Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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5/5 rDev +32.6%
A: Stunning blonde color and crystal clear. a white frothy head is extracted upon pouring. Looks delicious.
S: The aroma is very upfront and complex. Honey, spice, citrus, and many other interesting aromas are present.
T: Wonderful layers of flavors work their magic on your pallete. honey, citrus, pale malt, and overall yumminess are all present.
M: Light body with a low carbonation. Compliments the flavors well.
D: Great brew at a great value. Big flavor, very drinkable,, and well worth the $6.50 for the bomber.
08-15-2007 23:34:26 | More by Avagadro
4.9/5 rDev +30%
Eye: The color of the beer is an orangish with a splash of pink. Head retention is poor, though it could be this snifter. There is a tiny bit of lacing. Can't complain about the appearance because I know that I've never had great retention in this snifter with the exception of Duvel and La fin du monde.
Nose: Sweet malty and spicy aromas billow from this glass. There is also a fruity candy type aroma, reminds me much of gummi bears. Alcohol is hidden well. All in all this brew smells amazing.
Tongue: Very nice brew. Not what you expect for this style, however it "meets the characteristics" while adding a little bit of something extra, something that makes it stand out." The classic Duvel type of flavor is there but there is also a nice spiciness and fruitiness to this beer as well. Among the sweetness from the Duvel type flavor there is also another sweetness, can't quite put a finger on it though. All in all a very complex and unique brew.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium-heavy bodied with moderate levels of carbonation...this is just what the doctor ordered. Slightly warming as it goes down due to the alcohol, but it isn't all that noticeable. Leaves a very clean taste of spices on the palate-perhaps thats coriander in there... This brew is very easy to drink, in fact I look forward to drinking the rest of this. This is a brew that I'd most definitely buy again, unfortunately its only a limited brew.
08-24-2007 04:13:10 | More by becktone
4.85/5 rDev +28.6%
Bomber poured into a Goose Island IPA tulip. The beer pours a crisp pale orange with a decent head that slowly diminishes to a ring. The aroma is sweet orange, citrus and spice. The beer is a wonderful blend of sweet malts, orange, citrus, spice, and just a hint of yeast. This is one of the best American Belgian styles I've ever had! The beer is light to medium bodied and the alcohol is somewhat well hidden. This is a very enjoyable beer, but definitely a sipper.
08-28-2007 02:17:59 | More by atsprings
4.8/5 rDev +27.3%
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.
07-13-2007 01:50:04 | More by mandanss
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
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
4.63/5 rDev +22.8%
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.
07-13-2007 00:38:02 | More by gkatsoris
4.58/5 rDev +21.5%
So guess what, it is July 7th 2007 and I have in my hand my first bottle of Stone's Vertical Epic 07.07.07! Hell yeah, this was the first year I was actually able to obtain one, to be able to drink it, by the release date(and by the skin of my teeth, it just arrived today!) Really siked for this as I had been waiting anxiously hopingit would arrive in time. Botle is the sameas theo thers in the series, Ale brewed with spices, and the 07's circling, been awaiting so I shall dive in.
Poured a very cloudy and haze golden amber. Not your pale golden amber, but a nice full, orange tint to it. Great streaming bubbles of carbonation were rippling to the surface through chains from the bottom. A nice one inch head formed immediatly upon the pour, hung around for about a minute then faded and receded back to just a film on top concentrated on the sides of the glass. Some residual lace on the glass was visible during the session.
The smell was highly spiced. Very light, but rich and complex aroma came over you as you took the first smell. Dark fruits, plums, figs, maybe some pear or apple could be detected in the backround trying to make their case known. A definate hoppines was also very much there. A slight citrus twist trying t creep up through the rest of the fruits. Upon warming one could also pick out a fresh cut grass, or earthiness to it as well. Very nice aroma, not as heavy as some of the past years.
Now for the dive in...First impression of the taste, was light, crisp and refreshing with a definate hoppy quality to it. If I did not know better I could almost see this as a belgian IPA. Lots of fruit flavors were readily apparent, bigtime pear flavor as well as some plum could be detected. I also picked up some apple in there. Lots of spices, nutmeg, a banana maybe too... The more you think about it the more you will find, the mark of a finely crafted brew. But the hop was still there, and a nice american citric hop it was, a touch of grapefruit is really what is being picked up here. Nice dry finish, slightly bitter, but more spicey and fruity. Great feel on this. Very light, not slick or oily at all, not watered down, every sip was full of flavor and never dull. Great carbonation helped the flavor simply wash over your tongue and gave it that alive feeling. Well done.
Overall this was sensational. Not apparent feel for the alcohol, very well hidden, made this one extremely drinkable. Not as heavy sitting as the others. This was by far my favorite of the series that I have tried thus far. I am not sure how it will hold up for five more years, but this is definatly damn good now. I would have to say to try it now, and put a couple away if you can. But I dont know how it would improve, just a fine quality beer here.
07-08-2007 03:28:20 | More by mikesgroove
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
4.58/5 rDev +21.5%
Poured into a brandy snifter and let decant for about 20 minutes at 45 degrees.
Appearance: A beautiful orange color with a nice amber hue. The clarity of the beer is hazy and there is particles in the bottom of the snifter. The head is a nice rocky foamy white and is two finger and slowly dissipated down to a nice ring around the brandy snifter.
Nose: A nice ripe pear, and orange with a nice fruity ester. There is a nice toasted malt that is nice biscuit aroma.
Taste: There is wonder balance between hops and malt. There a very smooth malt character with an orange and pear flavors. A nice subtle spiciness that is blended well in the beer. There is a biscuit and a toasty hints and a nice sweetness at the end.
Overall: Wow. is all I could say for the first sip. The mouth feel is creamy and slightly carbonated. The finish is slightly acidic and bitter leaving a pleasant finish on the palate. This is why I am Stone Brewery fan. The beer is awesome. The Alcohol is well hidden within the make up of the beer. The beer is well made and I think I found a new favorite style of beer beside Imperials. The balance is so delicate and fine.
01-23-2009 23:21:53 | More by colts9016
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
4.5/5 rDev +19.4%
1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped from Super Saver in Somerville for $7.99...
Bright orange, tangerine hue with noticeable foamy head that soon receded, leaving lots of lacing around the top of the glass...
Great smell of fresh fruit, nectarines, pears, apple, honey, clovers, and grapefruit...
A very sweet-aroma bursting with freshness and character...
Equally great taste that strongly complements the aroma, with sweet, sugar-laden flavors dancing around the tongue...
Great thick, rich, creamy mouthfeel...
Perilously drinkable with the hefty 8.4% ABV struggling to be noticed behind ultra-rich and sweet, unique flavors and well-balanced with fruity caramel malts and citrus hops...
This is very different from the usual Stone brews that I've encountered...
With Stone, I'm used to sampling very aggressive and in-your-face beers, while this one, although full of plenty of flavor, was more subtle and easy-going...
Very good depiction of the style... Highly recommended...
02-24-2008 18:56:37 | More by dsa7783
4.5/5 rDev +19.4%
First had this on tap at the OBF, but for a variety of reasons couldn't do a review based on that (palate overload being the primary one). However, if anything the bottled version is even more impressive, which is what I had the other night.
Pours a rich, honey gold color, with creamy looking head and great lacing. The beer has a very complex nose, funky nose, with honey, butter, ginger and possibly even coriandor all intermingled. In other words, this beer smells fantastic. On the palate the beer is every bit as good. This is a big, almost viscous beer, with flavors of honey, cherry and ginger. It's pretty sweet, and the beer comes across as very, very rich, with a very long lasting, rich smooth finish. Just delicious. The abv. is noticeable, but is not the least bit obtrusive. However, given the abv. and sweetness of the, a little bit of this goes a long way.
A very impressive effort from the talented folks at Stone.
Edit from 3/15/13. Tasted recently during a vertical epic event at Pacific Coast Brewing. Unlike other recent reviews of this beer, I was impressed by how well this beer has held up. I got considerable tropical fruit, citrus (tangerine) and light butter, and I was frankly amazed by how tasty and rich this beer still was. Granted, my current score was no where as high as what I gave it back in 2007, but nevertheless, this beer has held up very well, and was a very tasty beer. There was even still some hoppy bitterness in the finish.
08-10-2007 18:35:35 | More by John_M
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
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.
85 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.