Stone 07.07.07 Vertical Epic

Had a chance to try this for the first time back in July (just after its release) at a Brick Store, BA get together but I didn’t take notes. Thanks go out of Bleedingshrimp for the trade, and for the opportunity to get a crack at this one again.
22 oz bomber. Poured into the Duvel tulip.
Very deep, bright orange color (marmalade like) that belies the “Pale” part of the moniker. Alcohol and citrus based spices in the nose.
Wow – there’s a lot going on here. Hot alcohol, spice and citrus notes. Lime, ornage peel and some tumeric. Mild alcohol burn. A touch of sweetened grapefruit in the background. White pepper cuts across the finish with vigor. This is a little busy at the moment.
Carbonation seems a little low to me, which means the beer lacks a life. Not exactly flat, but it seems a tad tired.
Even at 5-6 months, this would benefit from some more age to mellow it out I feel, BUT I worry about what time may do to the carbonation. On one hand this needs to develop a bit, on the other it may get even more lacklustre in the carbonation department.
Not the best of the VE series that I have had, but still a tasty beer. This is one which will definitely benefit from cellaring I think. The lack of carbonation worries me a bit though.

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12/09/2007
Format:
bottle
ABV: 8.4 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 4
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.6
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