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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 782   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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In this year’s 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
fiulijn (15693) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2009
Hazy copper color; compact head, big. Herbal aroma (rosemary, heather…). Good body, sweetish malt, a bit herbal too. Peculiar, but not special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14669) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2009 Bottle. Pours a clear, golden body under a small white head. Quite lovely sweet, spiced aroma with ginger and cardamom. Fruity too, with citrus pee notes. Sweet, spiced flavor, with the same spices found in the aroma. Nice fruity and citrusy flavor too, with a decent hoppy bitterness and maybe too much alcohol, at least for a 8.4% ABV beer. Herbal towards the finish. Medium mouthfeel with a little warming feeling. For my likings, the alcohol is a bit too evident, and there’s also too much emphasis on the ginger, making it demanding to drink more than a small glass. Nice though. Rating: 7-4-7-3-14-3.5. (080811)

It pours a clear, golden body with a small, white head. Spiced, sweet nose with a touch of honey. Sweet, caramel flavor with cardamom and elderberry. Full-bodied. A quite nice one, but it still feels a bit ordinary. (081229)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (14460) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2010 Bottle at LCRBM3. Spicy, cinnamon, no real body or malts at all. Almost like liquid sick (apparently). Bit disappointing. Too much candy sugar. 2.5/5. Re-rate Bottle at ChrisO "I’m Trying to see the Stool" pre GBBF2010 tasting. Amber, hazy, lasting beige head. Sweet toffee, very sweet. Bit of decent yeast and tangerine citrus flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (14366) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Draught at Churchkey. Pretty decent ale with light spice and medium body, interesting, but not very complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14013) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2007
Bottle at Oliver Twist. Clear amber - white head. Aroma: Spices, ginger, caramel. Taste: Spices, light honey notes, yeasty, cardamom, ginger, fruity, light citrus. Very pleasant and nice !!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (13358) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 30, 2007
Bottled@Oliver Twist
Clear copper-orange color, small mostly vanishing head. Spicey nose: ginger, orange peels, clove and cardamon. Par the flavor: citrusy, a bit bready, lots of different spices. Liquerish palate, quite sweet. Propably gets better after ageing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (13132) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 16, 2007
Hazy vibrant amber. Very spicy nose - ginger, ginseng, star anise. On the palate it’s all about caramelly malt and light spice. The finish is slightly chewy and a little bit toasty. Not sure about aging it, but it’s a pleasing Belgian-style brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (12154) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
A: Got one of the first pours off the cask. Beautiful yellow/pale golden color, very little head. S: Very floral, spice, some fruits (but not as much as many other Belgian ales), and that familiar yeasty character. T: This is quite sweet and fruity (particularly oranges) with a mild spice and yeast flavor to it. Not too much in the way of hops. M: Medium body, not a ton of carbonation (obviously, being on cask). D: Would have enjoyed drinking from the cask all afternoon, but I was driving.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2008
(Bottle) Pours a lightly hazy orange body with a small off-white head. Aroma of orange/grapefruit peel, coriander, peach, apricot, ginger, and clove. Flavor of orange peel, yeast, coriander, light ginger, cardamom, grass, and other herbs. Age has probably done this one some good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11901) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Strong ginger, cardamon, citrus aromas. Almost burns the nostrils. Golden amber color with a beige head that actually lasts awhile. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation. The first impression is ginger. The second impression is ginger. Thinking about this, there is some pale or caramel hop flavor. There’s even some hop bitter. However, the ginger is helping clear the sinus. Reminds of Blandford Fly.

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