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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4.8
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2003 A true double that will please you to no end. Rich malty texture, subdued hops (a rarity for Stone) on the nose but a bit more hoppy flavor then I would like to see ... but not too much. After trying it again I'm re-rating it a point lower then last time. Great Amber color. The coriander begs you for a return visit as you swirl it around your tongue, savoring every last drop. Could use a bit of aging but we can't hold that against it, can we? Kudos to the Bastards!

4.8
celogan (204) - Oroville, California, USA - AUG 20, 2003
DDDDaaaaaawGONE This is Good Beer. Next to Dreadnaught this has to be the best go slap your mother-in-law beer. I can't imagine how good this stuff will be when it's fully aged in 12/12/12. Poured dark brown with frothy head that lasted throughout. Nice lacing and good carbonation. Malty nose but not overpowering. Good balance of Malt with just enough hops to make it near perfect. I absolutely will drink this again. If you can get some do it now. If you wait to long for this limited gem, you may pay it's weight in gold to get any, especially if there's any left by 12/12/12. Thanks To Slikwily for This my 100th Rated beer. It was well worth the wait and worthy of this landmark occasion.

4.7
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2003
Dark amber color,nice foamy tan head.The aroma is some what spicy definately yeasty some malt very lite on the hops.Very unexpected flavor.I was looking for something that was going to bite right off the bat but it didn't.Very malty,well hopped up with a definate spicey tone that mixes quite well with the other flavor's.The alcohol is only mildly present in the flavor but is felt as it goes down.theres a short after taste of malt and hops but it fades to a clean some what dry finish.It almost has a slight thin feel at the end.These guys just keep turning out incredible beer to bad it so limited in distribution.

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!

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

4.6
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Sampled 03.03.04 Poured a dark hazy amber with minimal head and nice lacing. Definite candi sugar and dried, dark fruits on the nose. Some caramel can be detected as well. Tastes sweet with strong fruity notes. The hoppy bitterness comes through about midway and proves to be exceptionally balancing. The finish may be what I like best, it's dry, slightly sweet, and clean. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Drinkability is hurt by apparent alcohol, though slight, and is helped by the excellent finish.

4.6
lcattrell (2) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2005 does not count
Tasting as of Halloween 2005. Aged in the cellar. The smoothest brew in the world. Ages exceptionally well. Not as hoppy as it once was, but the smoothness is so succinct that the overall effect is pleasing.

4.5
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 27, 2003
They ask on the back if you can store the beer and wait until 12.12.12 to drink it. Well, no, I can't :-) So I bought two and put one away. This pours a color that I would call a dark red. It has a small head that dissipates quickly and it has a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. Very attractive beer. The aroma is fruity with hints of malt and sweetness with a little bit of spice - smells great. The flavor is very fitting for the Belgian ale classification. It is a mix between a Belgian Dark Strong ale and a spicy Belgian Blonde. There is a moderate amount of spiciness to the flavor that is just enough to give it a small kick, but not enough to make it spicy. Very smooth and easy to drink. I might have to seek this one out again so I don't have to open the one I've put in reserve. Great looks, great aroma, great flavor. What more can you ask for? Unfortunately I've missed the 02.02.02 version, but I will be sure not to miss the one for next year ... and next year ... etc. Hopefully my other bottle of 03.03.03 will make it until the end. Congrats to the people at Stone for this one.

4.5
Reid (2609) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Ok the "big guy" for tonight the 03/03/03. Pours a nice rich brown with a lovelly off white creamy head that lingers quite some time..very good. How can I explain but the aroma of this beer is truelly wonderful stuff..its rich yet sweet and sherbety..very spicy..malty just great. A lovelly well balanced taste yes there is sweetness..but its balanced very well..quite "spicy" good belgian style here. exceptional in every way on the taste buds.. very very drinkable brew i love this. I was told when i bought it..it would be even better cellared for 6 months..think i will buy a few more to cellar..

4.5
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Wow. Copper color with a tannish head. Excellent. Caramel flavors. Raisiny. Full bodied. Enjoyable.


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