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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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.

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.

MrDick (381) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Opened a bottle on 1/1/2015. Still good carbonation in the pour. Cotton candy and spice aroma. Lots of oxidation but flavors are still decent. Not great but decent.

ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2013
FROM NOTES; July 3, ’12 Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Stone pint glass. Bought an extra to cellar. A: Roasted malt, maple syrup, chocolate, flowers, gingerbread. A: Very murky looking ruby brown color. What little head there was recedes to a ring around the edge of the pour. T: Follows the nose with Belgian yeast strain present, bready, spice notes and metallic off-flavors. P: Nice malt/hop balance, lean mouth-feel, tart notes, some alcohol burn, a nice hop bite to the finish, peppery finish. O: I didn’t enjoy this one nearly as much as the 02-02-02 and I’m scared to death to try it in December ’12.

ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2006
Bomber - thanks to TAR. Enjoyed with a nice firm Manchego cheese and a soft goat cheese. Chestnut brown with small diminishing head (when pouring the second glass I splashed around a bit, and got a nice tan head). Strong aroma of raisins and apple cellar with some hops. Flavor is absolutely delicious with brown sugar, rotten fruit and citrussy hops. Sweet but wellbalanced, but a bit metallic in the aftertaste. This has hold very well again times tooth. Sticky mouth feel with low carbonation, which is nice compared to the, often too lively, Belgian ales.

GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 26, 2003
nice perfumey aroma. pretty dark in color. A nice balance of hops and yeast if the flavor. Dissapointing for a Stone beer.

Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Love this ale.Have one in the cellar for a later date to be determined.Dark amber color with a small bubbly head. Nice complexity of flavors(plum,raisin,grape and caramel)all are tasted on the mouth.Rather smooth for the ABV.Flavors get better as it warms.Finishes with a long warming feel.

tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Cloudy, yeasty, mellow. These may have been shaken up in transport. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

mwsf (361) - 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.

microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2003
Dark brown color with a decent head. A sour grape aroma with fruits. The flavor was bitter sour and fruity. A good full palate and nice carbonation.

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