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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3.7
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Pours a dark copper mahogany brown with a thick frothy white head. Lots of sticky lace left by the head as it subsides. Faint bready Belgian yeast aroma with some caramel malt and oak. Body starts sweet and chewy with some chocolate, toffee, and floral hop aspects. Toward the finish I pick up a strange chemical, perhaps acetone, which could just be a result of the high alpha acid content and the Belgian style, something I'm not used to. Hopefully this will mellow as it ages. Still an interesting style and a decent beer.

4.8
celogan (204) - Oroville, California, USA - AUG 20, 2003
DDDDaaaaaawGONE This is Good Beer. Next to Dreadnaught this has to be the best go slap your mother-in-law beer. I can't imagine how good this stuff will be when it's fully aged in 12/12/12. Poured dark brown with frothy head that lasted throughout. Nice lacing and good carbonation. Malty nose but not overpowering. Good balance of Malt with just enough hops to make it near perfect. I absolutely will drink this again. If you can get some do it now. If you wait to long for this limited gem, you may pay it's weight in gold to get any, especially if there's any left by 12/12/12. Thanks To Slikwily for This my 100th Rated beer. It was well worth the wait and worthy of this landmark occasion.

3.3
CapFlu (5129) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 19, 2003
(1.6 pint bottle) Pours a thin, quick dissipating almond head and a reddish-brown body. Light carbonated activity. Aroma of malt, banana and bubble gum. Sweet raisins, cotton candy and mellow malt. Thin finish but nice balance throughout. Good. Thanks Argo for the opportunity to try this...

3.4
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2003
Fruity, tangy aroma. Complex fruity, hoppy, malty flavor combo. I'm starting to notice that a lot of beers I've had lately are like this, and I think they're all strong ales, or belgian strong ales. I can't say I really enjoyed this one, though it didn't turn me off either. Maybe I should wait and try it again in 2012.

3.9
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2003
A cloudy deep amber ale resembling unfiltered apple cider and a rocky tan head that collapsed within 15 minutes, leaving a thick lacing around the glass. Aroma seems like a Belgian Dubbel with a bready spiciness and slightly fruity. Full bodied with a highly carbonated crispness to it. Flavor is malty and fruity like a dubbel with noticable alcohol giving a nice warming effect. A decent offering from Stone that I just couldn't wait 9 years to try.

4.2
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2003
Good Belgian stron ale. Malty, hoppy, and spicy flavor. Finish is crisp, clean and spicy. Recommended.

4
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.

3.9
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2003
According to the label I'm not supposed to open this one until 2012. I might have to go out and get another one. Dark amber color. At first I thought I caught a hint of apples in the nose but it soon changed to malt and bananas. Malty and sweet on the tongue with an easy bitter finish.

2.5
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 28, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2003 The head fell fast on this russet brew. The nose was moderately potent with a hint of spice and candi sugar. The carbonation level was too low for the style. The palate was very sweet and fruity. The more sips I took of this beer the more it tasted like a winter wassail, which was unexpected. This beer is a sweet cloying mass that does not come together and become a total beer, too many loose ends. I think the beer would be better if it were drier, had a higher carbonation level, and if a Belgian yeast strain was used exclusively.

3.7
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Aroma is of mellow smooth banana esters. Palate is nice and ester-fied with dark wheaty goodness. The coriander and pepper add a fine touch to the flavor, but the abundance of alcohol overpowers the more desirable flavors. Perhaps I was too impatient and should have waited 12 years to enjoy this beer at maturity. I'll buy another and re-rate in 12 years. Stay tuned.


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