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%
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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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14964) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Strong ginger, cardamon, citrus aromas. Almost burns the nostrils. Golden amber color with a beige head that actually lasts awhile. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation. The first impression is ginger. The second impression is ginger. Thinking about this, there is some pale or caramel hop flavor. Theres even some hop bitter. However, the ginger is helping clear the sinus. Reminds of Blandford Fly.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (14725) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 6, 2009
Bottle. Golden colour witha white head. Aroma is dry, spices, flower. Flavour is sweet, dry, spices, hop, alcohol, malt, flower.. Nice beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (14508) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Bomber poured a clear copper with a small lingering off white head. Aromas of fruitiness, spice, carmel and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of fruitiness, pepper, carmel and spices with a crisp lingering sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (14276) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (14106) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2007
(22oz bottle) Crystal clear apple juice body topped by small white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, perfume/orange, apricot, clove. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, apricot, clove, some perfume, light grassy. Very dry finish. Medium-full body, some acidity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (13989) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DSG (13956) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drake (13489) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Do I have the patience to wait five years for the second bottle? Probably not. Both bottles from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville. Pours a light amber with small head and minimal lacing. Yeasty aroma, but sadly it takes on the character of that fruit cocktail crap from elementary school. Taste is very strong pineapple with some background spice. Im not loving this. Guess that will make it easier to wait 5 years!

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
bierkoning (13132) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2007
3rd LCRBM. Golden color. Ginger aroma. Lemon aroma and flavor. Sweet flavor in which pineapple esters are present. Disappointing.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (13056) - 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.


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