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RATINGS: 778   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!


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3.4
   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5805) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
"nice and dry, which ends up being quite the pleasant mouthfeel. sampled 1/09 and it aged quite well...and was exceptional aged in red wine barrels for eight months!"

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3698) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle thanks to Rick. Pours a cloudy orange with small off white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong ginger, oak, booze. Medium mouthfeel with sweet fruit, citrus, ginger, oak, light boozy finish. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (838) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Aroma’s of acidic vinegar, vanilla, barnyard funk, yeast funk, hay, oak and sweet citrus. Deep copper appearance with a two finger foam and plenty of sediment. Slightly acidic flavors of Belgian yeast, wheat, white vinegar, vanilla and funky lemon zest. Barnyard funk and some hay. Overall, very interesting brew. I feel as though some funky flavors have come through to the palate after aging for years. A rating.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RussianDragon (490) - - MAY 12, 2014
22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy honey gold with a thin head. Aroma is sweet: honey, maple syrup and spice - an almost medicinal complexity. Flavor is ginger, cardamom, grapefruit, lemon peels, and has a dry-hopped quality in the finish. Notes from Stone event at Brickskeller 6/1/09.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - APR 9, 2014
Copper colored, light haze with some "floaties". Beige head quickly fades to little more than a beige ring at the edge of the glass. Lively effervescence. Sweet scent, like a bag of tropical fruit trail mix mixed with a kids breakfast cereal. Belgian yeast is noticeable, has that "basement" quality I love in Belgians. Still has plenty of flavor with the spices and dried fruit taking center stage. . Alcohol hidden under the layers of fruit, spice and yeast. A hint of oxidation, this one didn’t age as well as his "older brother" the 2004 I had a few weeks ago but still a nice treat.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thomat (2082) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 23, 2014
Hazy amber with no head. Fruity and spicy tones. lt, fruit and spices. Medium to full body with a long bitter sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (2142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Aroma: Ginger, Cardamom, Mild Orange Zest Appearance: Amber/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing Taste: Ginger, Mild Orange Zest, Mild Cardamom Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Spicy

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1512) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Hazy amber with a small, quickly disappearing head. Aroma and flavor of ginger, lemon peel, oak, and all spice. Finish is a bit sweeter - candi sugar, banana, and cloves.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopswagger (198) - 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

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeoHippie2 (1033) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Hazy golden pour, lots of citrus and some yeast notes on the nose. Flavor is citrus peel and candied ginger with notes of honey coming through as well. This one was very drinkable, the abv was very well hidden, and the flavors were well balanced and complex. Delicious. Props to Sloth and StFun for hooking me up with this series!


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