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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rbrazell (1763) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
From bottle. Huge thanks to Tim and Rachel! Ugly yeasty amber with a loose bubbly white head. Dirty, cardboard, oxidized spiced aroma with notes of sweetness. Earthy chocolate, roast, cardboard with hints of dark fruit. Not terrible, but hese old ones are dead.

jbruner (5448) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle thanks to Tim and Rachel! Pours a murky brown on tap with no real lacing or head. Aroma of dark fruits, belgian funk, port wine. Taste of chocolate, dark fruit, red wine, and a hint of booze. This one is pretty damn good.

stevencon (525) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Traded with daknole. From bottle. Old wet cardboard murky amber color. Lots of cardboard. Still carbonated. Cherry plumb coconut. This beer is past its prime but still surprisingly good. Tastes like a strawberry twizzler.

jcos (1855) - Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle on January 25th, 2013 during day 1 of Nerd Beer Epic Weekend.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown clear.
  Aroma: Aroma of caramel.
  Taste: Dark fruit, yeasty, caramel, faint wheat.
    Palate:Medium body.

Summary: First of many Stone Vertical Epics this weekend. Considering this beer was made on March 3, 2003, it has aged pretty well. Might have been the best of the day when we had 03-07.

ben4321 (6827) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Location: Bottle at Nerd Beer Epic Weekend, 1/25/13

Aroma: The aroma is fairly sweet with some dark fruit, nuts, a little spice, and some yeast notes to it
Appearance: It pours an orangish color with a small head, but not nearly as flat as it could have been
Flavor: The flavor is quite sweet as well, and this one has developed some intriguing complexity
Palate: The fell is pretty clean and soft, it has a medium body, and isn’t too cloying from the sweetness
Overall Impression:  It was really cool to get to try this one, and was a great way to kick off the weekend. Props to Dave, Kramer, and Andy! As for the beer, I think we were all shocked it had held up so well. It really didn’t taste all that worse for the age. Sure it is extremely sweet, but it has developed some nice complexity. This certainly exceeded my expectations.

Huhzubendah (3775) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Thanks to the Thorpe’s for sharing. The beer is copper hued with a thin tan head that quickly fades. Pockets of bubbles evident throughout the glass. The aroma offers malt, citrus, booze. Notable signs of age. Toffee and caramel flavors. Light sweetness, with butterscotch candy and caramel chews. Fairly light in body with moderate carbonation. Pretty good.

hopmelt (197) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Pours medium dark amber, half finger off white head into pilsner glass lots of bubbles streaming up. Big malt aroma, toffee, caramel, biscuity, very slight astringent, cleaner and cardboard, it is 10 years old! Taste is very malty, slight biscuit, belgian crystal, peppery and spicy mid mouth, bit of noble hop character. Slight alcohol, no off flavors at all, much different than the nose here. Good carbonation, medium thin, slight alcohol and pepper burn. Overall excellent, first time I had it, so I don’t know what it would be like fresh, aroma would probably be better fresh though.

obguthr (6824) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Walnut and almond nose, marzipan and dusty wood. Clear copper, no head. Flavor is simpler, red currant but not ezceedingly tart. Maybe a light almond note.

Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Thanks to my father-in-law for sharing this one. Surprisingly fairly good. Molasses and dates, mostly. Really thinned out.

hopdog (13191) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
22oz bottle. Another one of those I’ve had a few times and just noticed I did not rate (had this during a full 020202 - 121212 vertical). Brownish in color with a small sized head. Fruity, yeast, some spiciness, and brown sugar.

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