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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3.4
AirForceHops (8033) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Draft @ Lord Hobo, on 12/15/12. We got to enjoy the left over Stone from the 12/12/12 event. Brown rusty color with very thin soapy head. Nose is mild Belgian yeast and cotton candy. Taste of figs, old dark malts, raisins and caramel. The alligator peppers are just a wisp in the finish. This really, REALLY good considering it is 9 years old. My waiter gave us the very last glass from the keg. It could have been the last draft glass of 03/03/03 anywhere!!

3.9
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2009
22. This certainly has aged magnificently. Murky dark amber with caramel highlights. Headless. Laceless. Cool, offbeat lavender, caramel, and pepper nose. Graham crackers, cinnamon, roast, caramel, and dark roasty spices on the mid-palate. Long spicy finish. It’s maybe a bit thinned out over where it might have been, but the flavors are delicious and definitely complex enough to enjoy.

3.8
BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 3, 2009
Big thanks to AmEricanbrew for opening up this one. Pours with a hazed amber body and a small off-white head. Aroma or raisins, dark fruits, buttery, toffee, jammy, currants and rose hips. Taste is dark fruits, raisins and caramel. Light bubbles, slightly watery mouthfeel... Holding up quite well.

3.3
Ernest (7889) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2003
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber, dense tiny/small particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of coriander, clove, and banana. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Doesn't hold a candle to the 02.02.02, unfortunately.

3.7
CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Pours a dark copper mahogany brown with a thick frothy white head. Lots of sticky lace left by the head as it subsides. Faint bready Belgian yeast aroma with some caramel malt and oak. Body starts sweet and chewy with some chocolate, toffee, and floral hop aspects. Toward the finish I pick up a strange chemical, perhaps acetone, which could just be a result of the high alpha acid content and the Belgian style, something I'm not used to. Hopefully this will mellow as it ages. Still an interesting style and a decent beer.

3.9
chriso (7536) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2006
Bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting, August 2005. Distinctly more coherent and focused that the 04.04.04 in my view, producing a much more satisfying beer. Or perhaps the elements have benefited from more time to integrate and settle down. Plenty of juicy, sharp hops mingling nicely with the spicy, peppery notes and with a rich, fruity backbone. Just gets a bit sweet for me but otherwise really enjoyable.

3.8
Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Thought it was about time to bust out one of these. Pour was a nice reddish-amber hue with about 1/4" sustained creamy white head. Pleasant spicy aroma, with yeast, dark fruit, pepper, coriander, and an amalgum of other wonderous complexity. Flavor was equally complex, and the balance has mellowed out for the better since the release. Well-carbonated. Spicy hops are blended well with some citrusy hops, coriander, pepper, with a nice medium malt backbone. Finish is primarily citrus and pepper, but is still nicely complex. This is an interesting mix of the Belgian strong with American highlights, and is well-executed. The real trick will be saving my lone remaining bottle until 2012...

3.6
Iphonephan (7475) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2012
On draft at church key in DC. Pours a hazy brown with a creamy off white head. Mild cinnamon aroma. Creamy mouth feel with toasted malts and baking spices. Spices dominate the finish.

3.4
JStax (7307) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
100th Belgian Strong Ale rating. Yeah! 22 ounce bottle poured into a mini-snifter. Pours a clear amber with a thin white head of foam. Aroma is floral, minty, and herbal. Tastes a bitter herbal and minty. Lighter body and medium carbonation.

2.8
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2007
A Mes rate: Bottle at LCRBM3. Raw and unbalanced. Very fruity, plenty of alcohol. Nothing special at all.


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