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Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 409   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


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (7243) - 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.

3
   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.

3
   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
redlem (1296) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Clear brown-red, beige quick cover. Aroma is cocoa, oxidation, caramel, candy. Taste is similar, lightly cardboardy, cocoa, eh.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Pours a translucent brownish amber with a smaller bubbly white head. Aroma of toffee, dark fruits cardboard and some Hints of pepper. Flavor of dark fruits, toffee, brown sugar, Belgian yeast spices.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bacterial (1197) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Shared at RBSG - malty nose, oxidized a bit? Pretty flat, a bit sweet and still has some interesting character. Cool to try after 10 years.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheHOFF43 (1671) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Pour was brown, pretty malty, no carbonation. Not bad, but the age definitely affected this.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAY 31, 2003
Serving size : 22 oz. brown bomber bottle. Purchased at Whole Foods Market, Vienna, Va. on 3-28-03 for $5.99 each. Purchased 2, just in case. Well, I don't know what exactly to make of this beer. It pours out a reddish brown color, with barely a hint of head. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass. A few yeast clumps in the middle of the glass on top. Aroma mostly of malts, like Arrogant Bastard. Smells a little like cotton candy. And Circus Peanuts. Very sweet on the palate. Smooth on the palate as well. Coats the tongue with a syrup-like consistency. Not much happening here in the way of hops, at least as far as I can tell. Certainly not 8.5% ABV either. More like 6% ABV, if that much. I'll throw my hydrometer in the next bottle just to make sure. Finishes very smooth. Not a true Belgian Dubble, by any stretch of the imagination. A good beer for now & then, however.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (9994) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 6, 2011
Getestet beim LCRBM am 08.09.2007 Tetsnotizen: Sehr fruchtiger, interessanter und etwas überraschender Antrunk. Für 9% ist es nicht gerade sehr stark, die Malzigkeit ist stark, aber nicht übermäßig stark ausgeprägt. Recht eigender Nachgeschmack mit sich deutlich zeigender Karamellnote. Test vom 30.10.2007, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 9,9,9,9,10,9 - 9,05


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