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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 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2004 Love the concept of the vertical. but not so happy with the coriander. Let’s hope it gets better with age or I have a case of shit in my garage. I have to re-rate this stuff in 05. Re-rate 11/10/04. After swillin on this stuff for 2 sessions at BBF, I have to say it did indeed improve. The coriander and pepper has fallen out making this smooth as silk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Bottle. Amber, big head. Hairspray aroma, bubblegum, bananas, pear - an unusual nose to say the least. Good mouthfeel, decent overall but a little disappointing considering the bar that Stone sets for itself with other beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2003
Slight hazy, deep copper/red. Nice off white head and lace. Soft, subdued nose of belgium yeast, slight corriander, grains of paradise, cookie dough malt, hint of orange and hops. Medium bodied, very lush feel, smooth with flavors of corriander, orange, bit of chocolate, licorice, sweet malt, peppery notes, very spicy dubbel that hides 9% very well. Flavorful, soft and drinkable. Thanks Silk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4874) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2003
This is a sipping beer due to the high ABV, and what a way to start off the weekend!!This beer had a medium sized tan head that consisted of medium sized bubbles that fully diminished.The body was cloudy and carbonated with a brown hue.The nose consisted of malts, hops and alcohol.It had an alcohol flavor and was a bit acidic as well.The mouthfeel was tingly, bubbly, smooth, light bodied with a watery texture to it.It had a fair amount of lacing to it.An enjoyable drink for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigbeersrule (113) - USA - OCT 1, 2003
Rather dark and still young. Would benefit from a year or two of aging as most Belgians do. A surprising Pepper flavor that I didnt like to much. A big beer that will age well though. I stashed a couple of bottles away and will drink them years down the road.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2004 Pretty ruby-bronze body. Thick, creamy lace. Big malty aroma. Has some well-integrated fruitiness. Delicately hopped yet nicely bitter. A fine beer all-around. Exceeded my expectations, but then again this is Stone. Thanks (again) to egajdzis the great for hand delivering this surprise beer to me at Monk's.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Deep amber color bordering on light brown. Big body. Lots of esters and fruit, with some crystal and belgian malts. Somewhat yeasty aroma and flavor. For such a strong beer, this one is surprisingly smooth and easy to drink. I'm glad they give out the recipe for this one so I can make it at home!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TombRaider22 (8) - USA - FEB 23, 2004 does not count
this is pretty good it is almost the best of beers today it is very interesting it looks like a light coffe but it tastes like nothing it is a very strange beer Branden Lykins

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 15, 2004
A great brew, dark reddish color with a beautiful head that coats the glass entirely. Aroma is fruity sweet with a bitterness that evens it out. Flavors swirl around your mouth, Maltiness, fruit earth tones and hop finish blended wonderfully. A great beer and one that I'm gonna have to get more of.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 25, 2004
Nice dark carmel color. Aroma is big and malty with fig tones, similar to Aventitus with moderate hints of spice, especialy coriander. Taste is malty, very very dry, rather spicy corriander and some noticeable pepper that seems to realy hit you at times. Lightly yeasty and bitter. A bit unusual but very nice.

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