Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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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
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
Purchased a couple months ago, and sampled on 03.28.08, so it's got a solid 6 months or so in the bottle. Overall- it's quite good, but I think it should get better with age, so I think I may keep my other bottle until sometime after 12.12.12 like they suggest.
Upon opening the bottle, the first thing I thought was "Unibroue." This isn't just because it's a belgian ale- it's more than that. The yeast characteristics in both the smell and taste seem to me to be very much akin to a unibroue beer. So I'm thinking it's the same yeast, and if not, it's a damn similiar one.
Color is deep and golden as promised with a huge saison-like head. Not much lacing to my surprise. Very effervescent with lots of floral and citrus notes. Very nice. The glacier and crystal hops do a fine job at bittering, but for now at least, the orange, grapefruit, and lemon peel are just a tad bit too much right now. It seems that I can taste all three, but perhaps I am imagining them to an extent. The mouthfeel will benefit from some more aging as well I think... all those peels just leave the mouth a bit puckered up. Nothing over the top, just a tad bit too much right now.
Overall this is already developing into a very very drinkable and excellent beer. The blending of the various spices I think is going to be outstanding a year or two out from now. Not bad at all right now, but I have high expectations for this down the road.
03-29-2008 04:51:26 | More by lpayette
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
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
3.53/5 rDev -6.4%
Yes yes I know, I couldn't wait that long either, it simply called to me, and I answered.
A - A very pretty solid bronze color. Minimal head which disappeared fast, no lacing.
S - Very sweet, like grapefruit and orange juice. Makes my tongue water up just a bit.
T - Wow, at first very sweet and spicy, but the aftertaste packs a bitterness so potent it feels like being slapped. This is not necessarily a bad thing, it's just powerful. Hard to detect the alcohol with the complex battle being waged by the different profiles here. As it warms up the bitterness dies down a bit and this becomes quite enjoyable!
M - Full bodied and noticeably thick, yet it finishes much cleaner than I had expected.
D - I'm not sure how many of these I would be able to handle, but I could definitely go for another. I bet other beers taste like water after this one, it's quite brutal on the palate.
10-12-2007 22:29:11 | More by PhageLab
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
The nicely roasted toffee malt palate features a rich clovey herbal character that is accompanied by a clean, spicy ginger note and some definite coriander. Firm toastiness in the finish.
Nice, especially if youre in to spice-laden Belgians. But, I wonder if several years of aging will do that much good for this one?
10-21-2007 23:02:21 | More by arguemaniac
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
Reviewed on 12.12.12
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series
P: Slightly hazy golden body with active carbonation and nice tight layer of white head.
S: Lots of ginger, bubblegum, fresh grass, steeped green tea, citrus peel, jasmine, cardamom, lavender and stone fruit.
T/M: Floral flavors take the lead, followed by ginger, sweet malt, spices, Belgian yeast, citrus and herbal bitterness. Crisp dry body that has creaminess and finishes with herbal bitterness.
O: Well blended spices, stone fruits and aged nice. A light crisp and spicy beer for those warmer months. This more more like a Tripel in style.
12-23-2012 19:21:54 | More by Hopswagger
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
3.3/5 rDev -12.5%
Extra from Eric way back when. Thanks!
A: Light copper-red color with a thin ring of head. Some sediment floating in the glass.
N: Ginger comes through very clear. Orange is also present. Hints of lavender, peppercorn, some malt and whiskey, and cola.
T: Nicely sweetened with ample citrus flavor. Slight oxidation.
M: Light and well-carbonated.
O: Still very aromatic, and this was actually one of the favorites of the tasting amongst non beer geeks. Definitely would drink this one soon.
09-12-2013 19:50:33 | More by Sarlacc83
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
A- Deep and golden. Totally transparent. Head is quite thin in my snifter.
S- Very saison-like with Belgian candi sugar aromas. Fruity and citrusy too. Apples, corriander (maybe) w ith a peppery smell along with orange peel.
T- Definitely candi sugar and very rich. Complexity comes around too with some apples, pears, oranges, and light alcohol. This beer is very much like a saison to me and I dig the Stone description of it.
M- Thin and medium carbonation.
D- Very drinkable, but somewhat sweet and rich.
03-11-2008 02:22:52 | More by MMAJYK
3.6/5 rDev -4.5%
A- Golden red body with a thin white head that stuck around as a foam cap and ring.
A- Dark fruity aroma, but at the same time with significant spice and ginger.
T- Very sweet body. Finishes spicy. Quite a lot of ginger flavor.
M- Medium body with low carbonation. Slightly warming beer.
D- Enjoyable beer, but quite a bit of ginger.
05-13-2011 06:59:57 | More by gpogo
2.38/5 rDev -36.9%
Cloudy orange pour with a bit of white head.
Alot of spiciness in the aroma. Ginger dominates, with supporting clove and coriander notes.
Spicy and boozy are the best ways to describe the flavor. Stale off flavors linger on the tongue long after the swallow. Just nothing worth liking.
Thick, uneven body. I absolutely love Stone's lineup, but Belgians are definitely not their forte. Yet. I'm hoping for the future, but in the meantime I'll stick to one of their world class offerings.
10-21-2007 01:42:02 | More by nortmand
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
Pours a deep orange almost brown with a off white head that disipates leaving no collar or lacing. The beer has a sweet fruity floral aroma with some slight booziness in the background. Fruit nose is of sweet cherries. I never would have guessed this was from Stone if I were to close my eyes, but have thought it was a Belgian import. It's a very pleasing and enjoyable scent. First sip was a little nondescript and thus I let it warm some more. After warming the fruity flavors come through although no with as much strength as in the nose. It's well balanced and finishes up with a slight hop bitterness and spiciness. Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Highly drinkable given the abv and to style.
I'm not sure if I was expecting less from this one because some people were disappointed when comparing it to the previous vertical epics, but this was highly enjoyable.
08-16-2007 17:19:42 | More by Jmamay22
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.