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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic AleStone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale

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very good

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 cjgator3
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt with cocoa, dark fruits, and Belgian yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma is malty up front with a spiciness coming through and some hops and yeast in the spicy and bitter finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly above average amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this one is still holding strong after almost 7 years. I bought it in 2007 and have held on to it since.

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

Poured a hazy brown, thick tan head forms, sticks around, nice lacing. Smell is sweet, toffee, anise, some butter, spices, little bit of alcohol, pretty complex. Taste is sweet and toffeeish up front, anise and chocolate, some yeasty spiciness, alcohol in the finish, more anise. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, very well attenuated, low carbonation. Nice, interesting flavour profile, kept me interested. Thanks biegaman!!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany. Thin cramy light brown head. Lacing is moderate and comes in rings. A nose with some similar traits to a good dunkelweizen. Dark malts. A little molasses. Clove and banana. But ALSO, some of that nice belgian yeastiness. Doughy and bready. I like the nose. Interesting flavor up front. Dry cedar like woodiness. A little yeastiness in the background. A subtle acrid "barrel-like" tannic bite. Bitterness is present. Almost like a tobacco leaf bitterness. The body is light-medium or so. Lightly carbonated. Alcohol is way in the background. But a bitterness lingers. Not offensively....just there.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about a half-inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. The aroma is pretty nice, it smells like dark fruit (prunes, raisins), bittersweet chocolate, Belgian yeast, brown sugar, caramel and anise. Taste is similar to the aroma, there's bittersweet chocolate, plums, anise and caramel, along with some hops that come out in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit silky with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and enjoyable to drink. I think this beer has aged well, it's drinking good right now.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a trace head and no foam lingering. Aroma is a rich toffee malt shake. Hints of light milk chocolate. Taste is a better developed, rich toffee taste. Some toasty brown sugar and creme milk with a little spiciness at the finish. Very smooth brew. Easy to drink for a higher alcohol beer.Went very well with roast beef, mashed potatos, mushroom gravy, and blaukraut.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This finally made it to OH around June 22. I brought a bottle to a poker game to let everyone try it. I think I was the only one who liked it...

It smelled and tasted like a wiezenbock, I swear that's the style they were shooting for. The color was right (dark ruby brownish or burgandy) and the aroma was wheaty yeasty. The flavors were like dark candy and fruits like licorice, raisins, and figs. I knocked the drinkability because the aftertaste was a little burnt, giving a not good pucker.

I kept another bottle to cellar for a while.

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon its release from the 22-ounce brown bottle the beer sets a deep incarnadine color, the head behemothic in size, light tan in color and semi-creamy in texture, the lace forms a thick and sticky sheet to hide the glass. Nose has a deep, rich malt sweetness, hints of aromatic spices dominate after resting a bit, a joy to this old schnozzle, start is sweet with a delightful grain presence, top is moderate in feel to the palate. Finish has a spiny acidity, the hops and spice quite flavorful, dry and long lasting after taste. One of the better verticals from Stone, and one that will age nicely.

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

22oz bomber, obtained in a trade back around the release date...1 of 2 bottles obtained, split with blackie

appearance: pours into wine glass...dark opaque black, hints of violet and garnet...dark beige head is light but a nice lace exists

smell: interesting aroma...woody and spicy, lots of dark fruit complexity. heavy malt and a strong boozy nose

taste: lightly sugared dark fruit - raisin, plum, currant...spicy, hot and boozy...light vinous nature. rich malt structure that suits itself well for the holiday season. belgian dark yeast, molasses, clove, licorice

mouthfeel: medium body and lighter than expected

drinkability: smooth and pretty easy to drink despite the potency

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Photo of Immortale25
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and wispy specs of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing.

S- Very unique aroma of sweet Belgian candi sugar, spice and mildly roasted malt. Also a bit of anise.

T- More sweetness with the candi sugar playing a main role up against the malty backdrop. Has a nice balance with some ginger-like spice in the finish. Notes of clove, cinnamon and black licorice.

M- Slightly viscous with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- This is a classy Belgian that's held up well in the bottle with no noticeable oxidation or skunking in the aroma or taste. After having four different entries of the series, I'm beginning to see the underlying trend and realizing I like it. There's only been one that I've disliked so far and it was the 12.12.12 but, hey, maybe it just needs some age since I had it fresh.

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Photo of Bung
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stone takeover at Duckworths. From notes.
Dark brown pour, whispy off white head. Little lacing.

Aroma is malty with belgian yeast and dark fruit heavily involved.

Tons of dark red fruits. A puckering midway through is a bit overpowering. Cocoa later and dry finishing with chocolate covered strawberry, cherry.

Mid bodied, no abv really to speak of. Maybe a little overcarbonated, but I tend to think that of the style in general. The puckering sour really hurts the drinkability for me. Doubt I'll see this again, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had at the Stone Tap Takeover in Charlotte. Served from tap into a tumbler. Poured dark dark brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, hops, and spices. The flavor was of a massive sweet malt, red wine spices, and a subtle hop note. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a very nice brew. My only complaint was that the massive sweet flavor really overwhelmed a lot of the other flavors present and made them quite hard to pick out. Still quite enjoyable once you got over the initial shock of the sweet aspect.

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

Pours a pretty dark brown color with ruby around the edges. Thick light beige head with very good retention, and a decent sheet of lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, spices and yeast. There is also a touch of peppery alcohol in the nose. Medium, spicy body with malt, clove and grassy hops flavors. Bittersweet finish of sweet malt and spicy hops. Pretty enjoyable as is, and I wonder what it will taste like in 6 years.

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Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dubbercody for dropping in this extra to a long-ago trade. This'll be the oldest Vertical Epic that I've had to date, & the chances of any reacing 12.12.12 are zero.

Pours a nightish red, almost completely dark, but one can see a blood-amber finger if one waves it behind the beer, nice. Smell is rich, almost Imperial Stout-like, with a sweeping sweetness, chocolate, vanilla, & a glaze of fruit. Definitely red fruit.

06.06.06 is, after almost four years of hiberation in that fancy screen-printed bottle, is a tasty beer. The candied spiciness of the Belgian character comes immediately to the fore & drives the entire experience. More sweetness, from the malts, follows. Rumors of dark fruit remain, along with a further splash of spice that I assume to be anise, right at the end.

Very good beer, another that peaked with the smell & didn't quite follow through on that promise in the taste category. Still, when the mood for a dark Belgian hits, this is one that will bite that scratch.

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

This one has been aging in the cellar for a little over a year. I remember not caring much for it when it was released but then I didn't have much experience with Belgians at that time. This pours a dark black with and ample light tan head. The smell is estery. The taste is strong spices and licorice and a slight charred feel. I like this better than I did last year but I still have not trained my palate properly to Belgian Strong Dark Ales. Also, there seems to be less medicinal flavors which could be due to age or my palate changing. I will probably drink my remaining bottles every two years

update 03/04/09

smells yeasty and malty, tastes pretty nice, licorice and kind of like a dubbel.

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Photo of cbutova
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes a few weeks back (02/02/13) for all the VE series I could obtain.

A- Poured from the bottle to a pint glass. Very dark brown body with some red around the edges. Nice head for 6.5 years old. The cap is one finger in height with a light tan-toast color and decent retention. A few creamy lace patches.

S- Definite oxidation rustiness but not terribly so. Some spice and caramel, tiny dry roast but hard to pick up overall.

T- Really thinned out and dried out flavor. Slight roast but no real depth to it. Just like a light roast grain husk. Brown toasted malts, raisin spice and some oxidation but not as much as the nose. Some dark fruits.

MF- Thinned out like crazy. Lower end carbonation with somewhat watery feel, not unexpected. Slight warming from alcohol and spicy bitterness.

Solid brown-amber Belgian hybrid, some of this probably due to the age. Not overly affected by age but it shows. Gets better with warmth.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Licorice black with a medium cap of dirty frappuccino brown frothy foam. Intricate lacing in inky stretched and straggly strings.

Aroma is a bit light at first but agreeably grows and becomes nice to partake in the nose as its a bit like a fresh poppyseed muffin and some black malt mixed with black licorice, anise, cinnamon, dark sugary sweetness and some dark, herbal, spicy yeast.

Taste is one complex, tender display of leveled tastes and mixtures of dark spicy fun stuff. A ride of intricate little nuances of spices, dark, dryish malt, and sweet dark sugars really balance out and make for a pleasureable, palateable treat. The flavors aren't overly intense here, it all seems very well placed and perfectly displayed as it tugs here, pulls there; leaves here, enters there. A fun dance of flavors that are bready, sweet, dark, yeasty, and spicy. I find it to be quite nice. Perhaps not as bold or in your face as other Stone brews, but definately well crafted in the nature of what has become the growth of Stone's own brewing palate.
As in the smell, many alluring complexities await the spicy realm of dark yeasty breads with anise, clove, cinnamon, black licorice, dry black malt, rye, poppyseed, and pale woodyness. A wonderful palate full of dark spicey fun, and balanced in with with a uniquely tender little undertow of dark sugary sweetness. Oh my...

A treat to behold, no doubt; yes, sure, it's not quite the brute you'd think it would be, but in a way it has it's edge. Edge enough for me to absolutely drink the hell out of this beer. The medium, low set carbonation and smoother, dark malten body ooze an easy goin' flow. Yet the active spice and yeasty parts pep it up to the point of total balance and control. Plus the finish has some great little blackened banana, coffee, black malt dryness that is remarkably satisfying to the palate as it finishes slightly dry and powdery.

06.06.06 is one to savor in, even given it's impressively easy drinkability. 8.6%? I'm sure it's there somewhere waiting...but undetectable in most regards until the first bomber is nearly emptied. A very finely crafted brew by Stone. A true treat that I may need to seek more of...

My undisputed thanks goes to cvshaller for the chance to embark on more Stone superbness!!

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Photo of gford217
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottles courtesy of mymrnngjckt and sunnydlyte23 poured into a snifter.

This one poured dark, dark brown with a light mahogany hue around the edges. The head was big initially but fades quickly to a small ring and leaves minimal lacing.

The aroma is very sweet with dark fruits, figs and grapes, brown sugar and hints of sweet chocolate. The Belgian yeast is present as well with a bit of nuts and caramel malts.

The taste is also sweet, with caramel malts and chocolate. There is some candi sugar and dark fruits really showing out as well. Licorice and a hint of roasted coffee round things out.

The mouthfeel is very smooth with minimal carbonation which goes down very nicely.

There is nothing too distinctive about this one - it's just an easy-drinking Belgian dark that has held up pretty well over the last 2+ years.

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

22 fl .oz. brown glass bomber, with “Stone Vertical Epic Ale” screen printed in silver & orientated vertically, set against, & inside, a thin double lined yellow border. Now I’m always up for a bit of beer geekery and I immediately noted that the design has changed slightly, the central decal is a circle made up of one large 06, surrounded by 5 smaller ones; all of the previous designs had six smaller numbers surrounding the central decal. Also, the reverse describes this one as the “fourth” in an epic series, when we all know by now that it is in fact the “fifth”. Still, another empty Stone bottle to put with the rest of my Stone collection!

Appearance: Has a very dark brown projection with a deep mahogany body which exhibits a highly polished gem-like ruby flash when backlit. The head rises but it does not retain much of a presence with only a halo-head and a very thin patchy broken covering. Gentle swirls reinstate a thin uniform cap but it soon fades and disappears. Carbonation is temperate and rather moderated in its contribution.

Smell: Lovely Belgian nose, spicy yeast, lightly roasted malts and a hint of dark fruits. Rash tendency to project cloves with some chocolate banana in and amongst a strong bubblegum finish. Anise comes and goes; sadly the volatile bubblegum tends to overpower it.

Taste: Dark start, molasses, roasted malts; prune juice forms the entrance, when anise soon punctuates the middle with support from the alcohol. Rich feel, complexity is here but it’s simply presented right now, a mature future bodes well. Raisins and licorice litter the finish along with some tobacco smoke too. Ending is spicy and distinctly Belgian.

Mouthfeel: Solid texture is accentuated by the spicy alcohol and Belgian yeast. Warming to a limited degree with a very satisfying finish. Creamy with a thick feel and a hint of kick-ass in the finish.

Drinkability: Sips well but occasionally slips the wool over your eyes and fools you into a full on session approach. It is 8.66% and the warming alcohol is neatly hidden but definitely present.

Overall: The 06VE seems to take a hell of a lot from the 03VE, and that’s just fine because the 03VE remains one of my favorites to this day. However the 06VE seems to have a little extra thrown in for good measure which will probably reveal itself in the coming years, and the Drinkability right now is downright dangerous.

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

appearance: moderate retention of the tan-colored head, the beer is a very dark brown in color

smell: Aromas of cedar and other evergreen woods together with Belgian pale and toasted malt smells. Moderate milk chocolate aromas, and maybe even a little roast. Hints of anise. Negligible hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a smooth medium, and the body pretty full for a Belgian. Lingers on the palate for awhile. Interesting.

taste: A "different" mix of Belgian type pale malts and light milk chocolate flavors with a range of yeasty Belgian flavors notes. I'm digging it. Flavors of dark tree fruits and anise. Light hop flavor and bitterness. Woody evergreen notes.

drinkability: good...I could see this one aging well

split with dirtylou while in Mad Town

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Photo of FosterJM
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

789th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter

@Woodshop Classix
Thanks Jim for sharing!

App- When this poured out it had a medium brown color with some amber around the edges. A 1/2” partially bubbly head was there and quickly faded. No real cling or lace was there.

Smell- For a 5 year old bottle its holding up nicely. I got a lot of the lighter yeast notes with a damp dark fruit notes. Had a bit of maple and some sweet malts behind it. A little plum and raisin.

Taste- A very complex taste in that the nose dissipates quite rapidly to reveal a more malt forward BSDA with a lot more spice and layers behind it. Yeasty on the final sips with a bit of that plum coming through.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A nice balance of yeast/dark fruits on the tongue. A little thin but still medium.

Drink- I have an 03-10 at home and was very excited to try some of the early versions to compare them all later.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.38/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didn't happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go.

3.0 A: Black color. Not much of a head formed.

2.5 S: Smells like a spicy, well diluted nail polish. Despite this description, it's not that horrible. Caramel, toast, light roastiness, and chocolate.

2.0 T: Like the nose, but more boring. Toasty, caramel, roast. Less nail polish, but just boring.

3.0 M: Medium body. Lighter carbonation, but decent here.

2.5 D: Not horrible, but not good or even decent.

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Photo of birchstick
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had in the midst of a '06 - '10 vertical.

This guy poured brown to black without much of a head. The nose opened up with smells of chocolate fading to pine then ultimately spicy fig / dark fruits. The flavor profile was similar to the nose - chocolate with spicy rum soaked tobacco leaves and a bit of caramelized malts; spicy fruit was also in the mix thanks to some Belgian yeast. Was medium bodied and went down smoothly. Solid but didn't blow me away. I was excited just to be able to try it...

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Photo of Resuin
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%

Poured from a bomber into an enlarged snifter.

Appearance: Pours pretty much black and gives a tan head of a finger. A layer of tan is left around the rim of the glass (4.25)

Smell: Some nice must, licorice, dark chocolate, plums, figs, roasted malts, hint of molasses. Nice, balanced aroma. (4.25)

Taste: Big raisins, figs, licorice, plenty of dark chocolate, butterscotch, vanilla, molasses. Good amount of sweetness. This beer has held up pretty well. Nice and smooth. (4.25)

Mouth-feel: Low carbonation (but present) with a medium, creamy body. Super smooth finish. (4.5)

Overall: I'm definitely pleasantly surprised with this beer. It has held up really well and is a very tasty, well brewed beer. On the sweeter side, but just barely. Nice licorice, dark chocolate, and dark fruits in the flavor profile. (4.3)

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

A rather tame Belgian Strong Dark, considering it comes from Stone, and I felt this was ready to drink fresh. In fact, I have to wonder if it has enough density to hold up well to age. Poured a dark chestut, with nice, fruity yeast notes in the aroma. Flavor was true to the Belgian style, with some candy sugar and slightly funky yeast flavors. Perhaps just a bit more hopping than a native Belgian strong dark, but a nice Stone trademark spin.

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