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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale



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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 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 tey’ll go through 2012).

   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 I’m 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theviolet (182) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2007
Smells like a saison. Very citrusy, with hints of alcohol. I really enjoy it. Beautiful orange gold with a frothy, short white head. Laces well, and head stays around. Very sweet in the first taste, with a sour aftertaste which is notiecable for a while. Some hops in the middle of the taste, you can really taste the ginger as well. Full motuhfeel without that much carbonation, pleasant. Much more alcohol in the taste as it warms with darker notes coming through.

   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 it’s too early to rate this since it’s 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 he’d probably be happy. Or maybe I’ve just had too many stones?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
emobassfoo (178) - Webster, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Bought at Hegedorns for 7 dollars on 7/7/07. Consumed right out of the bottle in celebration of Mike Agnello’s birthday, which also happens to be 7/7/07. Though I didn’t actually see the aesthetic appreciations of this beer, it will receive points for its bottle design. Aroma is very powerful; seemed to change smells as the liquid quantity decreased. First sniff was of tons of fruits and alcohol. At other points throughout the consumption, it almost smelled like an exotic flower. Nonetheless, very unique. Taste was ultra sweet, full of what the aroma pointed at; fruits, citrus, a little bit of banana. The taste was very complex as everyone who sampled had a very different reaction. However, everyone was doubly impressed after drinking Labatts and Yuengling... The feel of the palate started off very thick and chewy, then glanced off into a bit of bitter dryness (alcohol or hops?). Became a little hard to swallow near the end of the bottle because it almost overrode all other senses. Needless to say, this beer was most certainly an epic beverage for an epic night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
duffman462 (175) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Big nose on this one: Apricots, peaches, fresh orange peel, and spices. Body is fairly full. Flavor follows the nose, with moderate sweetness, spice (cardamom and ginger), orange peel, and yeast. A bit sweet for my palate, but a good beer. Worth the $5 price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - JUL 25, 2007
I was able to get six bottles and so I cracked one open. As soon as the top was off, very citrusy aroma. First sip had a ton of malty sweetness with bananna and clove overtones. Dark yellow almost amber in color that was cloudy. I am very anxious to try this again in a year. The bananna faded about mid bottle. Another great beer from a great brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raiderfost (170) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Pours a clear copper with a off white head and decent lacing. Not somthing i expect from stone. One of the better belguim strong ales i have had but i tink i will have to buy another to lay down.

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