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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

272 Ratings

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 93
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
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%

05-21-2013 02:19:13 | More by SpdKilz
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2.25/5  rDev -42.5%

05-18-2013 00:21:58 | More by ajzy
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

05-13-2013 22:26:06 | More by mikeincharleston
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-12-2013 02:32:19 | More by koopa
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

05-07-2013 23:12:48 | More by cadaugherty
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

04-29-2013 01:43:40 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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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.

04-08-2013 22:41:10 | More by mdaschaf
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

04-03-2013 06:03:06 | More by robbrandes
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

03-13-2013 23:14:20 | More by chippo33
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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.

03-12-2013 15:39:14 | More by sweemzander
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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

03-09-2013 22:54:29 | More by spycow
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

03-06-2013 03:59:57 | More by MasterSki
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

03-05-2013 05:34:09 | More by quetzal013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

03-04-2013 21:53:15 | More by bca115
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

02-25-2013 03:52:02 | More by BigLittleHokis
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-19-2013 03:54:12 | More by drummermattie02
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-16-2013 17:44:40 | More by MaseFace
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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

02-16-2013 17:34:47 | More by HopsMatt
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2.58/5  rDev -34%

22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter.

A: Pours a hazy dark amber color with some brown in the body. A thin, light tan head forms on the pour and recedes at a normal pace.

S: Dark fruit with a light over-cooked caramel. Some artificial chocolate notes, almost like a Tootsie Roll.

T: The taste really shows the oxidation, it wasn't that prevalent in the nose. Light paper, stale saltine crackers, medium sweetness and light Tootsie Roll.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. The carbonation saves this one form being a complete drain pour.

O: This one didn't stand up as well as the 02.02.02. It was alright, but it had an old artificial flavor to it that didn't sit well with me.

02-08-2013 03:31:12 | More by Treebs
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-07-2013 22:39:25 | More by DRTBrewster
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-25-2013 02:24:43 | More by WesM63
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-23-2013 22:27:10 | More by SPRichard
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2.79/5  rDev -28.6%

Consumed on January 20th, 2013 at a private Vertical Epic tasting.

Beer pours a clear, light caramel. No head forms but there is some carbonation visible in the glass.

The aroma is sweet: honey and cider notes.

Flavor is slightly oxidized with notes of tea, coriander and caramel. Moderately bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and slightly astringent.

This beer probably peaked a while before the tasting: not surprising, given its age.

01-21-2013 18:36:41 | More by charlzm
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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

01-20-2013 18:59:16 | More by orangesol
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3.89/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured into the Vertical Epic Glass.

Pours a dark brown bronze with yeast haze. The head is nearly white and low; pouring didn't generate much head.

Smells like unspiced raisin bread. There is a dark fruit presence, a bit pungent, with caramel. Smell isn't very strong.

Taste is medium in intensity. There is a very mild toasty character with vanilla and woody tea.

The tingle is light and it feels mildly tannic and lightly creamy.

01-20-2013 18:40:12 | More by Doppelbockulus
Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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