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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (6028) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2007
22 oz bomber shared with willblake and Dickinsonbeer. Poured a clear orangey/copper color with a small whiteish head and some visible sediment. Aroma was yeasty and spicy with a strong mint like odor as well. Palate was dry and the flavor was light yeast and some spice. This is one of my least favorite styles and this beer did nothing to change my mind, average at best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Pours a coppery clear with mild carbonation and a thin white head, some lacing. Aroma is overbearing with cardamon, some ginger, and hints of citrus peels in the background- lightly yeasty and phenolic- too much cardamon. More citrus and grapefruit peel come through in the flavor, luckily the cardamon dies down a little bit as well. Hints of saison--like yeast- peppery and phenolic but it is too faint and all the "extra crap" gets in the way. A little dirty and not very dry like I was hoping/expecting? Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Not my fav. Pours a thick golden brown with a good thick head. Aroma is sweet and yeasty. Flavor is like cherry cough syrup, but finishes with cinnamon and sweet malt, strange and average.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bryandhargrave (165) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Beautiful pour. perfect head. perfect opacity and colouring. lots of spices. taste very holiday. wish i had the patience to let it sit a little longer than 15 seconds before consuming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Pours a deep amber with a one finger white head. Very spicy and and sweet one the nose. Taste of tons of spice, including, ginger, orange, lemon and maybe coriander? Finish is spicy and sweet. Not crazy about this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6166) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Bottle. Pretty amber pour. Nose is huge spice notes, peppery mostly, soft ginger, lemon tartness and flowers. Soft fruit notes as well. Taste is lemon-ginger soda with peppery spices, flowers, soft hops, and big Belgian yeast notes. Light malts and a soft bitterness throughout this one. Body is effervescent with a light-medium to medium feel. Finishes with more ginger and lemon, soft peppery spices, fresh cut flowers, Belgian yeast notes and mild malt flavors. Belgian Strong Ale, indeed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Aroma is yeasts, slightly nutty, and alcohol. Flavor is light alcohol, lemony sweet, and a candy-like fruitiness to it. Finish is spicey hops. Body is light, and a little bit of an oily feel in the finish as well. Some ageing would do this well. Maybe someday ill invest in a cellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Body is a foggy copper color, thin white head. Aroma is yeasty, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel. Taste is much like the aroma, very sweet, then with the spices. This one might actually be ok in 2012 because its so sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 29, 2007
22oz bottle, courtesy of Schutzenliesel. Thanks, Tom! Pours a hazy, yellowish-orange color; off-white head that quickly fades. Brown sugar and chewy esters in the aroma, slightly dry and spicy. Medium-to-full, chewy mouthfeel: esters and plenty of warm spices (white pepper, coriander) and candy sugar; a bit too sweet right now, and unsettled; this should balance out with some age (one would hope). Lengthy, sugary and brown sugar finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7939) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Bomber. Pours succulent glowing amber with a huge fluffy thick white head. Enormous sugary nose; smells like candi sugar and white sugar both. Spicy lemon and honey notes in there too. They did their chores on this one! Nice bold attack with plenty of body and carb, though still clean and drinkable. Flavors are assertive at all times. All the lemon and honey and spice and sugar come through on the mid-palate, along with some mint. Peppery hop finish. This is dandy stuff. I think they should move this over to mainstream.

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