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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic AleStone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

535 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 535
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%


Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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!

(Beer added by: taez555 on 06-19-2007)
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WeisGuy

New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - pours a burnt orange color with a one-finger head, no retention or lacing

s - lots of maltiness and clove, a pronounced alcohol presence in the aroma as well

t - big maltiness up front with some orange and lemon citrus, lots of clove and other more subtle spices, finish is more spice and a decent amount of alcohol, still a bit hot

m - light-to-medium bodied, good deal of carbonation, moderately dry finish

d - the hotness of the alcohol limits drinkability somewhat, but I'm sure it will become less pronounced with a little age, nice Belgian that has an interesting taste

Decent Belgian style ale from Stone, but definitely not what they do best. I'd like to taste this one in a year or two to see how the alcohol has toned down.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 01:10:14 | More by WeisGuy
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peabody

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a golden reddish amber with two fingers of white suds.
Smell is banana and clove and cinnamon and dried figs.Just a fantastic smell here.
Taste is licorice/anise with a caramel sweetness and the alcohol warmth. A fruity aftertaste with orange and cherry and mabey bubblegum?
This is better than everybody is saying it is. This has so damn much potential.
Mouthfeel is like eating a banana. You have the sweet stickyness without having a peel to throw away.
This one isn't good yet, but by 2010 it should be so darn kick ass.
I hope I can get a case of this.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 02:18:55 | More by peabody
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williamherbert

New York

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is a crystal-clear, light amber/orange color. Thin layer of head, along with some lace at the top. It looks to be pungent, yet there isn't that much carbonation.

The telltale smell is there of a spicy Belgian/saison. Sour champagne smell. Also some orange peel that goes along with the spicy flavor.

There is an initial sweet orange flavor, followed by a heavy alcoholic taste. The flavor is Belgian/sour. Some ginger ale and champagne. A distinctly perfumey aftertaste. There is a sweet undercarriage which salvages an otherwise harsh flavor.

The feel is bubbly at first, then smooths out. It's a heavy, harsh swallow. It gets a bit creamier as the carbonation bubbles out and it mellows, but it's still fizzy. It's heavy, bubbly, fizzy, sour, champagney, alcohol-fueled and saison-esque.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 05:26:44 | More by williamherbert
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dblinkhorn

California

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Appearance - It pours a yellow-orange color that is very clear with some carbonation activity visible. The head builds slowly as you pour, and dissipates fairly quickly, settling at a thin half-finger cap of rough head. There is some lace left as you drink, but not much.

Smell - Definitely some strong notes of cloves and fig (your typical aroma for the Belgian style). There is also a rich malty aroma behind this.

Taste - Lots of really fresh clove and ginger flavor up front. This flavor eventually gives way to some slight souring and an interesting tropical fruitiness in the middle. The dark fruit flavors are actually not as present as I would have expected from the smell. As it finishes, there is a powdery yeast flavor and some hints of citrus essence. There is moderate alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation bite, which lends to the refreshing quality of this beer. It does not take away from it as with some other beers. The beer is quite smooth beyond the lively carbonation. It has a medium body.

Drinkability - The spice and herb flavors in this beer may be somewhat rich for some people, but I quite enjoyed them! Other than that, this beer is perfectly drinkable considering its style.

Overall, this is another great Vertical Epic. The added spices really add a great character to this beer. Also, these additions were done with the thought in mind to add to the beer's flavor. Many spiced beers are simply over-spiced and it takes away from the beer's base flavor. This was well done and compliments the beer overall. Well done again, Stone!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 19:51:13 | More by dblinkhorn
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank 1/25/13

(Served in a teku)
A- This beer pours a deep apricot body with a touch of haze and a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles supporting a thick ring of antique white head. The second glass has a micro-jetsam suspended in the body.

S- The spun sugar aroma has some bright lemon tartness to it with a mellow more full dry spice in the finish. There is some cardamom aroma with ginger warmth and a pale malt sweetness as it opens along with a cream aroma.

T- The jelly marmalade orange flavor takes on some lemon flavors that grow. The mellow cardamom is still strong with ginger heat growing stronger aswell, and some tangerine zest in the finish. The ginger heat shows up in the after taste. The finish is dry but the citrus gives it some perceived sweetness.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with an alcohol heat only on the exhale.

O- This beer improved a bit with age but the flavor profiles are a bit awkward together and has sort of a old time aftershave quality to the flavor. I was hoping for more yeast character to push the spice and citrus into secondary flavors, but it wasn’t there.

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(Served in a tulip glass)
drank 7/20/2007
A- This beer has a crystal clear light amber body with a snow white head that fades to a thin ring around the glass. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- The note of perfume and flower petals comes through with a dry spice note like that of cardamom and frankincense. There is a light green vegetation note in the finish but it is not specifically hops. The hints of pale sweet malt come through lightly as the beer warms but it has more corn sugar than malt qualities.

T- The taste of dry candy sugar comes through with a very light white wine note and a note of perfumed spun sugar. The note of cardamom is soft but increases as the beer warms. The finish has a soft grapefruit rind note with slight snap of ginger without the ginger taste. The green notes of hops are soft in the finish but are present with the other flavors.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a light alcohol heat in the finish.

D- The spice flavors are a bit off and stronger than the sugar/malt flavors. I think some age could improve this beer and hopefully quiet the spices a bit. The hops are soft already so it might be a totally different beer in 5 years.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 19:01:12 | More by rhoadsrage
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber, shared it with my girflriend.

Poured into my Chimay chalice...

A- A beautiful golden/light orange color. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top of my glass- little head, but just enough to make it picture perfect.
S- Smelled fruity, some smokiness, cloves.
T- Very complex. Lots of spices, but not overwhelming. Fruits, tasted some bananas and other citrusy types.
M- Highly carbonated, but worked for this beer. Alcohol leaves a nice burning sensation.
D- Definitely a sipper.

I enjoyed this beer. It's a great rendition of the style and one that I may pick up again to cellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 13:13:13 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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illidurit

California

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amazing pour into my Duvel tulip results in liquid halfway up the Duvel emblem and gorgeous fluffy white head to the brink of overflowing. The beer is a dark orange color. The head reduces to a nebulous cap, leaving some nice lacing.

Smell is dominated by clovey phenols, reminiscent of organic chemistry where we had to isolate eugenol from cloves. Very spicy and sweet aroma.

Banana and clove phenols are prominent in the taste as though this beer was made with wheat. Peach, doughy yeasty bread, a ton of spices that I can't identify.

Great carbonation, very smooth. The finish is a bit tannic, making it pretty refreshing. I think this beer is underrated.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 01:41:23 | More by illidurit
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, wow, 5" of foam over 1" of beer. Transitions back to beer nicely, but takes awhile. White froth laces the glass excellently over the clear dark golden brew. Aroma is sweet and spicy, but also seems tinged of soap. Taste starts sweet as well, zings with some citrus zest, and then mellows toward the close with moderate spicing, and closes with acceptable levels of warmth. Mouthfeel is maybe a bit flat, but that's not surprising with the foamy start, with drinkability that is reasonable as well. Not wowed by this one, but seems to have the room and character that may improve. Have to check again later.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 01:21:08 | More by ppoitras
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yourunclewalt

New York

3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden-amber to the eye with strong reddish hues against the light. Crystal body; heavy carbonation but not visible sedement. Two-finger creamy eggshell head.

S - Lemon zest, candy malts, rosemary?

T - Heavy, heavy alcohol burn disguises what amounts to very grassy & citrusy hops that finish too phenolic for my taste.

M - Thin, little carbonated bite.

D - Definitely not ready to drink. The bottle recommends aging for 5 years, which will be quite the feat, given the impressive resume it boasts on the back (cardamom, various peels, etc.) - so I just had to try it. Hopefully the aging will mellow out the alcohol burn (8.4% abv, and definitely not hidden) and allow the more subtle flavors to pull through. Cellar it.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 19:11:37 | More by yourunclewalt
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MiScusi

California

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- golden with light shades of orange. Clear. White fluffy head develops that dissipates pretty fast. Foamy head is very easily generated upon swirling.
S- belgian yeast (fruit/must) mixed with earthy hops.
T- Starts out with a little bite, then fruit rolls in, followed by earthiness in the end.
M- Carbonated generously, light-heavy body.
D- Easily drinkable. Better at its more colder temperatures in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 04:45:50 | More by MiScusi
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largadeer

California

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy gold with a bit of sediment floating around. Good head and head retention.

Smell: Gingerbread, citrus and a plethora of spices. Sweet but not cloying.

Taste: Sweet and heavily spiced, the ginger and cardamom are pretty strong in the flavor, though fairly pleasant. Hops are practically non-existant, but the other spices make up for it by adding quite a bit of depth and complexity. This will make a decent Christmas beer when the time comes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, slightly syrupy. Moderate carbonation; less than most Belgian ales.

Notes: Having had a few of these now, it's definitely growing on me. I'm interested to see how it holds up over time, though I suspect it may become too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 02:20:44 | More by largadeer
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mithrascruor

California

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color. Off-white head is a bit frothy, later becoming a film.

Smell: Aroma is a bit sweet, with yeast, peaches, and a bit too much bubble-gum.

Taste: Seems rather difficult to identify particular flavors here, as the carbonation is the most noticable thing on the tongue. But I'm able to get some orange and more of that bubble-gum. And there's a good and enjoyable layer of earthy spices. Spicy alcohol taste at the finish and aftertaste. These 3 main groups of flavors seem a bit separated; it's not as complex as I'd like, and too little yeast.

Mouthfeel: There's a bit too much carbonation here. It's medium-bodied and smooth, but with a bit of alcohol sensation.

Drinkability: Alcohol is more noticable than I'd like and the carbonation gets a bit tiresome.

Hardly amazing, and with some issues, though it has it's good points too. Not sure if this is something I'd get again, but it's worth giving it a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 03:27:08 | More by mithrascruor
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OStrungT

California

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden color, with a nice fluffy off white head. The head has a slightly yellow tint to it. It fades slowly, leaving a nice lacing.

This beer has a spicy aroma. I smell coriander, cloves, and grains of paradise. This beer also has some grainy aroma. I can smell a nice mild citrus hop aroma as well. Some citrus notes are also present.

This beer tastes very much like it smells. It is mostly spicy, with some grainy flavor. I can taste the citrus hop flavor as well.

This beer is full bodied. It goes down smooth, leaving a clovey aftertaste. It is highly carbonated.

I think that this beer might make a decent session beer. It might be a little too spicy to enjoy a few bottles at a time. Also, the alcohol content is a little high.

Overall: This is a good beer. I have never had any complaints with the Vertical Epics, and I have had every one. Will this one mak it? I am not sure, but I am leaning towards no. I predict that this beer starts to develope a bandaid lik flavor after a little while. I hope I am wrong.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 02:00:59 | More by OStrungT
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Westsidethreat

California

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Light copper color with chill haze to it. Off white frothy head rests on top leaving a fine lace behind.

S: Coriander, nutmeg, jasmine, clove and honeydew melon.

T: Starts quite spicy but overall fresh. Really tastes a lot like it smells; coriander, jasmine, cardomon and black pepper. Little bit of lemon zest across the tip of the tongue with plain yogurt across the center of the palate. Perhaps some gardenia nectar runs through it too. Finish with some sasparilla, farmhouse flavors and spicy yeast.

M: Medium body with a soft mouthfeel

D: Liked the beer the first time I had it better than this bottle. Could it have already lost some of its pizzazz? Dunno. I’ll give it another whirl and rereview if I feel its fitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 15:51:39 | More by Westsidethreat
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Overlord

California

2.28/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well, I'll give this a pass, for now, as apparently it is a beer that's meant to be aged.

Not impressed at the moment. Flavors were sharp, but didn't blend well, and it was exceedingly raw. Almost seemed like it had been mixed from other beers....hard to describe.

I'll give it a year or two and try another bottle.

**I had another one recently. Somewhat impatient, I know, but given just how much I've enjoyed other Stone offerings, I had to try this again. It has not improved. I'm actually lowering my score a notch. The flavors do not sit well together, and I don't know what crazy spice after-taste they were going for, but I simply "Do not want."

***the next time I have this beer, it will be when it's aged five years. If anything, it is less drinkable now than it was when I initially had it, probably as my tastebuds and palate have grown a bit more discerning in the intervening year. Spicy, hot with alcohol, just an unpleasant mess. So atypical of Stone.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 08:00:33 | More by Overlord
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the better Vertical Epics I've had, but that being said, I haven't really been a huge fan of any of them so far (and I've had 04 to current). The bottle says that it is a mix between a saison and a tripel, and I think it is just as advertised.

The beer pours to a nice golden blonde color with a nice medium collar of slightly off-white head. Slightly hazy. Lacing leaves something to be desired, but a little bit sticks. Retention is good.

The smell is quite spicy. Smells mostly like lemon and lime with banana and clove notes. I can also pick up the cardamom and ginger listed on the bottle, though not as much as the lemon and banana. Hints of candi sugar and/or malt sweetness with an undertone of alcohol.

The taste is good. Lots of interesting spice. Lemon and banana most prominently, followed by clove, white pepper, cardamom, and ginger. Slightly bubblegummy. Sweet malt and candi sugary belgian flavor. Just a hint of alcohol.

The body is fairly thick with a subtle carbonation, lending a creamy feel. Would be easier to drink if it was a little less alcoholic and spicy. Very good though. I would be very interested to find out how this fares at 12.12.12, but I only had a single bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 06:12:09 | More by neonbrown82
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a honey glazed golden hue with a large white head leaving speckled lacing behind very impressive look to it. Aromatics contain delicate floral hops ginger spiciness mild background sweet and tart while grape tartness mild pineapple and pear fruitiness very aromatics like an insense candle burning slightly perfumey hop component going down. Flavor citrus peel viscosity tannin like character with a ginger finish, complex alcoholic swetneess honey tinged spicy notes good flow here but I see some age will help mold this one. Mouthfeel has a slightly syrupy character strong fortified carbonation, stay on your palate pretty unrelenting. Drinkability, definitely still young and a bit abrasive good thing it needs to last until December 12th, 2012. I really enjoyed the blend of the citrus and ginger here I could definitely take on some sushi with this complementing my dinner.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 15:11:33 | More by WVbeergeek
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 8.4% ABV. Pretty clear darker gold color, with some small sediment floating about. Thick white foamy head trickles down to a thin layer after a minute.

Strong spicy, and candied fruit aroma practically leaps out of the bottle. Cinnamon, apples, oranges, other earthy spices along with some floral and earthy notes. Quite the nose on this one!

Lots of orange, grapefruit, and other fruits at first, followed by some nice spices and that Belgian yeastyness. Saison character really comes out at the beginning, especially after warming just a bit.

Seems to be a bit thick and syrupy. Alcohol is well hidden. A bit more carbonation would do for me. Still very nice, and should age very well. Another hit.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 13:51:59 | More by Bierguy5
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Billolick

New York

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Stone calls this one a Golden Triple / Saison Hybrid" What more needs to be said? Stone bomber, Pours orange/amber clear, moderate off white head and just respectable lacing. Nose is boldly of fruity sweetness and spicy intrigue. Complex brew. upfront you will find plenty of fruit, spice, sweet malt. Candy apple sweet, tropical fruit sweet, coriander spice, ginger spice, gin spice. You either will love or hate this one and it will be interesting to see what some time does to mellow it out and perhaps bring things together a bit. For now its bold, complex and to my warped taste buds quite tasty...go get some and enjoy...thanks to Keith from DeCiccio market in Pelham, NY for letting me know this one had come in and was on the shelves...

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 00:58:09 | More by Billolick
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xav33

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale
22oz bomber
Moderate pour in a chalice.
Recent brewing, enjoyed 07/07

Poured a clear amber brown with a moderate fizzy mostly diminishing white head.

Smelt of strong tutti frutti with moderate oranges, sweet cake, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, anise. Smells like a very sweet shiny sweet bread. Lots of fun spices happening here!

Taste was upfront strong sweet bread and oranges and moderate bitter spices and caramel bread followed by more of the same, but with an accent on the bitter kick of spices.

Palate was medium bodied, creamy and velvety, softly carbonated, lightly astringent and moderately alcoholic.

Overall, this is a great beer to smell. Stone is having fun with this beer and it shows. A little rough looking and rough on the palate though. Not enough thick fluffy rocky belgian head and too viscous on the palate. Very interesting hybrid nonetheless!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 18:17:51 | More by xav33
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mandanss

New York

4.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Bottle- it is a big ole pints worth of exceptional beer from an extra ordinary brewery that Stone Brewing Company is.

The pour- pours out like any good ole Belgian style beer should like a Trappist with its massive mushrooming head, and deep golden color into any style chalice glass like Chimay with its maelstrom center of spiraling bubbles typical of any Belgian style ale.

Smell- smells like mowed grass on a cool spring day in may.

Taste- holy moely where do you begin, well on the front of the tongue get a big taste of citrus that fades quickly into an effervesce of a tonic and lime or in this case lemon. Which ends in a complex mix of alcohol and tannins that make for a rather refreshing drink so long as you drink it slowly. There is no need to rush this it will be with you for a very long time.

Drink ability- very drinkable just take you time with the best of time and the worst of times.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 01:50:04 | More by mandanss
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review #100 for me and my first Stone epic...cool.

Porus either a bright gold or a pale copper depending on your perspective. Good clarity and a some bubbling action. Less than an inch of off-white head that recedes fairly quickly, leaving a thin and splotchy lace and really no stick on the sides of the glass. Was expecting better head and retention.

Smell is dominated by citrusy lemon zest and spice. There's definitely ginger in there and who knows what other spices, although some of that spice is hops, as well as some yeast and alcohol.

Taste is pretty much the same as the smell. Lemon, ginger and spice are all there and there is a subtle malt sweetness present, as well. Finishes dry with a a bit of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium- to full-bodied and has a crisp carbonation.

I like the flavor but it gets to be a bit much by the time the bomber is through. I haven't had other epics to compare this to, and sadly I didn't buy another bottle to see how it ages, but I enjoyed this one here and now.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 01:38:23 | More by number1bum
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a Stone bomber into an Orval glass for me and St. Bernardus chalice for her. The beer is a light copper color, just a touch hazy, with a very thin head. The aroma is a little pepper spicy, kind of tripel-like, it has a Belgian-esque yeast quality. The flavor is reminiscent of some American tripels such as Golden Monkey or Final Absolution, but with a noticeable alcohol bite. Maybe it will mellow out as it ages towards 121212, but for now this is among my least favorites from Stone. On the plus side, my wife likes it. But she's got a taste for raw alcohol...

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 00:43:11 | More by TurdFurgison
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gkatsoris


4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer was an absolute gorgeous golden honey color. When held up to a light there was a hint of amber. The head was 2-3 fingers, and at an inch over the glass the head refused to drip.

Smell: Smells uniquely similar to Dog's 120 min IPA. The smell was tangy. Very tangy. Tangy and honey sweet. W/ a hint of citrus, and a deep hop.

Taste: Again, tangy. Tangy and Sweet; very similar to 120 IPA. It had deep flavors of honey, citrus, w/ a hint of very ripe pineapple. The finish was kind of buttery and hopalicious. The hops underlayed all of these flavors perfectly.

Mouthfeel: After taking a drink, there was a second foam reaction. I take (huge) gulps, which almost made my cheeks pop. Not sure why this is, maybe I didn't let it set long enough after pouring/opening.

Drinkability: I am more than thankful I have a whole case. The only problem will be resisting drinking them before the summers over. Yeah, that good.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 00:38:02 | More by gkatsoris
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czechsaaz

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is very spicy, a combo of yeast esters and added spices. I get the ginger that's described on the bottle and some citrus too that could be the citrus peel but also some American hops. Underneath is nice malt aromas with some crystal malt nose. There is a very slight belgian "funk" to go in there too.

Golden with lots of big rising carbonation bubbles but a pretty small rocky head fades to not much head at all.

First sip is very malty sweet. Lots of honey flavor. Later sips as it warms up is more spicy. I really get a bunch of citrus, more like candied peel than bitter rind. Aftertaste is pretty much dominated by the ginger. The flavors aren't really well blended, each stands out pretty much. But the beer is intended to be aged so maybe they will begin to blend with time in the bottle. Right now I find it all a little too much to concentrate on and so harder to enjoy.

Medium to full bodied which hides the strength. Very rough carbonation level that acts to cleanse the palate making it seem even lighter.

Interesting fresh. Not among my favorites right now but I've got my stash for the long haul.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 06:31:43 | More by czechsaaz
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