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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 788   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
In this yearís 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
portableparty (2263) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle from Tournament Liquor. Pours bright amber with a white soapy head that settles to a sudsy film and little lacing. Aroma has strong cardamon, ginger with hidden citrus that wants to come out, but the spice is too strong. Taste is somewhat different with the citrus being noticed along with spice of ginger and cardamon, there is some fruitiness to this along with some muted dulled hops and yeast. Palate is medium with holding decent carbonation and finishes dry. The spice is a little over the top for me and if it had been less could have been real nice. Still was fun to get a chance to try this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
deyholla (9631) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle shared by Tim, thanks! Pours a clear orange with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has ripe fruit with grass and a bit of musty grain. Flavor has notes of apple with a bit of grass and musty grain backing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (4698) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2013
tap at hopcat event. Amber with one finger head. Very fruity with lots of orange and citrus. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brigg (589) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2013
(bottle) Clear amber body with bubbles on the glass and a thin light beige head (disappearing). Aroma is medium spice (cardamom, nutmeg), caramel, fruit. Medium body, some carbonation. Flavor of crystal malt, honey--very sweet-- caramel, spice, hint of citrus zest, alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
22 oz bottle served in a branded glass at a tasting at Danís alongside the 2008 edition. Pours hazy copper with a moderate tan head that remains and leaves a small amount of lace. On the nose, there are complex spicy notes of cardamom, clove and nutmeg, along with citrus peel, honey, caramel and subtle hops. The flavour has a medium sweet base of caramel and brown sugar, along with complex and subtle herbal and spicy accents. On the palate, it is medium-full in body with a smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a beautiful Belgian style brew with complex malts paired with a huge herbal/spicy character. 2012-08-11

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter. A: Pours a hazy apricot color with a white head forming on the pour. Some splotches of lace are left down the glass. S: A ton of cardamom and citrus zest. Some fruity alcohol notes as well with just a touch of sweet toffee malt. T: Some candied grapefruits with a some spicy yeasty. A little bubblegum with some big cardamom notes. Light caramel malts. A ton of zest with bitter citrus peel. M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Spicy and zesty on the finish. O: Definitely one of the better ones of the nights, but I like cardamom and bitter zest. The beer was either liked or hated at the tasting mainly due to the cardamom. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
salvaticas (552) - - FEB 15, 2013
On tap. Amazingly strong pear aromas. Mild but intense fruity flavor. Really nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kerenmk (3804) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle sample at the Vertical Epic Tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours murky amber with white ring. Weird spicy aroma - marzipan, clove and faint citrus. Smooth, nectar-like texture, no fizz. full body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CanIHave4Beers (3875) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Pours an orange head with a good head.

The arom ais fruitcake, brand, some cardboard & sherry and mild cooking spice. Not really unpleasant or uninviting, enjoyable really... but not especially "delicious" smelling.

The flavor has some sherry, vanilla, a good dosing of warming alcohol and some muted spice. The beer is not especially sweet and has some hints of nuttiness.

Itís funny to read the beginning of the deScription... "In this yearís edition we took our inspiration from two Belgian styles: Saisons and Golden Triples." drinking this I would have had no clue that either of these styles were what was intended.... which is of course kind of cool.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Didnít do much for me, sort of flat, I think it was probably good younger but everything was sort of sweet and not that distinguishable.

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