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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale (Red Wine Barrel Aged) - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale (Red Wine Barrel Aged)
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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 16.54%
Wants: 15
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-15-2008)
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew was served on draft at the Tap and Mallet Vertical Epic tasting event. It arrived in a chalice, showing a dark golden honey coloring. It held a half finger tall head of tight white bubbles with low retention. No lacing was noted at all, and carbonation appeared light. Mild haze was seen throughout, but no sediment was observed. The nose was very much like the standard ‘07 VE, with all the florals, spice, fruitiness, lemony hops, and ginger rootiness, but on the whole it remained more mild here. It did inherit a great woodiness from the barreling, with the astringent sourness of red wine and oak. This also added grapey bite and fruitiness alongside more massive booze character. With warmth came all the musk of a cellar. Our first impression was that the balance was nice with the drying oak character pairing well with the sweeter spice and citrus. As we sipped, soured fruit and oak, wheat, black pepper spice, red grape sugars, and the dryness of red wine started things off. Quickly following was lemon flesh syrup and hops, giving a limey character much like an authentic margarita. The middle peaked with paler malts, syrupy lime, black pepper, and gravy saltiness. The finish came with cloying sugars of caramel and pale malts, continued citric flesh sweetness, and white sugar flashes of more sweetness. The aftertaste breathed of buttery diacetyls, lemon hops, big booze, and metallic yeasty bite. The body was full, and the carbonation was medium. There was nice slurp, sip, and pop, with decent froth and cream. The mouth was coated with slick oily hops, with a following bite of chalky dryness to the back to erase that initial juiciness and succulence of wine. The mouth is, thus, eventually dried and puckered. The abv was fine, and the beer sipped nicely

Overall, the best thing about this beer was the excellent nose, with great musk and all the robust qualities of the wine barreling. This translated well into flavoring, with wild red wine flavoring to the back, and the tartness that bordered on the flavoring of a sour. This afforded great pucker to the feel. This is a well-rounded beer, and an excellent spin on the original 07, which is one of our favorites in the series to begin with.

TheBrewo, Dec 23, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little bit over everything in the color, dark gold to light red running through it. Aroma had a wine like bitterness and astringency.

Taste really fell flat, had to take a couple of sips to really negotiate anything coming out of this. Cabernet tannins with the oak. Really makes me think of non descript red table wine. Dry. Coriander. Too much weird spice, maybe its the coriander in too high of a ratio. I have never been a big fan of the vertical epic series anyways.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

mdaschaf, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Stone Tap Takeover in Charlotte. Served from tap into a tumbler. Poured red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, red wine spices, subtle hops, and peppercorn. The flavor was of massive malt, red wine, and a subtle hop note. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this one was better than the original 07.07.07 that I tried right before this one. The flavors all seemed to fall into their own rather than just explode onto the palate. This version of the 07.07.07 is definitely worth a try if you can get your hands on it.

thagr81us, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Pours an odd reddish color with a nice off white head that takes a while to dissipate but leaves no lacing on the glass. Smell is dominated by red wine. Hard to make out the Belgian pale beneath the wine notes, although I can detect a tiny bit of spicy hop presence.

Taste follows the aroma. Completely dominated by the red wine aging. Not a bad flavor, but I wish the belgian pale was allowed a bit more room to shine through. Again can only detect a tiny bit of hop presence.

HURTemHIZZY, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of Timman87
4/5  rDev +5%

Timman87, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of epim00
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

epim00, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of alleykatking
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured a hazy light red color. Half finger whtie head shows poor retention. Some streaks of lace on the glass while I drank.

S- This was interesting to say the least. Lots of red wine notes in this over some light begian candi sugar. Spicing in the backend of the beer with hints of clove and light notes of belgian yeast. Kind of a funky pairing and it kind of works.

T- The Belgian yeast comes out first it seems like in the beer. Tons of clove as well that masks pretty much every other flavor. Light oak tones in the ending but the clove really does overpower anything else. Midway through the beer I get some light sweet malts but that is it.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Clove is left everywhere from the palate to the aftertaste with hints of alcohol in the aftertaste. Medium drying on the palate from alcohol. Flavors were off balance with the clove really cutting through every other flavor. No off flavors present just over flavoring.

D- This beer was average at best. Not my favorite thing from Stone although it was a good try. The barrel didn't come out like I hoped for and the clove really overtook most everything I think they were going for.

alleykatking, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of n2185
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

n2185, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of jdmandel
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

jdmandel, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of PEBKAC
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I sit up in my bed, unsure of the time. It's Saturday morning, & I'm alone(:cry:) in my hotel room. I can't quite gather the strength to crawl out of bed, but I could use a meal. What's on the menu I wonder? $18 for a fruit salad, $19 for eggs over easy & hash? Pass. Half growler of barrel-aged beer stuffed between the $4 water & $7 Heineken in the hotel's generous pay-per fridge? Score. :)

So I sit up in bed like a little kid, flip channels around whatever Saturday morning passes off as cartoons these days & get chewing.

I pour into a pretty thick low-ball & breathe it in deep. Besides the newly acquired orange/brown "Pledge"-esq color, it's pretty average, so I down my first one without much notice. Mmm... hurts like a screwdriver on a sore throat at 4am. After that wake-up call I line up the pillows for reinforcement & dig a little deeper.

Second pour gives my nose loads of caramel, cindered lump, a fair amount of alcohol, vinegar, & some cherry cough syrup. Almost like barrel-aged Hawaiian Punch. Almost. :P

It begins with the wood, but cuts deeply with a tart bite & lots of evenly toasted malt all over. Macerated fruits, almost like an overly alcoholic sangria. It's full of rind & very acidic. This sweet tooth would of appreciated a little more sugar. The end just collapses into malt. A decent shot of sour, then dry, but all malt in the finish.

A somewhat greasy feel to it all. I didn't notice much carbonation from the pour, but while what was there was good, it didn't wash down very easy.

The alcohol fumes bring some flavor with them, but damn, if anyone noticed I looked a little loopy on Saturday afternoon, well now you know why. :o

PEBKAC, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of rallison
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber color with a nice 1/2 finger white head.

Huge Syrah notes in the nose that borders slightly on the too sweet side. Nice, all in all.

The taste? Syrah. Light tartness. Sweet toffee. Slightly spicy. Strawberry. Could have a bit more complexity.

Mouthfeel could be improved. More carbonation would suit this nicely.

Drinkability is altogether decent.

Recommended. A touch less Syrah and some more carbonation would have been just right for this beer.

rallison, May 21, 2008
Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Travisnin, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of queens1130
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

queens1130, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Churchkey.

Pours a nice moderate brownish red with an off white head. The nose brings forward a good deal of red wine alongside some caramel notes. A bit of spice, although not much. The taste is completely dominated by the flavor of generic red wine. There isn't much character to it, yet that's the liquid beverage I would most closely identify it with. Not really any notes of barrel aging; it could have been added wine. Mouthfeel is medium. Interesting, but does not drink terribly well.

Thorpe429, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of jdklks
4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wow... i had this on tap on saturday at pizza port in san diego. it was aged in red wine barrels, and im not sure if that was done originally at stone or if they did it themselves at pizza port, but damn, this shit was good.

a nice dark golden, almost amber body with a huge frothy white head. the smell is of spices, bready with begian yeast, and fruits galore.

the flavor is oh so sweet. the fruit complexity is ridiculous. apricot, peaches, cherries, and raisins. the bready flavor mixes nicely with everything else without taking over. the finish is full of sugary alcohol that leaves a sweet fruity after-taste, begging you to take another sip. the wine barrel aging is perfectly presented.

the mouthfeel is full and perfectly carbonated. simply fantastic. this is the only beer i had at a pizza port, and i went back for more. that says enough about drinkability.

honestly, one of the best beers ive ever had.

jdklks, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
2/5  rDev -47.5%

AgentZero, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of The3rdbeer
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazing, had on tap at Stone brewery for their first day of Winter Storm. 8oz pour.

A: slightly reddish, more so than the regular 07/07/07 with a thin 1/2 finger of head.

S: Sweetness overpowers the nose here, a little spice and yeast, it really got me salivating for this beer.

T: Can really taste the oak and the left over red wine moved nicely into this beer. spice takes a step towards the after taste since the red wine takes to the overall flavor profile of the original. left me wanting more.

M: Light bodied, refreshing, perfect.

D: Left my mouth salivating for more at each sip, caught myself trying to drink this too fast, it was amazing. better than the original. could drink this everyday

The3rdbeer, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at Beachwood BBQ last week.

A: The pour is a cloudy, light red color with a small white head.

S: A bit of fruity red wine character, but not much. A lot of spice, such as clove, nutmeg, and some yeast in there as well.

T: Can you say cloves? There is an overpowering clove flavor to this that just does not do it for me. There are other spices and maybe a bit of malt sweetness in there somewhere. The wine barrel didn't really contribute any flavor at all.

M: A nice medium body with moderate carbonation provide an enjoyable sensation on the tongue.

D: This one was really hard to drink. The spices just so overwhelmed the beer that I didn't find it enjoyable. I was hoping for some more wine character and a bit of sourness, perhaps, but I was sadly disappointed.

womencantsail, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of Finkel
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was lucky enough to try this over at Tria in Philadelphia. Not only was it cool to get to sample this rare beer, but I got to talk to the brew master, Mitch Steele, for quite a while about how he got involved with beer.

Served in a wine glass, this beer was headless and when swirled, nothing appeared. It was a light pumpkin color, simple but nice looking. Head really would have complimented the color though.

The smell was sweet and all spice, cinnamon, and strawberry aromas were noticeable. All the flavors blended well together and the smell was overall very nice.

Due to the aging in wine barrels, I was able to taste an oak flavor as well as some kind of red wine essence as well as pumpkin. I felt that this beer was a tiny bit thin, which was definitely a disappointment. I felt that it also lacked a little bit of hoppy flavors.

A very solid beer, but I felt like it had much more potential.

Finkel, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of Jstark5150
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Jstark5150, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of cadaugherty
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
Photo of Stoneman78
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Stone Storm

Appearance is a murky light orange hue, minimal head dissipates, minimal lacing

Smell is sweet and tart fruits, red wine and oaken wood, light fruits and alcohol

Taste is sweet fruits along with dry red wine and oak from the barrels, green apples, pears, and raisins in the background, finishes tart and dry, overall very wine-like but pleasant and unique

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery texture, lively carbonation

Drinkability is good, this is an interesting variation on the Vertical Epic style that has definitely been imbued with a good deal of wine character, borders on a sour ale, the sweet and dry mixture is both unique and refreshing, but probably better enjoyed only in small quantities

Stoneman78, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of ZX6Chris
4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the Stone 14th Anniversary Festival 8/21/10. This is very different then the 07.07.07 bottle I had recently and I like this better.

Pale straw color with good carbonation. White head that dissipates quickly. The red wine barrels lends a nice smooth oaky quality to the beer. It's not hoppy at all and I do get some vinous aroma and taste. Light bodied and very smooth, I love how this feels in my mouth.

Fortunately I live close to the brewery so I've had this a few times.

ZX6Chris, Aug 26, 2010
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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale (Red Wine Barrel Aged) from Stone Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.