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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 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 (1834) - 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 (2566) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brianbuntz (49) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Pours deep reddish amber with light white head. Aroma of malt, yeast, apple, pear, citrus, and golden raisins. Sweet with nice body. The fruit and spice flavors are nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2007
This was fairly interesting. Orange colour with a nice tall white head. Clove, a few other spices, and a surprising hop aroma for the style. Lemon and coriander, slightly sweet with some belgian yeast tones. There is a noticeable hop presence that was welcome and complimented this beer nicely. A lot going on here and possibly one of my favourite VEís yet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9108) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2007 First smell makes me think Belgian tripel, first drink makes me think of some witbier and saison weirdness. Candy sugar, lemon zest, and some coriander and cardamom in the nose, sweet and spicy melons and pears as well. Flavor is sickly sweet melon fruit and coriander spice and ginger... quite good but it seems a bit too thick and sickly. A really good experiment I think. I wouldn’t mind drinking more of this, so along with 04 and 05 it’s one of my favorite VE recipes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 A blend between the Tripel and Saison styles as interpreted by Stone, a fairly complex bomber that kept me interested until the last sip. Reddish copper in the glass, but it looks more golden when being poured. Thin white film on top leaving some lacing, coupled with a steady carbonation. The aroma grows as the beer sits, abundant at first but more intense as it warms. Fresh flowers and lots of fruity aromas like peach and orange. Slightly yeasty and sugary as well. Medium-light body, very crisp and sweet on the tongue. The alcohol melds well and it almost feels like it evaporates in the finish. Flavor is an inviting blend of fruits, spices, malt and yeast. Sugary with light malt paired with some mild hops. Orange, lemon, peach and faint cherry flavors are mixed in. Real spicy like nutmeg, cinnamin, and perhaps some clove and ginger. This beer is fresh and it definately tastes fresh, itís already well blended. Delicate and very floral. Great now, not sure what years of cellaring will ultimately do to this fine treat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Bottle. Pours with a golden color and some haze. Aromas of dough, grapefruit and some caramel even. As it warms some more yeast aromas develop that are a little bit off, so deductions there. Flavors of Belgian yeast some spices, and some berries. Alcoholis well hidden, not sure it will stand up to 2012.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 26, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2012 Picked up 2 bottles recently, one for a tasting now, and the other for the recommended aging process. Lovely appearance on this one, great dark golden color and a decent vanilla head. Aroma is thick with the ginger and orange peel, along with yeast notes. Sweet initial flavor that slides into peppery spices and slight acidic tones of more ginger and grapefruit. Crisp and refreshing on the palate, with a nice alcoholic finish. I can imagine that this yearís edition will age very nicely. Iíll tuck away my other bottle for a few years, then come back to re-rate. Re-rate on 12.13.12 some noticeable oxidation has set in but the notes of ginger and citrus flavors are still evident. Still has a dry finish with good bitterness after 5 years. Very enjoyable, it will be missed.

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