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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

(view ratings)
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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Dawkins

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

09-21-2013 04:13:50 | More by Dawkins
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CityofBals

Illinois

2/5  rDev -48.8%

09-12-2013 19:06:04 | More by CityofBals
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

08-18-2013 23:36:58 | More by TXhomebrewer
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JTomczak

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

08-13-2013 18:37:39 | More by JTomczak
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kscaldef

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

08-13-2013 16:44:23 | More by kscaldef
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

08-07-2013 02:40:01 | More by tommyguz
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moonknight31

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-17-2013 01:31:52 | More by pathman
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

07-08-2013 04:42:11 | More by WOLFGANG
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ebrifan

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

07-06-2013 06:07:52 | More by ebrifan
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dmsohyea

California

3/5  rDev -23.3%

07-03-2013 23:33:17 | More by dmsohyea
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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%

06-23-2013 13:54:43 | More by Geuzedad
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

06-21-2013 16:21:46 | More by DWolf
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

05-21-2013 02:19:13 | More by SpdKilz
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ajzy

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -42.5%

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

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-12-2013 02:32:19 | More by koopa
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cadaugherty

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

05-07-2013 23:12:48 | More by cadaugherty
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2013 22:41:10 | More by mdaschaf
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robbrandes

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

04-03-2013 06:03:06 | More by robbrandes
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chippo33

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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

Illinois

3.01/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 15:39:14 | More by sweemzander
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spycow

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

03-09-2013 22:54:29 | More by spycow
Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.