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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
85
very good

550 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 46
Gots: 139 | FT: 13
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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Photo of neenerzig
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my snifter. This beer is a slightly cloudy medium golden/deep orange/copper color. Very nice color. The head is about an inch thick when poured. It settles to a quite thin surface layer about 10 minutes after pouring. Nice white ring lining the inside of the glass though. Good lacing. Aroma wise sweet spice galore and malt are certainly present as well as some banana. Sort of a fruity and floral aroma too. Very malty and sweet upfront tastewise. Spices such as clove and ginger are present among others. The taste is rounded out by some fruit and hop notes. Orange and lemon are certainly present along with a hint of banana. This beer has a dry, spicy and biting aftertaste. Has a very crisp, bubbly mouthfeel with a full body and moderate to heavy carbonation. easy to drink in the manner that great beer should be. It took me well over an hour an half to finish a bomber of this stuff. Overall this beer is certainly different from any other Belgian style Strong Pale Ale I have ever had before. A lot about this beer reminded me of Stone's Barley Wine, which I like a lot. Another winner from Stone!

Eric

neenerzig, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of kmo1030
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

fantastic looking orangey gold, with a thick light tan head that sticks around.
while there is a thick head the yeast shines in the aroma. once that fades, ginger takes over with some of the citrus rind components and clove. grows vaguely plastic-y (soapy?) at times.
the taste seems yeast driven, but the spicing plays a big part as well. it's got a lot of that lightly fruity belgian pale ale yeast type flavor up front with banana, soft mango, peach(?) etc. and as it travels over the tongue the spices kick in in greater amount with citrus peel, clove and ginger being most aparent. bitterness at the finish cleans up the end before it can tunr into a trainwreck, which it might be without that bitterness and dryness at the back end. the heavy spicing grows a little tiresome though, 8 oz or so would be a more ideal size in it's present state. it can be pretty hot too. burps taste like ginger wrapped banana.
full bodied with middle of the road carbonation.
pretty good but a bit much at the moment. this was designed for a long rest though. should be good in a few years.

kmo1030, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of OStrungT
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden color, with a nice fluffy off white head. The head has a slightly yellow tint to it. It fades slowly, leaving a nice lacing.

This beer has a spicy aroma. I smell coriander, cloves, and grains of paradise. This beer also has some grainy aroma. I can smell a nice mild citrus hop aroma as well. Some citrus notes are also present.

This beer tastes very much like it smells. It is mostly spicy, with some grainy flavor. I can taste the citrus hop flavor as well.

This beer is full bodied. It goes down smooth, leaving a clovey aftertaste. It is highly carbonated.

I think that this beer might make a decent session beer. It might be a little too spicy to enjoy a few bottles at a time. Also, the alcohol content is a little high.

Overall: This is a good beer. I have never had any complaints with the Vertical Epics, and I have had every one. Will this one mak it? I am not sure, but I am leaning towards no. I predict that this beer starts to develope a bandaid lik flavor after a little while. I hope I am wrong.

OStrungT, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

cswhitehorse, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of nataku00
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a tulip glass at the bistro's barrel aged beerfest. Dark orange, surprisingly clear, with a half finger of white fluffy head from the initial pour. The head dissipated quickly, but leaves a little lacing on the glass. Fairly easy to reform a bit of head from swirling, so carbonation is at a good level.

Nice aroma, complex mix of floral honey, light caramel, and vanilla. Despite all of these sweet aromas, it wasn't overbearing and was very pleasant.

Taste was slightly muted, but followed the nose. Malty backbone carries a nice floral sweetness, slight citrus acidity initially, but smooths out quickly. Not too much of an aftertaste. Oak is not present at all on the tongue.

Medium body beer had a good amount of carbonation for something aged this long. Not quite enough balance to the sweetness on this one, and further aging may only make it sweeter.

nataku00, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev +6.1%

weonfire, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of becktone
4.9/5  rDev +30%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Eye: The color of the beer is an orangish with a splash of pink. Head retention is poor, though it could be this snifter. There is a tiny bit of lacing. Can't complain about the appearance because I know that I've never had great retention in this snifter with the exception of Duvel and La fin du monde.

Nose: Sweet malty and spicy aromas billow from this glass. There is also a fruity candy type aroma, reminds me much of gummi bears. Alcohol is hidden well. All in all this brew smells amazing.

Tongue: Very nice brew. Not what you expect for this style, however it "meets the characteristics" while adding a little bit of something extra, something that makes it stand out." The classic Duvel type of flavor is there but there is also a nice spiciness and fruitiness to this beer as well. Among the sweetness from the Duvel type flavor there is also another sweetness, can't quite put a finger on it though. All in all a very complex and unique brew.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium-heavy bodied with moderate levels of carbonation...this is just what the doctor ordered. Slightly warming as it goes down due to the alcohol, but it isn't all that noticeable. Leaves a very clean taste of spices on the palate-perhaps thats coriander in there... This brew is very easy to drink, in fact I look forward to drinking the rest of this. This is a brew that I'd most definitely buy again, unfortunately its only a limited brew.

becktone, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of jarrgal
4/5  rDev +6.1%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of July2Nov
3/5  rDev -20.4%

July2Nov, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Vdubb86
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a mug

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with crap suspended within the beer itself. The smell isn't actually as bad as I had thought that it might be. The aroma is mainly of a mixture of sour and the typical belgian yeast characters (banana, clove, etc.). The flavor, while not nearly as sour as the nose had lead to believe, tasted like a mixture of belgian flavors and pumpkin spices. It was an odd marriage that only kinda worked. Oddly enough I must say that I really didn't pick up any distinct saison or tripel flavors, just generic sour and generic banana. It was a decent beer, but glad I didn't try for the entire vertical, due to the fact that my experience with these has been less than exciting.

Vdubb86, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of chilidog
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened on 7/7/07;
I don't usually open an epic till New Years eve but hey its Chistmas in July.

Thisone to me had Triple all over it. It poured a deep gold, almost copper like. The head was egg-wash white that was about an inch but maintained well. Carbonation was active, nice and busy. not much on the lace side of things.

The aroma pops at bottles open and that carbonation just treats the nose with the taste hints.

The taste is complex, very well done. Malts, hops that are well accented by citric grapefruits, lime and orange peel. Spice of ginger and pepper. I picked up hints of biscuit and more of sour dough. A mild hint of alcohol for toppers.

The mouthfeel is smooth, well aired. It dose leave a dry, wanting more feel. After awhile, it leaves a "dang, im thirsty feel".

Drinkability is very smooth and easy, for a complex brew.
For july, this went very well. And im sure it will bring in the new year great as well.

chilidog, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of oelergud
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful copper golden clear body with good carbonation. Slightly off-white head of mostly small bubbles. Low retention and lace.
Sweet bread and marcipan smell. Floral notes swirl on top of an alcoholic whiff with spice.
Taste is alcohol, spice, molasses and malts well balanced with velvety hops. Aftertaste of Lingering malts with some nutskin hops and faint alcoholic flavor.
Medium to full body, some coating and a dry finish. Abit of residual sugars.
Good drinkability.
Though this is a good brew it did not live up to Stone standards. Maybe this one needs to age abit.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- golden with light shades of orange. Clear. White fluffy head develops that dissipates pretty fast. Foamy head is very easily generated upon swirling.
S- belgian yeast (fruit/must) mixed with earthy hops.
T- Starts out with a little bite, then fruit rolls in, followed by earthiness in the end.
M- Carbonated generously, light-heavy body.
D- Easily drinkable. Better at its more colder temperatures in my opinion.

MiScusi, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of Walkerjgt
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Walkerjgt, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of brheuer
4/5  rDev +6.1%

brheuer, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of midlifec
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

midlifec, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Piddmeista
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Piddmeista, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this is one of the best, if not the best, fresh Vertical Epics that Stone has put out.

Pours a clear golden orange color. There's a thin white head that fades quickly to a fine sheet. Very light lacing remains.

Aroma is very nice blend of green apples, yeast, spices, candied sugars, and some citrus. I couldn't wait to dive into this one.

The flavor is almost as good as the smell. Spicy coriander, green apple, yeasty funk, just all of these great flavors melding together. Wonder if this will improve with age?

Spot on mouthfeel thats nicely carbonated. Only a very slight alcohol burn at the finish. This is a great choice for this very warm evening. I only have nine left from my case...I'm curious to see how long they last. I'll save at least one for each of the next five years.

Imstillthegman, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of Risser09
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle shared at Phatz's tasting

Appearance: Golden orange beer with a unique yellowish white head. The head reveals lots of lacing on the sides of the taster.

Smell: Awesome. Ginger was the main aroma and it was sweet. Belgian spices and yeasts were secondary. Thre was also a fresh bubblegum and tutti frutti aroma as well.

Taste: Very estery and spicy with plenty of warming potential. Very interesting. Plenty of ginger flavor, maybe some coriander. Quite refreshing and complex.

Mouthfeel: I love the ginger flavor in the beer. Perhaps that lends itself to the pincy mouthfeel. There is plenty of carbonation to enjoy and this beer is sort of drying.

Drinkability: Not excellent, but this beer is quite nice. Maybe it's too fresh now and would be better consumed on 12.12.12. This would pair extremely well with sushi.

Risser09, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of bobhits
2.15/5  rDev -43%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

07 epic

I recall this being the worst stone beer ever, but hey now 4 years old, lets give it a shot again. Poured into a stone vertical epic glass.

Pours golden amber with far more carbonation than a 4 year old beer should ever have. A small thin white head forms that doesn't hold or leave lacing.

Fruity esters, pine apple, white grapes, cloves, bananas, and a lot of spices are all meningeal well in this beer. I think there's also some chi tea notes in this one. Still the spicy triple that stone first released, but this has taken on some subtle enhancements.

Fruity white grape juice that's turning to wine with spices scattered about. That's really the best way to describe what's come of this beer. Unlike fresh this beer now definitely is taking on some saison like flavors. A certain hop funk that I didn't notice before seems odd to be here now, but it certainly is here. This beer however is still a bit more a spice bomb than I'd like and the malt is strong enough and powerful enough to keep the funk from being the show case.

This beer tries to drink crisp and clean, but the body and the weight of it are just too dense. I suppose stone had to boost the abv to the 8.4 level for aging, but it doesn't work well here.

I know I need more of the 09 epic because I can see that one aging for YEARS to come, but otherwise the 06, 08, and 10 that I've had were far better fresh (or in the 10's case as good as a bad beer can get). It seems the 07 late in life has started to go the right direction. I'll be interested to see what comes of it on the epic date.

bobhits, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of dedrinker
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

dedrinker, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of everetends
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

everetends, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of PhineasGage
3/5  rDev -20.4%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Mikeluzzjr
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Mikeluzzjr, May 03, 2014
Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice dark golden color (if that makes sense!) with a white head that shrinks quickly but doesn't go all the way away. smells like a sweet belgian tripel to me. i'm not getting very much saison, but i do smell farmhousy, peppery when i take my time and let this thing warm up a little. grapefruit and orange for sure, a little banana. tastes like it smells, but even more comes through. pretty complex. a lot going on, and i will enjoy seeing how this tastes in abuot a year or so. medium body and nice carbonation. you could fool me in a blind taste test with this one. i might actually think it was belgian.

timtim, Jun 22, 2007
Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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