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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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 (2429) - 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.

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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 (6342) - 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.

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luttonm (6953) - 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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jmikolich (1486) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2012
tap at Lizardville RR its a lighter colored beer than i expected and quite thin in the palate the spice has definitely faded and it tastes like an old belgian

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rbrazell (1763) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
From bottle. Huge thanks to Tim and Rachel! Ugly yeasty amber with a loose bubbly white head. Dirty, cardboard, oxidized spiced aroma with notes of sweetness. Earthy chocolate, roast, cardboard with hints of dark fruit. Not terrible, but hese old ones are dead.

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Dogbrick (14287) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2003
I am hoping I have the patience to get one of each of the V.E. beers to actually do the vertical tasting. This beers pours a solid amber color with a medium beige head. Aroma is spicey and malty at the same time. For some reason when I tasted it I was reminded of one of those god-awful "12 Greatest Brews of the World" monstrosities brewed by Gluek. Some kind of cardboard taste maybe? This wasn't a bad brew but I could not get the comparison out of my head. Finish is hoppy and toasty. Overall the cardboard flavor and general oilyness kind of ruined what is definitely a brew that will improve over time.

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drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Yeah, so I could follow the label's advice and let this mature a bit (although 10 years seems a bit long). The malt was forefront in the beer - especially being a Belgian Strong Ale - mostly sweet, a touch sour, and a touch spicy. There was something about the malt that just refused to register with my senses, the sweetness just flutters by and rolls off the tongue giving a very watery impression. The pepper doesn't really set in - granted I am rather used to intensely spicy foods - so adds little more than a tingle of curiousity. i just felt this was immature, I'll go buy another one and keep it around for ten years.

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redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2003
A deep dark finished maple color with a small off-white head. A sweet malt/bread aroma. Layers of alcohol soaked fruit( not citrus). A vinous quality. A sweet alcohol taste, a little too sweet for me. Honey soaked black bread.


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