Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.13/5 rDev +3.8%
2006 properly cellared bottle opened in 2012, poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours an opaque dark brown with mahogany highlights at the edges. Nice fine, half finger tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of lightly oxidized sweet malt, dark dried fruit, slightly sour. Flavor is nutty dark malts and dried fruit with the expected oxidation. Very rich malts, reminiscent of a well aged old ale. Body has matured to a medium, creaminess that is very pleasant. The oxidation was very evident on the first sip, but as this ale opened up, the more complex fruit, malt, toasted malt and light Belgian spicing flavors have come through; no sign of the light aromatic sourness in the taste. I started the series with 08, so I had to buy an aged bottle of the 2006 vintage, and I liked this so much I wish I had aged a few myself. Wow, Stone really knows what they're doing.
12-10-2012 04:21:44 | More by LiquidAmber
3.55/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
10-12-2010 15:02:44 | More by thagr81us
4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
07-10-2006 19:35:58 | More by Dogbrick
4.08/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
08-22-2009 22:19:23 | More by bluejacket74
4.5/5 rDev +13.1%
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!!
09-01-2006 02:24:36 | More by tavernjef
3.95/5 rDev -0.8%
Opened June 2013
A - Dark chocolate cranberry body. Thin, off-white head sits low but has nice retention and lace.
S - Touch of old wood. Dark dried fruits; cherry, fig, raisin, apricot. Almonds. Smooth chocolately booze. Black cherry soda. Rum cake.
T - Hard wood, iced coffee, hazel nut, tart cherries. Dark fruits, light and mellow scotch, cherry chocolate cordials.
M - Medium-light body. Solid carbonation. Touch of water on the finish.
O - A solid offering that held up well after 7 years.
06-15-2013 01:09:36 | More by vfgccp
3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
11-22-2008 02:04:44 | More by gford217
3.75/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
04-08-2013 02:58:46 | More by cjgator3
4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
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 Im 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 its 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 thats 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.
06-13-2006 04:20:32 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.16/5 rDev -20.6%
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.
03-12-2013 15:58:35 | More by sweemzander
4.05/5 rDev +1.8%
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
01-02-2007 00:47:20 | More by blackie
3.53/5 rDev -11.3%
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
smells yeasty and malty, tastes pretty nice, licorice and kind of like a dubbel.
08-06-2007 15:05:25 | More by ArrogantB
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
789th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
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.
08-31-2011 23:24:00 | More by FosterJM
3.63/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
04-02-2010 02:03:38 | More by maximum12
4/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
07-12-2006 21:09:07 | More by Brent
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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