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Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic Ale (Red Wine Barrel Aged) | Stone Brewing

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-15-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 38
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of jdklks
4.85/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
4.85/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of m1ked
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of The3rdbeer
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of dantecl
4.23/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
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

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.19/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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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.

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4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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

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4/5  rDev +5%

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