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RATINGS: 790   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (11897) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2011
cloudy orange, small white head. dry malty, spicy aroma. well balanced. hint of mustard? flavor is spicy, fruity, dry.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Do I have the patience to wait five years for the second bottle? Probably not. Both bottles from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville. Pours a light amber with small head and minimal lacing. Yeasty aroma, but sadly it takes on the character of that fruit cocktail crap from elementary school. Taste is very strong pineapple with some background spice. I’m not loving this. Guess that will make it easier to wait 5 years!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DSG (11399) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Hazy deep orange. Malty aroma with oxidation, honey, some fruitiness (a bit of orange peels)m some spiciness and a bit of alcohol. Sweet malty flavor, oxidized, honey-ish and spicy with some fruitiness, finishes spicy and alcoholic. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11327) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2011
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense off white head. ARoma of ginger, sweetness, flowers. flavour is all about ginger. flowers, light liqourice and some herbs. Medium bodied. Sweet and spicy end. Quite pleasant. Thx santa for this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11196) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
22oz bottle. Filling in the Vertical Epics I have not rated (had this during a full 020202 - 121212 vertical). Orangish in color with a small sized head. Citrus, rinds, fruity, and spices.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (10891) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2008
Spicey yeast aroma is great. Cloudy yellow with substantial lace. Orange, pineapple, and malty, ginger, cloves, and much sweet finish.Smooth drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 07/14/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, O-Town Throwdown

clear dark gold, wispy off white head rouses up big and creamy to leave drippy lace, big spicy aroma with lots of sharp ginger, big body, big sweet malt flavor, big bready yeast character, lots of spicy balance, needs a bit of age for the sweetness to mellow and blend with the spices,
-------- /> Date: 08/12/2007
Mode: bottle
Source: roadtrip

sweet bright ginger and cinamon aroma, lots of sharp spicy ginger flavor, lots of thick bready sweetness that gets to be a bit much after a while but balanced by the spices, tasty for a sweet sticky mess, no telling what age will do to this beer

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (10840) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Shared at Cigar City by?? Not sure. It was really good until I tasted the red wine barrel version!! Very yeasty and spicy with some plantain and a bit too much honey/sugar flavors. Not bad, but not amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Bottle... O-Town Throwdown Part Deux... Clear, light amber ale with a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Nice, but odd, herbal aroma offers up notes of lavender, clove and pale grains. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic and mildly bitter with orange peel, grass, peach and clove. A touch hot. Full-bodied and watery with tingly carbonation. Tangy, minerally, bone-dry finish. Thanks to DragonStout for sharing this bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (10445) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Bottle @ Dan’s house, courtesy of Steve_0. Thanks! A touch hazy, golden orange appearance with a white head. A little spicy, citrusy, big lemony, tangy tangerine aroma. Spicy bready, tangy tangerine, bubble gum, somewhat spicy yeasty flavor. Held up pretty well.

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