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RATINGS: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2007
A Mes rate: Bottle at LCRBM3. Raw and unbalanced. Very fruity, plenty of alcohol. Nothing special at all.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonas (6786) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6731) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 19, 2007
22 oz. bottle Sampled Nov. 2003 Pours a copper color with a decent head, but left no lacing behind.Mostly a caramel spicy smell. Strong sweet taste of burnt caramels and brown sugar followed by Stone’s signature hop character though a very mild version of it.Medium body with a decent mouthfeel .Finishes with a warming, spicy-alcohol tang. Not a typically hoppy Stone brew. Nice.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6729) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Fall 2011 Ratebeer gathering. Not good at this age but it held up a bit better than it could have I guess. +++ Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark chestnut color with a small tan head. The aroma was caramel, molasses, cherry and had a metallic undertone. The flavor was tangy caramel, nut, metal and faint cocoa. The finish was long with caramel, nut and vanilla. Fairly full bodied. I wish I could have tried one back when it was fresh.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6576) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 18, 2015
22 ounce bottle shared by Chris. Dark ruby color with malty amber toffee some sherry.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Nice color but no head. Sweet and spicy aroma that smells more like a witbeer than and belgian brown. The malt is very noticeable while tasting and I can detect a peppery/spice undertone. Not much hops here. Dry on the palate and the aftertaste is not very long (except for the pepper). A good beer, but I was somewhat disappointed after truly enjoying the 02 offering and a few other Stone brews. My other bottle will be aged for 6 months when I may change my opinion.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Pours amber with a white head. Smells of fruit, some residual sugar, some pilsner malt, lots of spice. Tastes sweet and tangy with a nice hint of sweet hoppy hints. This was a pleasant surprise.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerman6686 (6327) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2011
This one poured a murky lighter brown color with basically no head at all. Aroma was lots of residual sugars, some dark fruits and cardboard. Flavor was a good bit oxidized, medium cardboard, sweet caramel malt and some dates and prunes. Definitely way past its prime but still not qute as bad as i was expecting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (6199) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2012
On draft at church key in DC. Pours a hazy brown with a creamy off white head. Mild cinnamon aroma. Creamy mouth feel with toasted malts and baking spices. Spices dominate the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (6192) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Draft @ Lord Hobo, on 12/15/12. We got to enjoy the left over Stone from the 12/12/12 event. Brown rusty color with very thin soapy head. Nose is mild Belgian yeast and cotton candy. Taste of figs, old dark malts, raisins and caramel. The alligator peppers are just a wisp in the finish. This really, REALLY good considering it is 9 years old. My waiter gave us the very last glass from the keg. It could have been the last draft glass of 03/03/03 anywhere!!


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