Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
Just picked up 2 cases of this on Friday and cracked it open today after a hard day of work. What a treat. Before I opened the bottle I noticed that the label says it is the "fourth" in an epic series but this is actually the fifth.
The beer poured a deep, dense brown color with a bubbly tan head that disapated rather quickly but left good lacing down the glass. The aroma has a definite Belgian yeast character to it that was pleasing to the nose and it was backed by some spice notes and toasted malts. The taste has a definite yeast body to it and a good backbone of the toasted, almost chocolatey malts. There were also touches of anise and maybe some clove going on in there. After each sip there is a definite tone of hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue and rounds things out well. Although this is a big beer with a high abv, the carbonation and body overall are not overbearing and makes for a very drinkable beer. Can't wait for 07.07.07 now.
06-11-2006 01:37:41 | More by ggaughan
4.22/5 rDev +6%
Presentation: 22 oz bottle, poured in glass chalice
Appearance: Brownish-black color. Thick lacing that hangs around for a good while.
Smell: slight dark chocolate, but mostly wheat and a woody aroma
Taste: As with most of Stone's lineup, theres nothing mild here, but behind the strong taste, theres lots of subtle flavors. Is it wheat, burnt nut, clove or anise, maybe coffee? Hard to put ones finger on all the flavors.
Mouthfeel: Satisfying! Makes you feel like your really drinking something with some substance. Slight alcohol tingle warms ya up and makes your mouth water more than a bit a few minutes lates
Drinkabilty: Another good one from Stone. I could sip on this one all night. I'd like to put a bottle of this aside to see how it compares...dont think i could resist opening em though.
11-09-2006 02:12:36 | More by SurlyDuff
4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
A: Dark brown and red
S: Coffee, dark fruits
T: Sweet, carmel, molasses, bourbon, wood. Very delicious. Reminded me a little bit of a milk stout, actually.
M: Thick body, medium carbonation.
D: I really liked this one a lot, and wish I had more. My favorite of the five vertical epics we had last night.
10-06-2008 03:16:29 | More by waltonc
3.85/5 rDev -3.3%
Pours an incredibly dark brown, with a lacy off white head that dissipates into foamy patches. The nose is pretty straightforward, malt, yeast, sour dough bread, some alcohol and stone fruit. The taste mimicks the nose, with some light carbonation. It finishes clean for such a strong brew, and is actually quite drinkable.
08-24-2006 00:11:38 | More by dherling
4.18/5 rDev +5%
Saw the sign of the beast with this one on 6/21/2006. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bomber poured twice in an Arrogant Bastard shaker glass.
Very thin initial head, maybe 1/8-inch, that quiets to some wood shavings, largely piled on the edges. Fine sheet of stick as the pour goes further down. Hue is medium to light brown, darker at its core, with not a whole lot of noticeable action happening; fairly quiet. The nose is difficult to determine; some rock candy, caramel, charcoal, sugar cane, and the cathedral vault vacuousness that accompanies Belgian-style ales of this type. Dark fruits invade the tongue, composed of prunes, raisins, some fruity craisins, smoky apple wood (like barbecue chips). A tangy sweetness pulls through at the tail end, slightly sour.
Good stuff. Wonder what it will be like six and a half years from now.
06-21-2006 23:33:50 | More by Truh
4.13/5 rDev +3.8%
A- very dark brown with some red hues, 1 finger foamy tan cappuccino-like head, good retent
S- roasted malts, wheat, fruit sweetness, yeast, clean
T- slow rising black licorice & alcohol heat in finish through after, roasted malts, black licorice, spicy yeast, burnt bitterness, wheat, creamy
M- medium body, smooth, creamy, heat at finish and in after
D- enjoyable and complex, not mind blowing or something to fall in love with but a solid brew none the less, can't wait to see what age will do.
04-22-2007 23:48:00 | More by tonistruth
3.7/5 rDev -7%
22 ounce bottle poured into a alarge snifter.
A - Pours the color of color with a touch of a red hint when held up to the light. A lasting two finger tan head crowns the brew.
S - A yeasty aroma with some roasty smells and a hint of spice in there. Nice but a lot fainter than I was expecting.
T - A roasty flavor that gives way to some spicy tastes and a yeasty, woody finish. A pretty good flavor overall.
M - A medium bodied brew that coats the mouth nicely.
D - Not bad for a few sips but the roastiness combined witht he woody flavor is a bit much.
07-21-2006 04:25:25 | More by EStreet20
3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series
P: Dark mahogany body with tan foamy head and great clarity.
S: Boozy aroma, cedar, licorice, bubble mint gum, smoke, peppery spice, roasted chocolate and dark malts. Light cocoa and phenolic yeast aroma.
T/M: chocokate, cocoa, booze, herbal, dark fruits, phenols, molasses, traditional Christmas spices, and smoke. Body is creamy medium body with good carbonation and a slightly chaulky finish.
O: Count Chocula would be proud of this explosion if cocoa flavors. A nice complex Belgian amber that delivers nicely after aging.
12-23-2012 19:15:19 | More by Hopswagger
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves about one finger of a biege head that has some good retention and leaves some good lacing. Body is black.
Smell - horseblanket, dark fruit such as plums, and medicinal alcohol. Very inviting.
Taste - as promised by the nose. Horseblanket upfront, with plums in the middle, and finishing with a wash of medicinal alcohol.
Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, and semi-dry.
Drinkability - this is good ale, only high abv limits sessionability.
06-04-2007 13:40:57 | More by ultralarry2006
2.65/5 rDev -33.4%
Dark brown color with a light tan head atop of it, lacing was lacking. Smell was a bit light, bready, and even a bit smoky. Taste is smoky as well, was more like a rauchbier to me. I won't detract just because it isn't necessarily Belgian Styled, because Belgian style is hard to define as it is. I will however, detract from the fact that I just don't like it. Medium bodied with high carbonation. I'm glad I shared the bottle and didn't pick up two of them, won't be buying this again.
01-09-2007 08:16:05 | More by badbeer
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
4.38/5 rDev +10.1%
This offering pours a dark brown almost black with a thick tan head that leaves this brew quickly. The nose is strong plum, figs, prune, dark chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, wheat, just lots of sweetness in the nose. The taste starts mildly bitter with a grapefruit crack of bitterness, this is very interesting....it feels like a fruity Belgian beer combined with west coast pungent hops finished with a porter's roasted barley like quality. The taste continues with a prune sweetness that is balanced by a citrus rind bitterness. The alcohal is minimal this is a quality brew that will def become more complex with age.
08-18-2006 14:32:24 | More by Franchise
1.63/5 rDev -59%
This beer poured out a slight head that fell away fast leaving not much behind except a little bit of a lacing. The color is very dark. The taste is a bunch of odd flavors coming at you at one time, very unpleasant. Overall I taste a lot of breadiness and a slight smokiness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a bit unpleasant. Overall drinkability is very low.
01-08-2007 09:14:07 | More by Erdinger2003
4.25/5 rDev +6.8%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Corsedonk snifter. Pours a very dark brown with a rather small tan head, possibly due to the age. Head dissipates pretty quickly but remains a thin frothy head around the outside surface.
Aroma is very sweet: raisins, apple, cherries. Dark roasted malts, grainy.
Very nice flavor. Tastes aged if that makes sense. Low carbonation...also probably due to age. Very much resembles a wine. A lot of fruits...but mixes really well. Another great Vertical Epic from Stone!
01-04-2010 21:58:38 | More by ShadesOfGray
4/5 rDev +0.5%
This beer warmed up very well, so recommend starting that way to highlight the malty base of the beer, lots of dark fruit, raisins, currants, and toffee notes. Very spicy nose, anise, and the Belgian yeast is very apparent and strong over top of the beer. Very hot with lots of alcohol in the nose (and the feel later). Dry bitter finish. Good, but not my favorite of the series or of Stone in general. A very good but not fantastic beer, though I suspect as the beer ages it will do well when the characteristics blend a bit, especially the alcohol.
12-20-2006 21:09:45 | More by FightingEntropy
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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