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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

274 Ratings

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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 93
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

TXhomebrewer, Aug 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

JTomczak, Aug 13, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

kscaldef, Aug 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

tommyguz, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

moonknight31, Jul 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

pathman, Jul 17, 2013
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

WOLFGANG, Jul 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

ebrifan, Jul 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

dmsohyea, Jul 03, 2013
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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.

donkeyrunner, Jun 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Geuzedad, Jun 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

DWolf, Jun 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

SpdKilz, May 21, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -42.5%

ajzy, May 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

mikeincharleston, May 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

koopa, May 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

cadaugherty, May 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 29, 2013
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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.

mdaschaf, Apr 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

robbrandes, Apr 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
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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.

sweemzander, Mar 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
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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.

MasterSki, Mar 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

quetzal013, Mar 05, 2013
Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.