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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


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Bottle: Cellar since 2003. Pours a hazy medium brown with a small off white head. The nose is subdued although i get some oxidization. The taste is driven by the Belgian yeast. The hops are almost gone except on the finish.The mouth feel is still nice and slightly heavy. Overall this is a pleasant beer but Iím not confident it will be tasting great in 2 1/2 more years. But Iím looking forward to finding out.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Beautiful copper color with hints of clove and nutmeg with a delightful warming finish....in other words, damn good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2003
Poured a clear ruby amber color with a thick beige head. Would make a nice photo. Light malty aroma with some sugary sweetness, spiciness, pepper, and a little lemon zing. Spiciness and pepper charge the front of the flavor. Some coriander and yeast followed with some creaminess and a light maltiness. Aftertaste full of hops. Moderate mouthfeel and carbonation. The hops in the back end were a little too strong for me. I was really enjoying the other flavors before the hops asserted themselves. Should age nicely. I'm looking forward to this one at a later date.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2003
this is my first crack at a belgian strong ale, and its excellent. pours a redish brown with little head. flavor is very fruity rasins, apples, plums, maybe a little bananna. very malty but also has a good hop kick to it. this is great now and will definatly get better with age. i will definatly have to use that homebrew recipe.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2003
An interesting conglomeration of things going on. Deep brown. White head. Some lacing. Spice notes in the nose with a small undercurrent of floral from the hops. Flavor was malty and sweet in the beginning but at the end were the very recognizable Stone hops. Will be interesting to see how this ages.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopmelt (160) - 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 donít know what it would be like fresh, aroma would probably be better fresh though.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Had extremely high expectations for this beer and I must say I was a bit let down. Beer poured a nice brown color. Good carbonation and head. Aroma was a nice mix of malt and hops, but not overly complex. Taste was well balanced, but again not overly complex. A good beer, not a great beer. I think this beers reputation exceeds the merits of the actual beer. One of the best brewing/marketing concepts ever conceived in the brewing industry. Once you have the first couple of years, youíre hooked and will buy it every year. Has as much collectable value as anything. Anyway, a good but not great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2005 Sampled 5/28/05 from a bomber. Nice light amber color. One heck of a great smell. Fills the nose with nice yeast and dark fruit that seems sour, almost candy-like. Roasty, peppery taste. Chocolate. Unfortunately, I didnít think that that flavor delivered on what its nose seemed to promise. Both cold and warm, it seems to be lacking something. The finish became smoother and more pleasant as it warmed, but not much more complex. I look forward to seeng how this develops in the years to come, hopefully the taste will start to impress as much as the smell!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 24, 2003
This is an awesome beer. Very "belgian like" and quite delicious. The pepper is quite apparent and most awesome. I've had two of these already, with many cellared. The second was better than the first, and I expect it only to get better with age. Hoppy, delicious and wonderful...combines my favorite belgian style with Stone's famous hoppy character.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2003 A true double that will please you to no end. Rich malty texture, subdued hops (a rarity for Stone) on the nose but a bit more hoppy flavor then I would like to see ... but not too much. After trying it again I'm re-rating it a point lower then last time. Great Amber color. The coriander begs you for a return visit as you swirl it around your tongue, savoring every last drop. Could use a bit of aging but we can't hold that against it, can we? Kudos to the Bastards!


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