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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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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
Reviews:
382
Ratings:
576
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
17.2%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
148
For Trade:
13
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Photo of bifrostguard
2.61/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear with a copper color and tall off white head.

S - Spice, grain and more spice.

T - Spice and grain.

M - Thin and unremarkable.

D - Limited due to the fact the spice is too much for me.

This may be a fantastic beer for some of you out there, but for me there is too much spice. I would try to distinguish what spices are causing the unpleasant taste for me but I just want to get this one over with. Anything that says Stone and Belgian is off limits for me from now on.

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Photo of ChillMike
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found a few of these buried away at my local generic "Liquor Store" and realized I hadn't properly reviewed it yet.

A: Pour a light amber color with a smaller head that fades quite quick but does leave some nice trace of lacing around the glass.

S: Very light on the hoppy scent that's oh so typical from the guys at Stone. That being said it has a nice spicey Belgian nose, with hints of clovesi, bubblegum, banana and I swear a smell a hint of strawberry in there. This is all capped off with a nice mellow caramel malt scent.

T: Very spicey initial taste that leads way to that caramel malt that was present in the aroma. A bit of an orange spice flavor is hidden in there, and then it finishes up with a nice sweet bubblegum flavor. Again not much hop presence (compared to other Stone brews of course). Pretty good tasting beer.

MF: Sharp is the first word that comes to mind on this one it really hits your tongue very quickly, but then subdues a bit, I don't remember while drinking the others but this one seems just a wee bit flat....again though I'm not sure if it's just this bottle or not. So if it sounds off, ignore my rating on this part.

D: Above average for sure, it's a very pleasant beer to drink and does hide the alcohol percentage quite well. I might have to go pick up a few more!

Cheers Stone guys!

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Photo of elmore
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt 6oz bottle into a Trois Pistoles chalice. A golden color with a brownish hugh - darker than most belgian pales. My first pour yielded a very thin head and translucent liquid. I let the last 10oz sit for 1.5 hours and warm, which produced a much thicker, creamier head and the yeast sediment gave it a much more opaque Trappist-like feel. The second pour yielded some nice sticky lace down the sides of the glass.

Very spicey complex smell. Citrus rind, coriander, yeast, sweet biscuity malts, juicy fruit. Taste was similar. A very full tripel. Bold citrus flavor - more aggresive than most Belgian pales. A very bitter hops aftertaste - a nice touch.

Mouthfeel is moderate. Carbonation is very fine, champagne-like - good for the style. Pretty good drinkability.

I have real passion for Belgian ales and this is no exception. A very adequate, big, bold beer. Thanks to Stone for this one - alot of fun. I bought a few of these - will be interesting to see if they mellow a little bit with age. It will be fun to try these in 2012.

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Photo of zerofear13
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had high expectations for this Stone Vertical Epic. I saw it on the shelf at American Beer Distributors in Brooklyn and grabbed the last one - a 22 oz. bomber.

The beer poured out an amber, gold color, with a thick foamy, sticky head. Immediately the smell reminded me of a saison with the overpowering herb-y and spicy aromas. The taste is very complex. For me, the most notable was the different spices from the yeast. There were mild hints of citrus and dark fruits, and although the beer had a great mouthfeel, it was a bit heavy. I had to share the bottle with a friend.

In my opinion, there was just way too much going on in this beer. I couldn't focus on any one particular taste. I'm such a huge fan of Stone, but I think its special occasion beers are a bit too much for me. Vertical Epic falls into that category.

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Photo of bradford
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on 7/08/07
Very amber hue to the beer in the tulip glass
Smells very spicy, Coriander?, Orange peel?, various citrus notes?
Taste is a bit spicy right now, but can't wait to try this one in the future once it calms down a bit. I think this beer has the potential to be a very complex one
mouthfeel is pretty good, about par for the course and very welcome.
This is hard to drink right now, well it is easy for me to drink, but I think once this beer reaches its potential in a couple years down the road, it will be great.

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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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Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - a hazy light golden brown color with very minimal head

s - yeast, lemon, and ginger seem to be the main aroma components

t - sweet up front with a lot of ginger and a hint of lemon, the yeast holds out all the way though the aftertaste. There is a decent amount of hops to balance out the flavor that kicks in towards the end

m - surprising amount of carbonation given the lack of head, medium light body

d - overall above average brew. it is light and something different, but it seems to miss something spectacular.

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Photo of jpaltan
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with an orange glow throughout. Head froths up nicely, then recedes to a gentle layer of white foam on top. Smells of orange peel, maybe coriander or other spice permeates. Very nice smell to it. Taste is filled with notes of orange and spices. Layered taste of the spices with cake like fruit notes. Quite enjoyable taste, with good carbonation to scrub the booze off the tongue. The alcohol is quite well hidden.

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Photo of atrus138
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this from a bomber into a tulip glass. Beautiful. Hazy orange color, though the light that shined through it threw red on my hand. One finger head that dissipated into a bit of froth on top. Smelled fantastic! Citrus fruits dominate - grapefruit, lemon, orange. Smell was comparable to the finest Belgians that I've had. Taste was disappointing after the wonderful smell. The smell was very sweet, but it tasted bitter and sour. Actually, the taste is pretty appropriate, since it tasted like unripened fruit. Medium, yet confident mouthfeel. This is the the first of the Vertical Epics I've tried and I wasn't very impressed. Definitely the weakest offering I've had from Stone. However, it was designed to be enjoyed five years from now and I noticed huge potential from the aroma. I'll definitely pick up another of these to age until then.

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Photo of BWMKappaSig
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into a tulip glass

Appearance - Deep orange, slightly cloudy, with a head that disipates quickly.

Smell - Fruity, spicy, and malty. Almost bready in its smell, there's a distinct hint of

Taste - Citrus, spice, with a little bit of maltiness. A certain biscuitty funk is picked up, but not as much as some Belgian strong ales. Clove and ginger seem to be the most dominant notes in the taste, but not overwhelming.

As it warms, notes of apple and clove become very apparent.

Mouthfeel - Crisp finish on a medium body, with a warming alcohol note to it. As the beer warms, the finish smooths out tremendously.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, despite the high alcohol content. Should age well.

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Photo of Trappissed
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kind of sweet with dark fruit flavors and a pleasant lingering aftertaste. Some yeast traces in the nose as well as the taste. Impressive neverending head and sticky lacing. Lots of carbonation in appearance, but not so much in the taste thankfully. Nice clear amber hue. Semi-chewy mouthfeel. Touch of grapes in the nose as well as the flavor.

Probably the best take I've had so far on an American version of this style. I'm not sure how much different this would have tasted fresh, but it seems that a couple of years has done some good to this. I would seek this out again. The fruit definitely outweighs the yeasty taste, which leaves a good impression. For $6.50, I feel that I got a great deal on this beer.

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Photo of Graebner
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A large bottle with a well-designed logo, typical of Stone. Pours a pale amber with hints of pink. Approximately the color of Woodchuck amber, and equally clear. A fair amount of bubbles, though little head. Appears a little viscous.

Smells of fresh ciabatta, blue cheese, orange rind, cardamom, cinnamon, light hints of other fruit. Alcohol barely evident.

Taste is fruit forward and sweet, followed by a rush of cardamom and cinnamon and cloves, some ginger. Alcohol noticeable. Hops almost not detectable, just a slight dry feeling a bit after a sip. Pleasant taste.

Mouthfeel is heavy and a little oil-like, but the ample carbonation helps out some. Finishes a bit woody, then cleans off.

Overall a tasty, if not refreshing, beer. Would be worth getting again, and I'm glad I picked up a few bottles. It will certainly be interesting to see how this ages. Much more like a fine wine that other Stone offerings, this could pair well with a pork shoulder or some delicately seasoned seasoned veal.

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Photo of Dansting
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured a murky orange color with a lot of sediment and a slight white head. Aroma of fruit and yeast. Smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is very fruity with a lot of apricot to it. A lot of spices in this, maybe some ginger and cinnamon. Alcohol is very present in its finish. A very nice beer.

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Photo of BrewMonkey
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted along with 08.08.08

Pours deep golden with an orange hue. Fluffy white head, fairly stable. Decent lacing.

Aroma has a mix of fruit and spice, with a hint of alcohol heat. Dried and candied tropical fruit, citrus, honeydew, some malt sweetness, no noticable hop aromaaside from citrus which is hard to tell if its from the hops or yeast.

Flavor is estery to spicy, with lots of yeast esters and fruitiness followed by a mild spice a la corriander. Some sourness bites at the sides of the mouth, and it has a nicely carbonated mouthfeel which helps break up the sweetness from the malt, of which there is a good deal. Hop bitterness is mild to moderate.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden-amber to the eye with strong reddish hues against the light. Crystal body; heavy carbonation but not visible sedement. Two-finger creamy eggshell head.

S - Lemon zest, candy malts, rosemary?

T - Heavy, heavy alcohol burn disguises what amounts to very grassy & citrusy hops that finish too phenolic for my taste.

M - Thin, little carbonated bite.

D - Definitely not ready to drink. The bottle recommends aging for 5 years, which will be quite the feat, given the impressive resume it boasts on the back (cardamom, various peels, etc.) - so I just had to try it. Hopefully the aging will mellow out the alcohol burn (8.4% abv, and definitely not hidden) and allow the more subtle flavors to pull through. Cellar it.

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Photo of atremains
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Props to CJBB for this one. Pours a coppery golden (amber) with a beastly head that reduces to a swirling cap. Very cloudy. Smell is a slap of citrus of front with the yeast in the background and spices in the distance. The cardamom and ginger come through first in the taste followed by a cinnamon like sweetness. Apple mixed with all the flavors from the citrus peel as well. Bread-like qualities. The spices prevail in the taste. Mouthfeel is creamy for a belgian strong/ tripel/ saison. This brew has a good blend of flavors but the ginger is a bit too strong for me personally.

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Photo of TheBCrew
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at BCTC 2008.

Pours a light amber with a thick off-white head and some lacing. Subtle spice in the aroma as well as some hop pine. Interesting taste with several competing flavors including cloves, pine, malt sweetness, some juicy fruit and a slight, almost saison-like tartness. Mouthfeel was medium-heavy and somewhat chewy. Good drinkability.

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Photo of buffettfan
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a globe shaped glass. Appeared a deep amber/red color, with off white, kaki colored fluffy head. Aroma was a sweet, spicy smell, a little fruit. The taste was much the same, a little spicy, citrus with a slightly bitter, but pleasant hop note, and lighter carbonation then I am accustomed too. Mouthfeel was thick but very smooth, a very drinkable, enjoyable beer. Not sure I would call this beer Epic, but it certianly is very good.

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Photo of shertz
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into Duvel Tulip glass. Had before when first released, but never reviewed. Hoping things might have settled down a bit.

Looks-Pours with about 1 finger head that doesn't hang around. A little darker and orange than I expected. No lacing.

Emanation-Sour apples and plums with belgian esters around. Alcohol is also present, like most Stone's brews. Spicy.

Taste- Apples, plums, and alcohol with hints of spices(possibly corriander). There is so much going on in ths brew that each sip changes. The alcohol is very prevelant, again a Stone's staple.

Ralph Mouth- Numbing. Good carbonation.

Drink Me- This is a hot brew, hotter than it really is if that makes any sense. I'll probably finish the bomber, but probably shouldn't being so big with a few before hand. An OK brew, but expected something else.

Cheers,
shertz

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Photo of chileman13
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a-poured a nice light unfiltered golden with 1 finger of cream head that quickly moved to a ring.
a- smells very spicy and sweet. Reminds me of a spiced ale.
t-strong alcohol flavour with spices. cardomon and citrus are the main flavours.
m- light creamy mouthfeel.
drinkable -Yes! I should have bought more.
BTW- this would have never lasted to 12-12-12

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Photo of thickerfreakness
2.71/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this one into a Unibroue tulip. It has a nice white head and the color is what I would imagine from a wit/trippel hybrid. The smell is expected from a wit with a little bit of punch. I realize this is 10 months old already but I just don't really like this taste. I think I'm tasting some ginger and it just really isn't pleasant to me. I also taste clove and spicy belgian yeast but the ginger taste is just ruining this for me. Overall this is my least favorite of all the Stone beers I have had.

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Photo of Cascadia
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got two bottles, one for now and one for years to come. Not sure if I'll make it to 2012, but we'll see. Pours a pretty golden-straw color, with a very small head that quickly disapears. Smells nice and estery, with a fruity fig-like quality, almost bubble-gummy. Tastes good and belgian, with a buble-gummy up fronter and a nice warming finish. This one does get more complex as it warms up, so sip slowly. A nice beer, there's no way of knowing where it will be in 5 years, that's for sure.

Cheers!

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Photo of wampahoofus
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours light amber with very little head. A good deal of cabonation is present.

The aroma is a bit floral and fruity. The alcohol is present in the aroma as well.

The taste is a crisp, malty, sweetness with a the belgian yeast sitting in the background.

The sweetness lingers nicely on the roof of the mouth.

This is a very pleasent sipper.

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Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Dark golden-amber, almost orange. Hazy, mild streamers, thick white head reduces to a thin layer with slight rockiness.

S: Fruit esters, citrics, some eastern/Earl Grey-type scents (orange, bergamot), spicy, but not dark and clovey like the '06. Lighter and subtler, with some hints of sweet pastries and piquant Belgian yeastiness.

T: Highly disparate spice and citric profiles. The advertised four malts run the gamut from bready to sweet and almost doughnuty. Grapefruit, orange, candied sugar, ginger, pepper, and Earl Grey tea all jump in the pool and blend somewhat well. Needs time in the cellar (duh, it's a VE), but very promising.

M: Light, slick, barely effervescent and somewhat cloying on the hard palate.

D: The most drinkable of the four VEs (04-07) that I've tasted. A nice Tripel/Saison blend. Refreshing at first, but ultimately too cloying for more than two glasses' worth in a sitting.

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Photo of Hershdawg
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into VE Glass

A: Pale amber. Small filmy head. Lots of bubbles even though its 3 years old.

S: Sweet. A little leather, grapefruit, cotton candy. overall excellent but hard to describe. Smells wonderful for a 3 year old bottle

T:Wow! Piney hops at the back, Sweet beginnings, a little leather. coriander, sage, thyme. Citrus undertones, supposedly there is ginger but its seems to have fallen out. I wish I had this new.

M: Crisp, not to much carbonation bite.

D: Supprisingly good for a 8.4 ABV beer.

If I had the other bottles starting from 2002 I'd would have kept this one but I don't.

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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
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