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RATINGS: 786   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 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haggis03a3 (175) - Orinda, California, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Gold color with a white head. Malty-wheat, sweet aroma with citrus, spice and Belgian yeast. Flavor is sweet with all of the aroma elements and hops making for a complex brew. There is quite a bit of body as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theviolet (173) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raiderfost (169) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bryandhargrave (165) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Beautiful pour. perfect head. perfect opacity and colouring. lots of spices. taste very holiday. wish i had the patience to let it sit a little longer than 15 seconds before consuming.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2007
This is an interesting beer with ton’s of flavors that will certainly age with time. Another will have to sit in th barchive for a while to see how this one ages. Not much of a head on this one. Appears to have chill haze as well so taking off for that. The one thing that jumps out at you that I’m not really sure that I like is an herbal flavor...I can’t quite pin it down...ever taste Avery 12th anniversary ale?...it’s the same flavor. I love these big hoppy saisons with interesting yeast strains and adjuncts...keep’em coming!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frauditor (160) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Bottle, opened to mark the birth of my nephew Wyatt.. shared with a friend in sharpsburg. a wonderful citrus aroma filled the room once poured into the glasses. little to medium head that disapated soon after. the flavor was sweet - picked up on bananas, pineapple, orange and apple fruits, malt flavor came in near the end, which was a nice follow-up to the sweetness. smooth on the palate with light, tingly bubbles. can’t wait for the 080808.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2007
22oz bottle poured into a Trappist glass. Pours crystal clear amber with a large white frothy head. The head sticks around for along time but it leaves no lacing. The aroma is of corriander, by the aroma you would think it is a wit. Taking a drink the first taste i get is some corriander, followed by the belgian yeast. There is a little caramel malt in there. For the finish there is little to no bitterness from the hops. There is a slight finish of corriander. The body is medium to full with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall I was actually not impressed with this. To me it seemed to much like a wit and I wonder how it will hold up for 5 years, I bought another bottle to try at 12-12-12

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