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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

273 Ratings

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Ratings: 273
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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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
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

01-16-2013 19:07:02 | More by Thorpe429
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-16-2013 19:03:42 | More by drabmuh
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-13-2013 23:35:54 | More by MordorMongo
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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
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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
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

01-08-2013 06:05:22 | More by codynevels
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

01-06-2013 18:50:03 | More by meltroha
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

01-01-2013 17:15:27 | More by bmoney
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-01-2013 16:03:07 | More by UltimateLivewire
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

12-31-2012 23:03:46 | More by Gonzoillini
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

22oz bottle poured into a Vertical Epic glass...didn't have the 02-02-02, so this is the first of the big vertical tasting.

A - Pours a hazy dark amber color full of fine floating sediment. Small head consisting of loose off-white foam. Sparse lacing is left on the glass.

S - Full malty aroma, caramel and toffee, slight astringency, fruity esters, brown sugar, and maybe a hint of root beer.

T - A bit of hop bitterness, toasted malt, some roasted malts also - roasty, grainy, a bit of coffee, a little spicy with some mild pepper aspects, earthy and dirtlike

M - Medium Body, medium carbonation. Sweet and caramelly, slightly sticky and mouth coating, touch of pepper bite on the finish.

O - Overall, this held up pretty well for a 10 year old bottle. Some oxidation is present, rich, sweet, and earthy. Nice!

12-30-2012 19:31:35 | More by portia99
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3.15/5  rDev -19.4%

Pours out a nice clear dark brown like really dark ice tea. 1/2 finger of offwhite suds that leave lacing around the glass.
Smell is corriander,malt,yeast burn and just a hint of the alcohol.
Taste is a little weak but I get the spice and the raisin bread right off. Goes into a boozy weak mess of malt and sugar.
Mouthfeel is a little hot but clean enough and the finish is just a tad sticky and again weak.
Overall this one didn't do too well. Stone rates low on this hyped swill.

12-29-2012 00:31:55 | More by peabody
Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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