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Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic AleStone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale

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very good

278 Ratings

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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 91
Gots: 39 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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 

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-03-2003)
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Rothobinide, Jun 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Canada_Dan, Jun 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Kurmaraja, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of scootny
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice dubble. Light cola color with a light brown head and a bit of lace here and there.

Bready nose with a surprising amount of caramel and fruit. Figs and light Belgian funk..

Taste is typical for the style, with a healthy amount of dark fruits and malt. Light bitterness in the finish is dry and earthy. A touch of alcohol and light pepper spiciness.

Feel is thick and smoothly carbonated. Good winter weight.

A nice take on the style.

scootny, Feb 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

jaydoc, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of blindtiger24
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

4oz draft pour into a tulip glass.

A: Deep ruby color with limited carbonation and quickly fading head.

S: Fig and raisin aromas.

T: Sweet bourbon, fig, plum, fruit cake, and caramel flavors.

M: Maple syrup like mouthfeel.

O: Enjoyable holiday evoking ale, but mouthfeel was too viscous for my liking.

blindtiger24, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

BuckTuckian, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of Rutager
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours amber-brown with almost a finger of light khaki head that fades pretty quickly.

Smell. Raisins, caramel, a touch of cardboard and sweet dark fruits.

Taste. Raisins and a touch of sherry and cardboard, some caramel and light belgian yeast, and a bit of chocolate candy. Not nearly as oxidized as I would have expected.

Mouthfeel. On the lighter side of medium bodied, below medium carbonation.

Overall. A decent brew that I wouldn't have guessed is over 10 years old despite signs of oxidization.

Rutager, Dec 24, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ten year old Three set up with a mellow cognac color, light carbonation and a thin but billowing head.

The scent is all dates. The dates are hearty, fruity and robust. After a while I began to detect a soft buttery toffee.

The flavor is spicy with a peppery tone followed by a dry sherry. It's not overly diverse but very nice in its mellowness.

Speaking of mellow the feel is inordinately smooth with an expensive liquor like flow.

This was the last of the Vertical Epics I tasted at this event but found this old man to be easily the smoothest of the group.

KYGunner, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

jkball01, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

mothman, Nov 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

mendvicdog, Oct 14, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

bum732, Oct 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

jaybrough, Oct 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

EyePeeAyBryan, Sep 30, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

bsuedekum, Sep 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Dawkins, Sep 21, 2013
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2/5  rDev -49%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

TXhomebrewer, Aug 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

JTomczak, Aug 13, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

kscaldef, Aug 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

tommyguz, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

moonknight31, Jul 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

pathman, Jul 17, 2013
Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.