Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.25/5 rDev -18.3%
This is my least favorite of the vertical epics by far. That being said its still a decent beer, and hopefully it will get better.
Its also the darkest of the VEs. It is almost black in color with little or no light shinning through. There was some head when poured from the tap but it disapeared and left nothing behind. There were plenty of bubbles coming up though.
The smell was of dark malts and roasted malts as well as dark fruits. There was an odd flavor in there that I can't put my finger on. It might be some spice that they put in the beer.
The flavors didn't mix very well in my opinion but some of them were good individually. There were some dark malts in there and a little roasted malt. There was some fruitiness and I'm wondering if they dumped some dark candi sugar in there, I guess I could just go check the recipe online.
The beer had a medium/heavy body and was a little dry. That part was nice, I just wish I could have enjoyed actually drinking it more than I did.
01-29-2008 23:59:42 | More by t0rin0
3.24/5 rDev -18.6%
A. Poured into my VE glass this brew pours the darkest of the VEs so far, mahogany brown.
s. The aroma contains notes of cinnamon and figs with some brown sugar.
T. The flavor has hints of chocolate and coffee and dark maulty goodness.
Mf. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but smooth.
Overall not a bad beer, not as good as 05.
01-19-2013 02:18:23 | More by TKEbeerman
3.23/5 rDev -18.8%
I'm guessing this is one to lay down.
Pours mahogany to black with a .5" tan head.
Smell: Slight fruittyness, alcohol & yeast. Slight leather & wood notes
Taste: Slight sourness, yeast, raisins, slight chocolate notes in an unorganized mish-mash. Finishes with an alcohol burn & a yeast/bready twang, plus licorice
MF: Super chewy & slightly under carbonated
A chore to drink, maybe this will turn into a classic over time, not sure I can wait.
06-23-2006 04:48:10 | More by russpowell
3.23/5 rDev -18.8%
Pours a deep rich chestnut color with a smaller light brown head that doesn't last long. No real lace on this one for me even with a strong pour.
Aroma is malty lots of caramel, liquorice loads of dark fruits plums, figs ect. a good supply of spice also.
Taste is lots of malt upfront moving to a liquorice flavor that starts out nice but seem to intensify thru out and on into the finish. Actually could go on and describe the fruit and nice spice but all in all it comes down to too much liquorice for me to see the attributes that might be present in this one.
Mouthfeel is a big medium good level of carbonation that gives it a slight touch of pep.
Drinkability is not good no real desire to have this one again. little to one sided toward the dark side for me black liquorice that is. Thanks to merlin48 for this bottle as I thought i needed to try it since I have had 03, 04, 05 anyone wanting to send me an 02 all you have to do is ask and I will accept it.
03-27-2007 00:23:47 | More by mntlover
3.2/5 rDev -19.6%
Bottle from John’s Market.
A: Dark mahogany bordering on black. Thick creme head. Nice lacing.
N: Anise, licorice, clove, some oxidation. Touch of esters and a hint of cocoa.
T: Oxidized, but it’s not over the top. Plenty of bitterness left and there’s a moderate touch of sweetness. Going slightly sour.
M: Medium body; slightly sticky. Alcohol is well hidden.
O: Has held up pretty well, all things considered. Drinkable with a nice Belgian influence
09-12-2013 19:49:33 | More by writerLJBerg
3.16/5 rDev -20.6%
22oz. bottle poured into a taster glass. Thanks again to Chris for sharing these!
(A)- Pours a near pitch black color. Some tan froth and lacing formed.
(S)- Kind of a dry, chalky roast to it, almost like coffee. . almost, but more in an herbal cocoa and raisin (if that makes any sense).
(T)- Lots of raisin, prune, and cocoa. Definitely the cocoa turns slightly more towards sweet chocolate as it warmed.
(M)- A good carbonation level. This has some nice richer elements to this. Still kind of chalky overall, but not as bothersome as some of the earlier vertical epics that I think were well past their prime.
(O)- This might be my favorite so far in the lineup. It still has a subtle richness to with that has not fallen off yet.
03-12-2013 15:58:35 | More by sweemzander
3.1/5 rDev -22.1%
On-tap at Alewife. I ran through the entire flight of Verticals, so this one will be a shorter.
A: The ale has a dark stout appearance with a thin tan head.
S: An unpleasant, buttery nose starts things off, very sweet with just enough sour mixed in. The darker aromas never get going, victims to what I'd call age.
T: The BSDA starts off with roasted malts and plenty of spicy sweetness. The buttery flavors, mildly sour, add a dry berry-like flavor that helps the ale improve (as compared to the nose).
M: The mouthfeel is sweet and berry-like, sweeter than any Belgian style stout I've come across.
D: My least favorite of the bunch, it seems like age has been unkind to VE 06.
10-24-2010 13:52:01 | More by akorsak
District of Columbia
3.1/5 rDev -22.1%
this has been sitting around since its release so i thought i would liberate it (don't worry there's another in the cellar
it's nicely carbonated, which maintains a thick head for sometime, and when it finally does descend the glass has a souvenir left along itself
the aroma is is of dark fruit, but clean. floral hops and some roastiness. it smells a bit like a baltic porter fermented cool with a belgian yeast. there's some spice in there, as well: coriander. and tastes exactly like a baltic porter fermented cool with a belgian yeast. more spice in the flavor as well, and it does dovetail fairly well with hop bitterness
in the end, though. it is a porter in a belgian's clothing. i don't have anything averse to that in and of itself, but this just doesn't seem too imaginitive. perhaps i'm being harsh...
10-03-2007 02:08:32 | More by bruachan
3.08/5 rDev -22.6%
Poured into a pint glass on 9/22/07
A: Pours an opaque dark brown. 1/2 finger of head which quickly subsides.
S: Molasses, dark bread and not much more . I think this one is another victim of my warm cellar :(
T: Pretty tasty though. Alcohol taste is not subtle though. Red grape flavor quickly followed by a dry, woody, barrelly bitter flavor. Medium hop bitter aftertaste. Hops hover somewhere between an APA and an IPA. Dry, especially on the middle rear of my tongue. It seemed to be picking up flavors of things I was eating at the time: cucumbers, then raisins...
D: I couldn't finish one 22oz bottle
09-30-2007 20:04:51 | More by dfillius
3.08/5 rDev -22.6%
In a pathetic attempt to begin to repay BAs OlieIPA, Mauerhan, and Aimstatus for the tremendous generosity that oozes from their pores, I decided to crack the last vestiges of my cellar and have a Vertical Epic 04-08 tasting one fine evening. Started with 08, then 07, and here we are....
Poured a dark opaque burgandy with a decent one finger head. Low on the retention.
Smell is slightly disappointing. Not that its bad, but because it isn't strong at all. Very weak. Within this weakness is a nice tea leave, tobacco leave over a soft mint.
Taste is meh. 'Nuff said.
Overall: why was I holding on to this?
08-29-2009 18:48:37 | More by PatronWizard
3.05/5 rDev -23.4%
Let this baby age for nearly a year and I am not impressed with the way its coming out. This review is based on what it is currently is like.
A - Pours a very dark brown reddish color. The head is like a brownish eggshell color and mine did not make much of a head, like half inch but it does leave some nice lacing that mostly survives while youre drinking it.
S - A strong alcohol small with slight spiciness, also a bright floral smell very faintly in the background.
T - Overwhelming alcohol taste. A very slight roastiness and graininess in the background. The aftertaste is a bit of that roastiness with just a hint of spicy hops. But the hot alcohol dominated.
M - It seems to have lost body with the time. It seems a little like a watery alcohol soup now.
D - As it is now I would not drink more then one bomber. Its pretty strong too so I would go for something lighter after this.
I don't think it was stored improperly. I had it in a paper bag in a wine fridge that is always at 50 degrees and served it at this temp too. I liked this beer much more when it was fresh. I also had a bottle after 6 months of aging and even then it was not bad but for me this beer is just great when its fresh. This review is based on the bottle I just opened. If I had reviewed it fresh it would have gotten much better scores. Fresh it had a lot of flavor, you could really taste the wheat and an almost root beer like spiciness. That has faded considerably. I can't imagine another few years improving it honestly. I guess it depends on your taste but I did not like the bottle aged this long. Much better fresh, Since they posted the recipe on their site (thanks stone!) I will try to brew some on my own and enjoy it fresh.
05-08-2007 01:25:09 | More by TheBeerWolf
2.86/5 rDev -28.1%
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter.
A: Pours a dark brown color with a light brown head forming on the pour. Some splotches of lace are left behind.
S: Boozy, some sweet malts and fruity notes as well. An odd minty note on the finish, reminiscent of toothpaste.
T: Brandy soaked plum, some anise and a ton of booze. Light roast with herbal mint qualities on the finish. Not as noticeable as the nose.
M: Medium bodied with a medium low carbonation level. Herbal and roasty finish.
O: The odd minty and toothpaste like flavors on the finish detracted from an overall decent beer.
02-13-2013 02:28:58 | More by Treebs
2.86/5 rDev -28.1%
Think I got this at Discount Liquor. Served in a tulip.
A - Dark tan foam settles to a solid cap, leaving behind splotches of lace. Dark brown body, with ruby-brown highlights. Looks pretty good actually!
S - Roasted malts, cedar, fruity oxidation, perhaps the first trace of Belgian yeast remaining in any of these beers. Not as sweet as previous vintages.
T - The taste is quite strange - an understated mix of smoke, roasted malts, and vinous notes, as well as the expected oxidation. The advertised anise is long gone.
M - Medium-full body, pleasant carbonation, chewy texture, and a dry and lightly smokey finish.
D - My least favorite so far. Even worse than 03.03.03. At least in the preceding ones the the oxidation flavors had overwhelmed the original ones - here it's an unholy blend of oxidation and vestigial, largely unpleasant, flavors.
03-06-2013 04:20:14 | More by MasterSki
2.85/5 rDev -28.4%
poured from the 22 oz bombering into an imperial pint glass
A- a very beautiful beer, dark burgandy almost black with a big tan head that left lots of lacing on the glass with each sip
S- some sweet notes with some malt a good smell but not to overwelming
T- strong and bitter, not a great taste with some chocolate sweet undertones
M- sticks in your mouth and is a bit on the thick side spot on as far as I am concerned
D- not an every day drinker by any scence of the imagination and not wonderful tasting like a big heavy sipping beer.
Notes- the best way I can sum up this beer is that it is too raw. It has potential but needs some definate aging to balance out the flavors. This may beer an exceptional beer in the future, but for right now the favors have not melded together. Give it a few years of aging.
07-27-2006 01:30:36 | More by mcarroll10177
2.83/5 rDev -28.9%
Do you like black licorace? If you do, please disregard my negative comments, and enjoy a beer made for you. Pours black without much of a head. Strong smells of burnt sugar, cough syrup and licorace from the anise. Taste is along those same lines, only more amped up. For me, the licorace taste was too overwhelming and repugnant. I could not finish a glass, let alone the bottle. Mouthfeel was average, but the downfall to the drinkability lies soley with the taste.
03-12-2007 20:03:45 | More by Onibubba
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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