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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale - Red Wine Barrel



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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
Stone 070707 Vertical Epic Ale aged for a total of eight months in French and American Oak Red Wine Barrels. This barrel aging has added a whole new level of complexity and smoothness to the beer, and helps demonstrate the aging capability of the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Growler pour thanks to Dennis. Pour is amber with a small off white head. Aromas of spice, grapes, and sweet fruit. Flavor is candy, spice, oak, and finishing with huge wine flavors. There was almost a tanic, acidic characteristic in here. Awesome overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (899) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2009
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 9, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1169) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAR 29, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2009
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (7280) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 27, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2014 "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!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - FEB 6, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4952) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2009
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..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
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.

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