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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 775   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ux04 (30) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Amazingly spiced. I could go on repeating what everyone else has said about the spicy malt finish and blah blah blah but you know what...it doesn’t matter this beer is great and gets you loose after a pint.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DickDunnigan (26) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Hazy, light orange color. Yeasty, sweet aroma. Very Belgian-like taste, with some malt and faint hop flavor. Kind of a paradox, very sweet but also very dry at the same time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricDanger (23) - USA - OCT 10, 2007
Lots of spices and hops in the belgian style. Very citrusy nose and great head. Lots of POP when it hits the mouth. From a bomber, in a pint glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnemonic21 (20) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2013
On tap at Lord Hobo - guess they aged a keg of this bad boy - woody, grape, Belgian yeasty nose; dark hue with consistent lacing; body coats tongue with red wine, brown sugar; tannins sit in the back and the flavor lasts. This aged well. Tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Surly (20) - Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2008
Nice golden color, slightly hazy with minimal carbonation. Very little head or lacing. Subtle citrus hop aroma. I’d expect this look from an IPA, I also expected a hop explosion up front... and it was a pleasant surprise to have a great change of pace. To me this is a wonderful easy drinking beer, but for a beer lover. Meaning there is bountiful flavor, hops, citrus, fruit (I even want to say strawberry?). Very good beer, light and yet has a ton of flavor without seeming watered down. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aoa56 (18) - zeeland, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Drank on 8-8-08. NIce gold color when poured, with a nice sweet aroma. Has a little kick at the end, butabout perfect for the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cloudskipper (17) - Alameda, California, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Bottle aged in my cellar. Poured with quite a bit of head, as expected. This really mellowed out nicely. Funky aroma, though more subdued, more balanced. Taste was funky, bready, aged saison-type goodness. I thought this was a lot better aged 2 years than fresh. Wish I had another one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
believeUme (17) - California, USA - JUL 25, 2007
Light copper with a thin head and high carbonation. Aroma is apricot, citrus, and plum. Flavor is of residual caramel cloves, grapefruit and yeasty phenols. Hoppy bite with a dry finish. Nice beer overall

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davelouw (13) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - JUL 4, 2007
Poured hazy amber with good tan head (into a tulip glass). The nose was cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger on a caramel base. Perhaps a touch of sour edge. Interestingly for a Stone beer, there was no west coast hop character at all (perhaps some Saaz or other noble hop spiciness hiding in there, though.) The taste was amazing like mild pumpkin pie with a very slight sour edge to prevent it from being cloying. The alcohol strength was well hidden in the medium body and it was very drinkable. I could still taste a bit of greeness and expect that it would mellow so I’ll be putting down a few of these for storage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeroWolfe (13) - USA - JAN 6, 2008
22 oz bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy gold with small white head. Heavy Belgian aroma. Taste is a basket of fruit. Unique among Belgians I’ve tried, it expands the domain of flavors in the style. Should be an interesting step in 2012’s vertical tasting.

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