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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3.9
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2003
MMMMM, baby. This was pretty darned tasty. Very fruity, but not orangy, which is good. Very sweet and a very pleasant aroma. well worth the trouble to find. But then I might be a bit biased as this was one of the first brews I had after coming back from 10 months in China.

3.4
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Yeasty aroma with dark malts and spice. Color is a deep dark brown, taste is quite peppery up front with malty middle and a dry finish. Not overly sweet. Might get better with age.

3.8
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2003
Due to the law change, I never got to try 02.02.02, so I can't really compare it to previous ones. This beer poured a dark amber color and formed a small light tan head that subsided leaving trace lace. An aroma of malt, pepper and a slight hint of corindar and other spices. A flavor of malt, spices and touch of pepper. An interesting finish to it, almost of burnt wood. A good beer, but probably better served warmer and maybe allowed to age for awhile.

3.8
mribm (462) - Ocala, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2003
I hate Belgian style beers and was kind of worried about this one after reading the description. However this didn't taste like a Belgian beer to me. When it poured from the bottle with it's think head and dark brown color, it was one of the most beautiful beers I have ever seen. This ale had a nice malty taste and the alcohol was masked very well. If it wasn't so expensive ($10 per 22 oz. bottle) I would buy it again. Is it good, YES. Is it worth $10 a bottle, NO.

3.4
baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - APR 28, 2003
Sweet malt aroma, light spice (moderate corriander), light roast, light caramelized sugar (cake/cotton candy). Belgian yeast funk (phenolic?). Sweet flavor with a smooth mouthfeel, light coating left in mouth. Finish is a muddled bitterness with a slight spiciness.

3.5
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Deep red color with medium light brown head. Fairly rich malt flavor and some hop bitterness. Medium body. I didn't have the patience to let it cellar, but that would definitely improve the beer's flavor.

3.5
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Sampled at the monthly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club courtesy of Andy (Landseer). I can’t but be a little bit disappointed with this one, as I was expecting great things, and it turned out to be a solid Belgian Strong Ale, but nothing to rave about. Some notes of cherry and apple and caramel nut on the nose. The palate is rather thin, and there’s some orange peel and Belgian funk there, but the thinness is bothersome. This is ageing well and should last some time, maybe not until 2012 though. A fun experience, but not overwhelming.

4.3
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 27, 2003
Spicy sweet,mild fruity aroma.Sparkling ruby tan appearance.Fruity bitter flavor with creamy coriander and ginger emerging as it warms.Lingering mild pepper,licorice spiced orange tea finish.A fantastic Stone beer thats not blasted with hops.

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daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 15, 2004
A great brew, dark reddish color with a beautiful head that coats the glass entirely. Aroma is fruity sweet with a bitterness that evens it out. Flavors swirl around your mouth, Maltiness, fruit earth tones and hop finish blended wonderfully. A great beer and one that I'm gonna have to get more of.

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.


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