Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3/5 rDev -23.3%
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.
06-30-2013 14:58:19 | More by donkeyrunner
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
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
Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.