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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

469 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 85
Gots: 115 | 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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Photo of Overlord
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

By far the best of the vertical epics I've had. I dimly remember this beer at the time of the release, but it certainly wasn't as good as it is now. It gives me hope for the series, as I found the 07, 08, and 09 to be ... varying ... in quality.

Pours a beautiful, walnut-y golden brown. Thin off white foam head that quickly dies down to the merest crust.

Smells like Belgian candi, a whiff of vanilla, caramel dark fruit-ed malt, and a faint, faint tinge of spices ... something exotic. Cloves and banana, perhaps?

Taste is really quite nice. Frankly, one of the better straight-up Belgian ales I've had in quite some time. Exotic mixture of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, sweet brown sugar and spices. A hint of vanilla and maybe ... chocolate? Some rum in there, too. Also some banana to give it a tropical undercurrent.

Mouthfeel is acceptable, though given the abundance of flavors, I expected it to be a bit thicker. I am really surprised by how much I am digging this. Not merely the class of the Vertical Epic series, but one of the best Belgian Ales I can remember.

Photo of m1ked
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark burgundy,copper, mahogany. Held up to light.... barely pierces through. Nice tan thin bubbly, creamy head.

S- Cocoa, dark fruits, carmelized sugar

T-Tasty caramel, smokey wood, raisiny, figgy cocoa.

M- Smooth, medium bodied with great fine carbonation. Love it.

D- I haven't had this one in a while and it has turned into something better than I remember. excellant.

Photo of jaluria
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet another exceptional brew from Stone. I wanted to age this for a few months, but didn't have the patience.

Poured a dark brown color with subtle crimson & ruby colored hues simmering at the bottom of my goblet. A soft, light brown colored head developed and dissipated quickly leaving just a tiny cushion of foam and considerable lacing. Aromas of figs, plums, dates, alcohol, toasted bread, and burnt sugar seemed to come out; very nice. The flavors were right on with juicy fruit flavors mixing effortlessly with the sweet malt backbone. Dried fruits flavors seemed to lead into a candy-like finish that was both semi-sweet and bitter. A touch of hops added depth and balance. Smooth, rich, and slightly creamy, this beer was easy to sip. A great example of the style from one of the best breweries around. I can't even imagine how this will taste after a few months/years!

Photo of RedChrome
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amazingly deep brown colored body with deep garnet hues when held in light. A third of an inch beige colored head quickly faded. Too dark to notice and carbonation rising. Light lacing ribbons.

Super dark malt aroma. Fruit qualities of raisins, blackberries, and red grapes. An overall spiciness also has hints of a nice alcohol content. In the finish there is a slight hint of burnt butterscotch.

Crisp spicy flavor leaves a nice variety of flavors battling on the tongue. Sweet malt and and the flavor of dark berries are foremost. Secondary flavors include roasted caramel, burnt coffee, and even a very faint pineapple presence.

Thickness on the tongue is exceptional. Almost no carbonation feeling but plenty of buzz from the spice. Taste cling to every mouth surface.

Excellent beer. This is the perfect choice to enjoy with a filet mignon at a great steak house. This was so good at 7 months that I doubt it can wait until the end of the series to become any better. A must try for every palate.

Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of IntriqKen
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a black-amberwith a one finger tan head that melted slowly to thik sticky lacing.
Aroma is sweet....roasted dark malts, ripe banana, dark fruits, heavy spices like cloves, and a hint of pine or spruce.
Taste is thick sweet prune juice initially followed with a roasty malt flavor then raisins and dark fruits with over-ripe banana at the end. Again, a slight pine in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is really rich and creamy.
Aftertaste is ripe banana and dark fruits.

Very enjoyable brew that is still a little rough around the edges but will balance nicely in time...enough so that I am going to buy a case for cellaring. I mention banana a lot in my review but it is a dark over-ripe banana that melds beautifully with the other dark fruit and roasted flavors. A lot of reviewers are calling this bubblegum, but to me it is much warmer and softer than bubblegum. The spruce and spice presence I sense reminds me of a Christmas dubbel begium beer.
I like it and the slow warming alcohol is making me like this more and more.
***
Revisit Aug 25th...
Not that much cellaring, I agree, but flavors are mellowing and blending incredibly well.
"Belgium" aspects are much more apparent this time around.
Aroma is still distinctively alcohol based, however the flavors have really balanced and blended to the point where the alcohol is definately secondary...maybe even 'thirdendary'.
Good stuff...I'm buying more to cellar for later...and later...and later.
This might be worth buying a bottle a week and just hiding it.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Licorice black with a medium cap of dirty frappuccino brown frothy foam. Intricate lacing in inky stretched and straggly strings.

Aroma is a bit light at first but agreeably grows and becomes nice to partake in the nose as its a bit like a fresh poppyseed muffin and some black malt mixed with black licorice, anise, cinnamon, dark sugary sweetness and some dark, herbal, spicy yeast.

Taste is one complex, tender display of leveled tastes and mixtures of dark spicy fun stuff. A ride of intricate little nuances of spices, dark, dryish malt, and sweet dark sugars really balance out and make for a pleasureable, palateable treat. The flavors aren't overly intense here, it all seems very well placed and perfectly displayed as it tugs here, pulls there; leaves here, enters there. A fun dance of flavors that are bready, sweet, dark, yeasty, and spicy. I find it to be quite nice. Perhaps not as bold or in your face as other Stone brews, but definately well crafted in the nature of what has become the growth of Stone's own brewing palate.
As in the smell, many alluring complexities await the spicy realm of dark yeasty breads with anise, clove, cinnamon, black licorice, dry black malt, rye, poppyseed, and pale woodyness. A wonderful palate full of dark spicey fun, and balanced in with with a uniquely tender little undertow of dark sugary sweetness. Oh my...

A treat to behold, no doubt; yes, sure, it's not quite the brute you'd think it would be, but in a way it has it's edge. Edge enough for me to absolutely drink the hell out of this beer. The medium, low set carbonation and smoother, dark malten body ooze an easy goin' flow. Yet the active spice and yeasty parts pep it up to the point of total balance and control. Plus the finish has some great little blackened banana, coffee, black malt dryness that is remarkably satisfying to the palate as it finishes slightly dry and powdery.

06.06.06 is one to savor in, even given it's impressively easy drinkability. 8.6%? I'm sure it's there somewhere waiting...but undetectable in most regards until the first bomber is nearly emptied. A very finely crafted brew by Stone. A true treat that I may need to seek more of...

My undisputed thanks goes to cvshaller for the chance to embark on more Stone superbness!!

Photo of ferrettman687
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip.

A: Nice billowing head; stay for awhile and fades into beautiful lacing on top. Body is barely garnet around the edges, otherwise opaque. Lacing on the sides is good too.

S: Smell heavy of fruit, mainly citrus, but some sweet dark ones in the background. The smell knocked me out when i first poured it, but it seems to be fading now.

T: A wonderful smokiness and underlying dark fruit flavors. It has really come together while maintaining complexity.

M: Really smooth, carbonation is right where I want it.

D: I can't put this one down, though the high abv might make me pay later, but I can't taste it as much as when this was fresh.

It is really exciting to see this one age.

Photo of JoelClark
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of bluesplit63
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of pjwilson
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seen for 4 dollars, which i think is a hook-up so I purchased two. If I really like this, I will go back for more. The 2nd bottle won't be opened for 6 months to a year.

appearance: poured into a carnival cruise ship coctail glass tulip shaped thingy. looked pretty good for a beligan style beer. and it does. huge insane head, staying for 5 mins, and forming amazing looking lace. damn, i don't know how much the glass is to blame, think a skinny duvel glass. the beer itself is a solid dark black. no light. i'm very into it.

smell: hints of chocolate, licorice, mild yeast, more chocolate. so far, very different from a standard beligian dark, as much a strong porter as that. very promising, quite complex and nice.

taste: damn that's tasty. not nearly as belgian tasting as I was expecting, more belgian inspired. damn, this is a unique brew. First taste is pure liqorice. I find the beer quite dry, not sweet as some reviewers mentioned. None of the sweetness of the smell. It's got a pretty strong bitterness, (this is stone), which I suppose is almost too strong right now. this will mellow out with age for sure, although i'm digging this now. no booze to be found. the aftertaste brings out some coffee and chocolate. fucking nice.

mouthfeel: nice and light, making for a good drinking time. some sugar was used, making for a very light mouthfeel.

drinkability: i'm enjoying sip after sip. uh, 4 bucks a bottle, i'm gonna go get at least 3 to 4 more, this is seriously very,very good. this "one off release" blows 9 out of 10 west coast attempts at a dark beligian style out the water. honenstly, to me it's more of a porter mixed with dark beligian, but it is truly one of a kind.

verdict: snag up several bottles now.

Photo of vma
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%

Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.