Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
85
very good
577 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay
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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic AleStone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by taez555 on 06-19-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
577
Reviews:
382
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
14.02%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
146
For Trade:
11
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Photo of blindtiger24
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

4oz draft pour into a tulip glass.

A: Deep amber orange color with a super thin head.

S: Rum raisin booze smell.

T: Apricot, molasses, clove, and honey flavors.

M: Sweet and slightly drying.

O: Nice tasting but the mouthfeel seemed out of whack.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Florida9
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Next in the series. Bottle says to age this one to at least 12/12/12. Well, I think I've got that covered.

A: A fairly odd shade of yellowish brown. Neither light nor dark. Neither yellow nor brown. I must say, it's not an overly appealing shade. Forms a small fizzy head that fizzes away quickly, leaving just a thin ring around the edge. No lacing.

S: Aroma is nearly non-existent. Swirling the glass, I am barely able to pick up anything beyond a fruity sweetness and some yeasty phenols.

T: Taste is much more pronounced. It is moderately sweet, with notes of ginger ale, candy sugar, herbs, fennel, citrus zest and some light spices. Bright floral notes. A bit alcoholic on the back end.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body. Low-medium carbonation levels. Spicy-prickly on the finish. Mild bitterness.

O: An okay beer. Not really sure it benefited from six years of aging.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of KYGunner
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Six year old Seven poured with a light caramel color and a fizzy head of lively bubbles.

The scent had a tinge of alcohol with a flowery perfume of lavender.

The flavors were sour with a flower, licorice, potpourri and carbonated water taste. The finish was genuinely tea like with a real herbal leaf flavor.

The feel was very carbonated but it had a good crispness.

Torn on this one as it had a natural perfumey flower and herbal tone but had little malt character to really round it out.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Sixpack595
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge cap of thick foam that I wasn't expecting from a beer over 5 years old. Cloudy, pale copper color. Slightly musty aroma, but underneath the yeast some hints of citrus and spice. Flavor is a bit subtle, but comes on stronger in the middle with a bitter finish at the back. Most of the flavor comes from digging in instead of sipping. I have no problem with that. Still plenty of carbonation that makes for a fairly light mouthfeel. I was kind if apprehensive with this one, expecting it to be past its prime, but was pleasantly surprised.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Extra from Eric way back when. Thanks!

A: Light copper-red color with a thin ring of head. Some sediment floating in the glass.

N: Ginger comes through very clear. Orange is also present. Hints of lavender, peppercorn, some malt and whiskey, and cola.

T: Nicely sweetened with ample citrus flavor. Slight oxidation.

M: Light and well-carbonated.

O: Still very aromatic, and this was actually one of the favorites of the tasting amongst non beer geeks. Definitely would drink this one soon.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
3.78 out of 5 based on 577 ratings.
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