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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

461 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 461
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 86
Gots: 113 | FT: 8
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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charlzm

California

2.73/5  rDev -31.4%

Consumed on January 20th, 2013 at a private Vertical Epic tasting.

This beer pours a clear, dark brown with no head and virtually no bubbles rising in the glass.

The aroma is sweet, almost syrupy. No other character noted.

Flavor is dark roasted malts with a hint of thin, bitter coffee, a touch of treacle character and a cedar note.

Mouthfeel is thin and still.

All together with me now: this was much better fresh.

01-21-2013 19:23:56 | More by charlzm
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

01-20-2013 18:56:46 | More by orangesol
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TKEbeerman

Florida

3.24/5  rDev -18.6%

A. Poured into my VE glass this brew pours the darkest of the VEs so far, mahogany brown.
s. The aroma contains notes of cinnamon and figs with some brown sugar.
T. The flavor has hints of chocolate and coffee and dark maulty goodness.
Mf. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but smooth.
Overall not a bad beer, not as good as 05.

01-19-2013 02:18:23 | More by TKEbeerman
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dendroaspis

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-18-2013 01:18:53 | More by dendroaspis
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

01-16-2013 19:04:34 | More by drabmuh
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MordorMongo


4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

01-13-2013 23:36:31 | More by MordorMongo
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

22 oz bottle.

Pours a dark, cola black with a thin light tan head. Balanced aroma of dark fruit, fig, chocolate, citrus, Belgian yeast and mint. Sweet flavor of spice and yeast with candied dark fruit finish, light chocolate throughout. Medium thick and soft carbonation, not aging as poorly as some of the other VEs.

01-13-2013 18:52:40 | More by yourefragile
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.86/5  rDev -3%

Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing.

The beer is dark mahogany with a thin beige collar. The aroma brings malt, citrus, light spice, toffee. The flavor imparts sweet breads, malt, toffee candies. Perfect carbonation level with alcohol content well disguised. Mouth feel is the best aspect of this beer. Pretty good.

01-12-2013 21:26:24 | More by Huhzubendah
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

On-tap at Churchkey

It has a black pour that lets some light in and a thin off white head. It smells of sweaty socks weirdly, malt and dark fruits, booze, and some liquor. The taste is much more Trappist, and less socks. Like a dubble, the taste is all dark fruits, caramel, booze, and roast. Finally this is one that has held its body and is nicely carbonated. First one that impressed me on this Vertical Epic tasting. Other than the smell, it's doing well after 6 years.

01-06-2013 23:13:20 | More by russwbeck
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chefduff2

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

01-05-2013 23:13:36 | More by chefduff2
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tetu

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-05-2013 20:39:36 | More by tetu
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Timman87

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-03-2013 05:22:15 | More by Timman87
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sailorastro

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-02-2013 16:20:21 | More by sailorastro
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

01-01-2013 05:25:24 | More by drewone
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

12-31-2012 23:47:05 | More by Gonzoillini
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +6.3%

22oz bottle poured into a Vertical Epic glass.

A - Dark mahogany color with a small finger of dark tan head with decent staying power and leaving a bit of lacing on the glass. Continuing the trend of these VE beers, the body is clear but has lots of very fine suspended particles throughout.

S - Spicy anise, alcohol, dark roasted malts, molasses

T - Anise, bitter chocolate, molasses, light hop bitterness, cloves. Very well balanced - malt hasn't taken over this one yet - the hops still do there job in offseting the sweetnes and making this a smooth drinker.

M - Light to medium body, low/mid-level carbonation, very good balance with a nice hoppy bite

O - Pretty consistently picked among the top 3 of the series in my tasting group. Still a very well balanced beer with good complexity and a nice spicy complement of flavors. Paired well with the homemade Belgian spice bread we had along with it.

12-30-2012 20:57:33 | More by portia99
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

12-29-2012 02:27:36 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Orange

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-29-2012 02:20:14 | More by Orange
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

12-29-2012 00:21:40 | More by dtx00
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

12-27-2012 04:10:59 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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CBodamer

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

12-26-2012 18:46:38 | More by CBodamer
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

12-26-2012 13:18:18 | More by bonkers
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Bnoise11

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

12-26-2012 00:16:43 | More by Bnoise11
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Yesdog

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

12-25-2012 01:53:00 | More by Yesdog
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.