Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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District of Columbia
4.22/5 rDev +11.9%
Pours a perfectly medium straw/golden color. As this wasn't a full bottle pour, it is very clear through with a good half inch pillowy white head, very Belgian-like so far. Wow, aroma really reminds me of my own homebrewed saison, lots of Belgian funk, wow I wonder if they used the same yeast strain! Quite a bit of spice in the nose as well, some wheat notes, a faint citrus. On the palate, it really spreads out. The saison like flavors hit you first with some herbal hop notes, a lot of crystal malts and finishes more like a tripel with high alcohol/sweet malt notes. You can still taste the American in this beer much like all American Belgian versions. It still has the cleanness and the finish is vaguely pale ale like. Still, this is an interesting and unusual beer. It seems previous verticals have been better, but since this is my first, I look forward to trying the rest.
01-31-2008 19:25:54 | More by dreadnatty08
4/5 rDev +6.1%
Found a few of these buried away at my local generic "Liquor Store" and realized I hadn't properly reviewed it yet.
A: Pour a light amber color with a smaller head that fades quite quick but does leave some nice trace of lacing around the glass.
S: Very light on the hoppy scent that's oh so typical from the guys at Stone. That being said it has a nice spicey Belgian nose, with hints of clovesi, bubblegum, banana and I swear a smell a hint of strawberry in there. This is all capped off with a nice mellow caramel malt scent.
T: Very spicey initial taste that leads way to that caramel malt that was present in the aroma. A bit of an orange spice flavor is hidden in there, and then it finishes up with a nice sweet bubblegum flavor. Again not much hop presence (compared to other Stone brews of course). Pretty good tasting beer.
MF: Sharp is the first word that comes to mind on this one it really hits your tongue very quickly, but then subdues a bit, I don't remember while drinking the others but this one seems just a wee bit flat....again though I'm not sure if it's just this bottle or not. So if it sounds off, ignore my rating on this part.
D: Above average for sure, it's a very pleasant beer to drink and does hide the alcohol percentage quite well. I might have to go pick up a few more!
Cheers Stone guys!
01-31-2008 06:54:00 | More by ChillMike
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a modest head that fades quickly but leaves some nice patterns of lace
Smell: Yeasty and peppery, with some cardomam and candi sugar
Taste: Opens with a bit of tropical fruit, ginger and candi sugar; joined by yeast-laden phenols at mid-palate; after the swallow, the yeastiness builds along with some of the spices (cardomam and clove) that linger in the finish; various citrus peels hang around the finish as well
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation
Drinkability: While I respect the complexity, the blend doesn't do a whole lot for me; just not crazy about the spice blend
01-30-2008 01:15:51 | More by brentk56
4.35/5 rDev +15.4%
Pours a hazy orange with a frothy big white head. Nice aroma of Belgian yeast. Taste is delicious; quite complex, with sweetness, lemon/citrus, spices, with a little aftertaste of hops. Goes down very smoothly, with a very clean mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable; another fantastic Stone offering.
01-28-2008 03:33:34 | More by medic25
2.53/5 rDev -32.9%
A- light copper in color, active brew with constant bubbling, some sediment floating, tiny head that doesn't hold well, but falls to a tiny foam ring that hangs out through the drinking period
S- malty with fruity esters, spicy yeast and phenolic
T- toasted grain and fruit from malts, some citric rind at finish, spicy throughout even more so at finish
M- medium body, spicy and hot(alcohol), dry finish
D- drinkable but not something i enjoyed, and probably wont drink this again until the series completes in 2012
01-26-2008 21:45:21 | More by tonistruth
4.58/5 rDev +21.5%
a-poured a nice light unfiltered golden with 1 finger of cream head that quickly moved to a ring.
a- smells very spicy and sweet. Reminds me of a spiced ale.
t-strong alcohol flavour with spices. cardomon and citrus are the main flavours.
m- light creamy mouthfeel.
drinkable -Yes! I should have bought more.
BTW- this would have never lasted to 12-12-12
01-24-2008 01:43:08 | More by chileman13
3.3/5 rDev -12.5%
Nice beer sent my way by HimerMan from the NoBSultra BIF many thanks!
An easy pour produces a mattress of ivory head on top of a clear amber brew. Good lacing rounds it out.
Yep, plenty of of Belgium yeast and sugar cane in the aroma. Spicy too.
Quaff has these classics, but with a bit of a soapy aftertaste that distracts for the overall goodness of the brew. Spicy fruit apple and fig, help provide flavor.
A tad disappointed in this one but thats because of my high expectations for Stone.
01-19-2008 21:25:35 | More by Vancer
4.05/5 rDev +7.4%
Appearance: Deep Orange brew with a slight head that doesn't last. A good amount of carbonation is present and stays active for a good while after the pour.
Smell: Sweet fruits, citrus, and a big bread smell are present.
Taste: Malty up front. Gives way to a sweet fruity, citrusy flavor. Finish is warm and spicy and goes very well with the maltiness that is still lingering.
Mouthfeel: Nice smoothness and nice, creamy thickness. Leaves a nice warming feeling in the mouth and a good, complex aftertaste.
Drinkability: Good beer. Not the most complex Belgian style beer out there, but it has a good, inoffensive flavor to it. Will revisit sometime after 2012 to see how it ages.
01-19-2008 01:54:29 | More by hellcatsjg
2.1/5 rDev -44.3%
Bomber into a pint glass.
A: Pours luscious deep gold. Honey, amber and tawny highlights. One inch of creamy white head, with good retention and lacing.
S: Smells decent, but not great. Strong aromas of esters and Belgian yeast. Some faint spices are evident.
T: The first sip is bold malty tones, as well as fruity sweet notes like in a Tripel. Spicy ginger notes arrive mid-palate, followed by other spices (cinnamon and cardamom). Then catastrophe strikes. The cardamom is much too strong, and it leads to an absolute train-wreck of a finish, which left me feeling like I had cottonmouth. Surprised, but undeterred, I tried another sip. Same thing. I tried still another sip and noticed to my dismay that everything I disliked about this beer was becoming more pronounced the more I had it.
M: I forced myself to have another couple sips so that I could evaluate mouthfeel. It was overly carbonated and sharp.
D: I poured this one out.
I'm glad that they only brewed this once.
01-17-2008 01:02:15 | More by Boppar
4.38/5 rDev +16.2%
Opened 22oz Bomber and poured into snifter.
Nice foamy light tan head forms atop a vibrant amber brew that is hazy.
Smells quite aromatic. Some hops, some spice. Nothing distinguishable. Taste is weird at first, but after a few sips, it becomes very palatable. Nice bitterness. Good hoppy taste with light citrus and ginger. Really great beer.
Has a really nice body and nice mouth feel. Very drinkable, but it definitely not a chugger. Sip like fine wine.
I plan on purchasing more of these as it is quite worthy. Very recommended.
01-13-2008 08:23:49 | More by mattster
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
22 oz. bottle, bought at Seagate in Huntington Beach, CA,
A: Pours a dark orange, with a medium white head, some lacing, nothing special.
S: The smell, however, is outstanding. Very fragrant fruit, citrus, and spice.
T: An interesting mix of flavours in this one. Esters of peach and orange are the main flavours offset by the peppery spice. Some green apple in there as well, quite sugary and sweet.
M: Smooth and crisp, with some ethanol in the end, medium-bodied.
D: An complex and interesting beer at the moment, will be interested to see how this develops by 2012.
December 2012 Edit - Pours a murky burnt orange. Smell is still good, orange Creamsicle, lots of flowers, Asian spice. Good flavour, lots of orange and spice, a tad cloying. Sweet as it was fresh. Good beer. Pretty much I like it the same as '07, but in a different way.
01-13-2008 05:29:18 | More by Halcyondays
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
Bottle. Poured a murky orange color with a lot of sediment and a slight white head. Aroma of fruit and yeast. Smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is very fruity with a lot of apricot to it. A lot of spices in this, maybe some ginger and cinnamon. Alcohol is very present in its finish. A very nice beer.
01-13-2008 02:21:16 | More by Dansting
3.58/5 rDev -5%
Tasted on 7/12/07 -22 oz. glass bottle- color of honey gold, with a medium eggshell colored head - nose of yeast, spice, nutmeg, lime, and citrus zest taste of yeast, allspice, honey, citrus zest and orange- body is medium, dry, and with medium to high carbonation aftertaste of gummy, and orange zest- too much citrus will be a much better beer in a year or two
01-04-2008 06:46:48 | More by stephendr
4.68/5 rDev +24.1%
This is an excellent example of a good Belgian Ale.
A: Pours a golden body with a small head that dissipates after a few sips but a solid lacing is evident that hold thorughout the whole beer.
S: An excellent, sweet malty smell. Also, ginger, cardamon, grapegruit all seemd ot be evident in the smell as well.
T: The taste was just as exquisite. A nice, sweet malt taste with the spices noted above evident but not overbearing. The alcohol was barely noticeable except for in my bloodstream. Smooth, banana esters were present in the aftertaste that did well did balance the other spices and the malts.
M: A crisp, smooth mouthfeel that was bot anjoyable and refreshing.
D: A very drinkable beer. Good taste, great mouthfeel. The alcohol was barely noticeable and the beer was just fantastic overall. An exceptional brew.
01-02-2008 21:34:41 | More by maddogruss
4/5 rDev +6.1%
22 oz. bottle in a snifter.
A - Beautiful copper color that's crystal clear with a nice white head that stays for a while.
S - Sweet citrusy smell with a hint as to the alcohol to come.
T - Smooth, citrus and yeast flavors. Really smooth. There's a little hint of the alcohol in the finish.
M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.
D - Great beer.
01-02-2008 04:53:11 | More by jeffmonarch
3.55/5 rDev -5.8%
Poured this from a bomber into a tulip glass. Beautiful. Hazy orange color, though the light that shined through it threw red on my hand. One finger head that dissipated into a bit of froth on top. Smelled fantastic! Citrus fruits dominate - grapefruit, lemon, orange. Smell was comparable to the finest Belgians that I've had. Taste was disappointing after the wonderful smell. The smell was very sweet, but it tasted bitter and sour. Actually, the taste is pretty appropriate, since it tasted like unripened fruit. Medium, yet confident mouthfeel. This is the the first of the Vertical Epics I've tried and I wasn't very impressed. Definitely the weakest offering I've had from Stone. However, it was designed to be enjoyed five years from now and I noticed huge potential from the aroma. I'll definitely pick up another of these to age until then.
01-01-2008 19:18:33 | More by atrus138
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours clear gold. Nic creme head. Nice yeasty sugar laden nose. Decent flavor. More dough than I thought there would be. Yeast is noticeable. Decent feel. Smooth. The profile is unusual though, which knocks the drinking factor down a bit. Seems a bit out of balance, but still a pleasure to drink.
01-01-2008 13:25:11 | More by RblWthACoz
4.5/5 rDev +19.4%
Appearance- Nice, slightly orange. Nice, white head with some retention and a decent amount of lacing.
Aroma- Wonderful mix of orangy cirtris, Belgian yeast and a hint of earthiness. Just enough hops in there so you know you're not sniffing fruit juice. Smells very inviting.
Taste- Again, quite citrusy. Tastes great. Just a hint of yeastiness. Not much taste on the front of middle of toungue. Nost of it is on the rear as you swallow. Very interesting. A hint of candy sweetenss in there, and you get a feel for the alcohol as you drink it, but it's not over-powering.
Body- Quite slick. Slides down the gullet very nicely. Perfect level of CO 2 for the style. Okay, maybe a hair more would be nice. It's tought to put a finder on it. Body is medium for the style.
Drinkability- It's delicious, but not very sessionable. If you are just getting into Belgian ales, this is a very good starting point.
12-21-2007 22:27:56 | More by theopholis
4/5 rDev +6.1%
Clear amber color, slight , off-white head.
Aroma speaks citrus, grapefruit, orange, lemon, and many spices...like a candied orange slice dipped in ginger. sweet, but dry.
Taste: more of the same all over the mouth, very slick and supple, easy drinking, despite the 8% abv, just plump full of juicy fruit, hops, yeast, ...some tartness, some mild astringency, a bracket of bitterness, but overall sweet fruit, some bitter, and spice is the order of the day, some cardamom, ginger, coriander...now and again, it feels hot, too, there's a fierce hop and booze heat that only squeaks up for a bit, before bowing...
A tasty brew, kind of in between a wit, a saison, and a Belgian golden ale, or even a tripel, sort of a mix of those, but delicious and good drinking!
12-20-2007 08:24:48 | More by feloniousmonk
4.05/5 rDev +7.4%
Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a medium amber. head was several fingers and seemed to be slightly pink in color. The head left a thin layer on the top of the beer that lasted the entire time. Aroma smells earthy, with touches of lemon and white chocolate. Taste reminded me of gingerbread, slightly spiced. Felt good in the mouth, not to sticky, and just slighly carbonated in the mouth. Very easily drinkable, didn't notice the alcohol until too late. Was slightly warming which was nice.
12-13-2007 00:17:45 | More by mountdew1
3.29/5 rDev -12.7%
Edit Cellar Review from 2/15/13:
Still hazy orange brew... great retention and lacing...
Nose is a big boned BSPA with too much residual spicing and sweetness .. citrus zest and cardamom are still the big players.. but much more integrated than my 1st review.
Flavor is still very sweet.. and the "sweet spices" only bloom an out of bounds brew.. Belgian qualities are still cast in the shadow of too much spice.... I bet this was well done without the spice cabinet. Tastes like a stomach ache.
Much more drinkable with all this age.. but that also has magnified a sugary burpy carbonation that makes it difficult to get more than a half a glass down easily.
22oz picked up at New Vintage in Meridian for about $6... shared with a coworker.. still listening to the Cowboy Junkies. Poured into a big red wine balloon.
Beautiful hazy orange.. very orange.. lite haze. Good head that goes away quickly leaving almost no lacing.
Smell is spices.. Belgian yeast and otherwise... citrus across the board but there is more ... ginger and cardamom (I would not know what cardamom smelled/tasted like had a local brewery not used it in their rye). Spices dominate... all kinds of citrus .. not noticeable hops... sorta a mismash of everything... big fruity kick with a sweetness that only sort of binds thing together.. Flavor is the same but MUCH BIGGER. Great body while still having a prickly tongue. Candy sweetness and alcohol become much more evident as it warms... so does the citrus.
I've had probably a dozen of the 777's at this point, and they seem to be getting better... at first, my notes use the word "trainwreck" quite liberally... tastes like an overspiced saison with a bigboned triple as the base brew. This is the first VE I've reviewed and won't be the last. I enjoyed this one from the beginning, but more because of how I see it aging. I predict this one gaining some serious props in the cellar.. it needs a bunch of time to meld.... but it is still very interesting and whole heartedly unique at this juncture. The citrus is already much more muted than fresh... My only real concern, I worry the cardamom won't diminish... too much cardamom!
This is the first VE I've had reckless ability to try.... I have a case in the basement and will buy more... It is only going to get better... Now, somebody needs to hook a brother up with a 333, and I will sell family members to get a 222... seriously... no joke... you can have my brother at cost... $50 and he's yours.
12-05-2007 10:13:01 | More by JohnGalt1
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours with a small head, minimal retention some lacing. Has a clear golden color ( becomes hazy once the sediment is added).
Smells of spices, sweet malt, fruits and some of that horse barn(yeast?) smell that I love so much in Orval.
Tastes of fruits, malty, some funkiness and spices. I think a little bit of aging will do this beer justice.
12-03-2007 08:46:37 | More by irishkyle21
2.6/5 rDev -31%
Please note that this review is relative to the STYLE - which is chock full of great beers.
A: Slightly opaque, dark orange. Good initial head, but dissapated quickly without retention.
S: Pretty harsh alcohol smell greeted me. Some deep, ripe fruits with a hint of yeast helped to salvage the smell and make it interesting.
T: Fig or Raisin, deep malt, alcohol.
M: Warm alcohol - almost reminded me of a cordial. Rich and deep on the palate, with a slight tang at the end.
D: Not that enjoyable - too heavy for the style.
I'm generally a HUGE supporter of Stone, but was not a fan of this one. Bummer. **I have one remaining - if anyone thinks I should cellar #2 for a year, let me know**
12-02-2007 00:37:48 | More by BeerImmediately
1.98/5 rDev -47.5%
I must preface this review by saying that Stone is probably my favourite brewery. The Ruination and Bastards are extremely well made beers; beers that I've converted BPR drinkers with. So, I expected allot from the Vertical Epic.
I poured it from a 1pt 6ox bottle into this nifty Samuel Smith pint glass (try to find one, they're nice). The colour was nice, looked on par for the style.
The smell was kind of, well, blah. There was spice, and alcohol. I couldn't make much out of it.
The taste and mouth feel were awkward. It felt thin, and hot. The alcohol was very forward, as were the spices. It also had an over "sour" taste, like it had been chilled, warmed, and then chilled again. It wasn't the clean taste I'd come to expect from Stone.
Maybe I just got a bad batch, but I expected much more.
12-01-2007 07:34:47 | More by nephlim
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
This beer poured a slightly cloudy golden blond into a tulip glass. The head was white and fizzy, but fleeting. Aroma was somewhat fruity, with hints of spice and earth.
I enjoyed the infusion of sweet fruits with the Belgian spices, it gave the brew a bit more depth and personality. Spicy up front, along with sweet malt and a subtle dry finish. Slight hints of alcohol. This is a perfectly delightful beer from Stone. Overall they did a nice job with this one.
11-30-2007 17:08:38 | More by BBM
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.