Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.43/5 rDev +11.3%
22 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.
Really excited to have got this one; somehow missed out when it was released and have despaired ever since.
Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown color. Can't see through it, but at the edges it appears clear. Minimal off-white head turns to a thin wispy film really quick.
Smell: Nice roasted malt aroma with hints of dark caramel or toffee. There's a hint of chocolate and also dark fruit like cherries and fig.
Taste: Has a strong yet delicate flavor. Lots of heavily roasted malts with hints of caramel or toffee sweetness and the figs (but very minimal). Not much other fruit until near the finish, when you've got some of the cherries (no tartness) and other things coming in. There's also some dark chocolate and hop bitterness coming in. The aftertaste has a pronounced "roasted" taste, combined with some of the bitterness. I have the impression of some alcohol at the finish and into the aftertaste, but it really never comes out.
Mouthfeel: There's some tingly carbonation at the start of each sip, but it goes away quick. Medium-bodied and really smooth. I think it is a bit light, but without approaching being watery or anything.
Drinkability: High alcohol content, but no real taste of it. Good flavors and keeps my interest.
Definitely the best of the four Vertical Epics I've now had the pleasure of enjoying, though last year's was nice as well. Flavor-wise I felt this had a lot in common with the Chimay Blue - that really came to mind while drinking this. However, they are of course certainly different too. I think I'll try and get a few more bottles of this and cellar them a bit longer!
06-13-2010 01:43:34 | More by mithrascruor
3.84/5 rDev -3.5%
Nice dark fluid with a light brown head. Not much carbonation visible. Decent lacing. Smell is dark malts and dark fruits.
Some Belgian yeast and light woody notes. Raisin, plum, figs give a nice aroma to blend with the caramel and sweet dark bread. Touch of earth in the hops.
Flavor is big and smooth, with a slight vinous undercurrent. Malt front is followed quickly by a nice combination of spices. Firm earthiness gives a nice dry finish.
Feel is rich and smooth. Velvety with a nice weight and carbonation. Easy drinking for this big a beer.
A good beer overall.
02-03-2014 20:35:51 | More by scootny
4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
Into a chalice, pours a dark mahogany, dark and clear ruby hues through a light, a small head forming from the pour that settles to a thin film, light lacing in streaks and bubbles. The aroma is heavy on the malts, spicy and yeasty, cloves and pepper, dark fruits, ripe banana, plum,
The taste is even better, a hefty dosing of malts, lots of it, spices are fantastic, cloves and spicy pepper, brown sugar, maybe even molasses. The fruits of plum and raisins, all kinds of stuff going on, really nice. The mouth isn't anything special, a decent body, the carbonation is about right, a little warming with the alcohol. But the thing I love about certain styles is the extremely wide variation on the theme. Its another beer that tastes like none others, and a delicious one at that. Most of the time, I wish I lived in SoCal for beers like this. I want many more in my cellar.
04-05-2007 00:38:00 | More by objectivemonkey
4.38/5 rDev +10.1%
Ah yes, the annual VE. Always good stuff. This year, like '03, returns to the darker of Belgian-style ales, as it pours a very deep brown (black?) with a solid showing of heady foam. That Belgian yeast they're using at Stone must be great...it sure smells good. The aroma is quite spicy, full of cloves and yeast, and showing off some mild esters. Layers of flavors upon sipping; I had a rare "holy fock, this is good shit!" moment. Subtle spices carry over from the nose, building upon smoky layers of chocolate, licorice, plums and a kiss of herbacious hoppiness; all which balances the huge grain bill so nicely. Finishes nicely smooth, aftertaste is dark wheat. Wow. Very mild carbonation and well-hidden alcohol. I've made plans to purchase a few more bottles this weekend. This is great now, and I think aging might make it an absolute gem. We shall see. Great stuff.
08-19-2006 02:38:51 | More by IrishRedRock
4.13/5 rDev +3.8%
Opened this one after 6 months in the fridge
Poured a dark black, opague. Head diminished quickly. Smells strongly of roasted malts, mixed with some hops. Taste, dried fruit, chocolate/coffee with a hop bckground. Finishes up with an alcohol heat and some chalk. This is a sipper. A nice, nice beer
12-28-2006 02:33:12 | More by sleazo
3.9/5 rDev -2%
22 oz. bottle. Best by 12/12/12.
Pours almost pitch black into my chalice. Topped by a quarter inch of tightly packed tan head.
Caramelized sugar, figs, chocolate, hints of coffee, overripened fruit.
Relatively smooth with overtones of ripe dark fruit, though no one flavor pops out. Slightly hot alcohol tinge indicates this one could cellar a little more. Chocolate and coffee appear by midsip. Finish is bitter chocolate.
I almost had a heart attack when I found out the NY distribution for Stone was gone, but managed to track down 1/2 case in Boston for the beer fest (Bauer Wine & Spirits, a must visit). Not the best Epic, but I'm glad I have it.
06-25-2006 22:05:06 | More by cbl2
4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
Another limited release, annual ale...this one six years young to it's expected prime? Well so the epic story unfolds, this one pours out of the 650ml brown bomber a very dark brown with burgundy highlights barely coming through, capped with a bubbly light brown head. Has a good amount of natural carbonation and decent lacing.
The aromas that come out of this brew smell as if they come from abroad, overseas that is. Very spicy and fruity, somewhat potent and that distinctive Belgian yeastiness...honestly, it smell's of a fresh import from you know where. As the label describes it: "a deep, rich aroama of toasty malts, anise, Belgian yeast spiciness, and a hint of cedar", this is exactly what you taste...isn't it?
The mouthfeel is quite creamy and very smooth... a solid medium body, although they claim it as light, on the label. I suppose by the typical standards of Stone, it has a lighter body than they're more massiive offerings...still a pretty heafty brew by any standards, yet I could quite easily opt this as a beer for sessions. This is really tasty, yet not the typical Stone beer...if there is such a thing!
Thanks again G.K. and Co., this stuff is good to go as is...CHEERS !!!
06-11-2006 08:46:31 | More by scottoale
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
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
4.28/5 rDev +7.5%
My first in the Vertical Epic Series. This beer pours a clear, very dark amber brown color with a tan head about an inch thick that shinks in size considerably shortly after being poured that stays with you until the last sip and also leaves a nice coating of lacing on the way down. Smell is of clove and roasted coffee with some fruity aromas such as plums, apples, bannanas, and maybe even a bit of peach. A sweet and sort of roasted coffee like taste upfront with all the characteristics mentioned for the smell also present in the taste, followed by a sort of hoppy, bitter and slightly dry aftertaste. I felt a warming sensation begin after a few sips. A thick full bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The characteristics of this beer's taste and texture sort of remind me of rootbeer in a way. This beer has characteristics of Stone's Smoked Porter, IPA, and Imperial Stout all in one. This is quite an exquisite beer indeed. I can only imagine how good it will be in 2012. Good thing I have a bottle in storage so I can find out. Another winner from Stone! Go pick this up while you can before it is gone! Get 2 bottles if you can. One for now and one for 2012!
07-09-2006 02:58:24 | More by neenerzig
4.1/5 rDev +3%
deep, dark rich looking brown with thick tan head that fades to a ring with film.
the smell contains chocolate covered banana, clove, licorice, spicy alcohol, prune, rootbeer, cigar, and candied fruit... in no particular order. very complex, and enticing.
the taste is sweet and very similar to the aroma, with a little bit of bitterness towards the back. there is a little bit of heat at the finish, which is almost necessary to contrast to the sweetness
the mouthfeel is pretty light considering the taste. with a mellow relatively delicate carbonation.
just like the last couple years of VEs, this one also tastes young and to me will obviously benefit from a couple years under it's belt. certainly more than worth a taste now though, it's a good beer as is.
07-28-2006 00:26:38 | More by kmo1030
4.47/5 rDev +12.3%
This beer pours a brown so dark, it is almost black. The head is light brown. It looks thick and fluffy. It fades slowly, leaving many thick laces.
This beer has a strong bready aroma. It is also quite yeasty. It smells of cloves, and other spices. Grains of Paradise and coriander, and orange peal. This beer also has a plesent mild citrus hop aroma. A slight lemony aroma is present.
This beer has a lot of different flavors. It is taking me a little while to sort them all out. I taste some spices up front. As with the aroma, cloves, and coriander. It has a slight bubblegum flavor. It has an earthy yeast flavor to it as well. Citrus hop flavors are also detectable.
This beer is very smooth. It leaves a bubblegum like aftertaste. This beer is well carbonated.
I think, despite the slightly high alcohol content, that this beer might make a good session beer. It tastes very good, and the flavor is mild enough to not get cloying. I am anxious to see what a few years will do to this one.
06-10-2006 03:03:08 | More by OStrungT
4/5 rDev +0.5%
Aroma is dark malts, spice, licorice and sweet dark fruits. Body is a a rich dark brown with a firm two finger thick tan head. Fore is pumpernickel, rye, licorice and then dark fruits, spice, alcohol and floral notes waft in. Quite spicy in the finish. Pretty damn tasty and gets tastier as it warms.
08-24-2006 11:03:40 | More by Jredner
4.3/5 rDev +8%
A: Pours a stout-colored black with a tan 1-finger head that quickly subsides. Very little lacing.
S: Aromas of dark fruits, Belgian yeast, and anise.
T: Very unique flavor - like a Belgian version of an imperial stout. Roasted malt, bready yeast, and anise flavors meld to create complex and multi-dimensional taste.
M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation.
D: What an interesting hybrid of styles. I'm really liking this one. Go get some.
06-30-2006 01:14:43 | More by klewis
4.22/5 rDev +6%
light tanned head forms about 2cm thick and settles to an attractive lace. deep mahogany and red with little visible carbonation. minimal lacing on the glass.
aroma seems dominated by dark plum and prune. some yeast character in the background accompanied by darker crystal/chocolate malt. some clove like you would get in a dark wheat. definitely has that aspect to it. pretty complex. not sure if it totally works for it as its like its two or three different beers just by the smell.
more dark fruit and malt in the flavor. spices came out for a bit after some pumpkin pie (mmm pumpkin pie) though not sure if it was the beer or the pie. either way it was nice. alcohol is very well hidden, though it does reveal itself once the bomber is finished. just enough belgian yeast character to make you know its not a generic neutral american strain, but not so much that it distracts from the rest of the beer.
smooth mouth feel gives the beer enough substance to satisfy. certainly an easy drinker, but one that can be done slowly. plenty of flavor to keep the drinker busy for a long while.
11-24-2006 11:20:55 | More by joecast
4.47/5 rDev +12.3%
Gotta love the 666. It poured a dark rosewood color, with a fluffy white head that clung to the sides of the glass. In the smell were ripe, sweet dark fruits, a bit of coco, and the faintest presence of alcohol. Taste had more dark fruit, sweet caramel, and a lingering candy taste. Light in body, and light on the hops. This one shows signs of ageing well. The flavors are mellow, yet pronounced, and extremely tasty. It reminds me of the 03 alot. I could kill more then one bomber of this no problem. I can only imagine what a few more years of laying low would do to this beer. Maybe ill stick one in the basement for safe keeping. Well crafted brew. Cheers
04-25-2007 00:01:50 | More by jamie2dope
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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