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

Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale (Red Wine Barrel Aged)
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BA SCORE
85
very good

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 16.54%


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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jdklks

Nevada

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2009 04:46:33 | More by jdklks
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ZX6Chris

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 02:00:10 | More by ZX6Chris
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m1ked

California

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a slightly hazed copper color. Looks exactly like an iced tea. Minimal off white head that quickly pops into a semi-circle rim.

S- Oooh that's nice. The sweet sugary banana jump out in front then as I continue my deep whiff I get the subtle jammy woody wine notes.

T- Once again, I get the belgian banana candied sugar jumping out at me. Subtle berry jam flavors weave in and out with light woody flavors. I wonder how long this was in the red wine barrels. I would love to have some that has been in there longer.

M- Medium body. Coats my tongue, but dries up a little with the tannic finish. Low carbonation.

D- I've never had the 02 and besides the 04, this is my favorite VE. I realize this is a variation, but damn this is good. Now that I think about it...I love Craftsman Cabernale, Allagash Victor and Victoria and CL Smoke from the Oak (red wine barrelled). I sense a theme.

Serving type: growler

08-14-2008 02:33:00 | More by m1ked
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The3rdbeer

California

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

Serving type: on-tap

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

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 12.12.12
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series

P: Golden reddish tint with a bountiful dose of sudsy head.

S: Red wine booze, peppermint, spruce tree, white and black pepper corns, cranberries dusted with cocoa, barrel aroma, and blue cheese dankness.

T/M: Super sweet, rose hip, dandelion, and red wine. Moderate carbonation in a creamy smooth body.

O: wine and blue cheese take over and add a unique approach to the 07.07.07. This was a better offering of this beer and one that I actuall took home a growler of. Fantastic beer that was a real pleasure to enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2012 19:30:43 | More by Hopswagger
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz pour in a teardrop shaped glass, served at Rattle n Hum.

This special version of the 2007 Vertical Epic pours a deep burnt orange (though firmly orange, doesn't really creep towards brown). There's a thin white crown that I chalk up, at least in part, due to less than a great pour. I can't blame the total lack of lacing on the bartender though. The nose is good, if fairly one note, as sweet fruits are coming through (think strawberries and red grapes). The aroma doesn't do this beer justice, as it tastes absolutely fantastic. The same fruitiness leads things off, along with a hint of vanilla from the barrels. A brief, and restrained flash of hop bitterness shows up next, not bad for a three year old beer. The citric flavors that so dominated the bottled version I had a little while back now close out the show. The body's nice on this one; middle of the road in terms of big vs small and with a surprising silkiness to it. Carbonation's a bit dull though. Overall the great flavor and hidden alcohol (though I believe it was listed at less than 10% on the bar menu) made this one I had to fight to keep in my glass and the only beer I felt compelled to order more than one of in my two days at a bar doing Stone's 2010 Total Tap Takeover Tour. Possibly my favorite Stone brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2010 03:14:43 | More by axeman9182
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lightly hazed, orange-copper body with a thinnish, white head.

Smell: Forward red wine barrel scent with a fusion of various citrus fruits and spice and a thin drizzle of golden syrup and pinch of lemon basil.

Taste: Sweet, sugar-coated malted barley with tastes of honey, light toffee, and almond sugar. Fruity citrus peelings noted, though obviously not as pointed as it was on its initial release. Spoonful of vanilla cream filling. Slightly spicy herbal tones. Red wine with a lightly tart edge to it. The sweetness dials down as the vinous wine grape character closes in. Pop of acidity, small pinch of tannins. Semi-dry, winey finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Lightly sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very nice, Stone, for me it was a marked improvement over the original 07.07.07.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 18:17:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
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dantecl

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this beer from Stone Brewing Co. in a 2L growler, special filling night. There was a considerable line of people at the time.

Appearance: This beer pours golden, with a small head that looks more like a soda head. Carbonation is *really* noticeable.

Smell: Definitely close to a sour. It has that smell very close to wine, with a fruity hint on it.

Taste: Did I mention carbonation? This beer was really carbonated. The taste floats between sweet/sour and it leaves a slightly bitter and hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: First thing that comes to mind is the heavy carbonation, then a slight sourness, and it feels most like a lighter type of beer. Sour hints hang around a while, then leave place for a slight bitterness.

Drinkability: Very easy drinkability, alcohol isn't really noticeable, but at 8.4%, this beer will hit fast.

Serving type: growler

09-14-2009 08:33:04 | More by dantecl
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Halcyondays

California

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a lightly cloudy red, with a soft mild white head, nice lace. Pretty colour for sure.

S: Wine barrel notes - cherry, red currant is quite noticable. Not as aromatic as the base beer though.

T: Has the sweet red fruit - cherries, strawberry, some notes of apricot and peach as well. Still has the spice and orange Belgian character of the original, but it's not the star of the show. Very well balanced, great taste overall.

M: Smooth, silky, with soft carbonation, medium-bodied.

D: A dynamite barrel aged beer out of Stone. Gabe at Beachwood added some lactic acid to this turning it into a sour and that made it that much better, putting out my request now for Stone to make a 7/7/7 Wine barrel sour.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2009 01:49:44 | More by Halcyondays
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Stoneman78

California

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

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2008 08:45:03 | More by Stoneman78
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Florida9

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold with a slight orange tint. A little haze. Unfortunately, served in a small plastic cup with the beer all the way up to the top, so any possible head this beer have had was likely spilled on to the floor before the cup ever met my hand.

S: Interesting. Very interesting. The aroma of wine is quite present with an overwhelming tart red wine grapiness to it. However, this wine smell kind of hangs on this sweet malty backbone. Difficult to describe, but I can say, it definately works.

T: Tastes just like it smells. There is this ying/yang, sweet/sour, candy tartness of the wine flavor action going on. But it's quickly followed up with a pleasant, light maltiness. Notes of orange and lemons. No tannins.

M: Medium in body with good carbonation allowing for the beer to end crisply. For being so sweet, you'd expect a much more cloying, syrupy mouthfeel, but I believe the carbonation lightens this beer significantly.

D: Definitely enjoyed this beer for what it is: a very complex, slow drinker that needs to be appreciated to be enjoyed. However, it is just that complexity, along with the sweet and sour flavor, that makes it too over the top to drink more than one at a time (though I am doubtful I will ever have the opportunity to purchase this beer again in my lifetime, but that is beside the point). Certainly enjoyed the chance to drink yet another excellent Stone product.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2009 11:14:51 | More by Florida9
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TheBrewo

Michigan

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2012 14:31:18 | More by TheBrewo
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bpelowski

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Tria in Philly: pours a golden amber color with a wispy white head, aroma of banana, yeast, taste has some sweetness up front but finishes with tastes from the wine barrel. Very nice tasting brew. I also got to meet Mitch Steele during this tasting which was an extra bonus.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2008 00:06:43 | More by bpelowski
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Serving type: on-tap

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle that had been aging in my cellar. Poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a hazy amber-gold with a fluffy white long lasting head that leaves lacing on the glass

S: Fruity with spices apparent and a background of oak-vanilla

T: a fruity wine-like taste followed by vanilla. After you swallow you get the alcohol warmth though the alcohol doesn't have the "hot" taste.

M: Light bodied.

O: Nice. A quenching beer on a hot evening. A good subtle mixture of flavors that compliment each other.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 23:16:55 | More by gestyr
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at RnH during Total Takeover event. review from notes.

Pours a completely hazed copper orange with barely any head or lacing.

Surprisingly fruity nose bursts forward with hints of wood and hops.

Begins with some yeasty qualities and sweetness, and plenty of lighter, pale hoppiness. Continues with oaked smoothness, and dark fruit. Red wine flavors permeate more toward the end, as dryness builds towards the end. Tangy sweet and dark red wine wrap up the finish.

Medium bodied, fairly smooth drinking but some unusual flavors in there. Some people really didn't like this one but I was into the interesting profile.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2010 00:16:14 | More by xnicknj
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Stone Total Tap Takeover in Baltimore

A-pours a hazy golden amber color with a thin white head.

S-nice dry oak with some juicy red wine aromas. a light yeast presence with notes of green apple.

T-follows the nose, there is a fair bit of oak in the flavor with juicy ripe red wine grapes, sweet like zin. the green apple is faint and the spice is light in the back.

M-light bodied with a smooth refreshing feel. mellow in the finish and very easy to drink.

D-its pretty tasty and very easy to drink. the barrel aging was done pretty nicely and I thought it added some nice flavors. the green apple was slightly out of place to me but still a refreshing beer and better than the base.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2011 20:15:06 | More by cpetrone84
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Floydster

California

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8 ounce glass at the first day of Stone's Winter Storm this afternoon for four dollars, split with my girlfriend who is usually a fan of these type of beers but was not particularly fond of this one

Color was a golden yellow with a slight orange tint in the light, 3/4 inch white creamy head that settled quickly, not much retention or lacing, tons of small bubbles rushing to the top the entire time

Smell had a lot red wine not to my surprise, also some sweet Belgian sugar, various fruit aromas, some sweeter malt scents than its regular version, some bananas, coriander, and a few other spices

Taste was similar to the non-barrel aged version with just a little tart, not as sour as I had hope for but still not bad, lots of spice and herbs throughout, some nice subtle fruit flavors that included bananas, cherries, and raspberries, when it warmed there was a little cinnamon and the coriander I originally smelled came to the surface, could have used some hops in my opinion, did not seem like it spent very long in the barrel, would be curious about finding exactly how long, very similar to normal 2007 Vertical Epic, just with a stronger sour fruit flavor

Body was fairly thick for a pale ale, probably thanks to how it changed in the barrel, lots of carbonation unfortunately did not go well with its thicker feel, taste lasted a long time, had a somewhat herby and sweet mouthfeel

Could not drink much more than I had of this, pretty heavy on the stomach and I am sure the ABV is pretty high considering it was to begin with before being thrown into a barrel, taste does not get tiresome though which is a plus

One of the beers I was really looking forward to trying today, not as good as I hoped but still not a bad experiment, glad I tried it regardless, many people did not seem to like this one around me, cannot argue with the price, expected to this to be more like ten dollars a glass, one of the better beers I had at the event but near as good as I orginally though it would be, recommended to anybody that checks out the Winter Storm this week

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2008 03:27:41 | More by Floydster
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mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/04/10 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey yesterday for the Stone Tap Takeover event.

a - Pours a clear, golden color with an inch of white head.

s - Smells of floral hops, cloves, spices, citrus, light red wine, light oak, and fruit.

t - Tastes of cloves and spices mostly, but also some red wine, spearmint, oak, fruit, citrus, and ginger.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - While I enjoyed this beer, I was a little bit let down. This was one of the beers I was most excited for, and it was good, but I did not think the wine or oak was prominent in the smell or taste. I thought the ginger, cloves, and spices dominated both. Would drink again but wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2010 20:25:14 | More by mdfb79
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rallison

California

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.

Serving type: growler

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

New York

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

Serving type: growler

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

California

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stone during RBSG. Pours orange with a touch of hazy rust. Minimal wet white head. Aroma is rather winelike, with a vinous woody character that overpowers the traditional fruity esters found in the standard version of this beer. Flavor starts out sweet with banana and sweet spices, but then a thinning, tannic, vinous wine character dominates the finish. Honestly this beer tastes exactly like you'd imagine: part Belgian strong pale, part red wine. Not really a complementary combination. Finish is quite dry from the tannins and the winey astringency. Herbal tannic bitterness lingers. Overall this was an interesting and tasty beer, but it doesn't all fit together quite right for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2008 07:45:48 | More by illidurit
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Finkel

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Nevada

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2010 04:23:01 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale (Red Wine Barrel Aged) from Stone Brewing Co.
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