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RATINGS: 774   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!


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
eaglefan538 (2830) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Poured a golden color, weak initial head, ample carbonation. The aroma is strong cinnamon and ginger. The flavor was like a stinkin’ imperial pumpkin ale, lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, sweet malts, honey, slight wheat, not really appealing. Mouthfeel was moderate for the style. Not a winner Stone brew for me, although the verticals from 04 on up haven’t done wonders for me as a whole.

2.6
   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.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2008
Poured a very hazy golden color from a 22oz bottle. The head was moderate and disappeared quickly. Aroma was fruity with a hint of spices. The taste was fruity with a hint of ginger and other spices. I didn’t really enjoy the combination of spices.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
pilsnerrogge (2414) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle:
Pours deep golden with a slight haze. Head is quite weak. Big citrus aroma. Flavour has lots of citrus and a quite a lot of spices; cardamom seems to be the main spice. Quite sweet and chewy.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Bottle shared with BeerGestapo. POurs a honey color with a small, quickly diminishing head. The smell is all ginger with a slightly sweet edge. The flavor had ginger, cola, and some Belgian yeasty esters. Wasn’t too impressed. Reminded me of an unsweetened Coke.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DSG (5052) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
drowland (5961) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Rating #5800! 1/12/13. 22oz bottle thanks to Homer321! Hazed amber orange pour with a small khaki head that cuts to a small ring and laces mildly. Plenty of oxidation in the aroma, that papery aspect that always reminds me personally of a weird mintiness. Also hints of fruitiness, yeast, and very light spice. Oxidized flavor, orange peel, paper, mint, caramel, etc. Glad to try this one, but the age is definitely showing.

2.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 6, 2007
Looks great,smells great, tastes like shit. The nose was very complex, but the flavor was one dimensional...Alcohol, grain alcohol and nothing else. Marks for appearance and nose, but not much else

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 23, 2007
Of the epics not good. Poured a goldenish color small head. Aroma was of ginger and cinnamon. Flavor was much the same, cinnamon was just way to overwelming to me. Just a plain mess.

2.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2007
This was an interesting, but very stange beer. I have never tasted anything like this... aroma was of spices and I picked up some mint, smoke, and some kind of cooked bean. the beer poured a deep gold with an orange hue with a head that quickly diminished to just a ring around the glass. Flavor is too sweet for style, and didn’t make for too enjoyable of a drink, espcially with the cooked bean aroma being one of the tastes that hit that back of your tongue as well. Palate was full. Overall this was not a beer I enjoyed, but one that intrigued and confused me from start to finish.


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