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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3.8
Ferris (16719) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2013 Bottle - Vintage ?? - Sweet honey, apricot and spicy. Cloudy brown and orange with no head. Orange, apricot, spicy and yeast. Sweet and thick, very nice.

2.1
brokensail (16670) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Pours a murky copper color with minimal foam. Smells very oxidized and slightly metallic. A bit of sweet caramel and brown sugar malt notes, maybe a hint of overripe fruit, too. Not all that appealing, though. The flavor has a definite note of pennies to it. Still sweet and malty, but definitely some cardboard oxidation and a generic, muddled fruit flavor. Medium bodied with low carbonation.

3.8
Dedollewaitor (16419) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2009
Bottle. Blindtasting @ Thewolf. Pours cloudy amber with a small creamy white head. Nose is toffee and vinous. Buiscuit , dark fruits and bread. Smooth palate. Some roast and a bit of warmth. A fine one.

4
djd07 (15661) - 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

3.6
Ratman197 (15456) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle shared by Irish Boy (thanks again Richard) Poured a clear dark brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of wheat, yeast, coriander, dark fuit, cocoas and toasted malt. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of wheat, coriander, cocoa, dark fruit and toasted malt with a smooth lingering coriander finish.

3.9
Tmoney99 (15035) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Bottle sample at Stone Night at the Dilly Drli. Poured a clear dark amber color with a moderate frothy off-white head that diminshed quickly. Good spicy roasted aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Full complex sweet roasted flavor with a small alcohol tone finsh. Very smooth drinkable aged brew.

4
Lubiere (14182) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2005
Jan. 2005. Hazy red brown ale with sweet candy sugar and orange peels in aroma, with strawbeery cotton candy and porto notes. Sweet malt with vinous notes, hoppy and earthy nutty notes. Deep rich mouthfeel, lingering on in mouth. Delicious.

4.1
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2003
(4/15/03): Hazy copper body with small beige head. Aroma is sweet, spicy (coriander) and malty. Taste is malty, sweet, coriander spicy, pine hoppy, and slightly smokey. Fairly light body. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Well-balanced yummiful beer! Bought a whole case, so I'm gonna have fun drinking one of these each year.

3.9
Drake (14107) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Bomber at the 5th Annual Epic Beer Tasting in Richmond, VA, November 28, 2010. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel, nuts and bread. The taste is caramel, toffee, nutty notes, leafy hops. Medium bodied. Low carbonation.

3
Dogbrick (13996) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2003
I am hoping I have the patience to get one of each of the V.E. beers to actually do the vertical tasting. This beers pours a solid amber color with a medium beige head. Aroma is spicey and malty at the same time. For some reason when I tasted it I was reminded of one of those god-awful "12 Greatest Brews of the World" monstrosities brewed by Gluek. Some kind of cardboard taste maybe? This wasn't a bad brew but I could not get the comparison out of my head. Finish is hoppy and toasty. Overall the cardboard flavor and general oilyness kind of ruined what is definitely a brew that will improve over time.


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