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RATINGS: 785   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (11380) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Bomber poured a clear copper with a small lingering off white head. Aromas of fruitiness, spice, carmel and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of fruitiness, pepper, carmel and spices with a crisp lingering sweet finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Clear copper color with medium fizzy white head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is spice, cloves with malty notes. Flavor is sweet and spicy. Dry finish, alcohol present.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale 22oz bomber Moderate pour in a chalice. Recent brewing, enjoyed 07/07 Poured a clear amber brown with a moderate fizzy mostly diminishing white head. Smelt of strong tutti frutti with moderate oranges, sweet cake, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, anise. Smells like a very sweet shiny sweet bread. Lots of fun spices happening here! Taste was upfront strong sweet bread and oranges and moderate bitter spices and caramel bread followed by more of the same, but with an accent on the bitter kick of spices. Palate was medium bodied, creamy and velvety, softly carbonated, lightly astringent and moderately alcoholic. Overall, this is a great beer to smell. Stone is having fun with this beer and it shows. A little rough looking and rough on the palate though. Not enough thick fluffy rocky belgian head and too viscous on the palate. Very interesting hybrid nonetheless!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 Pours a cloudy, copper color with a moderately full, creamy-rocky, white head; head diminishes after some time time to a small, consistant layer leaving good lacing. Nose is full of baking spices of nutmeg, ginger, and some clove as well. Other notes of citrus peel, pear, light yeast, and whisps of alcohol; interesting but lacking depth. Flavor is intersting as well but lacks the complexity of either of these Belgian styles. It is like a pie crust with noticable baking spices, nutmeg, ginger, and even some peppery notes to go with citrus peels (still hard to differentiate which ones) and light yeast esters, maybe even an apricot touch. Palate is lively, medium, and mostly dry with a creamy feel. Finishes with some hop bitterness, finally, and dry spice notes with lingering fruit notes. I really don’t even know whare to start with this one... It doesn’t really fit into either of the categories mentioned in the description, it’s more like a spiced light strong Belgian ale. Spicing is nice and does create a unique beer, but really could use some time to age to soften it up and create some more complexities. I have to applaud Stone for creating one creative piece of work, even if it’s not something I really liked. After about six months, this beer really smooths out and softens up a bit, but still not a whole lot of depth. Nice but not great and really starting to fit into spiced triple category.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Deep rich delicious golden Belgian very reminiscent of the Stone 040404. No banana but still the excellent Belgian tripple yeast, and instead of lime leaf you get a more mild broader fruity mix. Less coriander, but the mix of ginger and cardamom gives a similar sweetness. I previously said the Stone 040404 was the best beer I ever had, I think the Stone 070707 just beat it. Its going to be hard to resist drinking these.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip. This ale poured a golden color with a big, soapy head that slowy faded away. Some light lacing was left behind. The aroma of the beer was yeast, orange peel, and other spices. The smell seemed to mostly resemble a saison. The flavor was also very close to a saison. It was made up of bread, citrus, and mild spices. The flavor seemed to be thrown off a bit by the different citrus peels that were used during brewing. It started out almost cloyingly sweet, then turned grapefruity bitter, leaving a lasting confusing aftertaste on the tounge. The mouthfeel was medium to full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, I thought it was a decent ale. Hopefully the aging process will smooth out some of the rough edges.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 12, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 Like others have said, this might age well. I do not like the spicing, but I might have a low threshold for ginger. I do look forward to this in five years. The vertical epic series is a lot of fun anyhow.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Bottle from Bevmo. Clear medium gold with a decent white head, complex aroma is candy sweet with citrus and other fruit esters, spices with clove prominent. Flavor follows aroma with addition of some pilsner and belgian specialty malt characters. Yeast esters are balancing hops with a medium mouthfeel. Nice beer, will be looking fwd to opening bottles somewhere down the road.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - JUL 11, 2007
a hazy gold orange with a thin head and light lace. smells of sour fruity yeast with a light floral caramel scent to it. creamy body with crisp medium light carbonation. tastes of malty bread, coriander and spice, and pit fruit with a light orange honey flavor. beautifully balanced and so full flavored while being so mellow

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2613) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Bottle. A slightly hazed medium to dark golden color with a white head. The aroma has candy, Belgian spices, bubblegum, orange, and clove. Relatively thick lemon and pepper flavors with a yeasty and spiced finish. The malts make this a thicker and richer version of the two styles.


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