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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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308 Reviews
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Reviews: 308
Hads: 482
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 14.11%
Wants: 84
Gots: 123 | FT: 12
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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Reviews: 308 | Hads: 482
Photo of mcarroll10177
2.96/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of Melchizedek
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this just over a year ago and have aged it (poorly) in anticipation of my departure to Berlin.

Pours a deep dark murky reddish brown. Nose is leafy hop competing against yeast and phenols and dark fruit, creating a sort of chocolate-toffee thing in the aroma. As it warms, I get almost a Worcestershire sort of vibe, kind of tangy.

Taste is well bittered, more woody and leafy and vinous/tannic. A little toast, aniseed, clove. Spicy alcohol, especially as it warms.

Nice. Glad a year of inconsistent and poorly managed aging didn't murder this one. I love the aroma, and I'd be curious to taste it after a couple of years of good aging.

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Photo of bradford
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of eballard
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of Iguana
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence - Poured a dark brown/ruby with a medium sized head. Looks pretty good thusfar.

Smell - I get toasted brown sugar, hints of banana, and a bit of ripened fruit. Quite pleasent.

Taste - Interesting, I am getting toasted brown sugar again, but a nice hop presence in the background adding some bitterness. Rather unique.

Mouthfeel - Pretty good, bit of carbonation, slight bitter aftertaste, and a nice lingering sweetness.

Drinkability - Pretty tasty beer, not the best I have had of the style, but quite enjoyable nonetheless. This beer is at least worth a try, and worth getting and putting a few away for a couple years.

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Photo of JMD71
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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...

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Photo of jpaltan
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite dark, somewhat opaque. thin head that leaves little residual lacing. smell is nice, with hints of dark fruits and candy. taste is plum and a bit sweet, but really nicely balanced. mouthfeel is silky and smooth. this beer is almost too drinkable. it is rather unfortunate that this isn't in stone's usual line-up as this beer was quite nice.

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Photo of HopHeadKen
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium brown with amber highlights and medium creamy ivory head.

Smell is sweet spicy and caramel,

First taste has a bit of spicy sweetness similar to a Belgian Dubble, but finishes rich and malty like an Octoberfest.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth, I did not notice any thinness or carbonation harshness.

Very Drinkable, I will look for this beer, and try to put a few back for the Holiday Season; Since it is a one time release, it may already be gone.

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Photo of blindtiger24
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

4oz draft pour into a tulip glass.

A: Obsidian color with a thin mocha head.

S: A bit of plum and rum raisin in the nose, but smells were faint.

T: Lots of plum, raisin, fruit cake flavors, with the fruit sweetness being more apparent than spice.

M: Super juicy and sweet mouthfeel.

O: Not bad, but too much fruit juiciness and lacking in aromas and taste categories.

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Photo of biking4beer
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a goblet.

Very black with a very minimal brown head. Looks like a porter.

Very good flavors. Coffee, nutty, caramel malty. Very slight fruity flavor that seemed kind of strange considering the appearance and other flavors. Unique.

Fairly smooth, and carbonation was a little high for my taste. One bomber of this was enough despite it being a good beer.

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Photo of Bobikel
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apperance - Deep, dark, almost stoutlike. A medium head dissipates fairly quickly. Little to no lacing.

Smell - Yeasty breadyness smacks you twixt the eyes, overpowering really. A little pepper, coffee, and just a touch of hop come through with a little more examination.

Taste - Caramel, coffee, and alchohol dominate. Descent bitterness on the tongue, but still quite sweet. Good for a belgian.

Mouthfeel - Thick & syrupy.

Overall - A little dissapointed in this example from one of my favorite breweries. Maybe I'm just not a fan of dark Belgians....

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Photo of mattpetti
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost black in my chimay glass, with a half a pinky sized ligh brown head that shows good lacing.
S: Roasted, toasty malts that smell nice with, slight spice, overly ripe fruit(plum), licorice, and a tiny bit of alcohol.
T/MF/D: Solid medium body with the toasted malts leading the way followed by a swarm of fruity, wheat dopplebock flavors, but ends with a lingering, anise, and bready flavor that is nice. Moderatly carbonated which leaves a solid mouthfeel that makes this beer enjoyabe. Slight warming and tannic behavior is there also. All in all i liked this beer alot. It seems that the edges have to be rounded with aging to truely make this beer "Epic". Then again the bottle itself says "specifically designed to be aged until sometime after december 12 2012"...

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Photo of k3n
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Solomon420
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz botella that I bought last week. Drank a bit too cold in the beginning but after the last snifter full when it warmed up a bit more things became apparent with this beer.

A: poured very dark, almost black but when I held it up to the light I could see the edging of the glass to exhibit a very dark red hue. Head fell shortly after its creation, only leaving a small top "cream" layer with some minor lacing along the edges of the Palm snifter.

S: could detect some coffee notes in the aroma, but thats all I could put my finger on for the moment. Perhaps when I drink the second bottle next year I will detect a few more matured tasty smells. For a Strong Belgian Ale, it didnt really have that -OH bite to it, perhaps due to its relatively low AC% (when compared to others in this style).

T: again, here the complexity was not truely there yet, a few years of maturation will bring out the more woody, burned detections. I could taste the malt though, along with some coffee/caramels in there intermingled with a tad small revelation of alcohol...but not overwhelming at all. Age will only help mellow that and make it a bit sweeter as well.

M/D: the carbonation keeps it lighter than it looks in the snifter. As some in this style tend to be much "thicker" tasting. When you drink it you can feel the carbonation in your mouth. I dont know yet if thats a good or bad thing.

Overall, a slightly better than average beer tasting this go around. I imagine the trueness of this beer will become apparent and revealed as the years pass by. I had recently drank a Hertog Jan Grand Prestige that was a 2004 vintage, and being of the same style, really set the mark for me as it was a thicker maltier beer that had more complexity to its taste. I imagine this one to show the same characteristics when in its prime. I look forward to tasting it next year and the following 5-6 years to come. Good thing I bought 10 bottles of it :)

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Photo of d4114
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at winter storm:
Was dark brown with little head. It smelled very buttery and a little sweet. The taste was like drinking liquid buttery pecans and walnuts in a way. It was very very smooth and super easy to drink. I was not completely sure what to expect with this but it was surprising one of the better beers I had while there.

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Photo of MLegendre
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very dark, almost black with dark ruby highlights towards the bottom of my snifter. Very thick light tan 3in. head disapating very slowly into a thin cramy head. Bits of lacing stick the the glass as I sip it down.

S: Prodominatly fruity with a slight bit of hoppy bitterness. Has the typical belgian smell.

T: Very interesting. Starts off kind of sweet and a little bit roasty. Midtaste has some clovelike spice while the alcohol becomes very apparent and even burns the tongue a bit. . Aftertaste is very bitter and lingers on for awhile.

M: Very thick and creamy with a fair amount of carbonation.

D: I've never really cared for any of the belgian stlye beers I've had, but this one was pleasent. It's something I would have again, but not something I would get very often. It's kind of hard for me to finish the whole thing.

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Photo of BlackJeremiah
3.81/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of FARGO619
4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BASED ON NOTES AT BOTTLE SHARE with some good friends.

A- Dark with some light that sneaks in at the bottom of glass. Reddish.

S- Oaky, cigarish, caramel undertones.

T- A blend of spice, oak, earthy, charcoal, Belgian style.

Overall it was a good beer and glad I had the chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle/22oz.

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Photo of MVassar
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of deuschbag
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is my first edition of the vertical epic series.

22 oz. bomber pored into a snifter. this brew poures a nice dark dark brown - almost black with ruby red highlights. moderate small tan head that fades away to some decent lacing.

smell is very bubble gummy. yeasty and spicey. hints of chocolate and alcohol in the background.

tastes a little mediciney. very fruity overall, however. light chocolate malts and a little sourness.

big thick mouthfeel. one of the thickest i've ever had.

a fairly drinkable brew for being young. i'd give it a half a year or so to mature and it'll be much more drinkable. still a fine beer.

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Photo of ellisdee97
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz. bottle with printed label.

A: Pours a dark coffee black. Light head which dissipates leaving a tan ring. Sticky lacing.

S: Pepper, sweet fruity yeast. Hints of alcohol are devilishly concealed.

T: Pepper, sweet fruity yeast with a wonderful malt balance. A smooth journey within the yeast and malt. Hops are present but not showy.

M: Exceptionally smooth. Begins sweet with a little alcohol kick, finishes dry with a desire for more.

D: For my first VE I am sad I have not had the previous few years. This beer is highly drinkable, an exceptional representation of the style. Very well balanced, fantastic.

Can't wait to see where the tastes take me down the line, my first true cellar beer.

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Photo of JustinOSU99
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of jamesm7485
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting beer, manged to find some way in the back of the cooler at a hole in the wall place.

It's hard to pinpoint a single color in this beer depending on how you hold it up to the light there is red amber and some dark brown. Absolutely no head but being aged 2 years what do you expect.

The smell is very strange some currants possibly figs cant notice any hop smell?

The taste is very similar to the smell, but fades fast once its in your mouth.

The drinkability is very nice the alcohol isn't noticeable and the taste isnt too over powering.

Glad i got to try this and willl be interesting to see what some more time does.

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Photo of LvilleIPA
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of the 22oz'er into my favorite St. Bernardus chalice.

Sets up nice, and smells fantastic. The head was a deep tan that formed a thin rim near the top of the glass before disappearing rather quickly. The "body" is a deep brown, almost black.

The mouthful reminds me of a Belgian Dubbel (actually, I may be off, but this mostly reminds me of a Maredsous 8).

Stone made a great run at crafting a Belgian Dark Ale here. It's mouthful dances with dried fruits and toffee before drying out my mouth completely. Leaves a dry/fruity/smokey/spicy flavor on the palate. You can tell there's alcohol there, but it's not overwhelmingly powerful (considering it's a 8.66%).

I think this will hold up well until Stone's suggested drinking date of 12-12-12.

Definitely a great beer to drink now as well. Don't be afraid to drink it now and save some for later.

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Photo of TheBeerWolf
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 you’re 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. It’s 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.

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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.