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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

271 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 93
Gots: 38 | 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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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-30-2013 13:54:38 | More by BuckTuckian
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours amber-brown with almost a finger of light khaki head that fades pretty quickly.

Smell. Raisins, caramel, a touch of cardboard and sweet dark fruits.

Taste. Raisins and a touch of sherry and cardboard, some caramel and light belgian yeast, and a bit of chocolate candy. Not nearly as oxidized as I would have expected.

Mouthfeel. On the lighter side of medium bodied, below medium carbonation.

Overall. A decent brew that I wouldn't have guessed is over 10 years old despite signs of oxidization.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 05:29:31 | More by Rutager
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ten year old Three set up with a mellow cognac color, light carbonation and a thin but billowing head.

The scent is all dates. The dates are hearty, fruity and robust. After a while I began to detect a soft buttery toffee.

The flavor is spicy with a peppery tone followed by a dry sherry. It's not overly diverse but very nice in its mellowness.

Speaking of mellow the feel is inordinately smooth with an expensive liquor like flow.

This was the last of the Vertical Epics I tasted at this event but found this old man to be easily the smoothest of the group.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 13:53:50 | More by KYGunner
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jkball01

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-14-2013 02:14:12 | More by jkball01
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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bum732

Lesotho

2.25/5  rDev -42.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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Illinois

2/5  rDev -48.8%

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TXhomebrewer

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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JTomczak

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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moonknight31

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-24-2013 05:40:21 | More by moonknight31
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pathman

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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ebrifan

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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dmsohyea

California

3/5  rDev -23.3%

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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 14:58:19 | More by donkeyrunner
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Geuzedad

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.