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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic AleStone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

449 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 449
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.56%


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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Doppelbockulus

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Vertical Epic Glass, avoided the yeast sediment for the first pour

Pours a very dark but not opaque brown. The edges of the beer show deep red and bronze.

Smell is strong. Smells lightly alcoholic with vanilla and pungent vegetables. Also smells like strong dark rye bread.

Tastes like earthy malt, tea, and toasty bran muffins.

Very smooth, clean feel that is nearly flat on carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 19:06:55 | More by Doppelbockulus
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biking4beer

Colorado

3.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 04:17:19 | More by biking4beer
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Bobikel

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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....

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 04:31:44 | More by Bobikel
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mattpetti

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +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"...

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 03:24:51 | More by mattpetti
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k3n

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 23:21:00 | More by k3n
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Solomon420

California

3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
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 :)

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 05:35:49 | More by Solomon420
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d4114

California

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 22:25:00 | More by d4114
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MLegendre

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 06:57:05 | More by MLegendre
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BlackJeremiah

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 22:33:21 | More by BlackJeremiah
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MVassar

California

3.78/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 00:19:42 | More by MVassar
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FARGO619

California

4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 13:24:56 | More by FARGO619
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deuschbag

California

3.98/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 05:46:22 | More by deuschbag
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blindtiger24

Colorado

3.49/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2014 20:28:38 | More by blindtiger24
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ellisdee97

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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.
Slainte.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 23:51:10 | More by ellisdee97
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jamesm7485

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 22:16:26 | More by jamesm7485
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JustinOSU99

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 00:09:32 | More by JustinOSU99
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LvilleIPA

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 02:05:20 | More by LvilleIPA
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TheBeerWolf

Nevada

3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 01:25:09 | More by TheBeerWolf
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KeithStolte

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz to glass.

A - poured dark with a light tan head; great retention and lacing.

S - Heavily roasted malt. Little hint of alcohol.

T - Heavy roasted malt and earthy tones. Oak undertones with a hint of chocolate

M - Mixture of a stout and dark brown ale.

D - Thick by oddly very drinkable. Very smooth.

My first Vertical Epic, but am looking forward to haveing more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 03:19:29 | More by KeithStolte
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MarkBeer

California

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought three in June of 2006, kept them in the closet. I should have broken one out right then but as the year went by I forgot how many I bought.

what with the '07 coming out real soon - in some areas, these Stone's beers arrive faster than in others - I had no choice but to dig into my closet and break out the one from the previous year.

poured into a frosty mug. the body is extremely DARk with an ample size of foamy head at the top.

the maltiness made this beer stand out. can't smell nuthin by malt and more malt. wow.

now to taste...

I was expecting some bitterness but much to the lack of dismay, the '06 Vertical is a smooth ride. it brings out a good deal of malt and more malt, some with a hint of chocolate, but a good portion of maltiness.

however, the aftertaste is a different story. seems there's been a bit of some sugar added to this brew.

but I don't care - the maltiness trumps it.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 05:10:35 | More by MarkBeer
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winky13

California

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this at Stone's special 80's growler fill on Sat night. Nice dark color. Almost as dark as the IRS 08 I also bought via growler. Smell: very pleasant dark fruit smell, with spicy belgian notes. Taste: raisin, maybe prune with belgian spice. Noticeable sweetness very nicely balances the light bitterness of hops. Mouthfeel: medium weight, not too highly carbonated. This may be because I drank this a few nights after buying in Escondido. Very drinkable beer that opens up well after warming up.

Serving type: growler

03-18-2009 06:10:55 | More by winky13
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scojo

California

4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has aged well. It's mellowed out significantly - drinkability is high. It has a malty taste at first, with very little carbonation at this point. There's some interesting bitterness in the finish. Overall, an above-average BSDA. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 04:06:46 | More by scojo
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Jarhead271

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very dark, with a generous dark tan head. Looks beautiful.

S: This is one complex brew, and it can be seen in the smell: Fruity esters--mostly apple and banana--are evident. Funky Belgian yeast qualities are also strong, but not overpowering. Chocolate is present. Rich dark malt, and a hint of beef jerky. Great blend of smells in this boquet.

T: Absolutely incredible. This style is becoming one of my favorites. At first the rich dark malt makes an appearence--smooth, and it coats the tongue. Then meat and chocolate come into play. Medium-low sweetness. Low bitterness. Funky Belgian yeast and fruitiness are noticeable but subdued for the style. This beer defenitely showcases rich malt. Quite complex. Several layers of flavor.

M: Strong carbonation. Medium body. I had to swish the beer around in my glass to get the carbonation to where I like it. Coats mouth well. Smooth. Finishes slightly sweet.

D: Very drinkable. Alc content is well hidden. Nothing sticking out here, everything is very well balanced. I could have more than one bomber of this in a night no problem.

In my opinion, this is a must try, even if you don't care for this style. Stone is an amazing brewery, and this beer lives up to the reputation

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 14:49:29 | More by Jarhead271
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tcromwell

West Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pre-Taste Notes: Aged 6 months. Stored in proper conditions.

Presentation: Split the bottle with fellow BA'er, JCDiflorio. He take his portion in a Chimay Goblet while I opted for a large tulip.

Appearance: Deep dark maroon with a lot of livelyness. Pours with a nice consistent head but dissipates reather quickly.

Smell: So many scent come out of this brew that it is hard to even list them. Both of us were reaching trying to grab all the ingredients. Overall it was very earthy with a yeasty hint and dare I say ... vanilla?

Taste & Mouth Feel: This beer has plenty of life in the mouthfeel department and comes alive as it travels down your gullet. The taste sticks with you for a good while.

Drinkability & Notes: It is sad that I can't drink a lot of this type of beer, because I really enjoy the taste of it. In the end, it hits me a lot like the true Belgiums. For me, one is almost too much, but still very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 16:36:45 | More by tcromwell
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DarthCaitSith

California

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am a few beers in to the night.

Very dark brown opaque pour. Very persistant light tan head.

slight oxidation in nose. a little more pleasant rasian then cardboard. more dark fruit and chocolate mostly cover it up.

Sweetness gives way to oxidatiove qualities both good and bad. Understandable after 6 years of so so storage. Still very drinkable. A dark cardomom spice flavor. Too drumnk t give very good description,

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 07:11:23 | More by DarthCaitSith
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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