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
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at winter storm. I have to say, this was probably my least favorite beer of the day. This and the 06 vertical epic. Considering that it was still decent beer, I'd say the whole day was a complete success.

The appearance was slightly more reddish orange than I remember it. It seemed odd considering the style. The foam started off fluffy and orange white and then faded to nothing quickly. Plenty of carbonation in the beer.

The smell was fruity and malty and strongly of redwine. I thought that was pretty interesting and gave it some complexity. Also some sweetness as well as some sourness present in both smell and taste. The redwine was a bit more subtle in the taste than it was in the smell. There was plenty of spices to be noticed in this beer. It was kinda fun trying to pick out which ones I could recognize from the recipe on the website. Very interesting flavor but it wasn't really a spectacular flavor, just alright.

It would be fun to see how this one ages along side the regular version but like so many of the stone one offs, I doubt I'll get to try it again.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of stakem
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken on 10/1/10 at the Alewife during the Stone total tap takeover.

This "one off" of VE 7/7/7 appears a slightly hazed light orange color. A light offwhite head forms with a swirl and quickly dissolves. There is no lacing to speak of left along the glass despite sipping and swirling.

The aroma of this brew is strong with a scent of orange rind and light belgian phenols. There is a wine barrel influence here that comes across with a light and unexpected bretty and lactic smell. The backend of this brew however is quite enjoyable and vinous once it reaches proper temperature.

The taste of this brew initially is mostly the character of belgian yeast that imparts a bit of clove and an overall spiciness that hangs inside the mouth. Lingering notes of orange rind come to mind and a very light touch of hops. Very mild bitterness to this brew and it finishes dry. There are indications of wine barrel present that suggest some lactic quality that doesn't really fit in with the other flavors.

Medium to light feel with a light level of carbonation. This brew looks almost flat when sitting in the glass but has a prickly level of carbonation once it hits the tongue. In the days leading up to this Stone event I got to have a normal 7/7/7 so I have a basis to judge this brew from. I can't say that the wine barrel made this beer any better and if anything I dont have very high expectations for how the older VE's are holding up.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of MasterSki
2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

On-tap at Small Bar Logan Square. Generously(?) shared by Mike and Jason. Served in a tulip.

A - Looks OK. Thin foam settles to a thick ring, leaving behind no lace. Transparent golden orange-red.

S - Red wine, candi sugar, apple juice. Sickeningly sweet, and not particularly pleasant.

T - Cheap red wine, apples, caramel finish. Very strange. Medicinal with some Belgian yeast. Bah.

M - Smooth, low heat, low carbonation, vinous and slightly watery medium body.

D - Ugh. This supremely unpalatable, and none of us was particularly interested in finishing it. I'm not sure if the wine barrel-aging ruined a decent beer or if it just sucked to begin with. Glad I didn't pay for this crap.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had the 05, 07 and 07 wine barrel all side by side at Churchkey the other night, and those three were all rather disappointing.

Wine barrel 07, first of all, it smells like spiced wine, this was the first thing I noticed. It looks a lot like the 07, amber but this version is really hazy. I was semihoping that this beer would be a soured version of the super spiced 07, but its not, its just wine mixed with beer as far as I can tell.

I was talking with Oldsock the other day about barrel aging beer and he is convinced that breweries are either buying barrels that still have liquid in them (whether that be wine or bourbon) and adding beer to it. The math holds up this argument pretty well. This beer TASTES like there was red wine added to this beer and they don't play well together, its oddly tannic but not very oaky, it tastes like grapes / grape juice, and is drier than the 07. Unfortunately the spice level held up nicely. I'm glad I got some but I won't be fooled again.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
1.91/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap at Small bar into a tulip...Murky copper with very light retention...A very medicinal aroma, eucyaliptis comes in as well. A touch of red wine and sugar...The taste is more medicine, yeast, and euca. This is horrible and totally undrinkable. Not sure how this is wine aged as besides a hint on the aroma none comes through.

This is an undrinkable and terrible beer that should be avoided.

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3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Lord Hobo, served in a goblet for $7. I'll state first off that I didn't finish the entire goblet, I didn't completely care for this beer and want to move on to actual favorites. Just thought I'd try it as I'd never seen it before.

The regular 070707 was on tap also, but I didn't get it for a side-by-side. My recollection of the original was that it was kind of tripel-like and hot with alcohol.

The red wine barrel aged version didn't look strictly like a tripel, the barrel may have added a ruby hue to the beer. It looked really appealing, dark reddish orange and hazy with a creamy looking white foam. The smell wasn't really hot per se, but it was a bit of a mess nevertheless. Lots of esters and phenols and maybe spice. The wine came through too but not very strong compared with the yeast byproducts.

It tasted of all sorts of Belgian yeast, but in some way the flavors don't mesh well. Bitter with a slightly acidic twange that didn't match well for me. A lot of flavor but the flavor wasn't to my liking overall. I still think aging in wine barrels was a good experiment, but in this case I'd prefer not to see it again with a tripel.

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3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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