xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale
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!
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 12, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUL 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - JUL 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
jazz88 (2605) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
demitriustown (1133) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber: Aroma is bubble gum, sweet light fruit, lemon, a lovely effervescence to this one, yeast, very floral scent overall. Pours a clear golden with a medium sized carbonated head that diminishes into a soapy white film. Taste is Fruity, spicy, with lemon and orange coming into the forefront. The palate has a strange tingle on the back of my tongue that I’ve never had with any other brew. Overall, Smells great, Looks alright, Taste is good and the palate is very nice.
rayg1 (584) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ok pours out a golden yellow with a white head that is thick but dissapears quickly. The aroma on this beer is amazing and a whole lot is going on. First I pick up that typical yeasty smell that all belgain ales give off then the slight funk of the saison kicks in. Next I’m met by the overall sweetness of the brew as well as spices and light fruit such as apricot or peach. Taste is yeasty at first the sweet with honey, a slight pepper-like taste, and then some citrus notes. All of this ends with the funky saison note that we all know and love! Man, this is my first experience with Vertical Epic ales and I must say its is a good one, don’t know if this will last until 2012 but I sure am pleased with it now.