Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 791   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
In this years 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2007
22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquor - Pours a clear amber color with a one and a half finger thick off white head. Light carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma is light yeast, banana, esters, and spice. Flavor is sweet malt, banana, and spice. Has a slight lingering cloy aftertaste. Medium body. Alcohol is noticeable. A good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kevin (2195) - Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2007
bottle. pours an effervescent orangetan with a whitish head that rings and lasts. sweet lemon peel nose with a candy wurthers original note to it. spices are apparent from the get go, not sure if that is from the yeast or the added actual spices. oh yeah, the ginger and multiple peels are noticeable. too sweet, without enough to balance. alcohol dries up a bit of it in the finish, butleaves a soapy grapefruit taste i dont care for. reminds me of saison avery did. this is not one i would look for on a regular basis, maybe it will improve with time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LinusStick (3399) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2007
My first Vertical Epic. Kind of wierd. Aroma of ginger and other spices. Pour was a cloudy orange with a one finger white head. Taste was thick and chewy...yeast and ginger are stongly in the fore. Caramel and malt with a sugary sweetness come out as it warms. Aftertaste of tingly spice and orange.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Pours light amber, tall fluffy head, nose is full of candy, light fruits, banana, white sugar, and more candy. Flavor is not like the nose, wishing it was. Ginger right off the bat, orange peel, hoppy, and achohol bite toward the end. Mouth feel was a bit sharp and seemingly carbonated, didnt smooth out with room temp. But I would drink it again, still a damn good brew from stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Pours a dark golden color, with a small white head. Aroma is dough, some earthy hops, and candi sugar. Taste has those elements with more light fruit involved, maybe some lemon and citrus, as well as some spice I cant quite put my finger on, possibly coriander. Overall decent, not the best from stone though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12836) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 4, 2007
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with a small frothy white head, mostly diminishing, spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, hay, straw), average hops (herbs, grass), heavy yeast (barnyard, earth), with notes of alcohol, peach and coriander. Medium bodied, alcoholic texture, lively carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DYCSoccer17 (3683) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 4, 2007
22 ounce bottle purchased for $4.99 at the Davis Food Co-Op. I dont understand why some places jack the price up to $6-$7...Aroma has some yeasty, fruity, esters with some banana aromas. A little bit of ethanol is also detected in the nose. Some light honey notes are there, too. Transparent, filtered golden-orange hued body with a VERY quickly dissipating fizzy yellowish head. Still, with no lacing. Looks like mead. A weird peppery astringency to start, which becomes very oily, chewy, and caramelly. Kind of burnt to finish with a little ethanol present. This is really oily and quite weird. Not very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
shadey (2100) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2007
22 oz bottle shared with a friend. Pour is a beautiful swirly copper color with wispy swirls of tight white bubbles. Aroma is overwhelmingly spicy. What is all this spice covering up? Flavor is reminiscent of a Belgian tripel, but I really dont taste anything resembling Saison. This seems like a jumbled mess to me. The spices seem to cover up the disaster. Tripel mixes well with IPA, but apparently not with a saison.

   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 Ill be putting down a few of these for storage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (14189) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2007
Bottle from Party Source, KY. Poured clear copper color with medium fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma was complex sweet malty yeasty. Medium body. Medium fruity flavor with medium bittersweet with small alcohol bite finish. Good brew worth trying with some age.

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