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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

463 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 463
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 86
Gots: 113 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.66% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

As with any good epic, herein lies the promise of larger-than-life experiences, heroics, and twists and turns as the adventure unfolds. This bottle conditioned ale is chapter five, and is specifically designed to be aged until sometime after December 12th, 2012. Provided you can wait that long. At that time, enjoy it in a "vertical" tasting along with its ten Stone Vertical Epic Ale brethren. Each on unique to its year of release. Each with its own "twist & turn" in the plot line. Each one release one year, one month and one day from the previous year’s edition.

In this year’s edition, you’ll notice a deep, rich aroma of toasty malts, anise, Belgian yeast spiciness, and a hint of cedar. The toasty, dark and roasty malt flavors combine with a soft palate - courtesy of specialty dark wheat and barley malts. The body is fairly light for a beer with such a high gravity. There is a pleasant, lingering bitterness, so you know it’s part of the Stone family. This ale was brewed with a specialty Belgian yeast that we’re really liking here at Stone...it’s the same one we used for brewing the Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale. And as with the Stone 05.05.05 Vertical Epic Ale, all the spicy, deep, and wonderfully funky aromas and flavor characteristics in this beer come as a result of nothing more than malt, hops, water and yeast!

(Beer added by: Todd on 06-05-2006)
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

IrishColonial, Jul 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

On-tap at Stone

A: The beer pours a dark brown sort of color, maybe "chestnut", with a creamy khaki colored head.

S: Starts off less than stellar with a bit of metal, but that goes away shortly. There's a strange woodiness to the beer, but it works alright with the caramel, toffee, mild chocolate, and bubblegum notes that make up the rest of the aroma.

T: Sweet caramel and toffee open this one up. There's a big bubblegum and cotton candy flavor that follows. Toward the back end I get a lot of chocolate and vanilla with some subtle dark fruit flavors.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation that feels sort of creamy on the tongue.

D: One of the better of the VE series beers. Pretty complex and very easy to drink.

womencantsail, Feb 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

MykeJ, Apr 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

DruRho, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

cadaugherty, May 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

22oz bomber.

A: Deep brown color, shot through with deepest red when held to light. Mocha 1-finger head lays down quickly, leaving little lace.

S: Caramel. Figs.

T: Some roasted malt qualities. Sweet maltiness and candi sugar. Dark fruits. Boozy (still!).

M: Thick. Stone is very good at making the "thick" beers. =P

D: A great sipper for cold weather.

k3n, Dec 16, 2007
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

SFC21, Dec 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

InspectorBob, Oct 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

superspak, Apr 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

rogueleonardi, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

codynevels, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

sprucetip, Dec 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

malfunxion, Aug 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Rollzroyce21, Jul 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Update: 3 years later (13 Mar 10)

Poured into a chalice a dark brown color, some carbonation, little fizzy tan head, one small island in the middle. The nose is malty, slight plum note, slight licorice, and some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some plums/licorice, and caramel. Medium body, this brew is kinda flat now, not much carbonation either, still tasty, but no where near what it was 3 years ago, not much alcohol hint either. Drinkable, I'm dissappointed with this much age on it.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy creamy tannish head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet, malty, nice touch of plums, licorice, and some caramel. The taste is very smooth of sweet malts, plumy, nice touch of licorice, and lots of caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, I'm really likeing this one, a nice twist on a BSA, very tasty, highly recommended.

Wasatch, Mar 25, 2007
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

midlifec, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

jumbopanda, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

bradfordjohnson, Sep 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

dominic4beer, Jun 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

moonknight31, Jul 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

kingmaker, Aug 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

mothman, Nov 09, 2013
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.