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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!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Ah, 777. This version pours a beautiful deep golden color w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Head retention is decent and leaves a full canopy with a thick lace. Actually the lacing dies off like the San Diego fog at high noon leaving clear skys. Aromas of malted spicey bitters from the Christmas era. Medium full nectar w/ soft and creamy residual effers. Well, itís definately of Belgian decent. Malty and spicey w/ accute peachpit bittering from start to finish. Funny, Iím expecting Santa to climb down my chimney any minute now. Very hoildayish. Nuances of pine sap, ginger, banana gum, clove, and, and, more spices. The finish is bittered well into the next holiday season and leaves plenty of spice on the palate to fill a spice rack. It has a sharp, biting, crispness and a dead rustic tart cola essence towards the end that is somewhat annoying. This brew is not balanced and I donít expect it to be since itís brewed to last some five years from now. Time in the bottle will prove beneficial as the bittering will surely fade to allow more nuances hidden within the malty caverns to reveal themselves. Overall: where are my presents ?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1349) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Pours a lighter amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of banana, lemon, nutmeg, corriander, and some yeast. Flavor is of nutmeg, cinnamon, corriander, lemon, and a little banana up front that finishes with some yeast, candied sugars, and some alcohol warming. A very delicious brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2007
hmmm. not an attractive beer by any means...the color is slightly hazy rose copper and the head disappears quickly. aroma of yeast and spice. Kind of tastes like a rip off of a saison i brewed 5 or so years ago...one of my first homebrews, i was quite proud of that beer...and this is similar.. Very floral yet very hot...This will actually age well, I believe . as the alcohol and malts mature and the floral hotness subsides, it will be interesting. Right now, the mouthfeel is slightly metallic and harsh, but i think that it will get creamier with age.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2007
22 oz. bottle - my first vertical jump onto the epic bus; pours clear and gold with a slowly fading white head; some lacing; aromas are sweet and very spicy; first taste comes off bitter and not very smooth; looking forward to aging the other two i picked up

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Beautiful orange gold . Quickly dissipating white head. aroma of pear, apple and spice.Smooth and slight bitter on the tongue. Flavors of fruit and belgian style yeast. Long complex finish. More like a saison slash tripel. Whatever excellent once again.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 22, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2007 another note (added a couple of days later) this beer is better straight from the fridge. My first tasting I let it open up for 10 or 15 minutes. Drink it cold, itís very nice This poured a peachy/apricot color with a large, quickly disappearing white head. The nose is of wheat and spices. The flavor is some candy, with spices. The finishes is very nice citric and spicey

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Poured a copperish color with an average white head but the head dissipated quickly and left the glass with beer that almost looked still. Aroma was really spicy and had a light alcohol to it. Flavor had a good amount of spiciness to it. I was expecting this to be very sweet for some reason but it actually wasnt that bad at all. A little dryer and this would be quite excellent.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - JUN 22, 2007
22 oz bottle: Pours a copper color with a thin , quickly disappearing head. No lacing in two glasses. The The aroma has hints of clove, spice and orange. The overall flavor is unexceptional unfortunately. Maybe itís too early to rate this since itís officially 07-07-07. Not the best Vertical in my opinion, possibly the weakest.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 22, 2007
apple juice looking body with a small white head that fades fast.the nose is of coriander,sage,cinnamon,hay,yeast,and pineapple.flavor is dusty hay,pineapple concentrate,black liquourice,and belgian candy.i must say the alcohol is not detectable at all.well....its different for sure.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2007
22oz bottle pours bright amber with a short offwhite head. Aromas of orange, pineapple, yeast, and some corriander. Flavor is orange, corriander, yeast, bread, and a touch of ginger. Good soft palate and the alcohol is covered well. Nice full flavor. A unique brew!


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