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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notalush (5955) - 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.

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JorisPPattyn (10113) - 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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jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2006
Bottle. Brown color with an off-white head. Nice sweet body with a nice and balanced bitter note. Not bad.

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craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Draft at Churchkey 12.12.12. Creamy mahogany pour with a decent frothy head and nice lacing. Nose and flavor maintained a surprising amount of black pepper and cinnamon, caramel, molasses, and a bone dry toasty finish. Pretty all right.

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Nickls (2616) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Tap, CK. Deep dark hazy brown with a thinnish light tan head. Lots of sweeter dark fruit aromas, some yeastiness, touch of sugar, and some slight oxidation is apparent. Flavor packs in toffee, dark fruits, and very much leans to the sweeter side of things. Medium silkier body. Not bad.

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portableparty (2398) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Poured orange little hazy soft white head that left faint thin film. Aroma has some fruity yet vegetable and oxidized malt/yeast. Taste was more the same with some hidden fruit character. Palate slick and dry.

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Travlr (26412) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draft on 12/12/12. This one has lots of coffee grounds, and a dry, chalky texture that isn’t very pleasant.

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MrDick (381) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Opened a bottle on 1/1/2015. Still good carbonation in the pour. Cotton candy and spice aroma. Lots of oxidation but flavors are still decent. Not great but decent.

3.1
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Coffee brown in color. Smells like chemicals. Hoppy flavor. Can't read the rest of my writing.


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