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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


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   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.

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   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 (4618) - Milton, Delaware, 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 (2775) - 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 (2030) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Pour was brown, pretty malty, no carbonation. Not bad, but the age definitely affected this.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Cloudy, yeasty, mellow. These may have been shaken up in transport. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cobra (1100) - - 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 (16429) - 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

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6537) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Fall 2011 Ratebeer gathering. Not good at this age but it held up a bit better than it could have I guess. +++ Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark chestnut color with a small tan head. The aroma was caramel, molasses, cherry and had a metallic undertone. The flavor was tangy caramel, nut, metal and faint cocoa. The finish was long with caramel, nut and vanilla. Fairly full bodied. I wish I could have tried one back when it was fresh.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle to Chimay glass. Surprised by how much carbonation remains in this. Dark chestnut brown color, Faded, vegetal hop aroma. Agave nectar, cooked broccoli, cauliflower, and golden brown sugar flavor. Not my favorite in the series but still drinkable for the age.


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