Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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2.79/5 rDev -28.6%
Consumed on January 20th, 2013 at a private Vertical Epic tasting.
Beer pours a clear, light caramel. No head forms but there is some carbonation visible in the glass.
The aroma is sweet: honey and cider notes.
Flavor is slightly oxidized with notes of tea, coriander and caramel. Moderately bitter on the finish.
Mouthfeel is thin and slightly astringent.
This beer probably peaked a while before the tasting: not surprising, given its age.
01-21-2013 18:36:41 | More by charlzm
2.85/5 rDev -27.1%
22 oz. bomber served lightly chilled in a Brewer's Art chalice. The third beer of the Greer, PintOfAle, AragornUnplugged, and ManekiNeko "Release the Wisdom" beer tasting. Bottle provided by yours truly.
Appearance: Murky tea-like brown topped by a scanty head that quickly formed a slight film of bubbles. No lacing.
Smell: I was completely reminded of a mixture of Cocoa and Fruity pebbles, nose-wise. Very sugary.
Taste: Chocolatey malts with bready overtones. Light splashes of peppery spice on the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium in body, relatively crisp and effervescent.
Drinkability: Relatively drinkable, but the kid-tested/mother-approved breakfast cereal aspects of this bring back memories of childhood. Unfortunately, I was not reminded of a Saturday morning spent watching such animated gems as "Alf," "Schoolhouse Rock," or "PeeWee's Playhouse." No, I was reminded of such dubious offerings as "Snorks," "Saved by the Bell," and those numerous shows that were mere marketing ploys for shoddy Hasbro products.
03-06-2004 16:54:45 | More by ManekiNeko
2.85/5 rDev -27.1%
First time I've had this beer. Just read Stone's most recent tasting notes and I've gotta say that I disagree with most of their comments. Never did try it fresh, but I bet it was much better then. Even properly cellared my bottle showed a ton of oxidation, especially in the aroma. Some hints of wild forest fruit and roast, but mostly just oxidation in the nose. Upon tasting, there are other elements (i.e. honeyed fruit, some hints of Belgian yeast, roast, toffee), but are all muted and a bit stale and it's really oxidized.
05-19-2006 20:52:19 | More by Crosling
2.89/5 rDev -26.1%
Bottle I got in a trade many years ago - think it was from KAME. Served in a tulip.
A - Tan foam quickly settles to a thin collar and wisps, leaving behind minimal lacework. Hazy dark brown body.
S - Oxidized, with a mix of cardboard, caramel, toffee, and an unexpected floral note.
T - The taste is similar, albeit a tad better. Nebulous sweetness, with notes of honey and caramel. A tad bitter in the finish.
M - Medium-full body, active carbonation, chewy texture, and a dry finish. Not much alcohol present after 10 years.
D - Not good, but not terrible either. Didn't hold up as well as the 02.02.02, but I didn't want to drainpour it either.
03-06-2013 03:59:57 | More by MasterSki
2.95/5 rDev -24.6%
On-tap at Beachwood I,
A: Pours a ruddy brown with a small white head with fair head retention, some spotty lace.
S: Spicy notes, bread, some pumpernickel, yeasty character that held up.
T: Dark malt and yeast, but tired and one-dimensional. It tastes good enough to drink no problem, just boring.
M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation, creamy, does have an elegance.
O: As with the '04, this is past its prime. I wouldn't recommend investing in a bottle of this at this time. This thing is almost 10 years old and needs to be drunk ASAP.
12-14-2012 02:49:18 | More by Halcyondays
3/5 rDev -23.3%
Ruby red color. Smells like, what for lack of a better term, "cherry varnish" which I often get from aged barleywines or DIPAs where a lot of the hops have faded. Taste is sweet orchard fruit syrup.
We did our VE collection counting down (12,11,10,9,8,7,3) and I think we saved the worst for last. I pawned mine off on someone else.
06-30-2013 14:58:19 | More by donkeyrunner
3.01/5 rDev -23%
22oz. bottle poured into a taster. Major thanks to Chris for sharing!
(A)- Pours a tawny port-like mahogany caramel color. Some minimal tan froth and lacing.
(S)- Some leathery oxidation leads to a figgy raisin and caramel sweetness.
(T)- Fairly high oxidation levels lead to plenty of leathery prune characters in front of very subtle and subdued caramel.
(M)- Very mellow carbonation level. Due to its level of oxidation, this feels to be a bit thin; flavors starting to fall off.
(O)- I think this is definitely showing its age at this point, but still has some enjoyable qualities at this stage, but if you have any, I would start drinking them now because they are not going to get any better.
03-12-2013 15:39:14 | More by sweemzander
3.03/5 rDev -22.5%
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.
04-29-2003 07:14:39 | More by Dogbrick
3.08/5 rDev -21.2%
Pours with a very thin, oatmeal-colored head of miniscule bubbles that crowd up along the liquid's edge, leaving icicles of lace. Held to the light, the color ranges from a distinguished rosewood at the center of the goblet to iridescent garnet highlights at the edges, with all shades of amethyst and blood and grape in between. Drop dead gorgeous. My first sniffs are of sandalwood, marzipan, malt balls. Warmer, the beer smells like a strange mixture of plums, nutshells, and turkish delight. At room temperature, coriander and herbal cough drops hit my nose with a rummy, medicinal nosefeel... still not bad. The taste, though: bitter, salt-cured plum or pomegranate...? cracked white pepper with equal parts malt balls and pickled ginger...? finally everything obliterated in a wash of soy sauce. Ick. I even tasted a few drops of soy sauce to make sure I wasn't totally off base. But yeah, I was right, and the aftertaste just won't quit. Ick. Filmy water ho hum mouthfeel. And just slightly more drinkable than soy sauce. I mean, what the hell?
08-19-2005 20:19:01 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
3.13/5 rDev -19.9%
Stone Epic Festival 12-12-12
Stone Brewing Co.
(Aged for 9 years)
Muddy dark brown with a small brown head. Leaves dots of stick down the glass.
Mild fruitcake aroma, some earth, and brown bread. There's a faint spice character, but everything is very mild. Unsurprising, at this age.
The flavor follows the aroma, with some dulled spices, mild Belgian yeast, and simple dark wheat bread. Though I wasn't fortunate enough to try this fresh, I can only imagine that this one has lost a lot from the time in the vault. It simply tastes old, dulled, and uninteresting.
Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation.
Decent enough and interesting, and I feel fortunate that I had the opportunity to try this, but the liquid in the glass wasn't particularly exciting.
12-16-2012 21:43:54 | More by ehammond1
3.13/5 rDev -19.9%
The idea of a brew built to age for 8 years really intrigued me, and I bought two to get a feel for it, one for now, one for... later.
So Budsboy and I got together, along with his dogs, and sampled a lightly chilled bottle.
It poured a cloudy amber, with a good head and lacing. Pretty well carbonated.
The aroma was very fruity, a bit more childs drink than beer.
Sips a smokey, fruity alchohol tangy something. Very complex, but with an unfinished feel to it. Too much alchohol at the end.
Drank ok, but a bit oily.
I don't think I could drink too many of these, indeed, a pint out of the big bomber was quite enough.
You can tell the stuff was built to be aged. A very unfinished feel to it, with the alchohol showing up far too much, in my opinion, and it comes out even more as the beer warms. This is a thinking beer, one to drink while ruminating about beer, but not one to sit around and enjoy for the sake of drinking a good beer. I am very interested to see how this progresses, in fact, I may even pick up another to have double the samples over the next few years.
03-22-2004 01:06:04 | More by hustlemuscle
3.13/5 rDev -19.9%
Pours cloudy amber, some lacing of white head. Fruity banana smell and some alcohol too.
There is a fruity, alcohol taste with a woody quality towards the finish, tangy and bitter in the end.
Well-balanced carbo and a wee bit heavy-bodied.
This beer doesn't really suit my taste. My first Belgian strong dark, and I had high hopes and an open mind, but I yam what I yam. I'd like to try one that is longer in the tooth, though.
03-31-2004 13:34:26 | More by budsboy
3.15/5 rDev -19.4%
Pours out a nice clear dark brown like really dark ice tea. 1/2 finger of offwhite suds that leave lacing around the glass.
Smell is corriander,malt,yeast burn and just a hint of the alcohol.
Taste is a little weak but I get the spice and the raisin bread right off. Goes into a boozy weak mess of malt and sugar.
Mouthfeel is a little hot but clean enough and the finish is just a tad sticky and again weak.
Overall this one didn't do too well. Stone rates low on this hyped swill.
12-29-2012 00:31:55 | More by peabody
3.18/5 rDev -18.7%
On tap at Stone Winter Storm
A: Full creamy light tan head spreads out across a burnt umber toffee colored body. There is no bubble activity going on inside the body what so ever.
S: Subtle toffee with a coffee candy approach to it.
T: Subdued caramel and butterscotch with hints of lemon and grapefruit. Slightly cloying across the palate like a candy would be. Finishes with nips of honey and red apple.
M: Medium body with a bit of prickly carbonation.
D: This one was past its prime. Most of the desirable flavors had left the party.
12-30-2006 03:26:17 | More by Westsidethreat
3.25/5 rDev -16.9%
Had on tap at Brouwers on 12/12/12. Review from notes.
A: Hazy red/purple with no head or lacing.
S: Very bready with some dark fruit, caramel and a little spice. It is a little phenolic.
T: Light citrus, slightly bitter with a little caramel, raisin, and bread.
M: Low to medium bodied with no carbonation.
O: Not awful considering age, but didn't exactly hold up well either.
04-08-2013 22:41:10 | More by mdaschaf
Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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