Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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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
3.26/5 rDev -16.6%
A. Poured into my VE glass, this brew pours a murky brown with some caramel tones.
S. The aroma has some very woody natural tones, some brown sugar, and light dark chocolate.
T. The flavor follow suite, but with more chocolate, and a lack of belgium yeasty tones.
Mf. Mf is a little on the thin side and carbination is light.
Overall, not bad, but I expected bigger from a bsda
01-19-2013 01:21:06 | More by TKEbeerman
3.33/5 rDev -14.8%
Bottle (Drank in May 2005): Poured a dark amber color ale with a medium head with almost no retention. Aroma of light roasted malt, coriander with some bitter hops. Coriander is easily detectable as well as the bitter hops. It seems to lack a bit something to make it truly special. I really do applaud the fact that the brewer tried to come up with something original (i.e. Belgian ale mix with some American ale component) but I dont really appreciate it in this particular case. Also, Im not so sure this is going to help up that well over the years
05-09-2005 14:26:28 | More by Phyl21ca
3.4/5 rDev -13%
On-tap at Churchkey.
The beer is served a brownish yellow color with about a finger of head that is retained and laces well. It smells boozy with some malty caramel, and figs. The taste has dark fruits up front, but the booze comes quickly, and some roasted malt finishes it off. The booze is slightly offensive and takes the beer over. It's slightly under-carbonated and the drinkability isn't that great. This didn't wow me. I think it might be a bit too old.
01-06-2013 23:05:06 | More by russwbeck
3.43/5 rDev -12.3%
I hadn't been the one who read the bottle, so I wasn't aware that this beer should have been cellared. Tasting it though, it was obvious.
The 22 oz bottle split nicely into two pints, a murky, brown liquid that looked an awful lot like wort. Carbonation was rampant, and it looked like a full scale evacuation of the beer was going on. The smell was nice, with a molasses nose and other subtle notes. The taste was similarly fresh, in the not pleasing sense. It was very sugary, though other flavors helped to mask this. The spiciness was pleasing, though the alcohol somewhat overbearing. Due to the mixture of green flavors, it was difficult to drink. However, I know now that I must get another to hide somewhere so it can age.
08-05-2003 15:09:57 | More by freed
3.43/5 rDev -12.3%
The bottle states Designed to be aged until sometime after December 12th, 2012. Well, patience may be a virtue, but its certainly not one of mine
I dont really know what to make of this stuff. Pours a cloudy brown amber, with hints of red. Head is off white and relatively long lasting, clings to the glass. The bottle claims this brew has coriander and alligator pepper, and I think I can detect those smells, because whatever it is Im smelling its not the smell of a typical brew. Taste is unique, for lack of a better word. I can taste the pepper here, along with slight hops and malt profile. But this beer is heavy, and not in a good way. Hard to drink, and not very rewarding. This was a good try, but I wont be buying this again unless, I suppose, in 2013 someone offers to sell me the full set of vertical epics. But thats pretty unlikely.
07-04-2004 23:29:07 | More by RocketWidget
District of Columbia
3.43/5 rDev -12.3%
22 oz bottle.
Pours clearish muddy amber with a trace ring of tan, clear bubbles. Smells old; toffee, caramel, dark fruit, paper. Flavor of caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, brown sugar, plum, raisin and cardboard. Syrupy medium thick body with minimal carbonation. Still a little boozy in the finish. Old, but a nice experience.
01-13-2013 18:34:12 | More by yourefragile
3.45/5 rDev -11.8%
Ok I might be the only one, but to me the Verticals just dont stack up. It pours the colour of a light Dr.Pepper and smells of Spice and animal feet. Well and a little hops and malt. The taste is just kinda dull. Im glad I have 4 more of these to see how they turn out.. As for now I would rather drink Allagash 4 or triple to get my expense on.. Its good but not that good.. YET.. Oh well at least in 10 years i dont want the reast the beer knurds will be beggin for them.. God bless you EBAY
08-07-2004 04:51:04 | More by TinusTime
3.48/5 rDev -11%
Clear garnet reflected medium brown. Head is thin and not lasting. Strong aroma, nostrils burning strawberries soaked in cinzano. Generous maltiness didnt miss the flight in the chocolate and marzipan kingdom. Peppery and nutty with a fitting dryness. Remarkable well controlled basic flavors (bitterness, sweetness and acidity) by Stones standards. Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation. Very good take on the style if not for the remaining heat after almost 2 years and perhaps lacking in appearance and palate.
01-12-2005 19:57:25 | More by Rastacouere
3.48/5 rDev -11%
Beer poured out to a strong head to start, then seemed to thin out a bit after a few minutes. Dark brown color which reminds me of tea. Kind of a bullish flavor to it, no surprise coming from Stone, but bullish in more of a Arrogant Bastard way and not the Ruination IPA way. The 8.5% abv is easily noticable on the nose too. Decent beer in my opinion, but Stone has lots of GREAT beers.
07-12-2003 14:14:16 | More by sinistersteve
Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.