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:

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bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Poured a deep brown-red color with a thick, tan head. Some lacing.
Smells like Belgian yeast, plums and raisins. Some of the alcohol comes through too.
Lots of flavors here. Raisins, plums, dates, yeast and the wheat are all very prominent. The alcohol and hop flavor are there but slight. This should continue to develop flavors as it ages.
Very smooth, thick palate.. Surpised it didn't have that prickly bite that wheat can sometimes lead to in a beer. Great stuff.

BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Coffee brown in color. Smells like chemicals. Hoppy flavor. Can't read the rest of my writing.

Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Rating #300. Dark brown to mahogany color, some dark fruits and nuts come out at first then that is stopped by a hop presence. Rounded mouthfeel, slightly bitter finish. Nice experiment.

mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Banana esters. Dark fruits. Plum. Raisins. Quite hoppy. Medium body. As-is, this beer is fairly nice but it definitely needs aging.

MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2003
Dark red color, not much head. Smell is cetainly unique, reminiscent of strong spice/fruit/peper. The hops are nicely present from beginning to end (suprise). The belgian yeast sets in second, rather sweet, but not too sweet. The wheat also adds nicely to the nose, and is sinks in slowly in the flavor. I must admit, the aroma at first turned me off to the beer, and the initial taste was not too much to my liking. After most of the first glas however, I fell for it.

TAR (2779) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2003
Clear russet. Thin layer of noisy, fizzy foam. Abundance of uncracked pepper in the nose, reminiscent of coriander, alongside plum, crystal malt, nectarines, cinnamon, vague underpinnings of caramel tinged coffee, bubblegum, hay, and a lightly fruity/coniferous hop mixture. Strange earthy qualities emerge from the spice/malt combo. Only slight traces of yeast, which is nice. Soft, full palate. Miniscule carbonation. Initial notes of rich woody malt flavors, proceeded by bitter green vegetables, and coarse, earthy hop. Yeast notes intensify as it nears room temperature. Coarse hop and sweet malt components linger long after the swallow with afterthoughts of mint leaf and passion fruit. I don't know if it's the unfamilar combo of these particular spices and hops or simply the fact that the bottle is a bit young. I preferred more complexity/togetherness. I'll check back in a year, or so. Still, a fun experiment and an adequate ale.

DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2003
Very impressive blend of ingredients to create this monsterous brew. This one poured a wonderful dark red slightly cloudy mess with a thin pearly white head and a nice degree of carbonation. The aroma shed hints of coriander and grapefruit with pepper and fruity malt extremely prevalent. The taste is a total malty and peppery onslaught with coriander and grapefruit taking a back seat. Some banana and cherries/plum in the aftertaste making for a very dry, fairly alcoholic, and extremely pleasant and coating fruity ending. This is definitely a very big beer, it comibes the elements of spice which im not usually a fan of with a bittersweet fruitiness to create a very profound beer. Its powerful and yet delicate...this beer drinker is very pleased.

JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2003
Very complex and for me confusing beer. The flavor of the hops reminded me of Ruination. Definitely pick up the flavor of the Belgian yeast and various spices. I guess I didn't care for the mix.

TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2003
An interesting conglomeration of things going on. Deep brown. White head. Some lacing. Spice notes in the nose with a small undercurrent of floral from the hops. Flavor was malty and sweet in the beginning but at the end were the very recognizable Stone hops. Will be interesting to see how this ages.

dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2003
Draft at the Stone Kickoff at the Blind Tiger Ale House in NYC. Never had the 2/2/02 so I can't compare to that. Good solid beer. Little different flavor then most Stone stuff. Wasn't as hoppy had a hint of spicyness to it.

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