dalekliz (810) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Stone. Pours a hazy brown-amber with no head. Sharp and sweet aroma, with a lot of fruit, grapes, and malt. Taste is sharp and fruity, lots of wine, with wood, citrus, pine, and sugar. Lingering sharp fruitiness. Tasty.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this at EBF 08 and well while any chance of notes are more or less gone all i can tell you was this was a pretty darn good offering with nice vinous hints and oak accents highlighting the fruity spicy base brew. 3.8
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a nice cream colored head. Banana, yeast aroma with spice and light fruit. Red wine flavor with yeast, spice, and light malt. Medium bodied. Wine, yeast, spice, and light banana lingers. Wine adds a nice fruitiness.
JoeTheYounger (1113) - Claremont, California, USA - MAR 29, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber color with minimal head around the rim of the glass. Kind of soapy smelling with a hint of musty belgian yest. Very good beer with hints of oak and red wine taste and a little dry finish. I love 7.7.7 and when you throw it in the red wine barrels it just adds more complexity to it.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
BCTC, man is this good. Just the right amount of barrel and wine. Dry and grape skin flavors with alcohol present. Better than the regular 07.
slowrunner77 (186) - reno, Alabama, USA - FEB 27, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
"WOW!!! This was arguably best in show at the 2009 Stone Winter Storm. One of the most delicious and complex beers I’ve ever had. Great mix of oak, sweet, yeast, and hops in the nose and flavor. Perfect body, and a lingering finish...and it ran out fast!"
nbutler11 (1262) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Winter Storm ’09. Had this next to the standard ’07 and they were tough to differentiate. Aging this in red wine seems like a natural progression, as it brings out the grapes in the beer while mellowing out the flavors and creating a cleaner mouthfeel. Nice.
JohnnyJ (3907) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The wine barrel did a lot to this one. Pours a golden color with red hue. lots of fruit, cherries, grapes, banana, and spice. Hints of oak and funkiness. I get this weird flavor almost like mint, I don’t know what that is, I think my taste buds are tricking me. Very strange brew..
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the bistro, first day of Winter Storm 09. Pours a cloudy deep orange color with practically no head. The aroma is dominated by oaky red wine, but there is some under ripe fruits and spiciness there as well. Flavor is again lots of wood and wine. Pleasantly sour berries, a bit spicy, long lasting pungent funkiness. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Pretty unique and way better than the standard version IMO.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance is a murky light orange hue, minimal head dissipates, minimal lacing
Smell is sweet and tart fruits, red wine and oaken wood, light fruits and alcohol
Taste is sweet fruits along with dry red wine and oak from the barrels, green apples, pears, and raisins in the background, finishes tart and dry, overall very wine-like but pleasant and unique
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery texture, lively carbonation
Drinkability is good, this is an interesting variation on the Vertical Epic style that has definitely been imbued with a good deal of wine character, borders on a sour ale, the sweet and dry mixture is both unique and refreshing, but probably better enjoyed only in small quantities