Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
Off the tap at Stone Night in Burlington this beer was a bright orange-amber color in my goblet. The head was short lived but as a thin cream-colored collar it left scattered lacing and stuck around quite a while. The aroma was surprisingly light, floral and citrus hops, light spiciness and hints of honey. The flavors, however, were monstrous compared to the bouquet. The flavors were a nice arc that started with a semi-sweet note that then went spicy before going to a bitter finish. Bright hops added lemon and grapefruit, tangy orange peel, and white grapes. The alcohol nip was present and Belgian yeast added complexity and a 'twang' at the finish that I had mixed feelings about. The mouthfeel was semi-creamy, the body full and the carbonation still quite active.
01-13-2009 01:35:17 | More by thekevlarkid
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
22 oz bomber thanks to my first trade with Redwood21. Served this puppy up in a snifter and I hope it hasn't experienced any negative effects since I forgot it was there.
A: Pours a pretty nice orange honey color. Held to light it has a lot more orange character to it. The intial pour yielded a nice cream colored finger of head. The head diminishes rather quickly to a thin ring that rests on top. The ring does produce some decent lacing.
S: Whoa. At first smell I get a ton of brandy type smells coming out. Really knock you on your ass, brandy. As it warms, this smell subtles out. Some really nice pickled ginger comes out later along with some anise seed? Very interesting. There is also a nice malt presence that has a touch of orange sweetness mingling in there.
T: Wow we put some ginger in here did we Stone? Lots of crazy ginger flavor coming out here. Then comes some nice orange and grapefruit flavors that I imagine are the hops presence. Still nicely sweet and enjoyable. The malt is thick and just the right amount of sweetness coming from there. There is also just a spice rack of spices going on here and it seems that a different flavor comes out from each sip. Other notable tastes are clove, yeast, and mint. Nice.
M: Pretty nice medium bodied brew on the heavy side. This brew has some decent sticky qualities to it. ABV is light in the feel, lighter than the nose would lea you to believe. The aftertaste is mostly some nice citrus fruit and sweet malty goodness. Carbonation is medium but this is not exactly crisp.
D: This brew is pretty nice. It has its high points and low points in each category. Overall, I would say this was enjoyable but it wasn't all that easy of drinker. Not bad and sure as hell solid.
01-07-2009 06:35:35 | More by everetends
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
Copper color with an orange glow throughout. Head froths up nicely, then recedes to a gentle layer of white foam on top. Smells of orange peel, maybe coriander or other spice permeates. Very nice smell to it. Taste is filled with notes of orange and spices. Layered taste of the spices with cake like fruit notes. Quite enjoyable taste, with good carbonation to scrub the booze off the tongue. The alcohol is quite well hidden.
01-04-2009 23:19:27 | More by jpaltan
3.38/5 rDev -10.3%
Aug 31, 2007
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale is a rather clear amber ale with tiny particles swimming around in it. The white head mostly recedes, yielding a soft, thin white film that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is fruity and very yeasty. There are notes of orange, apricot, cherry and bubble gum. It has a medium (medium-light) body that seems a bit watery. It has a lively, sharp carbonation and a slightly chalky finish. The flavor starts sweet and turns spicy. The citrus flavor at the beginning seems a little at odds with the rest of the flavor. A tenor malt tone takes over and rolls smoothly into bitterness. The aftertaste is of black pepper. It's not bad, but I've come to expect more from stone. This obviously needs some cellaring. Good potential once the flavor and texture smooth out.
01-03-2009 00:25:55 | More by yesyouam
4.5/5 rDev +19.4%
I figure one year was all I could wait til I cracked open this bottle and shared it with my brother.
Poured a nice amber color with a thick white head. You could see the carbonation rising to the top rapidly and the ale left good lacing throughout the drinking period.
The aroma was of oranges and grapefruit.
The taste was similar to many Belgian tripels. There was a strong grapefruit flavor, rich malts, and a medium body to it. Not much in the way of hops, but I don't mind!
There was no heavy aftertaste on the palate other than the lingering presence of the alcohol, which was evident in the first taste.
This ale is very drinkable if it weren't for the high abv, but it's so good it would be a shame not to make a night out of it.
12-29-2008 17:43:58 | More by davexisxrabid
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
Reviewed on 8/30/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy deep orange with a small ring of white head. Aroma of vegetable stew (I think that's the ginger), pepper, and light citrus. Flavor of Belgian yeast and just tons of ginger, which really dominates the beer. Unfortunately none of the fruity notes really come out in this beer. I don't know if it's the age or not, but something went wrong here. It's not bad certainly, but a little too 1 dimensional.
12-27-2008 22:58:24 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
A- Pours a dark golden orange color with a fizzy off-white head.
S- The aroma is light fruity esters (apple and pear) with some spices, orange peel and Belgian yeast. The nose is pretty solid, the spices in particular make it rather interesting.
T- The taste features much of the same flavors that were present in the aroma. The apple/pear combo is enhanced with a good amount of spices in the taste. Reminds me more of a Tripel than a Saison, but does have characteristics of both.
M- The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.
D- Not too bad, not a session beer by any means but it is a nice drinker.
Overall, Stone Vertical Epic 07.07.07 is another great beer from this outstanding brewery that is recommended.
11-17-2008 02:40:48 | More by cjgator3
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
Based on falling in love with VE'08 at the recent Belgian Beerfest, my buddies and I set out to find a couple bottles of previous VE's Cheer's to Jimmy J for getting his hands on a couple bottles of VE'07. Major props for dropping me an extra bottle. I think I'll be aging that one to see how it evolves...
I have to say this, the '07 version is just not as good as '08... It's not bad, but clearly a step below this year's classic.
There was a foamy white head that formed atop the slightly cloudy golden beer. Like a very light honey. Not much lacing to speak of.
Aroma was sharp and fairly complex. Green Apple, spices, yeast and some citrus fruits.
Flavor did follow the aroma fairly closely. There was a lot of stuff going on here.
Again, green apple was present along with ginger, lemon and yeast notes. The beer finished with a note of mint. Very interesting.
Mouth feel was fairly light and this is a very drinkable beer.
As I mentioned, not as good as '08, but still a nice beer.
11-09-2008 13:07:15 | More by Reagan1984
3.28/5 rDev -13%
Absolutely loved the 08. Found a few of these in a nameless liquor store and was very happy about it.
Very dull orange color. White head.
Smells of spices over oranges. Very unique, oddly pleasing. I've never smelled anything like it.
I get a big bite of cloves, which happens to be one of the few spices I can identify, and bananas. There is definitely more going on though. Spicy, fruity.
Pretty damn thick fluid too. After a glass or two, the spices become just too damn overbearing. Decreasing the enjoyment considerably. This is a one cup wonder.
Overall: I have some extra for trade
10-27-2008 02:10:24 | More by PatronWizard
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
bomber poured into a chalice.
A - Pours Orange with a half inch head that quickly settled to a whispy ring around. No lacing.
S - Spicy/Fruity. Bit of ginger.
T - Spicy/Fruity/Sweet. Alcohol in the finish.
M - Dry finish. Medium body. Lightly carbonated.
D - Good.
10-20-2008 01:13:27 | More by tedpeer
4.33/5 rDev +14.9%
Served on tap into a tulip glass at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT during the "Stone Extravaganza."
Pours a clear orangish gold color with a 1/2 finger white head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing. Great mix of aromas lead by ginger and sweet citrus with spice, fruity yeast and alcohol. Up front ginger flavor, not too much but definately ginger, then a mix of banana, clove, pepper, vanilla, sweet orange and an alcohol warmth. Medium carbonation, medium body, a very dry beer. All your taste buds are awakened with this beer.
Incredible flavors! If you see this being poured at any festival or can find a bottle, definitely a must try!
10-17-2008 18:39:17 | More by scottg
4.22/5 rDev +11.9%
Back story: Purchased in an undisclosed location, can't believe they had it. Most places don't even have the 8/8/08. Got it on my birthday, split with my father.
Bottle says its a cross between a saison and tripel. We'll see.
A. Poured into a snifter glass, hazy cloudy orange with a bit of off-white head that recedes to nothing.
S. Raisens and currents, belgian style yeast. A bit of hops as well. Pickled ginger too.
T. Wonderful layers of flavor. Tart barnyard elements characteristic of a saison. The belgian yeasty fresh apple pie/ soft banana goodness of a tripel. Also Im definately picking up some plum. Hops are tea like, herbal and balance well. Bourbon like alcohal prescence that doesn't take away from the experience.
M. Smooth and a bit creamy. Finishes slightly dry.
D. This is a good dessert beer. Had it towards the end of a big meal. A delight, and an oddity.
10-14-2008 01:08:57 | More by Stinkypuss
4/5 rDev +6.1%
Purchased ay Wine Expo in Santa Monica
Poured a light orange color w/ a dirty white head. Nose was yeast, spices and some citrus.
Taste was a nicely hopped brew with good malts. Well balanced. Hints of orange peel some spiciness. Lots of Belgian yeast. Overall pretty drinkable and good.
10-13-2008 20:41:51 | More by barleywinefiend
2.6/5 rDev -31%
A - Clear with a copper color and tall off white head.
S - Spice, grain and more spice.
T - Spice and grain.
M - Thin and unremarkable.
D - Limited due to the fact the spice is too much for me.
This may be a fantastic beer for some of you out there, but for me there is too much spice. I would try to distinguish what spices are causing the unpleasant taste for me but I just want to get this one over with. Anything that says Stone and Belgian is off limits for me from now on.
10-12-2008 04:42:30 | More by bifrostguard
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
4.2/5 rDev +11.4%
A: Orange with light red hues
S: What a spice box; ginger, five-spice, tropical fruit, cardamom, some cotton candy like aromas
T: Spice, honey, malt. I like. This is very different than any of the 5 we tried tonight.
M: Acidic, medium-bodied
D: Very drinkable, almost like a Xmas beer with all the spice
Finished second. A good beer, seemingly brewed with a holiday cheer in mind.
10-07-2008 03:51:53 | More by abfraser
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%
I thought I had entered this one, but I guess not... better late than never, I suppose. Had this one at the end of August, courtesy of dkachur. Thanks, Dan!
A: Golden pour... nice, kinda fluffy, white head. Leaves a sheet of thin spottiness, which reminds me of continents.
S: Sticks of spearmint Trident??? Minty, candi sugar, some barky residues. Herbal, and a touch of citrus.
T: Some strange menthol flavours, while rather fruity in essence. Strange, a little fumey, did I say strange? A bit spicy on the finish.
M + D: Moderate carbonation, medium body... a bit syrupy, but lighter in that regard. A sipper, for sure, and a decent all around brew.
09-29-2008 04:00:45 | More by Proteus93
4.43/5 rDev +17.5%
Pours a nice orange golden with a reasonable head that is fine and white and settles to a thin swirly cap. Nice aromas of candi sugar, pears, cardamom, bananas, and some light alcohol. Very integrated and pleasant aromas. The taste is also a seemless blend of Belgian yeast flavors and fruit. Apple, pear , and banana pair with some light clove spiciness and some residual sweetness as well as some citrusy bitterness. Delicious. This beer is smooth, creamy, and lightly spicy, and drinking beautifully right now.
09-23-2008 22:15:17 | More by Georgiabeer
3.6/5 rDev -4.5%
I poured this Bomber into my Duvel glass because it just seemed right. This brew looked great in the glass big white head that trails off to a thick lace. The color of the body was a clear brilliant orange.
Smells like a Belgian, tons of yeast and spices, along with a big citrus bite in the end. The aromas are great on this and even gets better as it warms the spices become more evident
Flavors of this mimic the nose a lot I can see how cellaring this thing might tame some of these spices. Glad I have one more to try in a few years
Treat this brew like a sipper and you will be rewarded it gets better as it warms and the alcohol will sneak up on you if drink it to fast.
09-12-2008 22:33:48 | More by joepais
4/5 rDev +6.1%
Pours a hazy dark amber/orange color with an inch and a half of slightly yellowed head. Decent retention but no lacing.
The aroma is great. Some nice big notes of citrus, a little bit of spice, and kind of yeasty. Really delicious.
The taste is ok. Definitely some citrus going on with a decent amount of spicing. The yeast comes into play nicely, and finishes kind of malty. As it warms I get some more herbal and minty qualities. Really diggin it even more.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated.
Drinkability is moderate. The flavor is ok, but fairly aggressive. With the alcohol being moderately high in addition to that, it starts to limit this brew a bit.
09-05-2008 02:57:08 | More by Goliath
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
Tasted along with 08.08.08
Pours deep golden with an orange hue. Fluffy white head, fairly stable. Decent lacing.
Aroma has a mix of fruit and spice, with a hint of alcohol heat. Dried and candied tropical fruit, citrus, honeydew, some malt sweetness, no noticable hop aromaaside from citrus which is hard to tell if its from the hops or yeast.
Flavor is estery to spicy, with lots of yeast esters and fruitiness followed by a mild spice a la corriander. Some sourness bites at the sides of the mouth, and it has a nicely carbonated mouthfeel which helps break up the sweetness from the malt, of which there is a good deal. Hop bitterness is mild to moderate.
08-31-2008 21:18:27 | More by BrewMonkey
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
4.43/5 rDev +17.5%
22oz. brown bomber, poured into a Leffe over sized wine glass. Properly cellared.
A: Pours a beautiful glowing tangerine amber color with good visibility. About a fingers worth of white head forms and holds for a bit. A bit of lacing to start.
S: Lots of spices, a spearmint makes up a healthy portion of it. Some natural catnip smell and toothpaste, too, lol. Maybe some white pepper. Fresh spring flowers backed by some malt sweetness. Very interesting.
T/M: Right up front you get exactly what the nose offers with an edge to the spearmint and toothpaste. After the initial burst you get a drying yeast character, full of fruity and floral esters and backed by more spices... maybe some chardomum(sp?) and coriander. Light malt body with plenty of sweetness and candi sugar. Carbonation has held up very well and keeps things alive.
D: Extremely interesting and pretty drinkable. Complex enough to be a sipper... and the ABV :)
08-29-2008 02:01:29 | More by pwoods
4.47/5 rDev +18.6%
Pours a golden color with a nice little fluffy head that resides pretty quick. Just by the looks of it, you can see the full body of this beer. The aroma is sugary and heavily of spices, most notably, cinnamon...interesting. The taste follows the notes of the aroma almost identically except for a bitterness that heightens towards the finish of the sip. The mouthfeel is the area of this beer that I feel, lacked the most. The drinkability is great. Awesome beer...thought it would have better reviews...cant wait to try it in the years to come.
New Addition: Aged one year, compared next to the 08.08.08
Same scores, except for appearance, which went up to 4.5
Aged one year...a slight birth orange color with a nice thick head that leaves hood lace but doesn't have great retention. Much darker...more orange than the 08.08.08. This smells very much like orange juice and cinnamon. The flavor has smoothed out a ton. It is much silkier. A lot of citrus notes and spices, but they have come together very nicely. Awesome beer, especially after one year.
Compared next to the 08.08.08
08-26-2008 16:17:24 | More by Douglas14
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.