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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 785   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (3795) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2013
22 oz bottle from Evergreen Discount into an over-sized wine glass. Amber and hazy with a small, dissipating head. The aroma is dark fruit, Belgian yeast, more fruity esters (citrus, tropical), caramel malts, herbs, spices and light alcohol. Similar flavor, smooth, complex and sweet. Medium body with a creamy feel, soft carbonation and a lingering finish. This has aged pretty well, probably my favorite of the series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Poured during a 06-10 VE tasting. Poured to NB globe. A: golden, autumnal with little bubbles. Excellent clarity. Can agitate a transient head. No lacing. S: Wow, complex beer here. Dominated by ginger, there can also be lemon peel, oak, mint, cardamom, other spice flavors. Very, very complex. Sweet. Further, the characteristics change and interweave as temp changes and beer breathes. So complex. T: Ginger, and again, complex. The spices in here almost taste like a mulled compilation. The yeast finally makes an appearence here with bananas, belgo yeastiness. Would like to try again, warmed. M: medium body with lower carbonation. Leaves mouth dry. D: This beer is a sipper for sure. I wouldnt be able to drink more than an 8 oz pour of this one. Definitely the most complex of the group. Serving type: bottle 02-22-2011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5269) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Here’s the second in my vertical, a bomber bought in Bloomington on release, dusty but anticipated. Nose beautiful golden malt with rich, sweet overripe fruit (plums, cherries, red berries, peaches) and the suggestion of a reduced sauce that contains some alcohol -- a polished olfactory glaze. Dark golden with orange and red highlights but ends up much closer to brown than golden, very fizzy soapy head that quickly works its weight off. Sharp taste, sweet but spicy, dries somewhat as it works its way across the tongue, the fruit mentioned above melding with generic yeast before receding and allowing the orange and lemon forward. Cardamom and ginger are very, very light, certainly exhibit no heat, but the spicy influence on the aftertaste is perhaps strongest of all (has light coriander and nutmeg undertones, as well, and they’re next to faint grapefruit rind). Thin but persistent bitterness, faint tang but clean and intentional. Weak malt underdeveloped and really underfocused, and the fullish mouthfeel is ruined by far too aggressive carbonation. I don’t mind the downtick in quality from the previous year’s release, as this is, after all, still quite drinkable, but the recipe clutters the palate and the yeast character here is decidedly inferior.

They were aiming for a Saison/Tripel hybrid and ended up with more of a hoppy imperialized Wit; not much of a difference, I guess, save for the spicy slapdashery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (4812) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Poured an orangish color from the bomber with aromas of light oranges, candi sugar, yeast and some esthers. Flavors follow suit, light banana in the aftertaste this beer held up well due to the age of the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reggiedunlop (3500) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Pours a clear amber/red with a thin off white head. Aroma is sweet and sligtly spicy...orangey...a bit like grand marnier. Flavor follows suit...very orangey and very reminiscent of grand marnier!...light hoppiness reminds of the inspiring tripel and saison but definitely more sweet and fruity. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a slightly earthy yet candied orange/grand marnier finish. Surprised at how this held up!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (3995) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClassyBeagle (374) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2198) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle sampled at RBSG. From notes. Orange citrus, lime and belgian yeast with a little caramel. Pretty good .

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