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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale

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RATINGS: 780   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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In this year’s edition we took our inspiration from two Belgian styles: Saisons and Golden Triples. As such, the Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic has a deep, deep golden hue and the flavor is spicy, fruity, complex and refreshing. We used four different malts, and a subtle, yet distinct, blend of Glacier and Crystal hops to get just the right balance. Then, for the complexity, we added in some exotic spices --- including ginger, cardamom, grapefruit peel, lemon peel and orange peel (the latter three acknowledging our Southern California home) --- and a special Belgian yeast strain. All in all this is yet another case of us drawing from classic Belgian influences and cavalierly making it our own...San Diego style!


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnemonic21 (20) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2013
On tap at Lord Hobo - guess they aged a keg of this bad boy - woody, grape, Belgian yeasty nose; dark hue with consistent lacing; body coats tongue with red wine, brown sugar; tannins sit in the back and the flavor lasts. This aged well. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (3168) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2013
22 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a lighter gold. Semi-hazy. White head of foam. Good retention. Aroma is sweet esters with some fruitier notes coming through. Taste is belgian candi sugar sweetness. Dry finish. Medium carbonation with plenty of body. This one has held up very nicely.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - OCT 31, 2013
FROM NOTES: July 3. ’12 Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a stone pint glass. A: Simple straight-forward nose with apple spice notes, like a cider. A: Pours an orange color with a 3-fingers head. Dissipates slowly. T: Follows the nose, for the most part, with apple spice flavors. A mild alcohol burn presents towards the finish. P: Medium body with heavy carbonation and a little alcohol burn. O: A spiced apple beer. Not ultra-exciting, but not terrible. Will try again in December ’12.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (1906) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Maize pour into a tulip, with a fluffy if ephemeral white head. Candied oranges and a bit of spice in the aroma. Flavor gently sweet, again the citrus, pepper, booze, honey. A bit of heat. On the positive side, this has held up just fine for six years -- which was an important criterion for a midpoint of the 12.12.12 series. On the negative side, there’s no great complexity here; ultimately it’s not anything more than another straightforward American tripel. I could drink New Belgium if this was what I was looking for.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2511) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle sampled at RBSG. From notes. Orange citrus, lime and belgian yeast with a little caramel. Pretty good .

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (900) - Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Extra from Eric way back when. Thanks! A: Light copper-red color with a thin ring of head. Some sediment floating in the glass. N: Ginger comes through very clear. Orange is also present. Hints of lavender, peppercorn, some malt and whiskey, and cola. T: Nicely sweetened with ample citrus flavor. Slight oxidation. M: Light and well-carbonated. O: Still very aromatic, and this was actually one of the favorites of the tasting amongst non beer geeks. Definitely would drink this one soon.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheHOFF43 (1758) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Pours a clear orange, minimal head. Citrus hop aroma, lots of grapefruit, some lemon taste. Not really sure about this, but it wasn’t bad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (6829) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bomber at RBSG. Rich orange/yellow pour. White frothy head. White wine grapes. Spritzy. Awesome.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle. Clear peach colored pour, plenty of carbonation, light lemony hop aroma. Flavor is heavy cardamom and grapefruit with a sweet and and artificial lemon aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Pours a hazy orange, smells tropical and pruny. Tastes like pineapple and orange juice. Punchy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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