jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
Zeswaft (1533) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Ratman197 (12166) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
hayden1215 (319) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
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 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.
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.