Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic AleStone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

380 Reviews
THE BROS
74
okay

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Reviews: 380
Hads: 563
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 46
Gots: 147 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: taez555 on 06-19-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

In this year’s edition we took our inspiration from two Belgian styles: Saisons and Golden Triples. As such, the Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic has a deep, deep golden hue and the flavor is spicy, fruity, complex and refreshing. We used four different malts, and a subtle, yet distinct, blend of Glacier and Crystal hops to get just the right balance. Then, for the complexity, we added in some exotic spices --- including ginger, cardamom, grapefruit peel, lemon peel and orange peel (the latter three acknowledging our Southern California home) --- and a special Belgian yeast strain. All in all this is yet another case of us drawing from classic Belgian influences and cavalierly making it our own...San Diego style!
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Photo of ArrogantB
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well this beer is as the label describes, golden. The head was a short oil slick on the surface. It smells kind of fruity, and kind of like a piece of bubblegum. This is a very good aroma. The taste has some spicy qualities but does not quite deliver on the aroma. The carbonation is a little prickly to the mouth and made the beer hard to down. It took me about two hours to finish the bottle. I will probably buy a couple more bottles for aging in the hopes that this improves. This wasn't a bad beer but the carbonation just made me feel bloated as I drank it.

04/21/08

Nine months has done this beer nicely. Apples, grapes abound in both the flavor and aroma. Sticky, sweet, not quite tart. Very interesting and complex taste. This is aging well (so far). (762 characters)

Photo of wspscott
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber in tulip glass

A: Dark gold color with a thin white head, crystal clear.
S: Spicy with a rich malt smell.
T&M: The belgian spiciness definitely comes through. I can't figure out if it is a yeast spiciness or actual spices like coriander. Highly carbed and rich, must have a ton of malt. Virtually no hint of hops.
D: This is an interesting take on the "style" but I can't figure it out. In the end, I think I prefer a more traditional belgian. Recommended if the price is right or someone else is buying. I would be curious to see how this ages but I don't think I will buy another just to cellar it. (609 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a small foamy head with little retention and no lacing. Aroma of spices and rich sweet Belgian malt with some cardamom. Taste is dominated by some spicy notes with lots of cardamom with what seems like wheat. Texture is oily with a thick body and some medium carbonation. Definitely too sweet and oily for what I usually looks for in Belgian ale but interesting nonetheless. Also, as much as I like the experimentation, I have a hard time seeing this one improving over the next five years. (535 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of ginger spice, citrus, light caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with a strong bite of ginger that is followed by flavors of citrus, Belgian yeast and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a mild hops presence, but I didn't find the type of balance that you normally find in a Stone product. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty if you like the spicy bite, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, Stone doesn't disappoint me very often, but this is one of those rare times. (880 characters)

Photo of grub
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle.

pours deep golden yellow, not quite orange, with a small dense off-white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves no lace.

aroma is nice. orange peel. clove. bit of cinnamon. corriander. cracker malts. bit of grain. alcohol. light phenols. the alcohol is almost harsh and burning the nose, but not quite.

taste is nice. warming alcohol followed by sweet tangerine and oranges. low bitterness level. spice isn't as strong as the aroma, but still quite present. bit of clove and cinnamon. corriander. cracker malts. light grainy character. phenols and regular alcohol. warmer than i expected, but this one is made to age for another 5 years until the 12.12.12 so that's ok. neat blend of saison and tripel, with the spice from a saison but the flavour closer to a tripel. no saison funk, and not quite the bitterness of a tripel.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation feels a touch low, but works ok. medium-light body fits well.

drinkability is ok. the alcohol is pretty warm right now, but i can see this one mellowing nicely. a bit too sweet right now too, which might mellow and mesh nicely with time. i expect the rating on this one to rise with age. (1,229 characters)

Photo of ATPete
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

capped 22 oz bottle bought at Somerviller Supersaver (2007)

*this review is from an older book of notes*

A- Hazy gold/orange color with an off white cappuccino head.

S- Spicy. Malty and a bit fruity. A bit of alcohol on the nose as well.

T- Cinnamon, raisons, apple, nutmeg, all spice, pepper, yeast, roasted malts, bittersweet hops, molasses, dates.

M- Almost grainy, but not thick.

R- Probably my least favorite beer from Stone yet. I wasnt crazy about it but my buddy loved it. To each his own i guess. (512 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.
7/4/7/4/13 (3.5/5) (461 characters)

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. The appearance is a dark golden color with very little head.
S. The aroma is really sweet, with some floral belgium notes. Some fruit notes of apple cider.
T.the flavor is similar, and finally some complexities from the yeast.
Mf. Maulty, decent carbination.
Overall, not bad for the style and age. (302 characters)

Photo of vacax
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

07.07.07 was the first of the Vertical Epic series I tasted and I did not really care for it. I have had the red wine barrel, and it was not very good either. So coming up on three years later here it goes again. This one pours dark orange, bit of suspended sediment, not too big of a hard though some decent lace on the sides. In the aroma the ginger comes through wonderfully with a bit of cardamom, honey, and spicy clovelike notes. The flavor is ripe with ginger, candi sugar, brown sugar, and a spicy orange and cookielike malt finish. The flavor has plenty of ginger, with some Belgian sugar, then cardamom and lots of bready cookie malts on the finish. The spices have finally came out on this beer instead of being dominated by the Belgian yeast and it has improved. Medium to full body with matching carbonation, still doesn't quite feel natural even if it is bottle conditioned. This one has slowly improved, but it still isn't too much of a drinker for me. (967 characters)

Photo of kkipple
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cracked out during 2007 to see what all the fuss was about.

A. Semi-clear light gold. Light carbonation, very few visible bubblies. Small head that hits the edges of the glass. Poor retention.

S. Ginger, sweet toasty malt. Citrus hops, floral. Appealing, but a little "flat".

T. Sweet and sugary with a ginger wallop and a tripel-like pepper flavor. A little toasted and caramel malt are a welcome addition here; the hops are citrus and a tad spicy. Finish is lightly tart with a lingering sweetness and spice and is very reserved.

M. Light, thin, lowly carbonated.

D. Decent, but nothing spectacular. Too thin and lacking in fizz for my tastes. Needs more of that elusive "oomph" -- especially if this is going to hold up another 5 years! (744 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey.

Pours a moderate amber color with a nice off white head and a bit of lacing as it makes its way down. The nose is a bit of a mess, but actually works a bit well. Lots of peppery spice along with some ginger. Miscellaneous citrus notes in there as well; not sure of those are from residual hops. Taste is much the same with the ginger and spice combo coming out a bit more than other flavors. Mouthfeel is one of a medium body with pretty good carbonation. It's a bit much, but drinks fairly well as it is quite interesting. (545 characters)

Photo of PhageLab
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (890 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color of honey. Even with an agitated pour, the head is not very impressive, and becomes paper thin within 30 seconds. Beer clean glassware? I try. Aroma of alcohol, grapefruit, and possibly some mysterious botanicals. Flavor is fairly balanced between a tripel and saison. Mouthfeel is a little thin for the style. I wonder about the reviews this beer would get if it came in a bottle that said...oh, Blue Moon I guess. I wouldn't advise aging this until 2012. maybe 2010. The 4.4.04 tasted similar upon its release, but became awesome by the winter of 05/06, so maybe I'll buy three or four and have one every six months. (623 characters)

Photo of mithrascruor
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color. Off-white head is a bit frothy, later becoming a film.

Smell: Aroma is a bit sweet, with yeast, peaches, and a bit too much bubble-gum.

Taste: Seems rather difficult to identify particular flavors here, as the carbonation is the most noticable thing on the tongue. But I'm able to get some orange and more of that bubble-gum. And there's a good and enjoyable layer of earthy spices. Spicy alcohol taste at the finish and aftertaste. These 3 main groups of flavors seem a bit separated; it's not as complex as I'd like, and too little yeast.

Mouthfeel: There's a bit too much carbonation here. It's medium-bodied and smooth, but with a bit of alcohol sensation.

Drinkability: Alcohol is more noticable than I'd like and the carbonation gets a bit tiresome.

Hardly amazing, and with some issues, though it has it's good points too. Not sure if this is something I'd get again, but it's worth giving it a try. (1,009 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Six year old Seven poured with a light caramel color and a fizzy head of lively bubbles.

The scent had a tinge of alcohol with a flowery perfume of lavender.

The flavors were sour with a flower, licorice, potpourri and carbonated water taste. The finish was genuinely tea like with a real herbal leaf flavor.

The feel was very carbonated but it had a good crispness.

Torn on this one as it had a natural perfumey flower and herbal tone but had little malt character to really round it out. (494 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Today is 08-08-08 and so I rate the 07-07-07 (while watching the Olympic Opening Ceremony).

Impressive initial head that recedes in a rocky fashion but eventually only a single layer of bubbles remains. Gold color and crystal clear.

Orange rind, all spice, and strong ginger aromas. Slightly earthy.

I would describe the initial sip as harsh, perhaps from ginger. The alcohol is very present but doesn't give the typical oiliness. Good body and highly carbonated.

Overall, this is a decent American version of Belgian Gingered Ale. Interesting as a different style of beer. (577 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Light copper color with chill haze to it. Off white frothy head rests on top leaving a fine lace behind.

S: Coriander, nutmeg, jasmine, clove and honeydew melon.

T: Starts quite spicy but overall fresh. Really tastes a lot like it smells; coriander, jasmine, cardomon and black pepper. Little bit of lemon zest across the tip of the tongue with plain yogurt across the center of the palate. Perhaps some gardenia nectar runs through it too. Finish with some sasparilla, farmhouse flavors and spicy yeast.

M: Medium body with a soft mouthfeel

D: Liked the beer the first time I had it better than this bottle. Could it have already lost some of its pizzazz? Dunno. I’ll give it another whirl and rereview if I feel its fitting. (742 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, sampled January '09. Brewed with pale, wheat, Munich and Vienna malts, blonde candi sugar, Glacier and Crystal hops, powdered ginger and cardamom, dried grapefruit, orange and lemon peel, and fermented with a blend of White Labs 550, 565 and 566 yeasts. The beer pours a glowing, bright topaz (think orange Triaminic), with a bit of sediment that punctuates the nice clarity, and is topped with a half inch of near white head that has almost no staying power. Ginger and cardamom start off the nose, followed by a light maltiness, lemon/orange, a phenolic edge, and a big backing of yeast. Some alcohol is noticeable later on. On the palate, it's a mix of spices and Belgian yeast, but the yeast plays second fiddle. Fruity and tropical, citric, a bit medicinal, with a medium bitterness and some sweetness in the back. Thick and chewy, it has a crisp and numbing tingle that makes way for a dry finish. This one comes across more as a saison or a spicy tripel, and tastes pretty good, but the spices can be a bit too much. Would be interested in trying this after it has aged to a year or two. (1,109 characters)

Photo of bradford
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on 7/08/07
Very amber hue to the beer in the tulip glass
Smells very spicy, Coriander?, Orange peel?, various citrus notes?
Taste is a bit spicy right now, but can't wait to try this one in the future once it calms down a bit. I think this beer has the potential to be a very complex one
mouthfeel is pretty good, about par for the course and very welcome.
This is hard to drink right now, well it is easy for me to drink, but I think once this beer reaches its potential in a couple years down the road, it will be great. (535 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Next in the series. Bottle says to age this one to at least 12/12/12. Well, I think I've got that covered.

A: A fairly odd shade of yellowish brown. Neither light nor dark. Neither yellow nor brown. I must say, it's not an overly appealing shade. Forms a small fizzy head that fizzes away quickly, leaving just a thin ring around the edge. No lacing.

S: Aroma is nearly non-existent. Swirling the glass, I am barely able to pick up anything beyond a fruity sweetness and some yeasty phenols.

T: Taste is much more pronounced. It is moderately sweet, with notes of ginger ale, candy sugar, herbs, fennel, citrus zest and some light spices. Bright floral notes. A bit alcoholic on the back end.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body. Low-medium carbonation levels. Spicy-prickly on the finish. Mild bitterness.

O: An okay beer. Not really sure it benefited from six years of aging. (892 characters)

Photo of zerofear13
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had high expectations for this Stone Vertical Epic. I saw it on the shelf at American Beer Distributors in Brooklyn and grabbed the last one - a 22 oz. bomber.

The beer poured out an amber, gold color, with a thick foamy, sticky head. Immediately the smell reminded me of a saison with the overpowering herb-y and spicy aromas. The taste is very complex. For me, the most notable was the different spices from the yeast. There were mild hints of citrus and dark fruits, and although the beer had a great mouthfeel, it was a bit heavy. I had to share the bottle with a friend.

In my opinion, there was just way too much going on in this beer. I couldn't focus on any one particular taste. I'm such a huge fan of Stone, but I think its special occasion beers are a bit too much for me. Vertical Epic falls into that category. (827 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. Pours into my glass a slighty hazy bright orange/yellow hue. A nice half inch of creamy white foam appears atop the brew and slowly falls. Aromas begin with spicy yeast and light citrusy tones. Definetly some ginger in there are as well. Fruity esters abound. Somewhat grainy maltiness as well. Interesting.

First sip brings a crisp, spicy light malt upfront that carries lots of tropical, citric flavors with it. Spicy ginger makes itself known midway through and the brew flows down with just a touch of hops. Finishes a bit dry with a lingering fruity spiciness and a blast of yeastiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and a crisp finish. Goes down fairly easily and the bomber disappears pretty quickly. I'm just not too sure what this beer is trying to be and at no point did it really grab me. I'll let my other bottles sit and see what happens with some age. Thanks to KingG for hooking me up with this one. (952 characters)

Photo of
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle

Poured a slightly hazy, light orange liquid. Formed a small, off-whtie head, creamy in consistency. Not much lacing or legs.

Citrus and spice greeted the nose, think it was coriander. Sweet, cotton candy like. Touch of Belgian funk. Reminds me a bit of a saison.

Sweet over bitter in taste. The bitter side picked up as the beer warmed, but it always seemed tilted towards a sweet flavor. Somewhat fruity, maybe a very sweet orange and still hints of cotton candy. Herbal hopping at finish and into the aftertaste. Some tea flavors.

Medium in body. Medium + carbonation. Almost seems to evaporate in the mouth.

Sweeter than most saisons, so not a good comparison. A little like some tripels I've tried. Not blown away by this one. (748 characters)

Photo of korguy123
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed Christmas Eve from bottle split with my brother (whose birthday is July 7th)

A- Clear rich amber pour with two fingers of soapy eggshell head. Quarter inch cap remains after several minutes and leaves chunky sticky lacing.

S- Cinnamon, cardamom, candy cane, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, grapefruit toffee and alcohol.

T- Ginger, cardamom, brown sugar, alcohol, yeast cinnamon and orange rinds.

M- Medium bodied, excellent carbonation with a slight alcohol warmth.

O- Really didn't know what to expect for a 5 year old beer. I did not like the 08.08.08 so when I cracked this and got my first whiff I was very happy and excited! (640 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed, golden orange colour with a white cap of foam. The fine bubbles produced lots of pretty lacing and showed pretty good head retention. The aroma was full of spicy cloves and sweet candy sugar, backed up by a tart fruitiness. The flavour was quite sweet with low bitterness. Sugary and spicy (cloves), the finish had a peppery character. Medium bodied and carbonation, slightly sticky, with a nearly airy texture. Quite nice overall, but there cloves were sort of out of control. Not as balanced as last year's offering. (534 characters)

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