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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic AleStone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

535 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%


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:
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!

(Beer added by: taez555 on 06-19-2007)
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srandycarter

California

3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pretty copper, somewhat murky, tonds of thick near white head. Lots of cling lace.

S - Spicy. Belgian yeast and spice are about all I get.

T - Like when you use too much salt, there is no way home. Too much spice in this beer. Overpowering.

M - See taste, balance can't be achieved for me on this one.

D - See Taste and Mouthfeel, and obviously, not sessionable for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 03:16:03 | More by srandycarter
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ZX6Chris

California

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared at a tasting with my friend Armand. Unfortunately 07-09 were my least favorites.

A-Peach colored, great almost white head, tight bubbles great lacing.

S-Ginger, cardamom, citrusy.

T-Spicy in the tongue that dissipates quickly leaving a ginger flavor behind. The hops are still very present, especially for a 3 year old beer.

M-Great, unfortunately that's the only note I took.

D-Too fresh for me, I liked the others because the hops had faded and let the malts shine through, this hasn't happened yet on this one. Maybe I'll try it in another year and see where it's at.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 01:44:20 | More by ZX6Chris
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Big thanks to GoGriz for this bottle!

Another directive from V-to-the-Dubb. It pours a very slightly hazy orange amber topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises rye bread, orange zest, Belgian yeast, coriander, and lemon pulp. The taste is heavy on the citrus, with large amounts of orange zest and coriander; the usual Belgian spiciness must have diminished over time, consisting now of only pepper, rye, nutmeg, and cardamom, all kinda light but blending together nicely. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly crisp finish. Overall, I'd say this brew has held up pretty well over the course of three years, and now stands as a more complex (and clearer) wit. Good stuff, no matter what you call it...I just wish I had been able to try it in '07.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 04:33:20 | More by TMoney2591
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Phelps

Arizona

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks: auburn. Colors of lacquered oak and light copper blend beautifully in a nearly-clear liquid. A one-finger head of silky gray quickly fizzes out to a sturdy ring and some filmy residue. Lace grips the walls in horizontal layers of sheen. Not bad for having lain dormant for three years.

Smells: mildly spicy with a bit of clove and pink peppercorns. Heavy pear aroma, with the subtlest tart kick in the back. I also get brown sugar, coriander and a tiny bit of sweet banana candy.

Tastes: like the nose, it's led mostly by the flavors of sweet pears, apples and banana, while a delicate tart splash kicks in before a mildly drying finish. The bottle says Stone brewed this one with peels of lemon, grapefruit and orange, but only the orange seems noticeable now, and only after some searching for it. As it warms, the citrus flavors emerge a bit more, blending beautifully with spicy cardamom and ginger. At moments I get mixes of alcohol and spices that reminds of gin. It's interesting.

Feels: peppery. A bubbly medium carbonation tickles the tongue while the medium-bodied brew slides silkily across the palate. Alcohol is noticeable as a distinctive warming in my chest plate.

Drinks: pretty damn well for a three-year-old beer. Having gotten into the Vertical Epic game late, I've missed out on several of these beers in their prime. But my loss is their gain; the 07 has complexity and depth now that likely wasn't present before. It just might be my favorite epic so far.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 06:42:41 | More by Phelps
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.

Like past VE releases, this one is another strong Belgian-style ale; but this year's twist is that it's a Saison/Tripel hybrid, brewed with four malts, Glacier and Crystal hops, and spiced with ginger, cardamom, grapefruit peel, lemon peel and orange peel.

Deep golden, with rich, bright amber hues, topped with a healthy-looking creamy white foam head that laces and sticks well. Smells like a fruit cup, with a powdery, slightly metallic background note, soft floral bouquet and some distinct cardamom. Creamy on the palate, smooth and medium-bodied, rounded, but a bit plain due to a thin carbonation edge. Up front there's a nice ginger zing and a smack of citrus. Kind of sweet, with some toasty and bready malt notes, a hint of caramel and a light fruity ester that sits on a somewhat tamed cardamom base. Some gummy notes in the middle. Spicy, peppery alcohol bite and warmth. Finish is really dry with a bready and earthy linger.

A most interesting combination of two very distinct styles--but not the strongest out of the series. Though the cardamom was probably used gingerly (sorry about that), it just doesn't work for us--cardamom is pretty damn aggressive. Removing it and allowing the nuances from the Belgian yeast to shine would have worked better; which, in turn, would have given the ginger and citrus more of a presence. It's also lacking the light-bodied effervescence and dryness found with both styles. Aging could prove beneficial.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 00:18:21 | More by BeerAdvocate
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chaz01

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good sized (4-5 ounce) pour at a Stone Vertical Tasting Event sponsored by Belmont Party Supplies on 5/12/2010, served in a very cool Stone Vertical Epic tasting glass.

A: Medium amber color, a bit cloudy with a nice foamy white head.

S: Anise, licorice and pepper, very spicy in the aroma.

T: Heavy ginger flavor with a citrus fruity notes. Lots of spiciness, which I'm guessing is the cardamom, but the ginger dominates the flavor.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Picking up the orange peel and citrus flavors in the finish.

D: Very spicy beer, reminds me of the 04.04.04. Still less than 2 years old, but holding up well with time.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 17:59:02 | More by chaz01
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vacax

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 00:33:19 | More by vacax
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mactrail

California

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Winey ale full of Belgian flavors.

Rich with malt and funky with yeasty flavors. Hops are not the feature but taste buds slowly awaken to the bitter edge. Very sweet with plain sugar taste. Maybe it's the color but it makes me think of golden raisins. All the flavorings make for an indecipherable fruit salad, but it's pleasing, like a good fruitcake.

I think this is one of the most "liqueur" tasting beers I have had. The sweetness mixed with the intensity of the Belgian flavors makes this good for a short pour in a big chalice to take it all in.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 04:33:08 | More by mactrail
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Arbitrator

California

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Cellar clearance yadda yadda. I purchased one of these locally and acquired another from tprokop7. Thanks Todd.

A: Pours a clear, glowing orange body with huge, fluffy off-white head that fills the Duvel tulip and threatens to overflow. It takes its sweet time retreating into a moderate collar, but it leaves no sticky lace in its wake.

S: Smells like a saison at first. Orchard fruits like apples, pears, and orange find their way to my nose. They're spiced by a nice blend of cardamom and clove.

T: Banana, apples, pears, orange peel. There's a light bitterness that accentuates the semi-dry flavor of this beer. The finish brings out cardamom, clove, and ginger -- the spice blend reminds me of a pumpkin ale, actually. Pretty tasty.

M: Light-medium bodied; fizzy. Semi-dry with a spicy warming effect.

D: I see some of the earliest reviews of this beer were... unfavorable. It seems the beer has improved since then. I find it drinking quite well, and seeing now that it's intended to be a saison-golden ale hybrid, I think it hits the mark pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 03:43:59 | More by Arbitrator
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masterhomebrewer

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a stash of bottles recently at a small packy on the outskirts, so I decided to pop one.

A = Really pretty cloudy, rich pale body with an inch-high, fluffy, pure white head that lingers. Looks really nice.

S = Hmmm. Exactly like Vernors Ginger Ale, if you remember that one. Nice, but not what I want in a beer: sweet, spicy (ginger, coriander, nutmeg) and a touch of alcohol.

T = A lot like the smell. Fortunately, the Vernors taste -- very sweet ginger and spice -- though strong, fades fairly quickly, making room for some pleasant hop bitterness and a warming alcohol burn.

M = Really thick and luscious, just as I like my big beers to be. Smooth and warm with prickly carbonation that works in tandem with the soda-pop-like qualities of the beer.

D = There are a lot of good things in this beer, but perhaps a bit overdone in terms of spices. The sweetness and overdone spiciness combine to make only a moderately drinkable beer. One pint and I'm done with it.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 23:00:39 | More by masterhomebrewer
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Large capped bottle, poured into a tulip.

Glowing orange, with a lot of floating yeast even though it was standing upright for weeks, and I poured slowly, keeping the bottom in the bottle. The head is disappointing, white, thin, very short lasting, with minimal lacing. It certainly does not look like a belgian.
The aroma, as well as the flavor, is not exactly complex, but very pleasant. Medium bodied, lots of oranges, yeast, cookie, spices.
Good, easy to drink, very far from great.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 22:32:20 | More by brdc
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JoePat

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark golden almost amber color with a kaki head that dissipates pretty quickly but that is expected with the time on this beer.
It smells of citrus zest and ginger but has a lot of complexity to it.
The taste is even more complex with the zest, som earthiness in the background and a ginger bread like flavor.
The mouthfeel is sweet and dry.
This beer is really rich which takes a lot away from the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 22:44:20 | More by JoePat
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Hershdawg

California

4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into VE Glass

A: Pale amber. Small filmy head. Lots of bubbles even though its 3 years old.

S: Sweet. A little leather, grapefruit, cotton candy. overall excellent but hard to describe. Smells wonderful for a 3 year old bottle

T:Wow! Piney hops at the back, Sweet beginnings, a little leather. coriander, sage, thyme. Citrus undertones, supposedly there is ginger but its seems to have fallen out. I wish I had this new.

M: Crisp, not to much carbonation bite.

D: Supprisingly good for a 8.4 ABV beer.

If I had the other bottles starting from 2002 I'd would have kept this one but I don't.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 01:21:46 | More by Hershdawg
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hophead247

California

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale poured a golden color with a big, soapy head that slowy faded away. Some light lacing was left behind. The aroma of the beer was yeast, orange peel, and other spices. The smell seemed to mostly resemble a saison. The flavor was also very close to a saison. It was made up of bread, citrus, and mild spices. The flavor seemed to be thrown off a bit by the different citrus peels that were used during brewing. It started out almost cloyingly sweet, then turned grapefruity bitter, leaving a lasting confusing aftertaste on the tounge. The mouthfeel was medium to full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, I thought it was a decent ale. Hopefully the aging process will smooth out some of the rough edges.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 01:19:02 | More by hophead247
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wedgie9

Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange color with white minimal head. There is some sediment. Primary aromas of ginger and orange peel. Secondary aromas of mango, white peppercorn, apricot, and coriander. Very fruity on the palate. Apricot, peach, orange, and ginger. The aftertaste is dominated by pineapple. The body is medium, but the overall feel is bright, due to the weighty carbonation. The aftertaste is medium length with pineapple and ginger. Overall, this is a really fun beer. Rather complex on every level, and worthy of aging even longer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 05:59:16 | More by wedgie9
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Torps

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Reidel O series cab glass.

Pours a cloudy, dark amber with red highlights. Massive white head with minimal lacing. Appearance is very appetizing.

Lots of aroma emanating from the head. Honey, apple, peach, spice and yeast. I sensed a bit of piney hops, but couldn't revive the aroma when the head dissipated.

This is very much in the belgian strong ale style. Lots of fruit, citrus though the ABV is very apparent. The carbonation danced feverishly on my tongue.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 23:04:46 | More by Torps
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atremains

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Props to CJBB for this one. Pours a coppery golden (amber) with a beastly head that reduces to a swirling cap. Very cloudy. Smell is a slap of citrus of front with the yeast in the background and spices in the distance. The cardamom and ginger come through first in the taste followed by a cinnamon like sweetness. Apple mixed with all the flavors from the citrus peel as well. Bread-like qualities. The spices prevail in the taste. Mouthfeel is creamy for a belgian strong/ tripel/ saison. This brew has a good blend of flavors but the ginger is a bit too strong for me personally.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 00:53:09 | More by atremains
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this one in a cooler at my local store, ON SALE for $7.77!. Poured into my Brooklyn snifter with a glorious two finger head that retains at one finger for a very good amount of time. The head is white and the beer is a nice golden amber. Light belgian-like lacing is left on my snifter as I drink it down. Lacing is the only thing bringing this one down. Smells pretty nice but I can't pick up very heavy notes. What I get is that typical Belgian yest smell, light malts, cirtrus with no hops to speak of. I would like some more strength but this is over two years old. Some sweets and spices also come through. Taste is pretty damn spicy. I get the yeast (belgian, bready), the malts, some citrus, fruits and then the citrus peels and spices. They make for a pretty good balanced belgian taste. I get some pine in the taste too. Ginger is mentioned on the bottle and can easily be picked up. The cardamom is definitely in the nose. The taste is complex but is a bit harsh on the tongue also. The spices could be toned down (they get huge after a bit) a bit but I still think this one tastes pretty damn good. Taste is more like a tripel than a saison to me. Mouthfeel is moderate bodied, medium carbonated and leaves a huge coat of Belgian flavors and spices. A tiny bit less carbs and a bit more creamy smoothness would help here. A bit of alcohol warming works good here. Drinkability is also good, good taste, good price, good gimmick. The spices are a bit much but I enjoyed this beer and it is spot on with style, can't wait to try it again on 12.12.12. It definitely has aged well up to this point.

Update on 02/02/13. Scores 3.5, 3.75, 4.25, 4.0, 4.25.

T- Mostly taste the adjunct additions at this point above caramel oxidation. Big orange peel, ginger is huge, grapefruit and spicy belgian saison like yeast. Apples and grape notes too.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 00:39:24 | More by cbutova
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 17:17:11 | More by mmmbeer
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Kendo

New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a Chimay chalice. First pour is clear; some sediment floaties from second half of the bottle. Body is glowing dark golden/amber-coppery with a small cream-colored head that settles fast. No lacing at all.

S: Wow -- strong nose of candied sugar, spices and some yeasty-ness. At times this reminds me of a white wine (I was thinking chardonnay), at other times I'm thinking peach licquor (if there is such a thing), as I get some sort of apricot or peach-like fruit. Waft of alcohol noted as it warms a bit.

T: First impression: candied orange slices and light ginger. Heat is felt down the gulley and then in the belly. Overall impression is of sweetness: candied sugar and lingering ginger spice. Hint of citrus (orange and lemon), but otherwise no real hop presence. Wondering if maybe there was more when this beer was fresh. . . .

M: Smooth in feel -- slightly syrupy, actually, though that is offset by a nice, fine carbonation. I'd call it medium in weight.

D: Good. A sipper due to the sweetness and slightly thick feel, but the heat is moderate and it's tasty enough to want to take that next sip.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 01:57:33 | More by Kendo
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Several bottles were sitting in the basement already when I came across one at my local beer-selling establishment and decided to see how it was aging.

Served cool into a goblet. It has a ton of chunky sediment at the bottom of the bottle which I try not to disturb. It pours a hazy golden orange color with thin white head that settles quickly.

Aroma is really enjoyable with lemon citrus, wonderful spiciness, and some yeast funk. The spices are floral in nature, maybe some corriander.

Flavor is also very citrusy, almost tart, with lemon zest, orange pith, and grapefruit. The spices liven it up making it like a holiday spiced beer. Hops are basically nonexistant but it's possible they are totally overwhelmed by the tart/sour citrus fruit. It's pleasant overall but stragely challenging at times.

Mouthfeel is medium in body and moderate carbonation. Drinkability is alright but I wonder how much better (or worse) this will be in 3 or 4 years.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 00:25:50 | More by GilGarp
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 03:19:21 | More by TheManiacalOne
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SirSketch

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Part of an '07, '08, '09 vertical

A - Cloudy orange with bright yellow highlights. Very thin head with thick legs.

S - I couldn't stop sniffing this beer. The primary aromas are dark fruits, mainly rum raisin and plums, possibly from crystal malt. Some biscuity malt in the background.

T - Delicious melody of fruits, with slight acidity similar to white wine. Seems at first it will end heavy but is surprisingly crisp. Barely detectable hop presence.

M/D - Finishes sticky and dry. Drinkable enough that it makes me want to gulp it, but it is worth appreciation.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 02:44:52 | More by SirSketch
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eyeamthewind

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on october 17th '9 from a 22 oz bottled on 7/7/'7.

Pours a creamy gold with white head. Effervescent bubbles remain at least 20 min.

The smell of the bottle upon opening is like a dry white wine with mint on top and caramel beneath. When poured the hops open up and present a huge array of citrus and herbal scents with the slight mint still present. Nice dusty hop aroma as it warms up.

Tastes deliciously chewy and complex; really grips the mouth.
Definite pine and mint notes with light citrus hints, mostly grapefruit.

This is a pleasure in the mouth. The alcohol feels suspended in the round body. Coats the back of the throat in a tingly dryness.

Pretty drinkable; strong with the alcohol well covered but there was a heavy mintiness for me that may have been unique to this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 04:11:36 | More by eyeamthewind
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JRhode

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle with jhamel poured into a Palm tulip.

Nice glowing amber color with a pillowy head. No lacing. Suspended sediment.

Citrusy sweet malt smell with a tinge of alcohol. Smells more like a saison than a triple.

Soon after pouring tasted very saison like with a nice dry finish. After warming, alcohol astringency/bitterness became more apparent. Possible that citrus peel also contributes to bitter finish.

Full bodied with lively carbonation.

Very drinkable for 8.4% abv.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 03:36:47 | More by JRhode
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.