IEBAILI (125) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours beautiful golden orange color, smellsof Belgian yeast, very fruity, subtle spice, tastes fruity, tons of orange peel, cidery, peach, slightly sweet, finish in almost completely dry, the apple-peach-orange-bitter orange peel flavor lasts, this beer seems to be all about the yeast, niether hops nor malt make a big impression. The body is medium-light, this beer is refreshing, it has none of the heaviness that some sweeter Belgian strong ales have. The alcohol is practically invisible. A little bit of tartness emphasizes the citrus flavors beautifully.
mjg74 (2491) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber(8.4%) from BevMo. Medium amber color upon pouring. Lightly sweet aroma with a bit of spice. Some yeastiness. Very smooth spiced flavors. A good earthy quality, somewhat saisonish. Full flavored. Very nice BSA. Well hidden alcohol.
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2013 6/20/2007: Stone Vertical Epic 07.07.07 pours a clear, bright copper color with a pretty thick, lasting, off-white head. The aroma is sweet with some tropical fruits and spice. The flavor begins with the same characteristics as the aroma (sweet, fruity, and lightly spicy) and then some additional complexities become noticeable including some candy flavor and sweetness, light bubblegum, delicate citrus, and quite a bit of ginger that lasts through the finish. The alcohol well masked in the flavor. This beer has a medium-light body and feels a lively on the palate. The flavors are pretty well balanced overall, but the ginger may be a bit heavy for some. Maybe that will fade out with time as the flavors continue to develop and meld together. However, this beer is still really good here and now in the present and should be experienced at least once while it is young and fresh!
22 oz bottle (8.4% alc/vol) shared by supa at the Junedale Beer Klub June "Ales of Summer" beer tasting. Rating #5 for this beer...
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7/06/2010: Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic... Aroma: Fuity pale malts; honey; ginger, weird spice (probably the cardamom). Appearance: Hazy marigold color; bubbly, modestly dense off-white to beige-colored head; averagle level of carbonation. Flavor: The ginger still dominates and is dampened only slightly by the cardamom; fleshy fruits; sweet malts; some bitterness in the finish; a bit of alcohol. Palate: Medium to medium-full; smooth and slightly syrupy. Overall: Just okay.
1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle (8.4% Alc/Vol). Score: 3.5
ironmanjt (3) - Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2007 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2nd day, and already the fourth rater. Carbonation is still quite noticeable, but almost a citrusy sweet flavour. Very light and perfect for the season.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2007 Bomber from MCAS Miramar Marine Mart : Hazy peach color with a small, fading off-white head. Sweet fruity and spicey aroma. Flavor starts tropical fruit sweet followed by a sharp spicey bite and a long dry citrus rind finish. Medium bodied and silky with lively carbonation. 8.4% ABV well hidden, but makes its presence known. Stone’s best vertical to date IMHO (however I missed the 02.02.02).
ChazMania (653) - Pasadena, California, USA - JUN 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2009 Feel honored to be the 2nd rater. I love Stone beer and have been drinking them regularly for 4 years. This has a much more Belgian tripple - Saison type thing going than any other Stone I have tasted. Maybe they made more of this style earlier and I did not have it.
It pours with a good 1 finger head and smells like a Saison, a little tart a little sour. Flavor is BIG like all Stone beers. If you gave this to me blind, I’d swear I was tasting a Belgian. Now, maybe I’m just lame, but this Vertical 05 and 06 did not seem this bright, light and saison like. Maybe my palate has changed and when I drank those 2 and 1 year ago I did not know a good Belgian.
Thankfully I have and 05 and and 06 and plan on having friends over to taste them with me.
Thanks Stone for always making HUGE beers. Now if you just made the 10th anniversary a regular offering, I’d be fat dumb and happy. (ok, maybe I’m already this).
Updated on 3/27/09 lowered from a 4 to a 3.5. This beer did not do well with time, at all.
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUN 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yes, first rater. Aroma is fruity and sweet, with yeast and. Flavor is quite nice, complex and easy going. Dark fruits, with a middle tartness, and a bitter, dry, and warming finish. Full bodied. Pours orangish-brown with a nice long-lasting creamy head. Nice one.