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Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fraternie (988) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2011 5/6/2003: Ruby brown body, nice head. Fruity, tripel-esque aroma. Floral, dark fruit notes (grapes, plums). Malt is floral with deep, dark fruit notes reminiscent of Chimay Blue. Spicy body. Smooth, slightly herbal/vegetable finish, incredibly well balanced. ABV seems hardly present. I went ahead and rated this one without age, I have another that I am saving for quite a bit down the road and I have very high expectations. 3/31/2011: Malt has sweetened a bit over time, with notes of caramel dominating some very floral dark citrus notes. Very creamy and smooth, with spicy herbal elements still present, but with a peppery component revealing itself through the long finish. Balance is still in tact, with abv well-masked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2751) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2003
Well I couldn't wait around until 2012 to sample this, but I think I'd like to give it a shot, this could age nicely. Nevertheless, its ready to drink now! Garnet brown with medium head and strong carbonation. Funky aroma with smoky and chili notes, some toffeeish malts, various herbal qualities, possible fruit (apricot). Surprisingly dry presentation with a mild sweetness up front and a long dry finish with lingering spicy bitterness. Some bubblegum notes appear in the nose and mouth. Soft mouthfeel. I definitely agree with the commercial description, its a dubbel gone wild, look for it on DVD.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericnixon (743) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Dark dark dark. Well, i think it was dark, i rated it around 2am while outside in the dark. Huge head on it that didn't quit. According to what i wrote at the time, i said "a nice perfect hoppy mess."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2003
Good Belgian stron ale. Malty, hoppy, and spicy flavor. Finish is crisp, clean and spicy. Recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brownaler (527) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Ok, so this is my first Stone brew, so I'm not familiar with what else they have. It has a dark amber appearence and a nutty taste, similar to a brown ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Love this ale.Have one in the cellar for a later date to be determined.Dark amber color with a small bubbly head. Nice complexity of flavors(plum,raisin,grape and caramel)all are tasted on the mouth.Rather smooth for the ABV.Flavors get better as it warms.Finishes with a long warming feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2551) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 1, 2003
Pours a four-fingered faint brown head, fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Nose is a honey raisin. Hints of alcohol. Starts sweet and raisiny, finishes crisp with raisin. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Their site lists the ABV at 8.2%. $8.19 for a 22oz bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Very nice. I guess my sample is about 18 months old now nad it has held up well. Minimal head. Lots of spice in the palate. Very "full" feeling on the tongue. The aocohol has not diminished though in one year. My head will hurt tomorrow- but dont cry for me. I will survive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2005
Pours dark amber with an off white head. Citric, fruity, hoppy slight phenolic nose. Sweet, fruity and slight chocolatey flavour. Great bitterness. Stone has done it again.....another excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2006 Courtesy of Tom at Monks Cafe. <P> Aroma is a little dank cellar, also white fruits with hints of malt and grains. Color is a rich red tinted brown. Head is mostly diminishing and quickly settles into a bubbly wisp of an affair. Flavor is nutty and caramel tinged in the fore. Fruity and candy sweet in the middle. Finish is quite spicy and leaves a lingering bite well into the far aftertaste. This is unusual and quite good. This couldnt have been easy to brew and balance. Id say it has aged quite nicely. That lingering spiciness is very nice. I like a beer I can still taste an hour after it is all gone.

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