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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


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
Clear garnet reflected medium brown. Head is thin and not lasting. Strong aroma, nostrils burning strawberries soaked in cinzano. Generous maltiness didn’t miss the flight in the chocolate and marzipan kingdom. Peppery and nutty with a fitting dryness. Remarkable well controlled basic flavors (bitterness, sweetness and acidity) by Stone’s standards. Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation. Very good take on the style if not for the remaining heat after almost 2 years and perhaps lacking in appearance and palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonas (6081) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - SEP 1, 2005
Bottle - sampled at the RBESP 2005
Brandy raisin aroma. Cloudy orange amber, tanned head. Honeyish, slightly herbal, caramel. Medium body, smooth mothfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2005
Bottle. Brown colour with a baige head. Sweet caramel malty fruity, hoppy aroma and taste. Medium body and a light sweet alcoholic finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (5897) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2014
On tap at Flying Saucer for 12-12-12. Pours a cloudy amber with no head. Aroma is yeast, coriander, and raisin. The aroma is wood, yeast, spice. Thick mouthfeel with yeast and peppery finish. Held up well. Good

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (5799) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2012
On tap at Churchkey. I can’t believe this lasted more than a week. Pours a transparent caramel amber with some creamy, off white head. Nose has a little cardboard, crackers, caramel, orange peel, a little leather. Flavor is sweet, orange, leather, malt, a little cherry, some apple juice. Medium bodied, still lightly sweet. Nice although a bit too far gone at this point.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5606) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Draft at Churchkey on 12/12/12. Poured a slightly hazy toffee color, thick white head that dissipated to a small creamy, slightly wispy off-white head. Slight oxidation, but mostly light toffee notes, some sweet mellow malts. Flavor was some toffee and creamy caramel. Held up a lot better than I ever would have expected.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5551) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2005 Poured a hazy copper color with a small head. Hoppy aroma, also included hints of dough, yeast, malt, plums, and alcohol. Taste of tobacco, yeast and dough, some citrus, and also finished with caramel, and the pepper still had a small bite, even after a year or so.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5538) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2003
Deep brown body with an almost non existant head. Spicy nose with a hint of yeast and oatmeal cookies. Medium, spicy body with lots happening on the tongue. Definite sweetness towards the finish and a slightly spicy to bitter end. Great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
On tap at Stone Winter Storm. Hazy medium brown with a creamy white head. Aroma of figs, dark fruit, and mild chocolate. Very good taste similar to aroma.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5482) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Big thanks to brentfeesh for bringing this to the tasting. Copper, no head. Smells a little bit oxidized, but not too bad. Smells like caramel, maybe some bourbon, and a herbal note. Flavor is nicely sweet apple, caramel, and more herbs. Maybe a little bit of pear and honey as it warms.


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