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RATINGS: 786   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Reviewed on 12.12.12 Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series P: Slightly hazy golden body with active carbonation and nice tight layer of white head. S: Lots of ginger, bubblegum, fresh grass, steeped green tea, citrus peel, jasmine, cardamom, lavender and stone fruit. T/M: Floral flavors take the lead, followed by ginger, sweet malt, spices, Belgian yeast, citrus and herbal bitterness. Crisp dry body that has creaminess and finishes with herbal bitterness. O: Well blended spices, stone fruits and aged nice. A light crisp and spicy beer for those warmer months. This more more like a Tripel in style. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2007
Pours medium yellow and clear. Aroma is of spice, bread, and vinilla. Flavor is cloeing sweet and over the top spicy. Cinnimon and cloves, corriander and others? and alcohol. Once again an american brewery thinks a belgian style of beer should be sweet and spicy. Better luck next year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2007
This one pours a deep orange with a clean white head that fades fast. The nose comes across as a typical beligian with cloves, candy sugar, and some noticeable spices such as coriander. and maybe some orange peel. I was expecting something else, so this is kind of a shock. Itís not bad, but I can get a kasteel somewhere anytime and I think the Kasteel would be better. Itís very good, and nothing to be ashamed of, but Iím not sure if this one will age as well as the 6-6-06, but we will see

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Thanks to Bartzilla! Copper colored with thin white film on top leaving some lacing. The aroma grows as the beer sits, abundant at first but more intense as it warms. I noticed this as I drank the entire bottle over ah hours period. Fresh flowers and peach and orange aromas. 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 a blend of fruits, spices, malt and yeast. Sugary with light malt paired with some mild hops. Was there a hint of ginger, maybe. A yummy Belgian Strong Ale that would, if there were supple supplies, make well for daily drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nwiseman (193) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - NOV 27, 2009
From bottle shared with awiseman and bro Eric. Pours golden orange with a thin white head. Taste is more cloves than I thought you could get in a beer along with a good amount of cinnamon. Taste more like a cider beer. Very smooth. Even my non beer drinking girlfriend liked this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Good sized (4-5 ounce) pour at a Stone Vertical Tasting Event sponsored by Belmont Party Supplies on 5/12/2010, served in a very cool Stone Vertical Epic tasting glass. Medium amber color, a bit cloudy with a nice foamy white head. Anise, licorice and pepper, very spicy in the aroma. Heavy ginger flavor with a citrus fruity notes. Lots of spiciness, which Iím guessing is the cardamom, but the ginger dominates the flavor. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Picking up the orange peel and citrus flavors in the finish. Very spicy beer, reminds me of the 04.04.04. Still less than 2 years old, but holding up well with time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
efrumtheidiot (190) - Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2008
pours a cloudy light copper amber with a white head. aroma has some spice, citrus, mint (!?), grass, and clove. taste is malt, clove, grass, some hops, some ginger, a hint of green apple, and dust. a little sweet. strangely complex, in a good way. mid-full bodied with a prickly, slightly sticky and wet mouthfeel. nice bitter yeasty aftertaste is yummy! had mine 2/22/08, so it was a few months old, but it might get even better with age. very good, nicely complex, i like! will definitely keep an eye out for the others in the series (looks like teyíll go through 2012).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bonbright7 (181) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2007
After removing the top, the stunning array of spices just bewitched my sense of smell and invited the first taste. The red-gold ale poured to a light head and as I went in, I realized the artists who made this were true to the legend emblazoned on the bottle. While I could have put this away for a few years, I really appreciated its great taste now and could imagine where it will be in the future.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 24, 2007
You might feel like you are drinking apple juice. I could serve an 8 year old this and heíd probably be happy. Or maybe Iíve just had too many stones?

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