Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale

 
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RATINGS: 422   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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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 (2535) - 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 (2350) - 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 (24667) - 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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Panzuriel (2238) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2003
Dark brow liquid with some ruddy hints. Nice latte colored full head. Dry hoppy aroma with wee hint of citrus. Dry tangy flavor that has a smoky and metallic thing going on. Spice in the allspice and nutmeg sort is evident as well. A nice solid beer, but nothing wonderful.

3.1
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2003
Nice ruby brown. Good, but fading, head. Not much aroma, just faintly of malt. Good malty flavor, fades into bitterness, followed by a refreshing burst of peppery spiciness. Interesting, but I couldn't get into it. I'll probably get another bottle to put aside for the epic.

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JK (6146) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2007
This has an aroma of sweet potatoes. Cloudy brown. Flavor is surprisingly simple with sweet malt and a dry, chalky finish. This one did not age so well.

3.1
luttonm (6271) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2017 (5/2017) Bottle at Portland tasting. Soft foam ring, malty weak hazy pale. Fruity banana malt, quite oxidized nose. Earthy clove, ok alcohol pithiness. Bright and yeast. Rye bread, sweet, lots of oxidation. OK. 6 3 6 3 13 (12/2012) 12oz from tap at Brouwers in Seattle, leftover from Vertical Epic night. Deep woody brown. Rosy apple, sappy wood. Syrupy wood with right carbonation, grape/apple juiciness. Some off-bitter aftertaste. Dryness is odd. Interesting at least. 7 3 7 3 14


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