Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.13/5 rDev -17%
A - this installment of the vertical epic series pours a light orange/brownish color with a thin cream colored head with plenty of carbonation to keep it alive
S - saison style spices and citrus peel dominate the nose with a yeasty background, the bottle says its a blend of a saison and a belgian, so far so good
T - more bitter and dry than i expected, almost a champagne like flavor like grapeskins, citrus is present but again more of a bitter citrus like the peels again, some cloying background spices especially cloves
M&D - dry mouthfeel, again like that of champagne, but not hard to drink, perhaps this could use to age more as is suggested
11-27-2007 16:59:03 | More by sinstaineddemon
3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
Sadly I missed the 02-02-02 through 06-06-06 but maybe they'll turn up somewhere.
A: A nice hazy honey color. Not much head, but some small bubbles going up the side of the glass.
S: Smells smooth and sweet with plenty of spices. Pepper, ginger and others.
T: The first taste is very sublte honey sweetness but quickly followed by a blast of spices. Pepper, citrus, ginger, and plenty of other stuff I can't even beging to identify.
MF: This really captures the Belgian mouthfeel well-light but very sharp. Spicy/peppery alcohol which combined with the carbonation makes this a biting beer.
D: I like this, but I think Stone took it a bit too far. The flavor is a bit too much for the style. The mouthfeel is the thing that really gets me, it's just a bit too sharp, almost hard to drink. Not bad, but I think others do this style better.
11-26-2007 05:25:52 | More by rxdrewthejew
4.35/5 rDev +15.4%
Sampled from a 22oz bomber. The painted label gives an in-depth description of the ingredients. Oddly, no stream-of-consciousness ramblings from Greg on this one.
This VE is a striking, rich, golden-hued bier. There's some fine particulate suspended within, watching the steady stream of carbo shoot topside. Head was initially a good 1.5", then ebbed back to about 1/4". It is off-white and quite creamy, almost mousse-like, and leaves top-shelf lacework behind. Aroma has a lot going on. There's some candy-ish action; some spiciness; a bit of light fruit, like orange peel; and mild ginger. Interesting. Medium bodied, though a bit airy and bubbly on the tongue. Still, a decent mouthfeel.
As with the nose, the flavor is an interesting melange of different offerings. It has a little light, crackery malt sweetness to start. Ginger is more noticeable here than in the aroma. Very Tripel-ish, with some tropical fruitage and spicy action holding court. Quite dry overall, and 7-7-7 possesses a subtle saison-ish earthiness. Hopping is lightly present in the background, appropriate for the style. The more I drink, the more apparent the ginger and the rindy character from the peels become. I feel a distinct warming in the belly, the 8.40% abv doing its work (well, I might add!). There is a considerable amount of yeasty residue in the bottom of the bottle; a hard swirl and addition to the goblet gives the bier a foggy, orange glow (as well as a bit more of a spicy bite).
All-in-all, I like this one. If it were a regular, year-round bier, it might be my go-to Tripel. Zum Wohl!!
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5
11-24-2007 21:28:17 | More by Bierman9
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
A - A light haze to a honey colored brew. A large bubbly head with a bit of lingering lacing.
S - Honey, pineapple, papaya, coriander, hints of banana and a touch of horse blanket. In generally, it has a malty essence about it.
T - Initial hit is of a honey sweetness, then there comes a vague fruitiness and a more dominant musty hay flavor with some coriander. The flavor is very nice and well balanced. The aftertaste is a bit less pleasant, simply a lingering mustiness with some boiled bland bitter vegetables, though there is still a shadow of honey in the taste.
M - Thin, smooth, very refreshing. A touch warming too.
D - Pretty good, this is definitely worth a try. I have a generally negative view of Stone because the first few of their beers I had sampled were, IMO, overrated. But this, along with some other recent samplings (barring the RIS - which was nothing short of disappointing), continues to convince me that they are actually the brewery that their reputation makes them out to be.
11-23-2007 03:11:15 | More by mrasskicktastic
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
pours a deep bronze in color with a good amount of head, leaving above average lacing. The smell is strong with spice and belgian yeast, also a good hint of alcohol. he flavor is complex with a light malt backbone loaded with spices and hints of yeast, alcohol is apparent and warming, still pretty green. This is a sipper, but enjoyable, and will certainly mellow out and age well.
11-22-2007 00:02:19 | More by dickieb
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
4.38/5 rDev +16.2%
To start this is one of the first beers ive been able to try that was above 6% alcohol other than stones arrogant bastard ale which i was not able to fully enjoy because i had already had too much to drink that particular night...anyways this beer is a slightly hazy orange. sort of fruity tasting but for the high alcohol content its well masked and very very smooth.. this is my first beer review as well and this is a very complex beer to try and explain for my first try but i definately recommend it if you come across a bottle!
11-10-2007 04:53:44 | More by calebmills
4.18/5 rDev +10.9%
Poured from the bottle into a globe shaped glass. Appeared a deep amber/red color, with off white, kaki colored fluffy head. Aroma was a sweet, spicy smell, a little fruit. The taste was much the same, a little spicy, citrus with a slightly bitter, but pleasant hop note, and lighter carbonation then I am accustomed too. Mouthfeel was thick but very smooth, a very drinkable, enjoyable beer. Not sure I would call this beer Epic, but it certianly is very good.
11-10-2007 00:06:28 | More by buffettfan
3.68/5 rDev -2.4%
Purchased in Buffalo, always enjoy these vertical epics.
Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber, medium sized off white head forms, settles to a thin layer, nice sticky lace. Smell is sweet/sour, caramel, some citrus, yeasty, oranges, buttered bread, some spices in the finish, pretty interesting. Taste is similar, sweet/sour feel up front, fruity, caramel/butter, spices and yeast, oranges, sweet finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. My least favourite of the Vertical Epics, but we'll see how it ages.
11-08-2007 01:09:10 | More by Viggo
3.83/5 rDev +1.6%
A clear light orange colored beer, Inch and a half foamy white colored head faded over about two minutes. Carbonation in very average streams. Watery sheet of lace.
Apple and plum fruit aromas abound. Malt is faint behind the fruitiness, but has a yeasty scent attached to it. A strong alcohol profile pops strongly on the nostrils.
Apple presence transfers nicely from the scent to the taste, but leaves the plums behind. A spiced, mostly pepper, flavor also is quite pronounced. Warming alcohol taste.
Nice thickness on the tongue. A carbonation effect slightly above normal, but not unpleasant.
A very decent choice. Nice beer to pair with seafood pasta dish. Cheers to Stone for another winner in the series. A beer almost everyone can find enjoyable.
11-07-2007 03:48:39 | More by RedChrome
3.38/5 rDev -10.3%
Poured this beer into a Tulip at about 50-55 degrees.
Pours an amber color with about 1 inch of head which dissipates fairly quickly.
Nose reminds me of candy apples.
Taste: Hebal, orangeskin fruitiness with a malty undertone. I sense a drying finish.
Overall this is a decent beer and a nice take on a classic Belgian style. I am interested to see how this one ages and looking forward to another review in 5 years.
11-07-2007 03:46:15 | More by dough
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
Appearance: Darker amber color with a yellowish head. Head was nice and thick, lasted entire beer and had a good amount of lacing.
Smell: Spicy malt smell with hints of fruit and sweetness.
Taste: A sweet malt flavor with hints of spice, maybe hints of cinnamon or other sweet type spices. Flavors did not seem to be totally blended yet, slightly green. Sweet after taste.
Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and CO2 was just slightly weak.
A very interesting beer from Stone and I thought it was better than the 06.06.06. Can't wait to try it again in a few years.
11-06-2007 20:39:38 | More by BradBLR
3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
Picked up three bombers back at the end of June for $5.79 each.
Beer poured a reddish orange with a minimal white head. Nose is very pleasant, quite fruity with spices, and some belgian yeast hints. Taste is unique, it truly blends the dry qualities of a Saison with the spicy and slightly peppery qualities of a Trippel. Mouthfeel is good, somewhat spicy and peppery with a medium body. Drinkability is good. This brew has improved since the first one i tried. It is definitely more smooth this time around. I'll save the third bottle for next summer.
11-04-2007 23:28:28 | More by arizcards
4.47/5 rDev +18.6%
Poured into a Duvel tulip.
My first Vertical Epic. I only bought one bottle, but after tasting this, I may need to get more. Pours a rich amber to orange with a quickly dissipating head that leaves little lacing. The smell is different - there is a cooling, minty component coupled with banana and ginger. Spicy yet soothing. The taste is spicy and sweet up front with a citrus like bitter finish. Mouthfeel is ideal for this - moderately carbonated with an almost syrupy texture. This is an awesome take on the Belgian style - easy to drink and very complex. Delicious! Highly recommended.
11-03-2007 00:29:34 | More by montageman
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
The Vertical Epic pours a light orangish amber color with a nice foam head that dissipates quickly. If you hold it up to the light it is very cool as it has thousands of particles suspending in air or liquid.
The smell is of of oranges and the usually Belgium aroma. Not knowing it is a Belgian beer when I bought it pouring release the familiar aroma.
The taste was of a strong ales with a nice spicy finish. It was chewy in the mouth and hid the alcohol well. I would definitely recommend this even to the non-Belgian lover.
11-02-2007 02:29:59 | More by cswhitehorse
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
11-02-2007 01:50:50 | More by wspscott
3.43/5 rDev -9%
Pours golden amber with a white creamy head that thins, but stays through the duration.
The smell is spicy - ginger coriander, etc. (as listed). Some sweet caramel backs it up.
Nice aroma, but the taste is too spicy - almost like a pumpkin ale meets a Belgian. (In the sense of having an abundance of spices). The spiciness stays ahead of the candi sugar sweetness and caramelish (slightly grassy? - maybe a hint) backing. Perfumy - rendering an endearing aroma, but not quite so endearing flavor. Still - it has enough complexities and support to keep it far from unpleasant. It has a spicy, warming finish.
The feel is effercescent with a lingering spiciness clinging to the palate.
Interesting, but I do recall last year's being better and I do expect better from this great brewery, which does a fine job at making intense beers palatable - this one is over-spiced.
10-26-2007 23:24:02 | More by jwc215
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
I'm WEAK.... I know... I originally intended to cellar this for 5 years and taste it just as the label advises.... drink this in sequence with the other Vertical Epic selections from Stone on or about 12/12/2012.
But alas.... I'M WEAK.... Every time I would open my beer fridge, it would smile back at me, knowing that I wouldn't last the 5 plus years. So today, I caved.
I poured this into an oversized wine glass to produce a 1/2" head of off-white foam. This quickly disappeared to a thin cap leaving no lacing. The color is quite interesting.... almost a peachy orange with rose highlights. Just a little cloudy.
The smell reminded me of the few Belgians, I've had.... sweet malty with fruity/yeasty undertones.
The taste: Wow! Rather complex.... let's see if I can break this down.... initially, the typical Belgian tastes appear... like sweet malt, and fruity (plums and peaches) tastes prevail. Then, right at the finish, there's a little BITE....citrus fruit peel (orange and lemon).
Mouthfeel: Quite fizzy, like most Belgians... only maybe a bit less-so (which is good in my opinion). Good aftertaste, and mouthcoating.
Drinkability: Well, I've finished the only bomber I had.... I wonder if I'll try to score the other Vertical Epic series beers (and try them as recommended on or about 12/12/2012)? I've never considered patience as a strong suit for me.... I doubt that I could buy a beer and let it sit for 5 years.... but, we'll see.... people change... beers change...
10-23-2007 20:24:11 | More by TheBierBand
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
4.15/5 rDev +10.1%
A: Deep golden color with red/orange/yellow highlights. Average white head after a semi-vigorous pour.
S: Heavy malt, hops, spice (ginger among others) with subtle hints of citrus fruit.
T: Heavy malt and spice dominate the taste with the hops (Glacier and Crystal) and citrus fruit to add a very nice balance. Unique. The alcohol is melded perfectly.
M: Wet, medium-bodied that holds its balance throughout. Carbonation is high but seems fitting for the beer.
D: Considering the alcohol content, this is a very drinkable beer. The style makes it so it's not a session beer but still enjoyable none the less.
NOTE: After finishing this beer I have edited my drinkability score from a 2.5 to 4! One of the previous reviewers was correct in that this is not a beer to rate by sampling. It gets better and better. Impressive.
10-21-2007 20:24:26 | More by Mryup
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
3.15/5 rDev -16.4%
This Belgian Ale pours a copper to amber color, frorm the bottle and into the glass. The head was minimal, even with a vigorous pour. The smell is faint, not really indicative of anything. The taste is bland and nonpleasing, being overwhelmed by a sticky sweetness. There is a bitter, metallic, taste at the end of the sweet. This is not really a pleasurable offering, by Stone's usually standards.
10-20-2007 23:55:24 | More by BadBadger
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
650ml bottle. Poured an almost translucent amber color (some cloudiness) with a quickly disappearing off-white head. Aroma of a Belgian Trappist wanna-be. It reminded me of Chimay, which is not a bad thing. The flavor was sweet with spices such as coriander and ginger and there is a sweet maltines. Hops are well balanced and understated, which is something I find unusual for a stone product. Mouthfeel is full and satisfying. Finish is long with coriander. Initially I did not care much for this concoction, but as I finished the bottle I came to appreciate it more and more. I would speculate that this is one beer that can not be accurately rated by a one, or a two, ounce sample. This goes great with pretzels and Gruyere De Comte cheese.
10-20-2007 02:01:05 | More by likestoswallow
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
10-17-2007 17:17:05 | More by Phyl21ca
4.25/5 rDev +12.7%
The beer pours forth from the 22 ounce bottle a crystalline gold, the head is monumental in size, the color a bright white and the texture creamy, the resultant lace a tight skirt to obfuscate the glass. Nose has a nice hint of citrus and fruit, with malt to back it up, the Cardamom is also quite noticeable, just a plethora of aromas to treat the olfactory senses. Start is nicely malted; sweet and spicy, top is moderate in feel. Finish has sparkling wine crispness, the hops dynamic in their spicy bite, the alcohol evident, as it warms your tummy, very dry and lingering aftertaste. What can I say, Ive been a Stoner since the very first day I quaffed one of their brews, and will be still the day they shovel dirt in my face.
10-15-2007 21:53:19 | More by Gusler
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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