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Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 410   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonas (5692) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5550) - Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2007
22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear dark amber color with a good sized off white head that laces nicely. The aroma exhibits some oxidation, but comes through with caramel malts, hints of vanilla and spices, and alcohol. The flavor is still holding up nicely although I have doubts about 12/12/12. I get sweet caramel malts, corriander and pepper are still weakly noticeable, alcohol and yeast. This is still drinkable although past its prime. Medium bodied. Opened during a party celebrating my friends wife receiving her Master’s degree.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5538) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Aroma is full of buiscuts, yeast, dark fruit, corriander and spice. Alcohol is detectable in the flavor as well as some ripe fruit. This one develops in complexities immensly as it approaches room temperature. I need to get another one for 2012!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5358) - Spring Mount, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 7, 2003
Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malt, coriander and peppers. A full bodied ale. This beer is a frelling flavor fest. Malts are bold, slightly sweet and very smooth. It is not very hoppy, which is very unusual for a Stone Brew. But there are plenty of spices to balance it out; coriander, peppers (!), some fruits (apricots and cherries) and a touch of peat and smoke. Very smooth taste. Aging will only make this beer much better. Hides the 9% alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with some peppery tones. Etched Beer bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5284) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5177) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 11, 2007
Rating # 3800, thanx to Martin Engelsmann for sharing. Cloudy deep amber colour with an off white head. Malty, yeasty and fruity aroma with some caramel sweetness and a light alcohol note. Malty, caramel sweet flavour and notes of fruit and hops. Light dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5134) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Copper pour with white head and lace. Aroma of caramel and some abv. Sweet caramel and brown sugar flavor. A bit thin and watery. thanks Brent

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