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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

459 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 459
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 86
Gots: 114 | 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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kernalklink

Arizona

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%

The '06 epic poured a dark brown with minimal head but good lacing. There was nice lightness to the heavy brew, added by the carbonation. A good blend of malts gave the beer a sweet toffee flavor, followed immediately by a slight, spicy hop character. Although the aromas threw me off at first, the flavors rounded out in the end to make a good brew.

11-24-2006 14:03:07 | More by kernalklink
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joecast

Australia

4.22/5  rDev +6%

light tanned head forms about 2cm thick and settles to an attractive lace. deep mahogany and red with little visible carbonation. minimal lacing on the glass.

aroma seems dominated by dark plum and prune. some yeast character in the background accompanied by darker crystal/chocolate malt. some clove like you would get in a dark wheat. definitely has that aspect to it. pretty complex. not sure if it totally works for it as its like its two or three different beers just by the smell.

more dark fruit and malt in the flavor. spices came out for a bit after some pumpkin pie (mmm pumpkin pie) though not sure if it was the beer or the pie. either way it was nice. alcohol is very well hidden, though it does reveal itself once the bomber is finished. just enough belgian yeast character to make you know its not a generic neutral american strain, but not so much that it distracts from the rest of the beer.

smooth mouth feel gives the beer enough substance to satisfy. certainly an easy drinker, but one that can be done slowly. plenty of flavor to keep the drinker busy for a long while.

11-24-2006 11:20:55 | More by joecast
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biking4beer

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%

22 oz bomber poured into a goblet.

Very black with a very minimal brown head. Looks like a porter.

Very good flavors. Coffee, nutty, caramel malty. Very slight fruity flavor that seemed kind of strange considering the appearance and other flavors. Unique.

Fairly smooth, and carbonation was a little high for my taste. One bomber of this was enough despite it being a good beer.

11-22-2006 04:17:19 | More by biking4beer
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

The beer poured into the chalice clear dark, make that black, with a brownish tall head which lasted very well to coat the glass.

The aroma was fruity, strongly so as it was poured. Chocolate was present as was a dirty and earthy character. A bit of peppery spice was notable and as the head fell the fruitiness did as well. Some dark fruits were present and their intensity increased as the beer warmed. The fruits were raisins with some characteristics of prunes.

The flavor was earthy with a strong presence of tinny and very lightly spicy hops and yeast. The strongest flavor present was chocolate and that was coupled with dark caramel and some character of raisins and prunes. Spices were present but were mostly muted, pepper was the most prevalent flavor.

The finish was dry with a nice dark fruit and caramel character and peppery hops lasting into the aftertaste without much chocolate presence. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation and a creaminess to the mouthfeel. The warming after consumption was very high and reminded you that this one might have a bit of a punch. A nice Belgian Porter (if there is such a thing).

22 ounce bottle.

11-21-2006 23:28:32 | More by GCBrewingCo
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +23.1%

Pours an opaque blackish brown with a decent head that dissipated much quicker than I thought it would. Aroma is complex with evidence of chocolate and malt. Taste is exquisite, well-balanced, almost stout-like, with a smooth malt and chocolate toffee flavor with fruity notes that is outstanding. Mouthfeel is so rich and makes for a very easy drinking brew. I wish I could have gotten my hands on a case of this.

11-21-2006 20:57:21 | More by techdiver
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured into a glass chalice.

Pours very dark brown with a very thin head that becomes a lasting swirling patch with a thick white ring along the edges.

The smell is of spiced toasted bread with sharp alcohol notes.

The taste is of roasted, earthy grains, anise, and slightly smoky, cedar. The flavors are blended, but each sip seems to emphasize a different one. The malt has a barley sweetness and a sharp wheat crispness. Spiced yeast gives it a zest. It has a long, dry, fairly bitter finish. The alcohol notes come through to give it a "sipping" quality. The body is on the light side of medium. Very rich, complex and unique.

It has a certain rawness to it that will probably mellow with time. (The label says to wait until after 12/12/12 - but, too tempting to wait that long...) The flavors make it enjoyable though the feel is a bit harsh.

A delicious, unique, complex brew.

11-18-2006 20:49:30 | More by jwc215
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

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!!

11-17-2006 23:17:18 | More by Viggo
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev 0%

Poured into a goblet a deep deep brown with a slight ruby tint when held up to the light a well formed beige head atop,so many things going on in the nose notes of vanilla,raisin,brown sugar,and some phenolc spiciness thrown in.A little sharpness hots the mouth it seems to mellow after awhile but still is a little rough around the edges in my mind in the mouthfeel department,complex flavors here dark fruit and vanilla with some brown sugar and almondy notes with quite a phenolic spice kick wich I dont really care for much keeping it from being off the charts for me.A great night cap sipper quite complex and brash just what I expect from Stone.

11-12-2006 02:51:10 | More by oberon
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

A well crafted and pleasurable beer to both drink and review. One of my favourite of the style tried to date, to which it boast great character and quality makeup. Pours a deep, deep brown, nearly opaque with some highlights when held up to the light. Good head that sits steadily over top. The aroma seems of equall part yeast and malt. Enticing. Mouthfeel finishes a little grainy but with some candi sugar sweetness. Also ends with a small degree of bitterness that adds more depth. Flavours suggest many things: a good showcase of darker malts, light toasty character, a fine wheat balance as well. Maybe some light spice. I enjoyed this more than the other "epic" vintages I've tried. This one would certainly be a main stay for the cellar. Thanks Harry!

11-10-2006 17:29:09 | More by biegaman
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +18.1%

The sideways painted bottle is a neat idea.

In the glass, away fom the light, the body seems pitch black. Held to the light, it's blood red. either way, it has a dark tan level head which leaves good lace.

Simply outstanding nose of dark fruits and spice. Subtle hints of alcohol soaking uinto the fruit. Extraordinarily enticing.

Taste begins with rich toasted malts, flows into soaking dark fruits, and on to a tingly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and slick without being syrupy.

Its big and complex but has excellent drinkability.

Truly deserving of the name "epic". I'm sorry, there is no way I could cellar something this good until 2012.

11-09-2006 02:33:08 | More by RonfromJersey
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

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
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +5%

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.

11-08-2006 03:15:48 | More by scruffwhor
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

biegaman was nice enough to share this one with me. thanks jan!

pours a deep red brown with some ruby highlights. fine tan head that quickly drops to a ring around the glass

aroma is nice. slightly sweet candi sugar like aroma. pumpernickle bread. a bit of spice.

taste is good. nice bready malt, just a hint of residual sweetness. a little belgian funk to it that's kind of nice. spicy, maybe corriander. touch of licorice.

mouthfeel is good. pretty dry, nice carbonation level.

drinkability is great. really easy drinking brew that i'd love to have available all the time.

11-04-2006 23:07:01 | More by grub
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jeffjfindley

California

4.47/5  rDev +12.3%

Appearance: Deep rich brown in color, rich head leaves light cloudy lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast & spices. Actually burns the nose a bit, in a good way.

Taste: Starts out with the an ultra-creamy Belgian vibe, but gives way to more of the mocha characteristics of a porter. As the beer warms, it gets more complex, and I picked up on some anise and mocha flavors. After it warms to room temperature it takes on more of the dark fruitiness of a fine port. Yes, all of this works together. Really well.

Mouthfeel: A very pleasing challenge for the palate. Creamy, refreshing, toasty and beautifully bitter-dry at the end.

Drinkability: This will never, ever be mistook for O'Doul's. I had this for the first time at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, and loved it. This is my third time with this one, and I've got a couple more that I'm going to hold onto as long as I can. If you love complex beer that's palatable and can track this down, get it.

11-04-2006 04:31:22 | More by jeffjfindley
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Sixpoint

New York

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%

Pour chestnut brown with with swiss-cheese head.

Aroma of sweet plums, currants, raisins, chocolate. Slight spicy phenol echo.

Wicked chocolate nutty full-bodied taste. A shout from the Carafa and full-bodied dextrins. Slams fist on table with noticeable crystal malt emphasis.

Not as drinkable or great as some of the other epic vintages, IMHO.

10-29-2006 12:18:44 | More by Sixpoint
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gonzo138

Arizona

4/5  rDev +0.5%

A- pours a deep black with hues of red when held to the light, has a rich brown head that doesnt retain too well but does have a nice lace

S- mostly a sweet malty aroma, not very strong though, light anise smell is also present

T- rich sweet malt taste, spices like coriander, and the anise taste is present as well, fruity taste is there too, a little bitter at the finish

M- good carbonation, medium/heavy body, very sticky mouthfeel

D- goes down easily enough and not too alchoholic (for a belgian style), would like to try this beer after some aging, I would recomend people pick this one up while its still here

10-26-2006 07:24:18 | More by gonzo138
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TrickKnee

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%

This one blasted my pants off. It was defeintly a little too strong for me which is funny because the 10th and runiation arnt enough. Going to buy another bottle and let that one age. Poured a deep brown/black color with a big white head. Very malty with some nie deep chocolate hints to it. I am going to love to sample this again in a few years.

10-14-2006 19:23:58 | More by TrickKnee
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xgrigorix

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -5%

Twentytwo ounce brown silk screened bottle.

Deep dark brown. Opaque with a frothy beige coloured head riding proudly on top.

Notes of anise come right through, along with a hint of cedar. Some phenols meander in towards the end.

Toasted & roasted. A little bit of spice - anise in particular. A lingering woody bitterness finishes it off. Medium bodied, a little bit slick. Soft carbonation. Interesting, but not exactly rockng my world.

10-13-2006 00:57:28 | More by xgrigorix
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hoppymeal

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours dark brown to black with a small light tan head that fades quickly to a ring. Smoky clove-y aroma mixed with a sweet chocolate malt. Taste is some belgian candied sugar, some syrupy sweet chocolate malts along with a little dark fruitiness/cherries. A hint of alcohol is evident in the taste and there is also a small but consistent peppery spiciness on the tongue. Pretty good size body, heavily malted, somewhat dry in the finish. This beer is pretty balanced and drinking well now, although I could see it aging a little to let the malts spread out a little, not sure about six to six and a half years but maybe a year or two in the cellar could do some good.

10-12-2006 03:06:43 | More by hoppymeal
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JohnnyM2002

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

Sampled from the bottle into my Duvel glass...I'm going to make this a tradition - I have a case of 06.06.06 and I will drink one each Monday of Columbus Day weekend to see how they age.

A - Dark chocolate with little head...maybe hints of a reddish-brown towards the top.

S - Powerful aroma of smoky dark chocolate and maybe some raspberry in the background (definitely some fruity-malt) ?

T - Very unique taste...strong combination of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and sweet/dry malt...but a definite detection of fruit lingered in the background...either raspberries or cherries. Some hops escape in the aftertaste - along with some alcohol - but the fruit quickly follows. Very interesting.

M - Light carbonation with a creamy body. Felt very good going down.

D - I am very excited to try this is 2012! I'm also very curious to see what it's like next October...wondering if the fruit comes out even more next year to form maybe a dark chocolate raspberry flavor. Excellent release by Stone!

10-10-2006 02:12:11 | More by JohnnyM2002
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BlackJeremiah

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Stone RIS glass.

A: Dark, dark brown, with some reddish undertones. Great head, some good lacing.

S: Malts, candied sugars, grape and black currant, fennel, and a decent clove character. Disparate scents, but as this one is **deisgned** to be held for six-plus years, I would expect it to start out a bit unbalanced.

T: Definitely some sweetness, but more roast malt character than candied sugars. The biggest fruit and herb players are the currants and the cloves, with some almond, date, fennel and black grape tastes mingling around in the background. Hops are of the citric variety, blending well with the dark flavors and not spoiling the party.

M: A full body, with a chewy, creamy feel to it.

D: Needs more time in the bottle, but hey, that's how it's supposed to be. It's a beer made in 2006, and designed to be opened in 2012 or later. Can't wait for the Vertical Tasting Reviews that will pour in from BAs after the release of the 12.12.12.

10-08-2006 22:33:21 | More by BlackJeremiah
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a very dark ruby mahogony with a giant foamy head. The smell is sweet candy sugar and alcohol, not bad but not as pungent as other Belgian Strong Ales. The taste is sweet candy sugar, alcohol, dark fruit, and some coffee. A good tasting strong Belgian beer. The m/f is medium with the flavors mixing very well and hiding the strong alcohol well. A good beer worth trying,but not the best strong Belgian Ale out there.

10-07-2006 23:58:09 | More by jmz62565
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Zorro

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours an exceptionally dark black colored version of the style with a great tan to light brown head. Stone's experience making RIS shows in the appearance. I considered taking some points for the exceptional darkness but I didn't because this is a visually striking beer that is unlike any other I have seen.

Smell is strong and fruity with a spicy aroma of coriander and black pepper. Aromas of apple, grapes, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and nuts. Quite an aromatic beer with a great deal of complexity.

Taste is sweet and fruity and full of chocolate at the beginning. Chocolate remains the major flavor component until the coffee and slight bitterness take over. Fruit and spice are somewhat less than what is in the aroma. In the end though the flavor while good isn't outstanding.

Mouthfeel is good and quite like full fat milk.

Certainly an easy ale to enjoy. For what it lacks in taste it certainly makes up for crowd-pleasing popularity. There is only one other beer in this ales class, Gouden Carolus Carolus D'Or - Cuvée Van De Keizer, an exceptionally exclusive and outstanding class indeed.

10-04-2006 04:32:05 | More by Zorro
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dblinkhorn

California

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a practically opaque black color (in fact you can only see its true color if you hold it up to a strong light, in which case you can see that it is a very deep reddish amber). The head is about three fingers this, creamy, and rocky. Its color is a light tan and it retains decent, settling at a half finger cap of creamy foam. Excellent, thick lacing all the way down.

Smell - Slighty bitter but mainly fruity/floral hops on the nose. Clove, annis, and black pepper spiciness can be smelled. Rich and hearty bready malt character finishes it up. Smells like a delicious Belgian!

Taste - Rich bready malt character with fruity/floral hops up front. Sweet/sugary fruits can be tasted such as fig, raisins, plum, etc. (dark, ripe variety). The spice is again clove and the black pepper is stronger than in the smell, while the annis is hard to pick out. The alcohol really shows in the middle, creating a warming and spicy feeling in your mouth as you quaff this stuff (the raisin flavor really shines here). The finish has some fruity sourness from the hops, paired with a very rich (almost roasted) malt character. A wet aftertaste consisting of medium earthiness, dying fruitiness, and some very tasting spiciness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with an excellent level of carbonation; not too much, not too little.

Drinkability - Very good, with its only drawback being the quite noticeable alcohol presense, especially smack in the middle of a taste. I personally enjoyed this warming/spicy effect, but many will probably find it somewhat unpleasant.

A superb belgian-style brew from Stone. These guys really know what they're doing as far as I'm concerned. This stuff is just as good as some of the best Belgians, in my opinion. Rich, velvety, spicy, and full of strong flavors. Highly recommended.

10-02-2006 03:06:35 | More by dblinkhorn
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +6%

Stone's 06.06.06 Vertical Epic pours a very dark brown, practically black, into the glass. A creamy tan head forms on top befure it slowly dissolves to a thick ring around the surface. The foam leaves a few spots of lace behind as it disappears. A rich roast malty aroma and notes of licorice, brown sugar and alcohol greets you before each sip. The smell reminded me of a cola.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is rather dry with a nice moderate carbonated fizz that covers the palate. The flavor is a wonderful combination of roasted malt, coco, and coffee. There's hints of spice (pepper, allspice?) blended in. The spice doesn't dominate the flavor like other Belgian style beers. It finishes with some sweet malt and brown sugar. Once gone, the coffee and coco flavors linger for a while.

This is one easy to drink tasty brew with nice roast malt flavor. If you can find a bottle definitely give it a try.

10-01-2006 20:41:00 | More by WanderingFool
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