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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 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 Monk’s 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 couldn’t have been easy to brew and balance. I’d 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2008 Tap @ Stone winter Storm 1/28/08, shared with bikesandbeer and my girlfriend Cyn. Pours orange and brown with a tan head. Nose is malty and sweet. Taste is sweet ruddy and tasty. Pretty nice. Re-rate a bottle from Greg Koch @ RBSG.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2008
~RBSG ’08~

Bottle at Stone. Pours a murky cloudy amber, with a thick ring of lacing on the glass, and creamy head. Big strong caramel in the nose, with apricot, biscuit, vanilla wafer, and just a ton of spices. Flavor has caramel, brown sugar, molasses, sweet creamy malts, vanilla, some slight chocolate and a fair amount of roasted malts. Soft body, feels like a barley wine, smooth and still refreshing and drinkable after 5 years. Enjoyed it a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Poured a deep brown-red color with a thick, tan head. Some lacing.
Smells like Belgian yeast, plums and raisins. Some of the alcohol comes through too.
Lots of flavors here. Raisins, plums, dates, yeast and the wheat are all very prominent. The alcohol and hop flavor are there but slight. This should continue to develop flavors as it ages.
Very smooth, thick palate.. Surpised it didn't have that prickly bite that wheat can sometimes lead to in a beer. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (2102) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 4, 2003
I was quite suprised to find someone in Phoenix that actually had gotten some extra cases, or I would never have gotten to try it. Unfortunately it was already in the cooler, so I think that my extra will have to stay there as opposed to aging it awhile. Pours a bit of a brown with no head. Nose has the familiar fruitiness of many of the trappistes, with the addition of, suprise, HOPS! Not nearly as strong on them as most of their other beers. It is a very nice marriage. WELL DONE GUYS!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2003
(4/15/03): Hazy copper body with small beige head. Aroma is sweet, spicy (coriander) and malty. Taste is malty, sweet, coriander spicy, pine hoppy, and slightly smokey. Fairly light body. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Well-balanced yummiful beer! Bought a whole case, so I'm gonna have fun drinking one of these each year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2005 A highly excited licorice bubblegum pulse yields sweet coriander cells...Agglutinated, they ward off almost all invading hops, save a few cones huddled within a cinnamon and black pepper clot...Throbbing and syrupy mandarines evoke a new flavor of cotton candy...A little more togetherness ans subtlety would carry it near to Abbaye des Rocs grandeur...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2003
Deep ruby , cloudy , sweet, big malty fruity flavors, some type of berries, finish is slightly bitter. Very enjoyable, can't wait for next years.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2003
Reddish brown appearance, decent head formation. Sweet minty aroma with orange, cloves and coriander. If anything it's clearly well spiced. there's plenty of malt on the palate, but the orangey freshness certainly takes over, showing more of the minty flavors from the aroma in the middle. Dries like burnt toast towards the end with a touch of bitterness and coffee in the finish. Maybe a little too short in the finish. Worked excellently with brie cutting through the sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 9, 2003
Quite a bit of spice, clove and Belgian character in the nose already. Beer is a dark amber color with a medium head that fades fast. Beer has a lot of character and is very fresh, indeed, it would probably be best consumed in some time, maybe at the end of this decade. Bit different than the other hoppier beers from Stone. Well crafted.

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