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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DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 03/03: poured a nice polished copper color and it settled with just a halo of suds...yeast, alcohol, coriander dusted orange peel, more coriander,styrofoam, medicine, burning plastic, white pepper, cardamom, and even some more coriander show up in the aroma...the flavors were predominatly yeasty, slightly to moderately metallic at times with notes of coriander, alcohol soaked apricots, nectarines, and nonsweet bing cherries..the mouthfeel is pleasantly chewy, bitter in the back of the tongue, but mostly pretty full..it’s a decent brew but nothing really special..its a tad too yeasty/spicy for me, like somewhere between a dubbel and a trippel..01/04: as i read my initial rating...i don’t see much of a change...thought i’d let you know anyway.

3.4
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.

3.4
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2003
An interesting conglomeration of things going on. Deep brown. White head. Some lacing. Spice notes in the nose with a small undercurrent of floral from the hops. Flavor was malty and sweet in the beginning but at the end were the very recognizable Stone hops. Will be interesting to see how this ages.

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.

3.4
3fourths (9349) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2003
Very dark amber appearance, with a frothy tan head. Smells of heavy sugar, like Koolaid. It's not so fruity, just very sugary, to the point at which it feels gritty on your teeth. Strong first taste, harsh scratchy finish. This stuff is just too sweet to enjoy, but it balances the sugar taste with a honey and bread flavor, which makes it drinkable. The other two bottle I have will be in storage, and so we'll see how it is in a few months of a few years.

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.

3.4
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Hazy amberish color w/ head retention that could be better for "dubbelish style". Clovey and spices are very apparent in the initial aroma and a light plum as it warms. Wheat malty aromas also more apparent as it warms. Hops are non existant for a Stone beer. Malty,spicy, and hoppy flavor with some bitterness to balance. Aftertaste is bitter w/a funky little caramel malt taste. Higher carbonation and medium body more to the dubbel"ish" style and alcohol is hidden very well. I'd like to see how this one ages in a few years, but I don't know if it's big enough to make it 10 years. It should be interesting. I plan on saving one bottle to try anyway.

3.4
Nuffield (4180) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2003
What a treat to try this--thanks fly. Deep amber/orange with a big head. Hairspray aroma and effect, hints of bubblegum and the delicate spices, which come out more in the flavor. I'm uneasy with the flavors, however. It gets better with the time you spend drinking it.

3.4
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2003
Cloudy mahogony color with a wispy tan head. Subdued aroma consiting mainly of hot alcohol notes, dark fruits and minor hop notes. Reminiscent of a Belgian dubbel with it's sweet, malty notes backede up by dark fruit flavors and minimal hop character. Only mild spice notes appear. No yeasty/bready aromas or flavors you might expect from a Belgian though. A bit thin bodied. Nice, and it definitely packs a wallop.

3.4
Suttree (6418) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Big thanks to brentfeesh for bringing this to the tasting. Copper, no head. Smells a little bit oxidized, but not too bad. Smells like caramel, maybe some bourbon, and a herbal note. Flavor is nicely sweet apple, caramel, and more herbs. Maybe a little bit of pear and honey as it warms.


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