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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 russwbeck:
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

This offering was served to me clear yellow in color, which surprised me. I would have expected the barrel aging to make the body more cloudy, not less so. Still wasn't any head on it. 4

The red wine has cut the medicine, thankfully. It is still there, slightly haunting the beer, but this time there's way more to enjoy. The aroma I keep coming back to this time is peppermint, which actually brings the beer towards some sort of balance. 3.5

The medicine is gone! It's smooth and balanced, or, at least, more balanced than the previous '03 through '06 Vertical Epics I had prior to this one. The booze is not at the forefront, as it was with some of the others. The taste starts with red wine, before the peppermint comes back, and is finished with some clove. It's really nice. 4.5

Light and crisp, like its non-barrel-aged brethren. This time, the drinkability is improved by the taste! 4

This was the best of the Vertical Epics to this point. Spoiler Alert: There might be a few beers below that ended up being better. I really enjoyed this one, and was pretty shocked to taste the difference between the two. 07.07.07 is definitely better from the barrel. 4

12-16-2012 13:05:48 | More by russwbeck
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

11-25-2010 04:23:01 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-19-2013 21:46:12 | More by mdaschaf
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

10-12-2010 15:10:43 | More by thagr81us
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HURTemHIZZY

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.3%

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.

10-05-2010 14:14:25 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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Timman87

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%

01-03-2013 05:22:28 | More by Timman87
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epim00

California

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

01-02-2014 21:35:02 | More by epim00
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.08/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

01-16-2011 20:28:23 | More by alleykatking
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n2185

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-12-2013 00:14:03 | More by n2185
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jdmandel

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-11-2012 06:23:06 | More by jdmandel
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PEBKAC

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

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

02-25-2008 05:09:37 | More by PEBKAC
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rallison

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

05-21-2008 06:44:56 | More by rallison
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Travisnin

Idaho

5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-18-2011 05:09:39 | More by Travisnin
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queens1130

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-10-2012 00:51:01 | More by queens1130
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -16%

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.

10-06-2010 19:31:02 | More by Thorpe429
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jdklks

Nevada

4.88/5  rDev +28.1%

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.

09-23-2009 04:46:33 | More by jdklks
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AgentZero

Illinois

2/5  rDev -47.5%

11-28-2012 05:25:13 | More by AgentZero
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The3rdbeer

California

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

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

02-07-2011 08:03:43 | More by The3rdbeer
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womencantsail

California

2.8/5  rDev -26.5%

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.

12-24-2009 02:58:19 | More by womencantsail
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Finkel

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

11-10-2008 16:41:34 | More by Finkel
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Jstark5150

California

5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-19-2011 06:56:36 | More by Jstark5150
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5%

11-24-2011 20:00:56 | More by nmann08
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cadaugherty

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-07-2013 23:15:40 | More by cadaugherty
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Stoneman78

California

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

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

01-29-2008 08:45:03 | More by Stoneman78
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ZX6Chris

California

4.88/5  rDev +28.1%

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.

08-26-2010 02:00:10 | More by ZX6Chris
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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale (Red Wine Barrel Aged) from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.