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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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sloth (2817) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2003
Pretty tan head, Hazey brown color with orange hues. Spicey, coriander, citrusy nose with some apple notes also. Full/medium body, great mouthfeel. The coriander flavors are fairly predominant. The roasted malt flavors work well with the spices. A nice lace hangs on the sides of my tasting glass. Fruity, slightly citrus notes (coriander?) are nice. The roastiness and some caramel come into play moreso as it warms. Alcohol i s fairly subdued. Finish is dry, slightly roasty with a pleasing spicey aftertaste. Not sure about the hops though? An ibteresting project this Epic series is. Hope i can obtain the rest of the series as time goes on. Would love to get some of the 02 version. I believe the 03 will get better with age. Enjoy! Stone!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Wow what a great beer.A nice reddish brown color with some head.The alcohol was hidden well at 1st but it did creep up on u.Kinda spicy on the tounge as it warmed ur belly.Would love to get more of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (5673) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Dark amber to tan color with a light tan. Heavy malt, dark fruit and mild alcohol aroma. This is a malt monster. Heavy malt flavors from the start. Some light spice mid to late in the quaff. Finishes quick and sweep the sweetness out of sight and a light pepper linger. This one will age with the obvious belgian yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Interesting for Stone. A nice "Belgian" aromatic brew. Great lace. Moderate mouthfeel with balanced maltiness and hop/spice profile. A nice quaffable brew welcome anytime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2004
Bottle. Color is a nice amber. Aroma is excellent with fig, raison, spice, and malt. The taste reminds me of a dark belgian double. Nice dry malt with spice and pepper. The pepper really comes on strong at the finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2005
First of all I would like to say bravo to Stone Brewing. These guys are great in my opinion. The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick head which disolves quickly. The head still has a nice whiteness around the edge of my Westvleteren glass. There is a lot of yeast in the pour resulting in a lot of carbonation. The aroma is complex. I get orange peel, fruits, wine, raisin and caramel. The taste is orange overall with some pepper, wine and caramel. This beer becomes more like beers such as the Westy 8, V12 and Chimay Bleu. You get elements of those three beers plus the added orange. Very interesting brew from Stone Brewing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Huge thanks to elnadeau for breaking out this beauty on our pilot homebrew session. A very nice well rounded and complex belgian beauty with excellent balance. Hops are subdued (especially for stone), mouthfeel is pleasant with enough carbonation to yield a bit of bite to the tongue. An elegant beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (40865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 15, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2009 Sample from bottle at Ølbaren thanks to Martin. Pours orange. Aroma is caramelly malt, some yeast and fruit notes. Taste is caramel malty and with a touch of yeast and fruit. Short finish.7-4-7-3-14=3.5

From bottle, blind #5, courtesy of thewolf. Pours dark orange with a small off-white head. Dry wooden and wet cardboardish aroma. Light spiced. Roasted caramel, wooden, spiced and slight herbal base flavoured. Bitter and spiced flavoured finish.8-4-8-4-17=4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Bottle at Stone Bistro during RBSG 08. Pours a dark orange-gold, with a tan head that leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is huge caramel with ripe dark fruit. Flavor is a subdued mealy maltiness, with caramel, cold coffee, and the tannic remains of old hops. The coriander and pepper are still very apparent. A nicely mellowed beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2009 Bottle from jazz88 near the entrance of the 09 Grand Tasting. Nose is dark malt, oxidization, light spice. Flavor is very like a dubbel, though I missed the hops and pepper - not a surprise after 6 years. I must say, there might be more interest in the grand vertical if every edition aged this well.

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