Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.03/5 rDev +3.1%
Review date 12.12.12
Celebrating the 10 year Vertical Epic Series
P: Two-tone hazy brown and tan with translucent top and bottom with sediment floating. Creamy head that leaves delicate spider webs around the glass.
S: Molasses, candied plums, chocolate, bread, bananas, clove, coriander, toffee, wheat and oxidation on the rather boozy aroma.
T/M: Super malty, molasses, big time toffee, fruity, buttery herbs, sweetness backed by wood, white pepper, candy sweetness followed by aged cherries. Silky body that is smooth and finishes dry with surprisingly good level of carbonation.
O: Totally surprised by how well this aged. A beer that is 10 years old and shows a little oxidation but nothing like I expected. Stone has done a fantastic job of brewing a beer that will last. Great beer that come across more as a dubbel.
12-23-2012 18:47:20 | More by Hopswagger
3.53/5 rDev -9.7%
1658th Review on BA
Bottle to VE Glass
Split with StarRaptor, Callmecoon & Smarcoly
App- A nice darker brown pour with a bit of weight behind it. The head was okay on a more strong pour. I tried a gentle pour and only got a bit of bubbles. Scotty got a bit more froth and pull apart bubbles. The cling was just okay and maybe a couple lines.
Smell- This was pretty decent for as old as it was. Nothing oxidized but still a bit yeasty and flat with a bit of strong spiced malts behind it. A little bit like an older Our Special Ale from Anchor. Just lost a bit of pop behind it.
Taste- I enjoyed it for what it was. A bit of a darker beer with a bit more bread behind it than malts and spices. The normal BSDA was gone but this retained a more fluffy wheat note with some spice.
Mouth- A bit of a lighter medium body with a fairly fluffy medium carbonation. A bit thick and dull on the residual flavors of wheat, spice and yeast.
Drink- Well I had been saving this for a few years and thanks to Siggy125 for the hookup on this one a while back. No oxidation, just a bit old and lackluster. Still flavorful, but no drain pour.
12-17-2012 16:26:05 | More by FosterJM
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
3.8/5 rDev -2.8%
030303 - consumed 121212
appearance: served in my great lakes chalice, muddy amber-mahogany body, still carbonated and revealing a nice tan ring
smell: toffee, holiday spiced bread, caramel malt
taste: I dunno - this held up better than I anticipated - clearly in the vein of the belgian dubbel style - sure, there is that permeating stale-hop presence, but this is almost 10 years old. toffee, caramel, stale pumpernickel, raisin, dried fruit
mouthfeel: still decently carbonated, slick medium body
overall: exceeded expectations, DUE TO AGE
12-14-2012 03:28:17 | More by dirtylou
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
3.83/5 rDev -2%
On-tap for Lord Hobo's Vertical Epic Night. Part of Flight "A" (03, 04, 05). 5oz serving served in a flight glass.
A- Appears an amber that is slightly on the darker side with fairly minimal carbonation and head.
S- Lots of peppers, spices, candied sugars, light dark fruits. Smells like a Belgian Dubbel only very spicey. Decently aromatic and fairly flavorful except dominated a little bit too much by the spices at this point.
T- Peppery kick to it although not as much as in the aroma, some dark fruits, plums, a little bit sugary, fairly sweet and a little bit malty.
M- Medium bodied, low carbonation, smooth, easy to drink.
O- This beer seemed to hold up decently well after 9 years. I imagine it was better fresh and has probably fallen off a little bit, but it still tasted nice. It was definitely dominated a little bit too much by the peppery spices (Aligator Pepper) but other then that it was very nice. It had a nice sweet aspect to it that made it easy to drink. It definitely wasn't my favorite of the series but it was definitely interesting to try.
12-13-2012 01:55:34 | More by jaasen64
3.58/5 rDev -8.4%
On tap at Alewife Queens for their VE event. Served as part of a flight.
2003 Vertical Epic pours a fairly clear amber, with a good amount of lacing despite the fairly wispy head. The nose is barely there, but with some effort toffee and dried fruit aromas are appreciable. The flavor opens up a bit, with toffee being joined by a bready maltiness. Sherry and fig notes mingle next, before a delicate pepper finish. The close does seem a bit abrupt though. The mouthfeel is a bit flabby, slightly chewy and under carbonated. It's not amazing, but I'm pleasantly surprised by how well the second entry in the Vertical Epic series has held up.
12-12-2012 19:32:26 | More by axeman9182
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours copper to amber in color with some tan hues. Little head to speak of.
Lots of cherry in the nose with some toffee.
More toffee in the middle of the taste. Initially there is a medium body and some cherry. Little hops if any. Not picking up any warrior or centennial. Some residual sweetness but finishes fairly dry.
I am impressed with how well this has held up. No off flavors or really any flaws in my mind.
12-11-2012 01:23:09 | More by stewart124
3.5/5 rDev -10.5%
Opened tonight by Michael, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid dark brown with a bubbly off white head that shows great retention. Smells of dark sugar, caramel and some hints of chocolate and dark dried fruits. The flavor is what I expected it would be based on the nose. Lots of caramel and dark sugars with a muted but present raisin and dried sweet cherry flavor. Spicy wheat and yeast flavors round out the palette. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a lightly sweet mouthfeel. I am glad I got the opportunity to try this one, but I really wish I had tried it sooner. There's really nothing wrong with this beer, but it feels a bit past its prime.
12-09-2012 04:09:44 | More by johnnnniee
Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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