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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 790   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2007
Courtesy Dragonstout. Thanks Brian! Pours a slightly clear gold amber with a small white head. Smells fresh. Nice spices, nutmeg, coriander, and citrus fruit. Very saison-ish. The taste seemed very fresh as well. Definitely get a good dose of spices exploding on the tongue. The citrus and nutmeg make their presence known as well. Get a little orange peel somewhere in there. Pretty well balanced. Nice flavor. The aftertaste leaves a lite funk on the palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2007
Pours a yellow golden color with little to no head, but with plenty of carbonation racing from the bottom of the glass. This beer is completely see-thru, no sediment floating around. Smell is viny, and saison like. I get coriander, lemon zest, and some spice coming through as well. The mouthfeel is bubbly and it is very easy drinking. The cellaring potential on this one is huge. Canít wait to taste this gem at 1 year intervals.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2008 Re-Rate. Pours copper with a small foamy white head. Light, but very fruity aroma, with notes of banana, apricot, and grapefruit, with just a bit of spice. Flavor is very fruity, with semi-sweet grapefruit undertones, and mild orange mid-palate. Ginger upfront, a bit of a candy sugar like sweetness, with a tart and spicy finish. Palate is medium, dry, a bit spicy, and slightly tart with a fairly quick finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Poured a copper color with a small white head.Spicy and fruity aroma as wellas malt.The most overpowering flavor was the orange,with some hints of pepper.Not bad

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1659) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Pours a lot lighter than i was expecting. light copper with a very thin white head. Somewhat of a weizenbock aroma. bananas, clove spiciness, and also some candy sugar. flavor is very spicy. almost to the point of vegetable/spice category. also a heap of sweetness. some tartness too. definitely not my favorite stone or even their vertical epic but itís still decent. very fizzy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (13266) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hayden1215 (319) - 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.

   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!

   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 donít even know whare to start with this one... It doesnít really fit into either of the categories mentioned in the description, itís 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 itís 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.

   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.

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