Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale

Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale

As with Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale, we are pleased to again make the full homebrewing recipe available on our blog. We used some pretty interesting ingredients this time around: 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 dubbel-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.

Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale Homebrew Recipe

March 3, 2003
Belgian Strong Ale
9%
48
Warrior & Centennial

Tasting Notes

Provided by
Mitch Steele
,
Brewmaster
Appearance
Brown, slightly hazy with sediment, creamy head
Aroma
Dried fruit, malt, bread, wheat, bananas, spice, coriander, grains of paradise, toffee, mild oxidation
Taste
Really malty, molasses and caramel, hints of coriander, trace of grains of paradise, candy sweetness, some sherry-aged notes, tart wheat, some oxidation
Palate
Creamy, smooth, lingering bitterness, finishes dry, medium-full body, good carbonation
Overall
Showing a little more oxidation, aged nicely and drinks well

Pairing Notes

Provided by
"Dr." Bill Sysak
,
Craft Beer Ambassador
Appetizers
Deviled eggs, five-spice roasted cashews, crab cakes, grilled portobellos
Soups
Cream of celery root, beef stew, French onion
Entrées
Pork chops, tofu burgers, grilled salmon, bratwurst
Desserts
Crèam brulée, bread pudding, butterscotch pecan cake
Cheeses
Aged Gouda, Idiazabal, Barinaga Ranch Baserri
Cigars
Don Pepín García Cuban Classic, Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial, Arturo Fuente Double Chateau Fuente Sun Grown