Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.9/5 rDev +23.1%
Pours an opaque blackish brown with a decent head that dissipated much quicker than I thought it would. Aroma is complex with evidence of chocolate and malt. Taste is exquisite, well-balanced, almost stout-like, with a smooth malt and chocolate toffee flavor with fruity notes that is outstanding. Mouthfeel is so rich and makes for a very easy drinking brew. I wish I could have gotten my hands on a case of this.
11-21-2006 20:57:21 | More by techdiver
4.88/5 rDev +22.6%
BASED ON NOTES AT BOTTLE SHARE with some good friends.
A- Dark with some light that sneaks in at the bottom of glass. Reddish.
S- Oaky, cigarish, caramel undertones.
T- A blend of spice, oak, earthy, charcoal, Belgian style.
Overall it was a good beer and glad I had the chance to try this one.
Serving type: bottle/22oz.
06-24-2011 13:24:56 | More by FARGO619
4.75/5 rDev +19.3%
This is a mahogany beauty. Stone always cares about the froth, and this delivers a sizeable cap of tan froth that holds, and looks pretty while it folds in upon itself; folding into a dense, thin blanket. The lace just gets thicker like pipes calcifying.
Aroma of vanilla cherry raspberry toffee. Raisins, and a bit brassy.
Wow, tastes like an estery chocolate toffee; bananas and chocolate. Woody, too: Raw pine plank, and "poofs" of cardamom, clove, nutmeg. Some cane sugar aftertaste, but this beer doesn't finish. It keeps blossoming into more... Rhubarb, blueberry, strawberry, ripe muskmelon, rye and buckwheat....
08-11-2006 17:04:09 | More by gbontrag
4.72/5 rDev +18.6%
Best by 12.12.12 Head brewer Mitch Steele and his Lead Brew John Egan employ WLP 500 "Chimay" Belgian Trappist Yeast (AKA Wyeast 1214) with a 1.080+ OG wort from Belgium 2-row malt and Dark Wheat @ 7% Carafa Special II @ 5% and lastly @ 0.5% White Wheat. A simple malt bill typical of the style.
Having worked with this yeast in a couple of Belgians, I appreciate the delicate result in both esters and well hidden alcohol and excellent spicing!
Nicely hopped with Magnum and Mt. Hood @ around 30 IBUs. With the 30 IBUs bittering the OG of 83 - 060606 falls very close to the ideal ratio of 2:5. At 8.6% abv - not overly dry but certainly well attenuated by the Trappist yeast leaving just enough dextrins for a medium ("light" by Stones standards ) mouthfeel that is pleasant and round on the palate. Spices produce lots of fireworks on the palate and tongue.
Poured in Stone Old Gaurdian glass and Duvel sniffer provides a enticing aroma with 3 fingered dense tan head that sloly fall and laces both glasses. A strong level of beading sustaing a solid cap and ring. Deep brown is nearly opaque to light on this overcast 4th of July.
Only the abv keeps this from a top rating for drinkability. Looking forward to trying it again after a few years in the cellar.
Sincere thanks to OstrungT in San Diego for this and many other excellent brews from Stone.
07-04-2006 18:11:45 | More by karst
4.7/5 rDev +18.1%
The sideways painted bottle is a neat idea.
In the glass, away fom the light, the body seems pitch black. Held to the light, it's blood red. either way, it has a dark tan level head which leaves good lace.
Simply outstanding nose of dark fruits and spice. Subtle hints of alcohol soaking uinto the fruit. Extraordinarily enticing.
Taste begins with rich toasted malts, flows into soaking dark fruits, and on to a tingly spicy finish.
Mouthfeel is rich and slick without being syrupy.
Its big and complex but has excellent drinkability.
Truly deserving of the name "epic". I'm sorry, there is no way I could cellar something this good until 2012.
11-09-2006 02:33:08 | More by RonfromJersey
4.68/5 rDev +17.6%
A: Pours very dark, with a generous dark tan head. Looks beautiful.
S: This is one complex brew, and it can be seen in the smell: Fruity esters--mostly apple and banana--are evident. Funky Belgian yeast qualities are also strong, but not overpowering. Chocolate is present. Rich dark malt, and a hint of beef jerky. Great blend of smells in this boquet.
T: Absolutely incredible. This style is becoming one of my favorites. At first the rich dark malt makes an appearence--smooth, and it coats the tongue. Then meat and chocolate come into play. Medium-low sweetness. Low bitterness. Funky Belgian yeast and fruitiness are noticeable but subdued for the style. This beer defenitely showcases rich malt. Quite complex. Several layers of flavor.
M: Strong carbonation. Medium body. I had to swish the beer around in my glass to get the carbonation to where I like it. Coats mouth well. Smooth. Finishes slightly sweet.
D: Very drinkable. Alc content is well hidden. Nothing sticking out here, everything is very well balanced. I could have more than one bomber of this in a night no problem.
In my opinion, this is a must try, even if you don't care for this style. Stone is an amazing brewery, and this beer lives up to the reputation
06-26-2006 14:49:29 | More by Jarhead271
4.63/5 rDev +16.3%
Large, typical Stone bottle, pours dark, ruddy brown, fine dark tan head, robust figgy, raisin, dark chocolate nose. Leaving scattered lacing and pleanty of intricate sheeting. Bold and flavorful, full bodied, complex heady brew. Notes of more smokey dark chocolate, raisins, sweet malts. This is ungodly smooth and long lasting on the taste buds. This is yet another spot on, home run for Stone. I'll try to age a few of these but it wont be easy, cuz this is drinking so well right now. World class and Stone all the way.
07-11-2006 00:15:13 | More by Billolick
4.6/5 rDev +15.6%
Huge fluffy 3 inch head erupts with lots of thick bubbles and a little lace. It is deep tan in color. Body is predominetley black in color, very pretty indeed. Nose really represents the belgium style well with hints of raw wheat, zesty malt, and invigorating herbs. As it enters the mouth you quickly notice the rich malty balance and long lovely palate that is absent of raw wheat and frozen corn that are often present and not really something I like. No problem here. The finish is long dark and lingering. Leaves a nice slightly thick mouthfeel. This is a devilishly good beer.
12-13-2006 18:53:51 | More by SPLITGRIN
4.6/5 rDev +15.6%
Shared at a Vertical Epic tasting with my friend Armand.
A-Dark. Nice head and lacing. Tan/brownish head.
S-Sweet carmel aroma. Oak.
T-Spicyness, oak, woodyness.
I'm kicking myself for not taking better notes but I will next time. Fortunately I can do this tasting again.
08-26-2010 01:39:07 | More by ZX6Chris
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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