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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3.3
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.

3.3
CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 19, 2003
(1.6 pint bottle) Pours a thin, quick dissipating almond head and a reddish-brown body. Light carbonated activity. Aroma of malt, banana and bubble gum. Sweet raisins, cotton candy and mellow malt. Thin finish but nice balance throughout. Good. Thanks Argo for the opportunity to try this...

3.3
Ernest (7862) - 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.

3.3
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Gotta say I was kind of let down by this one. Tried it when it was first released but didnt rate it because I felt it was to young and had not come together yet. Tried another one last night and guess what? Still just a jumbled mess. Belgian hints with yeastiness and dark fruits at first, some spiciness and then the hops come in and bludgeon everything and not in a good way. Hopefully time will be kind to this one and in 9 years it will come together.

3.3
Enniskillen (2061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Brown body, quickly dissapating head. Heavy brown sugar in the aroma with wheat, sugar cane, and alcohol. Taste is mettalic with some alcohol and caramel. At bottling did someone put a 1906 penny in this bottle as a suprise?

3.3
illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Part of the 02 thru 06 vertical at YourDarkLord’s house. Thanks to Landseer for bringing this to the table. Pours dark hazy amber. Aroma of dark wheat malt, banana, toffee, and some alcohol. Fizzy mouthfeel and faint watery texture. Flavor of dark wheat malt, plums, toffee, and some faint fusel alcohol. Peppery finish with some notes of aspirin. This was the weakest of the 6. However, we were not sure how it was stored prior to purchase.

3.3
bierkoning (13747) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2007
3rd LCRBM. Malty, slightly yeasty aroma with apple and butter. Melon in the flavor. Wood, flowery and earthy hops. Just a bit thin (because of age?) and therefore somewhat alcoholic. Citrus and red berries in the aftertaste. Still an enjoyable beer.

3.2
notalush (5935) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2003
Cloudy amber appearance with a little lacing - aroma of fruity candy and children's chewable vitamins - tastes like a dubbel, APA and wheat beer combined - alcohol burns the throat a bit - not as complex as I was expecting, and a bit out of balance as well - the hop bite in the finish seems incongruous with the rest of the flavor.

3.2
JorisPPattyn (10072) - BELGIUM - APR 27, 2003
Deep amber. yellowish head, fairly stable. Nose gives... vanilla-and-raspberry icecream??? Eeuh...yes. And diacetyl. Taste: diacetyl, damn: too young. Stone? And then I read the text on the bottle. Right, it's all there. It's me who's been the culprit. Had to wait another 11 years, it seems. Aftertaste & mouthfeel is buttery (of course) and soupy. Why - blame it on me. If I ever find another bottle, I'll rerate; points are given with reservation.

3.2
fly (1487) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Fruity, spicey/spiced, sweet, and VERY light for my expectations. While having a nice flavor and fair balance I had a hard time getting over what I perceived as being a light character which made me wonder exactly how well this would cellar. Would the spicyness subside or would they increase in relation to the light body? Maybe this whole light thing is just a complete misinterpretation on my part. All in all a decent beer - and THE BIGGEST PART OF IT- krisbierjaeger - thank you SO much.


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