Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.5/5 rDev +19.4%
A- Thick tan head on a crystal clear dark orange body. Very little lacing left and head retention wasn't to good.
S- It really smells like what you would imagine a triple mixed with a saison would smell like. A nice size banana mixed with spices and yeast. Grass hops and light cloves, hints of some other fruits like maybe a tiny bit of pineapple and pear? Also alcohol is noticed too.
T- Again the flavor is like the two mixed. You get a banana blended about equally with the saison style of yeast and the spices. Alcohol is noticeable, maybe a little to much on the tongue. Some other fruits make there way in there also with a few other spices. The more I sip on it the better it gets. A dry hop bitterness slowly builds up on tongue.
M- Full/medium body with low/medium carbonation.
D- The more I am drinking the more I like it. I think it may be a tad to hot right now but maybe in about 6 months it will be tasting better. I think it might actually age well unlike some others think. I can see the flavors blending together a bit more and the alcohol not being as hot. Can't wait to find out.
07-11-2007 23:27:48 | More by BlindPig
3.43/5 rDev -9%
Bomber I picked up a few days ago poured into Duvel tulip glass.
Golden amber color... very fizzy with lots of head.
The smell of this one is really funky... apples, pears, grapes, Vernors ginger ale, lemon.
Initial flavor is very sweet and "fresh", some kind of spearmint with pears and maybe rosemary or thyme. Finish is strong alcoholic flavors and a hint of metallic influences. Very strange and unique, but I don't know if its something I really enjoy. Despite the strength, it isn't that overpowering but the odd flavor takes some getting used to. Mouthfeel is very fizzy.
A strange colleciton of spices for a beer but not terrible. Worth trying, but I probably won't seek it out again.
04-30-2009 00:35:26 | More by webmanspidey
4.72/5 rDev +25.2%
22 oz bottle
A: Deep golden, copper under a big white head. Some nice lace and nice retention.
S: Smells fruity and spicy. A bit of apple and pear mixed with some sage, a bit of ginger and maybe some pepper. Perhaps a little saison-like hay character as well.
T: Sweet throughout. Spicy and fruity again, with some drying alcohol in the back end. Sage plays the biggest spice role, again mixed with a bit of apple. Saison-like hay is more noticeable in the taste.
M/D: Very nice mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied, carbonation is just right. Body might be a bit too slick for my liking, but that is nit-picking. Excellent drinkability. Overall, a very excellent bear.
10-08-2008 23:36:30 | More by NCSUdo
3.65/5 rDev -3.2%
Golden color with a tint of red. Fine bubbled head that drops to a thin lacing cap. Smell is spicey and drifts slightly to a alcohol note as it warms. This isn't necessary bad, but there is no hiding that this one has some kick to it. Taste somehow comes accross as somewhat bland, some spice, sugar sweetness, with an alcohol finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Not an overly drinkable beer. I bought a case of these when it first came out and i still have 9 left. It's mellowed somewhat over time but I'm hoping a little more aging improves this one some more. I'm a huge fan of Stone but this one has to be my least favorite of their offerings to date.
02-27-2008 02:02:26 | More by beermanbrian
2.93/5 rDev -22.3%
I was happy to find this one on a road trip but it ended up being a bit of a disappointment. Pours a clear, bright orange color with a thin white head. Aroma is a bit stingy with oranges, perfume and an assortment of spices. The mouthfeel on this is very tart, tangy and slightly dry. The strongest flavors are oranges and coriander, with lots of spices (ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg), some lemon, and light fragrant hopping thrown in there. Interesting but the flavors just don't work for me. Halfway through the bomber I was sick of it. Not an awful beer but it is the worst Stone product I have had so far. Maybe I should have waited until "sometime after December 12th, 2012."
08-30-2008 02:06:03 | More by changeup45
2.94/5 rDev -22%
Head on this golden ale disappears almost instantly. Given its age, I am not too surprised. I tried to pour gently but still managed to land some of the yeast beasts into our Teku glasses.
Syrup, honey and white grape notes predominate. A bit of ginger and citrus pith. A bit of creaminess but maintains dryness in the finish. Carbonation is crisp and tight; it feels really good on the palate. I wish a bit more fruit character would come out and play with the delightful carbonation. Medium to medium-full body.
Overall this is an interesting beer that I held onto for almost six years. I'm guess a year younger might have actually been its prime time as there is a hint of oxidization. This maybe would have been best for a 08.08.08 or 09.09.09 release? Some of the fruit and spice notes have been mellowed out too much in the aging process without much else to give way.
07-09-2013 01:01:54 | More by Zraly
4.38/5 rDev +16.2%
Oh man, this was good. Had this in their 22 oz bottle and man was this good. A great murky amber appearance a thin to medium head. Very well carbonated, I can hear the fizzing. The smell alluring: thick fruity malt aromas with big hints of spice and sugars. The taste had a wicked good, smooth aftertaste. Pretty sweet and dragged out flavors. A fizzing carbonation, like previously mentioned, helped make this pretty refreshing but please enjoy this beer without a meal; it should be enjoyed all on its own. Very nice.
02-04-2008 03:18:03 | More by fitzy84
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
22oz brown bomber, bottle conditioned.
Served cellar temp in a Duvel glass.
Poured a bright gold. Plenty of big bubbled carbonation. Head dissipated quickly. Deep malt aroma, with some Belgian spice as well as some other hard to pin down spice, a little bubblegum as well.
Full bodied with lots of malt sweetness. Some spice from the yeast as well some other subtle spice flavors (ginger?) There is a slight hoppiness in the middle. Nice mouthfeel. Some warming from the alcohol. Quite drinkable even on a hot summer day. Nice American interpretation of a Belgian style.
My first Vertical Epic. Didn't really knock my socks off, but I enjoyed it.
I plan on saving a bottle for at least a year.
08-07-2007 00:48:26 | More by homebrewhawk
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
A: gold/copper, little haze or head
S: ginger, cardamom, citrus, spice. Reminds me of a Christmas beer.
T: Again, a lot of ginger, cardamom, citrus, etc. Ginger stir fry in a bottle. Really interesting, unusual brew. The only other beer I can recall boasting of ginger is Dogfish Pangea.
M: Medium body, not a lot of carbonation.
D: Very good, but I wouldn't want a ton of it at once.
10-06-2008 03:21:51 | More by waltonc
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
Dark, orangish brown with a small head which retain very well. Smells creamy, sweet fruits, banana, slight alcohol odor. The taste is sweet, spicy and a bit peppery. The mouthfeel is a bit thick, well carbonated and leaves a sweet coating on the inside of the mouth. This is very well balanced and easy to sip on but a bit of an overload to the senses if overconsumed.
07-02-2007 04:24:54 | More by Lothore
4.15/5 rDev +10.1%
A- pours a deep amber, brilliant orange color, with a 2 finger head. Great retention, heavy lace, and small bubbles continue to rise from the bottom of the glass.
S- Complex, very interesting nose, filled with caramel malts, big spice and herbal component. Citrus hops, backed by ginger spice make a great combo. Honey shows up towards the back as well.... nice
F- Big time spice and herb flavors. Cardamom and citrus seem to dominate the flavor, but thyme and basil seem to be in there too. Beautiful spicy yeast strain, with lots of phenols. Ginger hits on the finish, along with a touch of honey sweetness. Fantastic.
M- creamy, oily, and thick.
D- quite good, but a slight alcohol burn after a few sips.
Overall, a great beer. Like many of the other vertical epics, I can't really see this lasting another 5 and a half years. We'll just have to see how the spice holds up. I guess we'll see in the future. Either way, pick one up if you can still find some.
11-17-2007 17:51:31 | More by phisig137
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
2.65/5 rDev -29.7%
all credits due to Stone. The Rock! this is not my favorite style of beer and definately not my first choice at the retailer. this is the first beer from Stone that i will not buy again. with that said it looked good, smelled ok for beer - cloves come to mind. mouth feel and taste are cloves alcohol and more cloves.
ok, worth the notch in the belt.
suckem up and movem out.
09-04-2007 22:39:16 | More by giblet
3.63/5 rDev -3.7%
Dark gold with a brief 1-finger head, some small particulate matter floating around.
Fruity, estery aroma -- mostly pear, followed by some stawberry and a bit of alcohol.
Flavor starts moderately sweet with some mild pear, pineapple, and strawberry. From there, things fall off a bit -- mouthfeel thins and a mildly sour graniness takes over. A touch of alcohol in the finish, as well as a mild peppery note. "Bland" comes to mind, other than the prickly alcohol heat at the end.
I really like most of Stone's beers, but this just didn't quite make the grade. A good brew but not a great one.
07-25-2007 15:26:36 | More by shirfan
4.5/5 rDev +19.4%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into my New Belgium globe glass. Reviewed on 7/7/07.
A: Pours a deep golden amber color. Not a lot of head and it recedes quickly.
S: Lots of great smells; fruit, spices, and yeast.
T: This thing is like a tripel on steroids. Lots of fruit up front in the form of grapefruit, orange, and apricot. The spices are up next; lots of citrus peel and more prominent spices. All of the tripel flavors that you would typically find but in typical Stone style, they are more amplified. Very flavorful and complex yet at the same time it's still refreshing.
M: Full bodied, a bit thick, light carbonation.
D: I enjoyed the hell out of this beer. I've got another bottle that I'm going to age until 12/12/12 and I'm very interested to see how this thing will change with time. I sure did like it fresh. It's very flavorful and delicious. Another excellent brew from Stone.
07-08-2007 03:48:16 | More by willjschmidt
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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