a cloudy amber with a tan head that starts at the edges and remains. Aroma has musty, dusty grains with a bit of sweetness. Flavor starts with sweet light grains and finishes with musty grains and dust.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BVery (7367) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2013 Bomber at RBSG. Too damn old. Vegetable soup all over this beer. Not as good, Iím sure, as in itís prime.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (7270) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pour on tap at Falling Rockís Vertical Epic event, dark reddish brown pour with thin white head, aroma brought brown sugar, toffee, earth, vanilla, touch of oak, fig, and dark fruits, slight oxidation but really not all that bad. Taste is a nice mix of toasted brown sugars, bread, dark fruits, slight oxidation/cardboard, hints of vanilla, finishing fairly sweet, slightly dry. Held up pretty damn nicely.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7248) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Thought it was about time to bust out one of these. Pour was a nice reddish-amber hue with about 1/4" sustained creamy white head. Pleasant spicy aroma, with yeast, dark fruit, pepper, coriander, and an amalgum of other wonderous complexity. Flavor was equally complex, and the balance has mellowed out for the better since the release. Well-carbonated. Spicy hops are blended well with some citrusy hops, coriander, pepper, with a nice medium malt backbone. Finish is primarily citrus and pepper, but is still nicely complex. This is an interesting mix of the Belgian strong with American highlights, and is well-executed. The real trick will be saving my lone remaining bottle until 2012...


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