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%
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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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3.1
madvike (3301) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2014
On tap at the Escondido brewpub - Pours reddish dark brown with a filmy white head. Nose is bready caramel with black cherry, yeast and light spicing. Taste is bready and yeasty with a tangy maltiness, sherry, and a sweet honey finish. Thin and smooth, with mellow carbonation.

3.8
dnstone (3554) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Note: On tap at Neighborhoodin SD Deep amber w an off-white head. Raisiny, roasted aroma. Quad like raisin roast taste, quite fresh for 11 yrs old. Overall mellowed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
djd07 (15547) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2014
On tap at Flying Saucer for 12-12-12. Pours a cloudy amber with no head. Aroma is yeast, coriander, and raisin. The aroma is wood, yeast, spice. Thick mouthfeel with yeast and peppery finish. Held up well. Good

3.2
Travlr (26134) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draft on 12/12/12. This one has lots of coffee grounds, and a dry, chalky texture that isn’t very pleasant.

3.6
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Pours murky orange to brown, minimal head Smell gum, pepper, sweet toffee Taste creamy vanilla toffee, light roast Mid body Like a hybrid between and dubbel and a barleywine, I liked it

3.7
Dfonorow (2274) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Hazy amber with a small white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of honey, herbal tea, and caramel. Flavor and texture are both bitter with apricot, spices, and yeast.

3.8
IrishBoy (4233) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle from BottleWorks. Rating from notes from 11/12/2010 tasting where I shred with Ratman and Doodler (I never entered rating) and bottle today 3/3/14. 11/12/2010 bottle Nose is corriander, toasted bread, and prunes. Clear brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is spicy, fruity, and a little of the toasted bread. Really nice and smooth with no oxidation from a 7 1/2 year old beer.

4
Hopswagger (344) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Review date 12.12.12 Celebrating the 10 year Vertical Epic Series P: Two-tone hazy brown and tan with translucent top and bottom with sediment floating. Creamy head that leaves delicate spider webs around the glass. S: Molasses, candied plums, chocolate, bread, bananas, clove, coriander, toffee, wheat and oxidation on the rather boozy aroma. T/M: Super malty, molasses, big time toffee, fruity, buttery herbs, sweetness backed by wood, white pepper, candy sweetness followed by aged cherries. Silky body that is smooth and finishes dry with surprisingly good level of carbonation. O: Totally surprised by how well this aged. A beer that is 10 years old and shows a little oxidation but nothing like I expected. Stone has done a fantastic job of brewing a beer that will last. Great beer that come across more as a dubbel. Serving type: on-tap

3.9
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Hazy amber pour with a very thin white head. Carbonation is still there too. sweet malty nose with notes of honey. Flavor is malt forward, no pepper character to it at all. Slight bitterness in the finish. This has held up pretty well. Props to StFun for the bottle!

3.4
JStax (7186) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
100th Belgian Strong Ale rating. Yeah! 22 ounce bottle poured into a mini-snifter. Pours a clear amber with a thin white head of foam. Aroma is floral, minty, and herbal. Tastes a bitter herbal and minty. Lighter body and medium carbonation.


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