Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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2.42/5 rDev -38.1%
Thanks to Mike for sharing this.
Pours a murky copper color with minimal foam. Smells very oxidized and slightly metallic. A bit of sweet caramel and brown sugar malt notes, maybe a hint of overripe fruit, too. Not all that appealing, though. The flavor has a definite note of pennies to it. Still sweet and malty, but definitely some cardboard oxidation and a generic, muddled fruit flavor. Medium bodied with low carbonation.
01-23-2012 21:59:45 | More by womencantsail
1.63/5 rDev -58.3%
Thanks for sharing, Mike.
A: Murky yellow brown.
S: Cardboard and bready malt. Copper and rust. Some random fruit hides in there, beaten down by oxidation.
T: Buttery cardboard with bready malt and more random fruit. Perhaps apple? Rife with metallic notes.
M: Medium body.
Overall: This has not held up at all. Definitely the worst of the bunch.
01-23-2012 19:08:37 | More by HopHead84
4.15/5 rDev +6.1%
Shared with the staff at work on Thanksgiving. 03.03.03 shared on 11.24.11, some eight and a half years after its release. I was sixteen and was a sophomore in high school when it came out.
This beer pours a very smooth, medium bodied, rich amber in color with no lacing or head. The aromas are rich and malty. It smells like an aged English barleywine. You get a lot of honey, cherry, and mead like qualities with toffee as well. It has a really nice citrus aspect and a lot of port notes. Very complex nose. The flavor isn't quite as stellar but it's solid. You get alot of red fruit with a J.W. Lees Harvest esque flavor. The carbonation is really surprising. It looks still but when you start to drink it the carbonation aggressively stimulates your palate. I've never quite experienced that before. It's like dropping a cut of fresh meat into a pool of piranhas. Very interesting. It drinks well and on the lighter side of medium in body. The flavor is nice but really it's nice to try this beer this old. I wonder what it was like when it was fresh. It's probably better classified as a Belgian barleywine.
11-24-2011 17:30:59 | More by aasher
5/5 rDev +27.9%
BASED ON NOTES:
A-Carmel color great carbonation. Light tan head that stays around.
S-Strong sweet Carmel flavor a little alcohol.
F-Big Carmel taste.
M-Very nice. Creamy, medium bodied.
D- Such a great beer. Went down warm and smooth. Like vanilla silk. Wish I had more.
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2011 15:53:53 | More by FARGO619
3.83/5 rDev -2%
Inflatablechair hooked this one up.... It was a minor coup to score this for the 10/10/10 gathering... but we persevered!!
Tan head flecked with brown bits.. good retention.. deep brown brew is pretty cloudy.
Nose is a bit oxidized... brown sugar and some off putting sherry.. pretty sweet dark fruits... prunes... golden raisins..
The aroma showed really no standard Belgian qualities, but the flavor is better... hints of clove and background spiciness... a little dark cherry/plum... still seems pretty stale.. caramel malt and bits of toffee and dark toast..
Body and carbonation were surprisingly good.. but the overall brew was way past prime.
I know this is an old bottle, but it is no where near worth what we traded for it.
11-07-2010 07:32:48 | More by JohnGalt1
4/5 rDev +2.3%
got the chance to try this beer at a tasting I went to which had many other great beers
Good size portion was poured into my tasting glass
Appearance was dark brown with a tan one inch head. Average head retention with a bit of lacing sticking to my glass. Pretty impressive I must say.
Aroma was very good with cherries, prunes, figs, dates, along with caramel malts and toffee.
Taste was vastly of caramel all throughout with some toffee and raisins midway and a bit of a yeasty finish.
Moutfheel was very smooth and had good carbonation for a 7 year old bottle.
Overall I was very pleased with this beer and it was a while since I last had a BSDA
10-26-2010 19:45:58 | More by tr4nc3d
4.9/5 rDev +25.3%
I was fortunate enough to be invited to a Vertical Epic tasting by my friend Armand.
A-Carmel color great carbonation. Light tan head that stays around pretty impressive for 7 year old beer
S-Strong sweet Carmel flavor a little alcohol.
F-Big Carmel taste.
M-Very nice. Smooth, well rounded reminds me of candy.
D-I wanted more of this! It was like carmel candy and I really enjoyed it
08-26-2010 00:32:31 | More by ZX6Chris
3.65/5 rDev -6.6%
Good sized (4-5 ounce) pour at a Stone Vertical Tasting Event sponsored by Belmont Party Supplies on 5/12/2010, served in a very cool Stone Vertical Epic tasting glass.
A: Very murky looking ruby brown color. What little head there was recedes to a ring around the edge of the pour.
S: Yeasty, fruity and floral aromas
T: Lots of belgian yeast, mellow spices of coriander and pepper, malty finish.
M: Medium to light bodied (maybe a bit watery) with low carbonation, almost flat.
D: This tasted great, but not sure it's going to make it another 2 years as it seemed like it may have been a little past it's prime. Nevertheless, it was still interesting to taste a beer 7+ years old to start off a tasting event.
05-16-2010 16:28:37 | More by chaz01
3.83/5 rDev -2%
taste- same as the smell...belgian yeast strain present, bready, spice
smell- roasted malt, maple syrup, chocolate, flowers, gingerbread
body- alcohol has fallen off some but still a nice hop bite to the finish, nice malt/hop balance, lean mouthfeel, tart notes, peppery finish
appearance- nice color, thin, off-white, oily, candy-colored head, no residual lace to speak of, visible active carbonation
overall impression- above average for an aged beer
notes- served at cellar temperature, recently pulled this out of the cellar...it's been resting for six plus years...well done to stone
12-27-2009 02:16:16 | More by NorCalYeti
4.08/5 rDev +4.3%
Go this in a trade a while ago (can't remember from whom), and just had the fancy to open this tonight. The pour was clear, and reddish brown, and the head atop was small but durable. The beer looked a lot like coke sitting in the tulip. The aroma was like cherries and apples, and was quite mild. The taste was very mellow and sweet, which can be anticipated after six years of aging. There was a spicy edge right under the sweetness, which was surprising. There were no signs of oxidation or other deterioration. I found it a little thin and slippery in the mouth. Very easy to drink for the style with not a whole lot of alcohol burn.
05-18-2009 02:22:31 | More by rajendra82
3.75/5 rDev -4.1%
No better time to open this one, 03.03.03, than on my 33rd birthday. Bottle courtesy of sunnydlyte23, poured into a tulip.
Pours a deep, dark clear copper with a rocky off-white head that hangs on as a cap and leaves decent lacing on the way down.
The aroma is very sweet with tons of molasses and dark fruit, especially raisins and figs. Hints of Belgian yeast in the bacground as well as the remnants of some citrus hops.
The taste has a little hop kick up front that I imagine was much, much bigger when fresh. As it is, it feels like it's missing something up front in the taste before the malts and Belgian yeast take over. The taste had some toffee and caramel sweetness but not nearly as much as the aroma suggested.
The mouthfeel was fairly thin, surprisingly so, and the carbonation didn't seem to come through on the palate. Slightly dry finish with less sticky sweetness that I was expecting.
I've been looking forward to cracking this one and was contemplating holding onto it until the last vertical release. I'm glad I opened it now as I have to think it's only going downhill from here. A good beer that was probably great a couple years ago. Big thanks to Sherwin for the opportunity to try this rarity.
02-18-2009 03:14:31 | More by gford217
4.03/5 rDev +3.1%
Bottle at Stone Bistro during RBSG 08. Pours a dark orange-gold, with a tan head that leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is huge caramel with ripe dark fruit. Flavor is a subdued mealy maltiness, with caramel, cold coffee, and the tannic remains of old hops. The coriander and pepper are still very apparent. A nicely mellowed beer.
08-08-2008 18:59:08 | More by illidurit
4.55/5 rDev +16.4%
Had this thanks to a generous beer geek/ friend, d0ggnate. Luckily it was pay day, so he bottle poppin! I had yet to try this one, so pretty excited.
A- Clear copper/red with a thin foam.
S- Deep candied sugar/ burnt sugar, roasted & carmelized banana. Some fig or raisin.
T- The carmelized banana, candied brown sugar. SLight biscuity yeast. Roasted malts and grains.
M- Smoooth, with a little heat.
D- If I could afford it, I could drink multiple. I would have to say that the 04 is my favorite.
02-17-2008 01:21:06 | More by m1ked
4.75/5 rDev +21.5%
I love the VE series and found this beer to have been aged to near perfection. A phenomenal smell arose from my glass as soon as I poured from bottle. I got the oppourtunity to sample this gem at O'Briens tonight.
A: A gran red/brown hue that poured clear and headless.
S: Aroma bursting from the glass presented with a strong similarity to brandy.
T: Amazing!! Candied, brown sugar and scotch flavor abound. My words don't do this beer justice.
M: Smooth and slick. The age has polished this brew. A light coat lingers on my tongue.
D: This was a rare treat and I would raise another glass of this beer in toast to a momentous occasion.
If you get the chance, enjoy this beer with biggest beer geek you know. They will love you for it.
02-16-2008 04:53:03 | More by d0ggnate
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
The other day at stone was my first time trying this beer. It was my favorite of the vertical epics (03-07).
It poured a nice dark orange color that was hazy. There was a small head on it but it dissapeared quickly and left no lacing behind.
It smelled like dark fruits and sweet malt. It wasn't as caramel as to suggest a ton of crystal malts but there was most definitely some sweetness in the aroma. No hops in the aroma but there was still a tiny bit of bitterness left after 4 1/2 years, although some of this may be due to the alcohol. I would have drank more of this but there were so many other beers to try that day.
I wish I could have tasted this when it was new but from what I can tell it hasn't started going bad yet so I can't wait to see what its going to taste like in 2012.
01-29-2008 23:15:10 | More by t0rin0
3.85/5 rDev -1.5%
8 ounce glass at Stone Winter Storm yesterday for four dollars, seemed like a great deal after seeing bottles of this in online auctions for hundreds of dollars, still wished they would have the 2002 though
Color was a deep orange with a bit of brown look, 1/2 inch slightly off white head that disappeated pretty quickly, left some sticky lacing along the glass to my surprise
Smell was sweet and malty, lots of raisins, cherries, prunes, dates, figs, also some hoppiness much to suprise, definitely a strong Belgian yeast presence
Taste was good, had most of the fruits in the aroma right at the beginning, as it warmed a faint amount of nuttiness came that provided a biscuit-like texture for a couple sips, also floral hoppy flavors, well balanced overall with a very sweet feel to it, each sip had a different unique sweetness to it, large variety of fruits, yeast was sweet to go along with it, surprised that a lot of other people do not think too highly of this one, diverse and complex beer overall
Body was full and pretty damn thick but the high level of carbonation threw me off, taste lasted long as well, sweet and chewy mouthfeel
Could have drank a few glasses of this before the sweetness got the best of me, alcohol is pretty high at eight and a half percent, fairly heavy on the stomach, although taste is diverse enough to keep you coming back for more
Have been trying to drink this since it came out pretty much, could not afford unless I went to the event and that was the main reason why I made the trek down here to Escondido, highly recommended to anybody who gets a chance to try it, one of the better VE brews, would love to have again some time in the future
01-29-2008 08:03:32 | More by Floydster
3.68/5 rDev -5.9%
On draft at the Stone Storm
Appearance is a murky orange/amber hue, thin layer of dense bubbles dissipates to a ring, minimal lacing
Smell is dark fruits, big raisins, sweet malts, and alcohol
Taste is moderate raisins and dark cherries, figs, some floral hops and spices, moderate alcohol presence, finished sweet
Mouthfeel is full-bodied, rich and chewy texture, lively carbonation
Drinkability is fair, I found the flavors somewhat lacking but this was a decent Belgian overall, this was pretty hyped up at the event, so my disappointment may be a result of too high expectations, I'd try it again in the future
01-29-2008 07:54:06 | More by Stoneman78
4.38/5 rDev +12%
Had this one at the FUNKY beer tasting at Barcade.
My first impression is that this beer has held up remarkably well. It is now 4.5 years old at this stage, and it tastes great. I really would have liked to see how it tasted fresh.
My sample had plenty of brown sugar notes and some spice. It tastes like an interesting/complex hoppy supercharged American Brown ale brewed with some Belgian yeast.
Cheers to Stone Brewing Co and their Epic series - it really introduced a lot of folks to a whole new spectrum of beers.
08-26-2007 13:30:32 | More by Sixpoint
4.4/5 rDev +12.5%
When I first saw this beer back in March 2003 I thought...
"Cool! That's my birthday!"
I bought three bottles, drank one right away, set one aside for 12.12.12, I decided I would drink the other one on my 33rd birthday.
So here we are, part of me wanted to hold onto this, trade it, but heck... I had to stick with my original intention.
So at 3:03:03 PM on March 3, 2007, my 33rd birthday, I popped the top off the bottle and poured into my Duvel tulip glass. (I thought about this too much!)
Onto the review...
Beer pours a bright clear brown color, carbonation is still strong, and the head looks great on this one.
Aromas are a bit sour, like a sour apple. There are also some sweet candied fruit smells.
Flavors have really muted and aged pretty nicely. There is a sour taste on the front, and then the beer settles into a creamy malty backbone. The finish is tart, crisp, spicy, and like candied apples.
Mouthfeel is quite nice, the carbonation is still quite strong.
This is a very interesting beer at this point. I remember it being more spicy when I tasted it 4+ years ago. Now it is much smoother, and subtle. It will be really interesting to taste again in 5+ years. It's actually a very drinkable beer at this point, and I am going to savor the rest of this bottle. More kudos to Stone!
03-03-2007 23:21:25 | More by flexabull
Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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