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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JK (5735) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (11492) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2003
I am hoping I have the patience to get one of each of the V.E. beers to actually do the vertical tasting. This beers pours a solid amber color with a medium beige head. Aroma is spicey and malty at the same time. For some reason when I tasted it I was reminded of one of those god-awful "12 Greatest Brews of the World" monstrosities brewed by Gluek. Some kind of cardboard taste maybe? This wasn't a bad brew but I could not get the comparison out of my head. Finish is hoppy and toasty. Overall the cardboard flavor and general oilyness kind of ruined what is definitely a brew that will improve over time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Yeah, so I could follow the label's advice and let this mature a bit (although 10 years seems a bit long). The malt was forefront in the beer - especially being a Belgian Strong Ale - mostly sweet, a touch sour, and a touch spicy. There was something about the malt that just refused to register with my senses, the sweetness just flutters by and rolls off the tongue giving a very watery impression. The pepper doesn't really set in - granted I am rather used to intensely spicy foods - so adds little more than a tingle of curiousity. i just felt this was immature, I'll go buy another one and keep it around for ten years.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2003
A fascinating beer that clearly would get better with age. A dobbelbock gone insane.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2003
A deep dark finished maple color with a small off-white head. A sweet malt/bread aroma. Layers of alcohol soaked fruit( not citrus). A vinous quality. A sweet alcohol taste, a little too sweet for me. Honey soaked black bread.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Pours an amber brown with a medium beige head. Aroma and flavor have a nice spice combination with high malt and a touch of the hops. Slightly boring - I expected better from Stone, but it is still an above average beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5681) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Dark amber coloured body with a nice tan head. Sweet aroma of pit fruit, raisins, cardboard and malt. Medium-bodied; Great hop/malt balance with flavours of toasted malt, caramel, nutmeg, pit fruits and a woodsy mustiness. Aftertaste clean, no harsh hoppy character-also showing a subtle spice. Overall, truly a treat (rare bottle around Washington), but lacking in so many ways! I sampled this from a 65 cL bottle purchased from R.F.D. in Washington, D.C. on 30-Decemeber-2003. Thanks Aaron for the go-ahead to find this beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Brown/deep amber color. Coriander is very prominent with hints of pepper. Strong malt backbone with a brandy-like alcohol finish. Too spiced for my tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2535) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Thin coating of foam. Light carbonation. Reduces pretty quickly. Rich aroma with brown sugar, raisins, plums, spices and a hint of molasses. Everything but the kitchen sink. Color is a cloudy dark mahagony brown. Roasty flavor with more spices, yeast, and raisins. Little bit of alcohol. I wonder if this has changed for the worse over the past 2 years. Chalky palate. Empty finish. Pretty watery. Leaves a thick malty pasty in the mouth. This beer starts off pretty damn good but ends poorly. I am actually having a hard time finishing this bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Thanks, Andy (Landseer) for sharing this. Amber/brown body was capped by a small beige head. There were notes of caramel, baked apple, tart cherries, citrus in the aroma. The body was light to medium and rather thin. Canít tell how itís aging, as I didnít sample it when new. It does make me wonder about this Vertical Voyage. Will these beers stand the test of time and hold out until the proposed 2012 vertical tasting? Iím beginning to doubt based on this and the 04.04.04. Andy is ready to share an 02.02.02. That will prove interesting.

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