Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 421   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:

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JaBier (12991) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2020
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2020 Bottle shared by sliffy. Pours a yeasty brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, toffee and Belgian esters. Sweet malt and Belgian estery flavor with a caramel finish.

GDTRFB (8236) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2020
UPDATED: APR 9, 2020 Covid-19 cellar raid... Pours deep clear garnet into a Trappist glass. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to mottle surface. Brown bread and raisin aromas. Thick with dark caramel, toffee and mild licorice upfront, warm brown bread finish. This is actually pretty good for 17 years old...

Sarlacc83 (2662) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 21, 2017
Bottle picked up from John’s Market. I wasn’t expecting much, but they did a great job storing this one. A: Copper color with a thin white head. N: Oxidation, toffee, grapefruit, pine, some caramel, coriander, raisin, clove, and esters. T: Sweet, lightly bitter, still spicy. M: Medium body, no alcohol, soft carbonation. O: This has held up very well. I thought it was going to be a waste of a money for a tick, but it turned out to be, mostly, worth it.

douglas88 (12575) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Bottle thanks to Luke! Very cool. Pours a cloudy amber color with a medium white head. A spicy fruity nose. Certainly some oxidation, smooth, spicy, big sweet malty base. This is really good. Held up perfectly. Could drink lot.

Hoprider (1125) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Pours dark cognac with no head just a small ring along the edge of the glass. N: light mineral raisins T: noticable oxidation but pretty well kept non the less, light tannic caramel, prunejuice. Dry caramel aftertaste.

Enjoyit (3807) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Clear brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of prunes, malty, chemicales and bread. A flavor of malt, toffee and oxidiexed.

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Ibrew2or3 (10256) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2016
22oz bomber, courtesy of a sweet trade with FlacoAlto, pours up with a clear brown body that supports a thin light tan head. The aroma is earthy and slightly oxidized and then brown sugar, molasses and oddness. The taste delivers soft molasses and brown sugar flowing into muted dates and prunes. It gets pretty earthy and oxidized here and there.

DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didn’t happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go. 2.0 A: Muddy shit. Small head that falls almost instantly. 1.5 S: Smells like old homebrew and not homebrew that started out good. Rancid spicy caramel. Instead of alligator pepper, it smells like alligator hide. 2.0 T: Tastes better than it smells, but just barely. Rancid chocolate and caramel. Moldy old wheat. A bit of roast and a light, out of place, spice. 2.5 M: Heavier medium body. Sludgy mouthfeel. The only thing that impresses is that a decent amount of carbonation is still present. 1.5 D: Mostly ass beer at this point. Enough said. ★ 801 characters DavoleBomb, Jan 17, 2015

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

drfabulous (14686) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 18, 2015
22 ounce bottle shared by Chris. Dark ruby color with malty amber toffee some sherry.

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