Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale

 
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RATINGS: 422   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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4.2
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2005
Pours dark amber with an off white head. Citric, fruity, hoppy slight phenolic nose. Sweet, fruity and slight chocolatey flavour. Great bitterness. Stone has done it again.....another excellent beer.

4.1
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2005
First of all I would like to say bravo to Stone Brewing. These guys are great in my opinion. The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick head which disolves quickly. The head still has a nice whiteness around the edge of my Westvleteren glass. There is a lot of yeast in the pour resulting in a lot of carbonation. The aroma is complex. I get orange peel, fruits, wine, raisin and caramel. The taste is orange overall with some pepper, wine and caramel. This beer becomes more like beers such as the Westy 8, V12 and Chimay Bleu. You get elements of those three beers plus the added orange. Very interesting brew from Stone Brewing.

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bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Pours an amber brown with a medium beige head. Aroma and flavor have a nice spice combination with high malt and a touch of the hops. Slightly boring - I expected better from Stone, but it is still an above average beer.

3.6
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2005
Vertical tasting with 040404 and 050505. Ruby hue through a fairly dark body. Yeasty notes in both the aroma and flavor. Somewhat flat with bready accents. A fair amount of grass was noticeable. I’m not really certain how this would have held up for another 7 years, however.

3.9
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2003
Deep mohagany body with a big thick tan head. decent carbonation. hints of deep ruby. Nose of raisins, caramel, alcohol, good ester presence: bannannas, a hint of butteryness, creamy teastiness, lightly roasted. Dates, papper, alcohol and spices. nice and creamy, but definite bite. Dry and pretty alcoholic, yet sweet and yeasty. good balance. mouthfeel was a bit flat though.

3.4
Hoprider (679) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Pours dark cognac with no head just a small ring along the edge of the glass. N: light mineral raisins T: noticable oxidation but pretty well kept non the less, light tannic caramel, prunejuice. Dry caramel aftertaste.

4.6
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
I love all Stone brews, and this is no exception. Beautiful pour, and that sweet fruity/sweet/spicy aroma that wafts from the glass made my mouth water. Can't wait to see what it tastes like on 12/12/12

4.2
brownaler (663) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Ok, so this is my first Stone brew, so I'm not familiar with what else they have. It has a dark amber appearence and a nutty taste, similar to a brown ale.

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!

3.5
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Pours reddish with some apricot and butterscotch in the aroma. The flavor is caramel malt with some cinnamon and orange. The style seems somewhere between a brown ale and a dopplebock, not really exerting any Belgian yeast. Finish is thick and heavy, but not imporved with the high-alpha hops.


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