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
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.

3.6
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2004
This was my first experience w/a Vertical Epic and I didn't know what to expect. All in all, an enjoyable beer. More or less a Dubble, with more hops and American style hops at that. I'm going to try and secure another bottle to see if it gets more complex with age, but I doubt it would improve that much after a year or two in the bottle. But I'm not one to shy away from a beer that's trying to be unusual or experimental, so I'm glad to have tried it.

3.3
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Good sized (4-5 ounce) pour at a Stone Vertical Tasting Event sponsored by Belmont Party Supplies on 5/12/2010, served in a very cool Stone Vertical Epic tasting glass. Very murky looking ruby brown color. What little head there was recedes to a ring around the edge of the pour. Yeasty, fruity and floral aromas. Lots of belgian yeast, mellow spices of coriander and pepper, malty finish. Medium to light bodied (maybe a bit watery) with low carbonation, almost flat. This tasted great, but not sure it’s going to make it another 2 years as it seemed like it may have been a little past it’s prime. Nevertheless, it was still interesting to taste a beer 7+ years old to start off a tasting event.

3.3
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2003
Beautiful red color. Little head. Sweet honey smell. Very much like Karmaliet or another Belgian, yet lacking in the sharp scent. Belgian style is definately an effect of the yeast. Don't be fooled by this brew though. First sip will tell you that is not the case. It lacks the maltiness of a Belgian strong ale, and is certainly missing the wheat and doughy taste. Hoppy and oily finish. Definately has that "American IPA" taste... Interesting concept, but it's missing some complexity. Alligator peppers leave your lips and tongue just slightly warmed. Perhaps some age will bring out more flavor and mask the burnt malt taste. Not excellent, but decent enough. I'll pick up a bit more and age them as directed.

4.1
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Huge thanks to elnadeau for breaking out this beauty on our pilot homebrew session. A very nice well rounded and complex belgian beauty with excellent balance. Hops are subdued (especially for stone), mouthfeel is pleasant with enough carbonation to yield a bit of bite to the tongue. An elegant beer.

3.6
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2004
room temp. sweet then bitter, plums and raisins. A tad boring, just too simplistic.

4
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - APR 29, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2003 very nutty and herb-like aroma with nice sweet cookie dough back drop, small creamy off white ring around the glass for a head standing atop a beer bottle brown body, nice dark rich burnt malty bitter backbone that keeps the alcohol hidden and the other flavors a little subdued the hops are screamy to get out! i hope this beer ages well i have about 5 in reserve waiting future tastings

3.3
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Bottle: Cellar since 2003. Pours a hazy medium brown with a small off white head. The nose is subdued although i get some oxidization. The taste is driven by the Belgian yeast. The hops are almost gone except on the finish.The mouth feel is still nice and slightly heavy. Overall this is a pleasant beer but I’m not confident it will be tasting great in 2 1/2 more years. But I’m looking forward to finding out.

3.7
bonvivant (169) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Beautiful copper color with hints of clove and nutmeg with a delightful warming finish....in other words, damn good.

3.8
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2003
Poured a clear ruby amber color with a thick beige head. Would make a nice photo. Light malty aroma with some sugary sweetness, spiciness, pepper, and a little lemon zing. Spiciness and pepper charge the front of the flavor. Some coriander and yeast followed with some creaminess and a light maltiness. Aftertaste full of hops. Moderate mouthfeel and carbonation. The hops in the back end were a little too strong for me. I was really enjoying the other flavors before the hops asserted themselves. Should age nicely. I'm looking forward to this one at a later date.


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