Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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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
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
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
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
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
3.26/5 rDev -16.6%
A. Poured into my VE glass, this brew pours a murky brown with some caramel tones.
S. The aroma has some very woody natural tones, some brown sugar, and light dark chocolate.
T. The flavor follow suite, but with more chocolate, and a lack of belgium yeasty tones.
Mf. Mf is a little on the thin side and carbination is light.
Overall, not bad, but I expected bigger from a bsda
01-19-2013 01:21:06 | More by TKEbeerman
District of Columbia
3.43/5 rDev -12.3%
22 oz bottle.
Pours clearish muddy amber with a trace ring of tan, clear bubbles. Smells old; toffee, caramel, dark fruit, paper. Flavor of caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, brown sugar, plum, raisin and cardboard. Syrupy medium thick body with minimal carbonation. Still a little boozy in the finish. Old, but a nice experience.
01-13-2013 18:34:12 | More by yourefragile
District of Columbia
3.69/5 rDev -5.6%
Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing.
The beer is copper hued with a thin tan head that quickly fades. Pockets of bubbles evident throughout the glass. The aroma offers malt, citrus, booze. Notable signs of age. Toffee and caramel flavors. Light sweetness, with butterscotch candy and caramel chews. Fairly light in body with moderate carbonation. Pretty good.
01-12-2013 20:38:46 | More by Huhzubendah
3.4/5 rDev -13%
On-tap at Churchkey.
The beer is served a brownish yellow color with about a finger of head that is retained and laces well. It smells boozy with some malty caramel, and figs. The taste has dark fruits up front, but the booze comes quickly, and some roasted malt finishes it off. The booze is slightly offensive and takes the beer over. It's slightly under-carbonated and the drinkability isn't that great. This didn't wow me. I think it might be a bit too old.
01-06-2013 23:05:06 | More by russwbeck
Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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