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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 777   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sloth (2494) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Bomber enjoyed on 07/07/07. Head is medium statured, sorta fizzy with a fair retention that settles into a thin whispy covering. Lacing is minimal at best. Lightly hazy, light copper hued ale, nice appearence. Nose is pleasent, invitingly fruity, lightly tropical, pineapple, mango and just juicey, some caramel malts backin,em up. Body is med/light fairly slick and oily on the palate, coating. Sorry, i,m a Stoner, juicey, spiceyflavors, citrusy, lemony, sweet malts, light breadyness, Peppery, a bit tart and just a juicey fruity sumbitch. Finish is medium sweet and fruity. I think this one will age well. Just another highly enjoyable VE from our boys at Stone. Many, many thanks to dirty_martini for hookin me up with this bomber! You rock bro! Lookin forward to aging a few of these.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6051) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Bottle and served in my Stone IRS snifter: A clean golden hue topped by a big fluffy white head and very good lacing. The aroma has notes of sugar cane, wild mountain honey, sweet bread malts, Special B, ginger, cardamom, light orange zest, massive classic Belgian yeast esters, and a hint of dirty cave funk. Noticable phenoilc activity which is common for a young big beer.

The taste starts with an extreme sweetness with an equal extreme spice overtone. A beautiful hint of what appears to taste like kaffir lime shows in and around the tongue. A BSA on roids without a doubt, I am really feeling stoopid now. Whatever hops are in the mix are punch drunk and sent to the corner to cry. If this was bottle conditioned I could see this beer becoming a great work of art, but alas I donít see the balance improving any time soon. In the end the sugary nature of the brew becomes just too much to handle, oh it is also just too hot and boozy at this time. I will give credit where due for this is a indeed a mix of spiced imbued Saison and Trippel sugar smack down and yeast overtones in full force.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (884) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 7, 2007
I smell orange peel, lacquer (less unpleasant than other settings) & cotton candy. clear orangeish gold with ephemeral head flavor of apricots, caramel, alcohol & lemon. quickly warming, slightly sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Bomber, consumed on 07.07.07. Pours an orange-tinted gold with sizeable ivory head. The aroma has banana, corriander, lemon, and up to this point Iím thinking it resembles a tripel; then come notes of bread, ginger, honey, caramel, citrus, and herbal tea. The flavor is very spicy up front; cardamom is wailing on my palate almost immediately, and never goes away. Banana and various citrus flavors come out afterwards, along with a sort of dark sweetness. Some tart woody tones emerge, too (cedarlike, but not as fruity), and some light leather tones come further toward the finish. The finish itself is very spicy, with some more yeasty spiciness mixed in. This would be a pretty good brew if the cardamom were less overwhelming. Perhaps by 2012 it will mellow out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7147) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Bottled, thanks Ron! Poured a clear medium caramel with lots of rising carbonation and a white head that settles rather quickly. The aroma was powerfully spicy with white pepper and cloves representing.. some citrus zest as well.. there is some sweetness beneath, perhaps banana and toffee-based, but itís down there deep. Lightly-toasted banana sweetness with some grapefruit meat at the flavorís core.. surrounded by more than ample spices (lemon and grapefruit zest, white pepper, and cardamom among others).. very long, spicy finish. Heavier-bodied with a decent flow (bit syrupy at times).. bit too heavy on the spices. Solid overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Bottle: Poured a hazy orange gold in color with a big white head. Aroma, spices, yeast, bready malts. Flavor, yeasty, cloves and other spices, bready chewy palate. I thought it was a bit over spiced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2007
22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquor - Pours a clear amber color with a one and a half finger thick off white head. Light carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma is light yeast, banana, esters, and spice. Flavor is sweet malt, banana, and spice. Has a slight lingering cloy aftertaste. Medium body. Alcohol is noticeable. A good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kevin (2085) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 7, 2007
bottle. pours an effervescent orangetan with a whitish head that rings and lasts. sweet lemon peel nose with a candy wurthers original note to it. spices are apparent from the get go, not sure if that is from the yeast or the added actual spices. oh yeah, the ginger and multiple peels are noticeable. too sweet, without enough to balance. alcohol dries up a bit of it in the finish, butleaves a soapy grapefruit taste i donít care for. reminds me of saison avery did. this is not one i would look for on a regular basis, maybe it will improve with time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LinusStick (2860) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2007
My first Vertical Epic. Kind of wierd. Aroma of ginger and other spices. Pour was a cloudy orange with a one finger white head. Taste was thick and chewy...yeast and ginger are stongly in the fore. Caramel and malt with a sugary sweetness come out as it warms. Aftertaste of tingly spice and orange.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Pours light amber, tall fluffy head, nose is full of candy, light fruits, banana, white sugar, and more candy. Flavor is not like the nose, wishing it was. Ginger right off the bat, orange peel, hoppy, and achohol bite toward the end. Mouth feel was a bit sharp and seemingly carbonated, didnt smooth out with room temp. But I would drink it again, still a damn good brew from stone.

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