Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale - Red Wine Barrel



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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
Stone 070707 Vertical Epic Ale aged for a total of eight months in French and American Oak Red Wine Barrels. This barrel aging has added a whole new level of complexity and smoothness to the beer, and helps demonstrate the aging capability of the beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadRobin (2924) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - DEC 13, 2012
On tap 4 oz. pour at Churchkey in Logan Circle neighbohood, Washington, DC on 12/12/12. Lightly hazy, bright orange amber with thin off-white head and good lacing. Aroma of cloves, spices, banana, caramel and yeast. Taste of yeast, cloves, banana, oak and caramel. Medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Draft at Churchkey 12.12.12. Hazy copper. Nose and flavor bring big tannic vinous notes, plum, fig, and peach. Definite Belgian spice notes as well. Somewhat tart on the mouthfeel and smooths out at the finish. Nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Brewsta (15) - Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2012
On tap at Beechwood BBQ, Seal Beach, CA. I've never given a beer a perfect score, but I have never tasted anything quite like this beer before. Completely pleasurable through and through. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThirstyMedic (4) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 24, 2012 does not count
I will go ahead and admit that this will be one of my worst ratings to date because I was absolutely trashed by the time I got around to this beer. I will just keep it simple. I can tell you one thing about this beer... It was F***ing amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Old Review from 2009 - When I visited Stone, it was my goal to bring back some one off brews that I could enjoy in the hotel room. I came back with two growlers. One of them was the beer you see above. I love their Vertical Epic line. I enjoyed what the Red Wine barrels gave to this beer. It added a bit of a sweet taste with a mixture of a smokey aroma. Very nice to try something that you cant buy in the stores

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale, Wine Barrel
Date: October 06, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Duckworths Stone Tour
Appearance: cloudy orange, wispy off white head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, touch of winey sweetness, light oak, growing spicyness
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, lots of sweet wine, big oak is short lived, nice spicyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14880) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Tap at the Bistro BA fest. Pours hazy amber. Aroma is herby/vinous/oaky. Med minus body. And the herb is interesting. Quite amazingly tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9969) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
On tap at Bistro BA Fest. Pours orange copper with almost no head and a vinous vanilla aroma. There is a fruity vanilla flavor with a dry oaky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2011
RBSG 2008. Overripe smell, flowery, reminds me of Pizza Port SPF 45 on the nose. Clear amber in the glass, no head. Apricot brandy or port is the main impression with the first sip. More carbonated than expected. A bit tangy, with some orangey acidity. A bit tannic, the overall feel is kind of like a light red wine (maybe a Cote du Rhone?). Finish is a bit astringent, producing a chemical dryness. Its aight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerapprentice (208) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2011
On tap at Rattle n Hum. Pours a clear, rusty orange colour with no head. Aroma of funkiness, tart, and a little sour citrus fruits. Flavour is the same as the aroma. I didnt detect any of the red wine flavour that should have been derived from the barrels so there really was no point in aging it in red wine barrels.

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