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RATINGS: 786   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5685) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Bottle. Pretty amber pour. Nose is huge spice notes, peppery mostly, soft ginger, lemon tartness and flowers. Soft fruit notes as well. Taste is lemon-ginger soda with peppery spices, flowers, soft hops, and big Belgian yeast notes. Light malts and a soft bitterness throughout this one. Body is effervescent with a light-medium to medium feel. Finishes with more ginger and lemon, soft peppery spices, fresh cut flowers, Belgian yeast notes and mild malt flavors. Belgian Strong Ale, indeed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Aroma is yeasts, slightly nutty, and alcohol. Flavor is light alcohol, lemony sweet, and a candy-like fruitiness to it. Finish is spicey hops. Body is light, and a little bit of an oily feel in the finish as well. Some ageing would do this well. Maybe someday ill invest in a cellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Body is a foggy copper color, thin white head. Aroma is yeasty, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel. Taste is much like the aroma, very sweet, then with the spices. This one might actually be ok in 2012 because itís so sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 29, 2007
22oz bottle, courtesy of Schutzenliesel. Thanks, Tom! Pours a hazy, yellowish-orange color; off-white head that quickly fades. Brown sugar and chewy esters in the aroma, slightly dry and spicy. Medium-to-full, chewy mouthfeel: esters and plenty of warm spices (white pepper, coriander) and candy sugar; a bit too sweet right now, and unsettled; this should balance out with some age (one would hope). Lengthy, sugary and brown sugar finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6925) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Bomber. Pours succulent glowing amber with a huge fluffy thick white head. Enormous sugary nose; smells like candi sugar and white sugar both. Spicy lemon and honey notes in there too. They did their chores on this one! Nice bold attack with plenty of body and carb, though still clean and drinkable. Flavors are assertive at all times. All the lemon and honey and spice and sugar come through on the mid-palate, along with some mint. Peppery hop finish. This is dandy stuff. I think they should move this over to mainstream.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Bomber. Pours a beautifully clear orange, will a small head. Aroma of spices, clove, with a twist of lemon. Flavor is nicely complex, mild spice and orange right up front. Yeasty finish and more spices...subtle hint of cinnamon that lingers on the palate. Creamy mouthfeel with medium to high carbonation. Mild alcohol warmth. Excellent beer that gets better with every sip. Canít wait to try it again in a few years after it ages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2007
22oz - Aroma is very spicy with cinnamon, ginger, bubblegum and a citrus zing. Pours transparent gold with a medium head and good lacing. Flavor is tangy citrus (orange and grapefruit) followed by the spice and ending with a nice yeasty finish. Alcohol is hidden but warming. Palate is tart and tangy. Pretty tasty brew that reminds me of Pizza Ports SPF 45, which isnít a bad thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1737) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Bottle. Pours a deep pale orange body with nice head. Aroma is of spices - cinnamon, lemon, ripe pears, citrus, light ginger. A nice complex aroma. Flavor is of slight yeast, light perfume, spices. Can taste some of the orange peel - leads to an undertoned citrus feel to it. Nicely carbonated. Iím really impressed with this VE. Unlike than the other years Iíve tasted, I can see this one doing great with five years of cellaring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 28, 2007
22oz bottle. Goblet. Pours a brilliant orange amber, with light wisps of carbonation clinging to the glass. The aroma comes across intially sweet with candy sugar, pepper, wheat, clove, muscat grape, lemon, citrus zest-- a lot in there to ponder, as to be expected with these Epics. The initial sip bemoans a thin Tripel, wihich takes a unique, spicy, earthy twist, before finishing with alcohol warmth, sweetness, spice, and lingering, bitter tartness that hits the back of the throat. Good yeast... Fun beer- Should be even MORE fun in a year or two.. or 5(!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Itís kinda strange with Stone because as time has passed Iíve liked their beers less and less. Iíve had very low expectations for everything they make and expect it all to be overrated. I honestly enjoyed this one though. Clear orange with a moderate head, decent lacing and retention. Aroma is yeast, lighter and citric fruits, grass, spices, pepper, sugar. Medium bodied with a slightly sweet alcoholic (in a good way) finish. I was so worried this was going to be overly sweet, but itís not. Very drinkable and the first new Stone beer I enjoyed in a REALLY long time.

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