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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


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Draft at Churchkey 12.12.12. Creamy mahogany pour with a decent frothy head and nice lacing. Nose and flavor maintained a surprising amount of black pepper and cinnamon, caramel, molasses, and a bone dry toasty finish. Pretty all right.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
portableparty (2279) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Poured orange little hazy soft white head that left faint thin film. Aroma has some fruity yet vegetable and oxidized malt/yeast. Taste was more the same with some hidden fruit character. Palate slick and dry.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (20920) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draft on 12/12/12. This one has lots of coffee grounds, and a dry, chalky texture that isn’t very pleasant.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrDick (363) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Opened a bottle on 1/1/2015. Still good carbonation in the pour. Cotton candy and spice aroma. Lots of oxidation but flavors are still decent. Not great but decent.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Coffee brown in color. Smells like chemicals. Hoppy flavor. Can't read the rest of my writing.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Panzuriel (1823) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2003
Dark brow liquid with some ruddy hints. Nice latte colored full head. Dry hoppy aroma with wee hint of citrus. Dry tangy flavor that has a smoky and metallic thing going on. Spice in the allspice and nutmeg sort is evident as well. A nice solid beer, but nothing wonderful.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kinz (3713) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2003
Nice ruby brown. Good, but fading, head. Not much aroma, just faintly of malt. Good malty flavor, fades into bitterness, followed by a refreshing burst of peppery spiciness. Interesting, but I couldn't get into it. I'll probably get another bottle to put aside for the epic.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JK (5632) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2007
This has an aroma of sweet potatoes. Cloudy brown. Flavor is surprisingly simple with sweet malt and a dry, chalky finish. This one did not age so well.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2012
tap at Lizardville RR its a lighter colored beer than i expected and quite thin in the palate the spice has definitely faded and it tastes like an old belgian

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
From bottle. Huge thanks to Tim and Rachel! Ugly yeasty amber with a loose bubbly white head. Dirty, cardboard, oxidized spiced aroma with notes of sweetness. Earthy chocolate, roast, cardboard with hints of dark fruit. Not terrible, but hese old ones are dead.


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