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 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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TAR (2765) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2007
Speckled golden with a peach cast. Fairly vigorous pour raises a thick white head which unfortunately fizzles into a thin covering within 1-2 minutes. Strong presence of minty alcohol permeates the nostrils, along with green banana, honeycomb, clove, lightly toasted grains, and cardamom. Natural carbonation pricks the palate before blanketing the tongue with an unpleasant fuzziness. Mild tang of acid initially curtails the alcoholic warmth. Crispy phenols coincide with some equally snappy malts, but the borderline-grainy malt assaults, rather than soothes, the palate. Juicy notes of peach, honeydew and orange exude at the center, but the alcohol begins to burn the throat and obscure much of the brightness. Ginger lacks restraint and poignancy, and generates sufficient heat which intensifies the alcoholic heat and sweetness. Bubblegum is fairly vivid and quells the sweetness a bit while complementing the suppler baked-apple qualities. Malt is far too shallow and short lived. Finishes fairly muddled, with cardamom clashing with the alcohol, along with clean, but vague, leafy hop bitterness fused with assorted notes of citrus and tropical fruits. A nice effort, and thankfully it’s not as yeasty (but it is quite wet and underattenuated) as I expected, but the alcohol is poorly concealed in both aroma and flavor, and the beer sorely lacks distinct character. Also way too much honeyish sweetness and spice in the nose, not enough yeast-derived nuances. Serviceable, but uninspiring.

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waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2007
bottle. hazy copper pour with almost no head. apricot, orange, perfume, hop oil, herb and spice aroma. rich matls, apricot, strange combination of herbs and spice. strange bitterness. odd.

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zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Bottle. Pours clear orange yellow, bubbly off white head. Aroma is spicy, funky, musty, tangy, alcohol and also banana. Flavor is the same with some tomato and bitterness. I can definitely taste the alcohol and slight acetone. This should be aged longer because it will probably settle down and mellow out. Although I aged the bomber since purchase in July, I was too impetuous to drink this now. Let this be a lesson. Wah! :(

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19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Heavy alcohol presence on the nose - Lots of pear, apple, and lemon. Pretty drty, spicy and nutty. Fairly plain belgian ale - a little thin and overly sweet. Alcohol not well hidden - glad I did not buy a bunch of these as I would be digging through the garbage looking for the receipt - not bad, but very overpriced and overrated.

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ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Cloves, cardamom, ginger and floral aroma; sweet and spicy, simple malt profile; somewhat yeasty and perfumey; tart, acidic finish. Don’t care for it much.

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jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2007
22oz bottle-pours a disappearing white head and amber color. Aroma is spicy, wood, some medium malt-caramel, yeast. Taste is plenty of spicy-clove, wood, some medium malt-caramel/rock candy, citrus, yeast, alcohol. Interesting. Occasional, sipping. OK effervescence. Thanks to Joe-jwc215 for picking this out.

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RSRIZZO (1986) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Had this beer on 8/12/2007. Aroma is a spicy citrus scent that reminds me of a White. Color is a hazy golden with good carbonation. The bubbles from the carbonation seem to rise slowly making this beer seem thick. Taste is sweet and spicy. Starting with a medium body it goes down easy with a smooth feel. Finish comes in sweet turns to a spicy/citrus flavor with yeasty back tones and an alcohol feel. On the end its both bitter and sour. Overall I think it is everything they wanted it to be but for me it leans a bit too much to the Saison. There is an odd taste to it and is no where near as good as last years.

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grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Copying from my tasting notes. Bottle. Dark golden pour with a small white head. Very spicey/citrus on the nose. Sort of bland taste through out with some light spices. Not great

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brokephibroke (315) - Mead, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Pours straw gold with a thick, diminishing rootbeer like head. Ginger, citrus yeasty bubblegum like aroma. Taste is not so good - bitter a bit, flowery a bit with ginger a bit. Palate is unremarkable, Not a good effort from one of my favorite brewers....

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CaptBier (323) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet amlty with notes of peaches, citrus, and spicy notes of especially cardemomme. The flavor is sweet matly with spicy notes of cardemomme, lemon peal, and cinnamon.


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