Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic AleStone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

477 Ratings
THE BROS
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very good

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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 84
Gots: 117 | FT: 13
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 06-05-2006

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!
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Ratings: 477 | Reviews: 308
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown coloration, cocoa-tan head.

Spicy, malty nose, with flavors of dark fruits, anise, herbs, rather earthy...

Tangy and tasty, gritty, and lightly sweet, medium bodied, holds together well, but no particular part pops out at all...fairly unimpressive by the end of the sampling. Just kind of ""eh", like a limpid stab at a dubbel.
(I got half the bottle, shared the rest with friends, who were more nonplussed than I.)

Perhaps I really didn't to give that extra six years they reccommend on the label copy?

Photo of BlackJeremiah
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Stone RIS glass.

A: Dark, dark brown, with some reddish undertones. Great head, some good lacing.

S: Malts, candied sugars, grape and black currant, fennel, and a decent clove character. Disparate scents, but as this one is **deisgned** to be held for six-plus years, I would expect it to start out a bit unbalanced.

T: Definitely some sweetness, but more roast malt character than candied sugars. The biggest fruit and herb players are the currants and the cloves, with some almond, date, fennel and black grape tastes mingling around in the background. Hops are of the citric variety, blending well with the dark flavors and not spoiling the party.

M: A full body, with a chewy, creamy feel to it.

D: Needs more time in the bottle, but hey, that's how it's supposed to be. It's a beer made in 2006, and designed to be opened in 2012 or later. Can't wait for the Vertical Tasting Reviews that will pour in from BAs after the release of the 12.12.12.

Photo of Hopswagger
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 12.12.12
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series

P: Dark mahogany body with tan foamy head and great clarity.

S: Boozy aroma, cedar, licorice, bubble mint gum, smoke, peppery spice, roasted chocolate and dark malts. Light cocoa and phenolic yeast aroma.

T/M: chocokate, cocoa, booze, herbal, dark fruits, phenols, molasses, traditional Christmas spices, and smoke. Body is creamy medium body with good carbonation and a slightly chaulky finish.

O: Count Chocula would be proud of this explosion if cocoa flavors. A nice complex Belgian amber that delivers nicely after aging.

Photo of xgrigorix
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twentytwo ounce brown silk screened bottle.

Deep dark brown. Opaque with a frothy beige coloured head riding proudly on top.

Notes of anise come right through, along with a hint of cedar. Some phenols meander in towards the end.

Toasted & roasted. A little bit of spice - anise in particular. A lingering woody bitterness finishes it off. Medium bodied, a little bit slick. Soft carbonation. Interesting, but not exactly rockng my world.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz

A - Pours a dark brown/light black with a few ruby highlights and a thin brown head.

S - Spicy with dark fruits, earthy with some alcohol. A lot of malt is showing up in the aroma.

T - Yeasty spice and pepper, banana, clove, dark fruits, noticeable alcohol taste, woody with lingering licorice on the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated. Bubbly in the mouth.

D - Unique and complex. Tasty.

Photo of MVassar
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As black as a cup of coffee. Head is stout-like, thick, creamy.

Lots of malt in the nose, plenty of sweet brown bread.

Tastes of malt, raw sugar, banana, maybe a touch of clove. Slightly cloying. Hint of bitter hops in the finish.

Very smooth and creamy in the mouth, and certainly easy to sip. Wonder if it might improve with some time in the cellar.

Photo of cjgator3
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt with cocoa, dark fruits, and Belgian yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma is malty up front with a spiciness coming through and some hops and yeast in the spicy and bitter finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly above average amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this one is still holding strong after almost 7 years. I bought it in 2007 and have held on to it since.

Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a Stone tulip

A - This beer is very dark with just the slightest of ruby light coming through. It is topped with a couple inches of tan head.

S - I first notice some hints of anise. Some Belgian spices are coming through.

T - The anise is more noticeable in the taste as are the spices.

M - Medium

O - This is a mellow beer. I assume it would have been pretty spicy fresh. It is a decent beer but not one that I would seek.

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Thick dark brown in color. Fluffy tan head pours two fingers thick with good retention. Nice sticky lacing crawls all of the glass.

S: Softly roasted malts. Clove. Dark sugars. Hints of coffee and chocolate.

T: Day old coffee and a touch of dark chocolate are followed by tastes of clove and ainse. The sweetness of molasses and dark sugars give way to a thick and rich wave of malts. A soft hop presence gives the tongue a tickle and is immediately taken over by a warming alcohol.

M: Smooth and full bodied. Minimal carbonation. Warming and dry.

D: A nice representation of the style. This was my second sampling of this brew and time has definitely mellowed this one out for the better. Complex. Recommended.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

7/21/08. Wow, what a great improvement. No carbonation, and that's a minor concession, but all of the truly awful things listed before have mellowed significantly, into a very drinkable BSDA. Rich and full, a bit of spicy complexity, but mostly just a good tasty brew. Minor sweetness offset by a hint of the former leather/charcoal, much more under control and definitely enjoyable. This one has aged very well. Now having said that, though, this one also is 2 years old- I can get a fairly new BSDA from other brewers that are relatively fresh that are just as good- why wait 2 years? But still, enjoyable.

6/23/06 review: 3.5/3/2/3/1.5 Original Scores. OK, I waited a couple of weeks for this to show up in my inland part of southern California. I waited while I read about the excitement of its release and the final reviews once it came out.

I'm sorry, this isn't enjoyable at all to me. It's like chewing on a charcoal briquette. Sharp, smoky, and not enjoyable like a rauchbier. Stale cigar smoke. I'll try it again, because I hope that this improves with age, but now, I can barely drink this stuff.

Not recommended. Maybe it'll be good in a few years.

Photo of Darkale
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The head rises fast and falls just as quickly, surrendering to a spotty skim that seems one bubble deep across the deep brown, nearly black surface. Lacing is likewise spotty. The aroma is wonderful, and this is from a beer that was poured, admittedly, too cold - like a deep Corsendonk brown, full of raisins and brown bread and a whiff of hops.

Taste is impressive at first. Chocolate, and an interesting slick mixture of grit and cream in the mouth. Rum and raisins. Ends with a dry, slightly puckering alcohol burn and a sour rinse of hops. Not as roundly sweet as anticipated from the aroma, thanks to the hops and the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is slick and lush, but ends thin. Not as chewy as hoped for. A pleasant airiness at the end that disguises the sweetness becomes less apparent as the beer warms.

This take on the Belgian Strong Dark Ale is intriguing but not successful. The mouthfeel is too thin, and the hops are too aggressive. It starts off well, but loses the strong dark ale character too soon.

Difficult to say what discourages me about this beer, but Harry Potter fans may appreciate this analogy. In those books, a "polyjuice potion" contains a small piece (strand of hair, nail clipping) of a person, and when that potion is drunk, the drinker changes their appearance to that person -- for a short period of time. About an hour after drinking the potion, your original features and characteristics begin to show through. Likewise, I felt that this beer was transformed temporarily and magically into a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and my first sips were happy ones. But not long after my first sip, the magic began to wear off, and the characteristics that do not have much to do with that style began to assert themselves. At the end, it seemed to me to be a hoppy black lager with delusions of grandeur.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer, if somewhat unusual, but nothing really that special.

The beer pours dark, thick and syrupy with almost no head.

The smell is very light- surprisingly so with just an aroma of roasted barley.

The taste is mostly Licorice- both its peculiar bitterness and its sweetness is present here. Some caramel flavors and hop bitterness also comes through as well as a slight bit of vanilla on the finish.

The mouthfeel is very thick and viscous, but not sticky.

Pretty drinkable, and lighter than one might think given the brewery and style.

Photo of JMD71
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ap: Thin head of tight laced bubbles that dissipates quickly when poured. Deep rich black cherry color with little carbonation evident.

Ar: Typical Belgian yeast aroma. Almost saison-like. Fruity with slight specialty malt aroma noted.

Ta: Reminds me of a higher strength saison than a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Saison-like fruitiness but with more alcohol warmth in the finish. Belgian yeast character dominant with little, if any, hop bitterness I'm used to from other Stone offerings.

Mo: Medium bodied & slightly rich. Carbonation is higher than appearance would lead you to believe. Leaves mouth crisp.

Dr: Medium drinkability. Due to its strength, this leads to a bit of caution. Deceiving....

Comments: This was an enjoyable departure from the hoppy beasts I have become used to from Stone. This being my first Vertical Epic tasting, it was a nice departure for Stone. If I had realized these were meant for a bit of aging, I probably wouldn't have sampled so soon. Time could smooth out some of the rougher alcohol edges...

Photo of bradford
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on 4/22/07
Appearance: Dark brown, almost black with a solid head that dissapates quickly
Smell: Strong woody smell, spices, alcohol
Taste: Smooth with a crisp finish. Lots of spices and an underlying alcohol burn, but very mild
Mouthfeel: Not too abrasive, better than average in my opinion
Drinkability: Very drinkable for the alcohol content. Not something I would want to drink every night, but very pleasant. Smooth and nice.
Another great Stone brew. Anyone who thinks Stone Brewing is overrated is out of their mind.

Photo of seaoflament
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened a bomber with a couple of friends today. Poured a dark, stout-like, color with a good inch of foam. The aroma was mostly of caramel, chocolate, and some roasted malts. The combination of caramel and chocolate combined to a tootsie-roll candy-like aroma. My friends laughed at me at first with the comments but after I mentioned it they were able to pick it out in the aroma. The flavor was more of the same as the aroma; caramel, chocolate and roasted malts. The mouthfeel was a tad thin with a thin finish as well, some alcohol near the finish but I hoped for a stronger, lingering, flavor in the finish/after-taste. Good beer overall though and I wish I had more bottles to age (I opened this one by mistake thinking it was the 07).

Photo of TheBrewo
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from a bottle at the Tap and Mallet Vertical Epic tasting event. It arrived in a tasting glass, showing a red cola coloring with dark ruby around the edges. It held a half finger tall head of tan bubbles, leaving rings of stark white lacing after a nice retention. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared moderate. The aroma gave fusel booze, the deepest caramel malt and roast, light coffees, syrupy figs, chalky pale malt and grit, and a lighter yeastiness. With warmth came a cooled vanilla smoothness, and faint wheatiness. Very grain forward. Our first impression was that there was a nice depth to the malts, but this lightened up a bit through the finish. The flavoring opened with toasted pales, deep caramels, spicy black pepper, a flash of cayenne heat, and fusel booziness. The peak came mildly, with yeast, coin, and washed caramel sugars. The finish gave black pepper bite, caramel syrups, fig sweetness, limey citric bite, faint floral hops, and dirty earthiness. The aftertaste breathed of coffee malts, anise, smoked oak, meaty ham smoke and salt, burnt caramel, and light florals. The body was medium, and the carbonation was lighter. There was a smooth and oily coating all around the mouth, with an eventual boozy dryness. Each sip gave nice slurp and smack, but lesser cream or froth to the lip. The abv was fine, and the beer was easy drinking.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was the nose and the sticky syrup sugars to the flavoring. The sweetness was robust and held up nicely at first through the malt bomb-ness of it, but by the end of the sip things faded a bit. This gave room for some hops and subtle smokiness of the malts, but the blend was lost. The feel was equally as thin, and almost watered, making this guy less exciting for the series.

Photo of EStreet20
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a alarge snifter.

A - Pours the color of color with a touch of a red hint when held up to the light. A lasting two finger tan head crowns the brew.

S - A yeasty aroma with some roasty smells and a hint of spice in there. Nice but a lot fainter than I was expecting.

T - A roasty flavor that gives way to some spicy tastes and a yeasty, woody finish. A pretty good flavor overall.

M - A medium bodied brew that coats the mouth nicely.

D - Not bad for a few sips but the roastiness combined witht he woody flavor is a bit much.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a bottle of this got opened at big beers in vail last night, and i was stoked to see it because i somehow missed this one despite it being quite prevalent even last year when we lined up a few of them. much more straightforward than some others, just a belgian strong ale here. cool yeast has dried this out a lot over time. far less residual sugar than it may have originally had, but still a light honey finish. really dig the mellowness of the alcohol too, its barley there, and while the carbonation and body are both less than where id like to see them, i think this has aged with grace. a full bomber would not be too much, as the layers of spice continually improve and unfold with temperature. a very well made beer, not full of additives, something they should probably make regularly honestly. maybe a new winter seasonal?

Photo of berkey
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 10/31/09.

Pours a very dark brown, near black color. Takes a robust pour, but I managed to coax up a medium sized tan head. Retention, however, is quite poor.

Smells of Belgian yeast, chocolate, and dark fruit. Not bad but I'm picking up some soy sauce in there that has me a little concerned.

More dark fruit, hints of plum and fig specifically. Soy sauce character not as bad as I feared but still a factor. More of the chocolate perceived on the aroma rounds out the aftertaste. Virtually no hops detected. Seems to get sweeter with stronger chocolate and some molasses notes as it warms. Medium thickness, very low carbonation. Average drinkability.

Overall not bad for an three and a half year old American beer. I get the impression Stone's mastery of Belgian yeast is improving as the 7 and 8 are aging quite a bit better.

Photo of BradBLR
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I will have to say this is my least favorite beer that I have had from Stone, a good beer but not my favorite. The appearance of this beer was dark chocolate brown with a hint of red when held up to the light. The head was a browninsh tan and the lacing was very good. The smell was that of chocolate and malt, very sweet smelling.

The taste was simliar to a porter at first with a nice strong sweetness to it, there was also a hint of spice to it. The mouthfeel was very smooth and the CO2 was just about perfect.

Overall a pretty good beer with alot of alcohol. I think it will be better after it sits a few years.

Photo of Alkey
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured a dark brown with a tan head that leaves some spots of lace around the glass. Smells of toasted malts and a banana like wheat aroma with a bit of spice. Taste rich and malty with some dark fruity flavors like some prunes or raisins. It has a light somewhat creamy body with very little carbonation and is fairly easy to drink but probably is something I would pass on next time.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

06.06.06 Vertical Epic, let's get to the bottom of this.

Appearance: Pours a dark chestnut brown body topped with a fizzy, thin brown-colored head.

Smell: Aroma is largely fruity (bananas and plums) and chocolaty, imbued with a Belgium yeast scent and a wee amount of smoke.
Curiouser and curiouser...

Taste: Leading flavors of dark chocolate, black licorice, molasses, and grapes. Eventually achieves some herbal bitterness and ends with a yeasty dry finish. Not nearly as sweet as the nose would have you believe.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, creamy, and has a mild carbonation which helps to maintain a light finish.

Drinkability: Admirable cross-style hybrid brew showing characteristics of a dubbel, weizenbock, smoked porter, and more.

Catch ya in 2012, little bomber!

Photo of JustinOSU99
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber, pours nice and smooth with a small half-inch head.
S: Nice malt smell with strong toffee and chocolate scents. Cinnamon, licorice and flowers also come to mind. A really nice smelling beer.
T: A nice caramel taste with toffee and again chocolate coming in afterwards. The alcohol appears quickly, but also leaves quickly and the beer finishes smooth.
M: Sits nicely on the palate and goes down so smooth. Dry aftertaste with very little of the alcohol lingering. Enjoyed the feeling of drinking this beer.
D: Not a session beer, but definitely enjoy the 22oz. bottle.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this beer for...well, I guess about 5 years. Hopefully it ages well, which I feel pretty confident it would have being a Stone... Let's give it a go...

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color so dark that you really can't see much light through it at all, except for the corner and then it is hard to tell how clear it really is. Though there was a good off-gas after popping the top, there was very little foam after a relatively quick pour. After the pour the beer is sitting like a pretty stale soda-pop looking drink. There is a little bit of light colored foam getting stuck to the side of the glass, but it is nothing major.

Aroma: I initially got lots of dark malt contributions with dark fruit like raisins and plums, but as the beer is sitting, there is a winey contribution coming out. There is a good amount of hops still noticeable in here, and it is mostly contributing a floral aroma that is playing rather nice with the dark malts. As the beer warms up, there is cocoa and some floral hops coming out to be much larger players in the aroma.

Taste: The flavor is a little syrupy for this style, but the hops and acidity from the dark malts do a wonder to counter-act that in the finish. Though there is carbonation here, it really doesn't do a whole lot for the mouthfeel. The beer rolls across the palate quite heavy and finishes balanced slightly toward the sweet. The alcohol is noticeable, but it is not hot or anything, so it's major contribution is some spice late in the profile and a bit of warming late in the finish.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. It is in a tough category, so it is really hard to be outstanding. It is not slouch of an effort in beer craftsmanship, but at the same time there really isn't much to make it stand apart in a category that is wide open. I would think being Stone, that they would make it a nice strong dark, but Americanize it with local hops. This isn't the case, the flavor is more traditional, but without a whole lot to make it stand out.

Photo of eballard
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown with little light passing through and a dark head that settles into a nice lacing. The beer smells sweet and malt with a slight wheat sent. The taste is similar to the smell. It starts with a sweat chocolaty character and that really settles into a yeasty hops spice. The beer is surprisingly crisp and clean with a little bit of a bite at the end. For only sitting for a few months this beer has a great taste. Like all of the vertical epic beers I’m sure this one will age to be even tastier in the future.

Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.