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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

471 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 86
Gots: 116 | FT: 9
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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2.38/5  rDev -40.2%
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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3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.48/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.72/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Resuin
4.3/5  rDev +8%

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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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Treyliff
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured into a Stone snifter

A- pours a nearly opaque black color with a small fizzy off white head that reduces quickly, leaving just a ring behind

S- peppery spice with a plethora of fruity sweetness, caramelized malt, light char, toasted bread, fig, lots of dark fruit

T- tons of dark fruity notes up front; fig, prune raisin. Caramel malt gives it a big sweetness, with notes of chocolate. Belgian spices add notes of must and peppery flavor, the finish is sweet with lingers of dark cherry and chocolate

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, just a hint of alcohol warmth on the finish

O- this has held up amazingly well, the spicy and fruity yeast flavors mix nicely with the chocolate/caramel malt. Very well done!

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a Stone tulip

A - This beer is very dark with just the slightest of ruby light coming through. It is topped with a couple inches of tan head.

S - I first notice some hints of anise. Some Belgian spices are coming through.

T - The anise is more noticeable in the taste as are the spices.

M - Medium

O - This is a mellow beer. I assume it would have been pretty spicy fresh. It is a decent beer but not one that I would seek.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.