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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3.9
egajdzis (6730) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2005 Poured a hazy copper color with a small head. Hoppy aroma, also included hints of dough, yeast, malt, plums, and alcohol. Taste of tobacco, yeast and dough, some citrus, and also finished with caramel, and the pepper still had a small bite, even after a year or so.

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kwoeltje (2234) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Brown/deep amber color. Coriander is very prominent with hints of pepper. Strong malt backbone with a brandy-like alcohol finish. Too spiced for my tastes.

3.7
YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Nice outfit: dark amber with a beautiful foamy head. Hoppy nose. Hops and alcohol also toffee taste, but kind of weak. Spicey but also weak. Although a nice brew.

3.9
pivo (2688) - GERMANY - JAN 4, 2004
Toasted grainy nose, light brown color, big rocky tan head. Creamy toffee malt body with moderate hop bittering. Heavy. Excellent brew.

3
jgb9348 (6484) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Dark amber coloured body with a nice tan head. Sweet aroma of pit fruit, raisins, cardboard and malt. Medium-bodied; Great hop/malt balance with flavours of toasted malt, caramel, nutmeg, pit fruits and a woodsy mustiness. Aftertaste clean, no harsh hoppy character-also showing a subtle spice. Overall, truly a treat (rare bottle around Washington), but lacking in so many ways! I sampled this from a 65 cL bottle purchased from R.F.D. in Washington, D.C. on 30-Decemeber-2003. Thanks Aaron for the go-ahead to find this beer!

4.1
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.

4
Dickinsonbeer (5073) - 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!

4
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.

4.6
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2003
Tulip glass. Half-inch head settled to small white foam (lasting entire glass) covering hazy, reddish/brown ale. Short lasting lace. Sweet smell caused me to sip immediatly. The sweetness continued through to the taste buds, accompanied by a perfect balance of malts and sexy spiciness. I went through two glasses relatively quickly, very drinkable. Very nice alcohol warmth and pleasant buzz. An amazing "THANK YOU!!" to egajdzis for my first Stone Brew!

4.5
Reid (2626) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Ok the "big guy" for tonight the 03/03/03. Pours a nice rich brown with a lovelly off white creamy head that lingers quite some time..very good. How can I explain but the aroma of this beer is truelly wonderful stuff..its rich yet sweet and sherbety..very spicy..malty just great. A lovelly well balanced taste yes there is sweetness..but its balanced very well..quite "spicy" good belgian style here. exceptional in every way on the taste buds.. very very drinkable brew i love this. I was told when i bought it..it would be even better cellared for 6 months..think i will buy a few more to cellar..


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