Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.83/5 rDev +1.6%
At our 2013 vertical epic tasting...
A - pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.
S - A spicy, sweet aroma of malt, toffee, ginger, carsamom, and citrus.
T - Sweet, sugary malt up front with some phenolic yeast notes. Toffee, and candied ginger in the middle with a finish of pepper, lemon, clove, and a touch of sherry.
M - Medium body, slightly ow carbonation, and a bit of a sweet finish.
D - Not bad, it has held up surprisingly well for a five year old, light colored beer. The aroma is very nice with lots of fruit and spice and seems almost fresh. The flavor is a little flatter with kind of muddy Spices and lower carbonation than it should have. There is also a touch of vinous, sherry like character it he finish where the beer begins to show its age. Overall it is still a nice beer.
01-04-2013 02:18:42 | More by nickfl
4/5 rDev +6.1%
Appears a honey glazed golden hue with a large white head leaving speckled lacing behind very impressive look to it. Aromatics contain delicate floral hops ginger spiciness mild background sweet and tart while grape tartness mild pineapple and pear fruitiness very aromatics like an insense candle burning slightly perfumey hop component going down. Flavor citrus peel viscosity tannin like character with a ginger finish, complex alcoholic swetneess honey tinged spicy notes good flow here but I see some age will help mold this one. Mouthfeel has a slightly syrupy character strong fortified carbonation, stay on your palate pretty unrelenting. Drinkability, definitely still young and a bit abrasive good thing it needs to last until December 12th, 2012. I really enjoyed the blend of the citrus and ginger here I could definitely take on some sushi with this complementing my dinner.
07-14-2007 15:11:33 | More by WVbeergeek
4.28/5 rDev +13.5%
Pours an effervescent honey/bronze with 2 fingers of eggshell white head. Stays effervescent the whole way through with good lacing & above average head retention
S: Apricot, orange peel & persimmons, falls off a little, once warm
T: Citrussy hops (grapefruit, lemon & tangerine) up front, along with some pepper, ginger (this is working for me) & grains of paradise. Warming booze sneaks in as this warms, along with dates & figs, this is a wild one! Finishes with ginger, lemony hops, figs, jammyness (apple & elderberry) & honey dryness
MF: Slick, juicy with low carbonation
Drinks well for the abv & style. Really enjoyed this, will try to get a bottle to age as well. Loved this year's, was not impressed 06's; will try this every year most likely. The sky's the limit on style possibilities
06-22-2007 04:29:32 | More by russpowell
3.58/5 rDev -5%
Probably got this at Discount Liquor, but who knows. Served in a tulip glass.
A - White foam settles to a collar, leaving behind spotty lace and wisps on top. Hazed golden body.
S - You can still smell the cardamom and citrus peel in this one, and there's a nice typical tripel-esque stone fruit malt backbone. This is the first of the series that doesn't seem crazy old.
T - The taste hasn't held up quite well unfortunately, as there are some fruity oxidized notes. Otherwise this is mostly caramel malts with a hefty citrus peel finish.
M - Medium body, medium-low carbonation, dry finish, with a surprising tannic character. Perhaps a hint of alcohol warmth in this one.
D - Not particularly well suited to my tastes, as I'm not a huge cardamom fan, but it's held up reasonably well. I'd be willing to give a keg or refrigerated bottle a chance down the road.
03-06-2013 04:45:42 | More by MasterSki
4/5 rDev +6.1%
Clear amber color, slight , off-white head.
Aroma speaks citrus, grapefruit, orange, lemon, and many spices...like a candied orange slice dipped in ginger. sweet, but dry.
Taste: more of the same all over the mouth, very slick and supple, easy drinking, despite the 8% abv, just plump full of juicy fruit, hops, yeast, ...some tartness, some mild astringency, a bracket of bitterness, but overall sweet fruit, some bitter, and spice is the order of the day, some cardamom, ginger, coriander...now and again, it feels hot, too, there's a fierce hop and booze heat that only squeaks up for a bit, before bowing...
A tasty brew, kind of in between a wit, a saison, and a Belgian golden ale, or even a tripel, sort of a mix of those, but delicious and good drinking!
12-20-2007 08:24:48 | More by feloniousmonk
3.63/5 rDev -3.7%
Had the 05, 07 and 07 wine barrel all side by side at Churchkey the other night, and those three were all rather disappointing.
Beer is a little bit of a spice bomb but its probably my favorite vertical epic of the night. Beer is yellow and has a nice head of medium bubbles on it that leaves a little lacing on the glass.
Beer smells like citrus and ginger. OK, this is what you wanted Stone.
Lead off for this beer is a medium to light body, moderate carbonation and ...oh yeah GINGER. Its ginger and coriander I think and that's about it. Its not very sweet, not a lot of malt to hold this one up but its spicy. That's about all. It was OK.
10-06-2010 14:47:12 | More by drabmuh
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
thanks to johnmichelson for sharing this.
Poured into a standard pint cool.
A - Golden higlights on copper w/ no head and lace is nil
S - Smell is mostly spice. A rush of cardomom sweetness and spice. Honey like earthy odors are also at play here.
M - Spicy, fruity, woody w/ nutty and warming aspects.
T - A real spicey and lively tasting ale with great complementary hops and spice w/ woody accents.
D - Goodness the pungent aroma is enticing. It is very peculier, and it allows the cardomom to dominate the nuttiness. A unique ale that impressed me as sort of barleywine-like w/ added spice. This is not one I would drink often, but full of flavor and pleasant. I am a fan of spice flavors in beer and you get a good dose of that here.
*Edit*- sample again 11/23 poured chilled into a goblet A-4 S-4 M-3.5 T-4 D-3.5
A - A ruddy amber w/ thick smooth foam of ecru, lace clins effortlessly w/ tiny bead supporting + chill hazed
S - A mild citrus + pepper note w/ mild ginger and citrus peel w/ slight clove-like aroma and mild fruit ester from yeast
M - A dry highly carbonated and mildly sour feel w/ acidic elemnent and slight malty, boozy finish
T - The taste has a crisp citrus -lemony taste w/ ginger's clean astringent note. The falvor has an earthy almost soapy clean taste w/ a mild caramel malt flavor and woody hop tinge w/ candy sugar and mild wheat in the middle. The taste has hints of orange peel and bitter tea w/ mild biscuit in the background. The flavor seems almost gin-like when you get into it and it warms slightly w/ botantical earthy elements from the spices and peels - lemon, orange and grapefruit. I found the grapefruit peel to emerge more toward the end of the taste w/ mild herbal notes and alcohol flavor in the finish
D - A strong saison, or Belgian strong pale ale as it is listed here, but it probably should be aged for more than 2 years to give it ample time to smooth out with the candy sugar sweetness still slightly cloying and I consider the drinkability just slightly above average at this point
08-19-2007 23:09:33 | More by Slatetank
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
had as part of a big VE tasting at the end of the world party, shared with many friends.
Pours a light fizzy head, murky hazy sediment, reddish orange color.
Nose earthy malts, sweet malts, Belgian like, light citrus and fruit, apple, hint hops, light booze esters.
Taste has aged malts, light oxidation, Belgian golden malts and esters, booze, light tea chamomile like, light spices, phenols, booze, light apple like fruit, raisin, etc.
Mouth is med bodied, dec carb for the age at least.
Overall decent Belgian beer, aging took it's toll but still a fairly decent beer overall.
02-28-2013 02:30:48 | More by jlindros
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
this one absolutely got better with age. although its certainly changed the mouthfeel. pours hazy golden in color, not much carbonation left in this guy, some yeast floating around in clumps. the nose is belgian yeast and more hops remaining than i anticipated. some spice, although the ginger is hard to pick out. taste is very cardamom forward, which i like and which i do not remember. the alcohol intensity has also been mellowed quite a lot. still the yeast flavors are bold. bready and dense, seeded, toasted. the finish is long and probably not as complex as it used to be, but still full of citrus notes and that belgian yeast. low low carbonation hurts the cause, but that can be attributed to age. fuller body for a beer this light in color, and a candy sort of sweetness that doesnt last long in the finish. overall sort of an anti-climax. after all this time the beer has improved, but im not sure this one was worth the hassle.
01-22-2013 23:12:07 | More by StonedTrippin
4.2/5 rDev +11.4%
The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a smooth and refreshing pale malt scent along with a fruity Belgian yeast aroma. It's also loaded with a wide array of spices and fruit peels. The ginger stands out to me while the fruit rinds are present, but more of a background aroma. The taste is good. It has warm pale malt taste that is complimented with ginger and fruit peel flavors. The orange and grapefruit peels really stand out in the finish. They provide a layer of complexity that blends well with the Belgian yeast. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great beer. It's interesting to say the least and a wonderful beer for marking a special occasion.
09-27-2007 21:40:34 | More by WesWes
3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
03-25-2010 04:33:08 | More by mactrail
3.35/5 rDev -11.1%
From 12/23/12 notes. 22 oz. bottle poured into my Stone Veritcal Epic glass. Opened as part of my 2 day, 06-06-06 through 12-12-12 tasting.
a - Pours a somewhat hazy orange-amber color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of citrus, cloves, Belgian yeast, mint, orange, peppermint, spices, pepper. Nice citrus but the mint is a little weird.
t - Tastes of citrus, lemon, oranges, pepper, mint, bready malts, Belgian yeast, fruit malts. taste is very slightly weird, with lots of pepper and mint. Not bad but a step down from the nose.
m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. No alcohol heat, pretty easy to drink.
o - Overall a nice beer, though I preferred 07-07-07 and 09-09-09. This one is completely different as a tripel, with a lot of citrus and spice, probably wouldn't seek this one out again.
12-24-2012 16:26:15 | More by mdfb79
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
3.25/5 rDev -13.8%
Sample June 2007
Pours with a brilliantly clear (and I mean brilliant), full copper color that has tons of streaming bubbles coming up from the bottom. The bubbles support an initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The nose is quite spice driven, with ample notes of ginger, clove and a fair amount of citrus notes (leaning towards lemon zest and orange peel). In the finish is a hint of something cola like, which makes me think of cardamom. Despite the spices, the aroma is quite clean. It does have aromatic notes of toasted grain & biscuit malt towards the end. At times the aroma reminds me of a spicy ginger ale, though it is not quite so piquant.
Fairly sweet up front with a fairly thick body; I would characterize it as being medium full. It finishes with an earthy spiciness reminiscent of clove, green coriander and cardamom. Light flavors of lemon zest and a note somewhat like pears or green apples add a hint of fruitiness. The spice flavors are not over the top here, yet somehow they seem to dominate the flavor profile. This could also be a mix of hop character & spices, interacting in ways that one is not used to in a Belgian-style beer. I am not enjoying the mix of flavors here, but I think that this might actually improve considerably with some age; perhaps a year or so would be good. As my palate gets used to some of the sharper, more earthy spice notes a bit more citrus character becomes noticeable; it starts to move towards notes of orange peel. The earthy ginger flavors still are prominent though, even lingering on in the finish.
This is not drinking all that great right now, and I am hoping that it will get quite a bit better with some age on it. It is definitely too clean & needs more yeast influence, hell even a bit of yeasty haze would have been beneficial. The body is a bit too thick for me as well. This should still be at least as drinkable as it is now by 2012.
06-25-2007 04:50:32 | More by Gueuzedude
3.55/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
08-09-2008 00:48:16 | More by smcolw
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
22 oz. bottle, bought at Seagate in Huntington Beach, CA,
A: Pours a dark orange, with a medium white head, some lacing, nothing special.
S: The smell, however, is outstanding. Very fragrant fruit, citrus, and spice.
T: An interesting mix of flavours in this one. Esters of peach and orange are the main flavours offset by the peppery spice. Some green apple in there as well, quite sugary and sweet.
M: Smooth and crisp, with some ethanol in the end, medium-bodied.
D: An complex and interesting beer at the moment, will be interested to see how this develops by 2012.
December 2012 Edit - Pours a murky burnt orange. Smell is still good, orange Creamsicle, lots of flowers, Asian spice. Good flavour, lots of orange and spice, a tad cloying. Sweet as it was fresh. Good beer. Pretty much I like it the same as '07, but in a different way.
01-13-2008 05:29:18 | More by Halcyondays
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
Appearance: clear yellowish orange in color. One finger head lingers around a while. Some spots of lace developed during the session.
Smell: big spiciness and some citrus tones are pleasant and enjoyable on the nose.
Taste: citrus is quite dominant with this in its young age. Ginger, oranges, lemon zest, and a yeast spiciness is balanced with a decent maltiness and a good hop bite. Alcohol is noticeable but not offensive.
Mouthfeel: lightly crisp on the tonge and a touch of dryness finishes it out. Medium bodied beer. Long spicy and citrus laden aftertaste.
Drinkability: decent but this needs to mellow a bit. Definitely buy a few of these so you can try it over time.
07-25-2007 12:40:54 | More by Gavage
2.85/5 rDev -24.4%
07/29/07- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.
Presentation- 22oz bottle, vintage 2007. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.
Appearance- A semi-flat looking deep orange color. Smaller than 1/4 inch head forms...a bit creamy looking...leaves minor lace spotting behind.
Smell- Got a bit too close to the beer because I couldn't smell jack. Well, I ended up with a nostril full of 070707. It wasn't very nice either. Smelled like sugary corn syrup. Smelled some orange-tangerine notes as it warmed, but mostly sugar.
Taste- Tasted pretty much like it smelled. Overwhelming corn syrup like flavor. Some corriander and cardamom and maybe some white pepper. Can see a touch of tripel and a touch of saison, but not ones that I would want to drink on a regualr basis.
Mouthfeel- Very low carbonation, almost flat. Yucky sugary coating of the tongue and mouth.
Drinkability- Damn, I hope this one really improves with the years. My least favorite of the VE's so far.
07-30-2007 18:33:11 | More by GClarkage
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
Appears a light golden with an orange tone and a 2 finger, fluffy white cap that slowly fades out. A few tiny particles fall out of suspension in the bottom of the glass. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of tropical fruits with notes of orange, pear, vanilla, peaches, grapefruit, cardamom, and mild spices and phenols.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with hints of a saison but leaning more towards a Belgian Gold with spice additions.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy up front, mildly sweet, enticing, and dry on the finish.
A youngling that will do better with some aging. Definitely nice enough to drink now though for those who can tolerate complex yeast phenols, along with spices.
07-09-2007 19:30:54 | More by weeare138
District of Columbia
2.88/5 rDev -23.6%
22 oz bottle.
Pours a hazed golden copper with a thin white head. Medicinal and soapy aroma with bubblegum malt and tobacco. Flavor is less offensive than the nose but still overly sweet. Caramel and bubblegum with citrus candy. Syrupy body with low carbonation. Difficult to drink.
01-13-2013 19:08:17 | More by yourefragile
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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