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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale - Red Wine Barrel



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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elihapa (1545) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - SEP 13, 2010
8/22/10 notes: 4oz sample at Stone 14th. Pours off-gold, quite clear. Good sharp aroma of grass, white pepper, dried pear. Body is light yet refined, finishing semi-dry. Flavor leads with some green grape, pear, and spicy herbs. Middle contributes pale malt sweetness, candy essence. Finish dries out palate, with flashes of bitterness and berries. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (7313) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Tap Takeover at Churchkey. Poured a clear light ruby color with a small, tiny white head. Aroma was sweet, spice, and red wine. Flavor was smooth red wine - aged quite well. Flavor was very subtle, notes of spices with wine. The wine flavor lasts well past the rest of the finish. Fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2010
On tap at Rattle N Hum during their Stone event. Pours a hazy and murky orange with a thin white to beige head. Spicy, light funk (really would love to see a version of this made into a true sour), nice tannins and wood, orange peels. Big yeast, a bit of alcohol, lots of wood. Very interesting, nice Belgian yeast characteristics, bananas and tannins, red wine. Finishes lightly bitter with some more yeast and nice spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
zdk (1870) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Tap at RnH for Stone tap takeover: vineous very sweet extra fruity a bit more subdued fizzy carbonation. apple juice and grape blend with some boozey finish pretty tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14079) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Tap at the Bistro BA fest. Pours hazy amber. Aroma is herby/vinous/oaky. Med minus body. And the herb is interesting. Quite amazingly tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (2869) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2015
Draft 6 oz pour at the Brouwers Big Wood. Reddish orange pour with a thin oily head. Big wine barrel presence coming through here. Floral. Rose finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5500) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Growler pour courtesy of JW77. Pours copper with gold edges and thin white head. The aroma is spiced red apple, yeasty spice and other softer smoother blended spices. The flavor starts off a lot like the aroma with solid spiced ripe red apple wedges and then moving into solid white wine notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Serving: Draft. Appearance: Light amber with touches of yellow and a foamy, white head. Decent head retention and great lacing. Aroma: Oak, red wine, almost a note of whisky, alcohol, light cola notes. Unusual but nice. Flavor: Light, tart fruit note, oak, big alcohol notes, floral and a little soap as well. Light lemon notes emerge as the beer warms. I am surprised the ABV is that low. I would have guessed much higher. Palate: Medium-low carbonation with a medium mouthfeel and a big, boozy finish. Overall: This is a huge beer that manages great balance despite a higher alcohol content. Still, the alcohol could be hidden a little better. It is deceptively drinkable. Seek this one out. It is definitely worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 17, 2009
On tap at Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach. Lovely looking beer with amber color and slight head with good lacing. Aroma has faint traces of the red wine barrel aging, but more of malts and spices. Taste is awesome with good balance between the original 07.07.07 Vertical epic and the red wine aging. Very easy to drink and very tasty. A lovely blend of two worlds and as the description says, it truly "helps demonstrate the aging capability of the beer."

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