Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
I have been looking forward to this one since I visited Stone's new brewery last April. The past VE's have been beers I have really enjoyed, and the trip just got me looking forward to this one when it was discussed in the tour.
Luckily, it did not dissapoint.
This one poured a dark, almost black color with a head full of fine bubbles that faded into merely light lacing on the oversized snifter it was poured into. The smell was of spices, orange, and bready malts.
The taste was complex and raw. Maybe this one is a little young. There is anise, orange, and spices readily apparent with some bubble gum flavors. The alcohol is well hidden, and the drinkability is superb. There is quite a lot going on in this beer, and many parties fighting for control. This brings incredible complexity. I'm looking forward to seeing how this one is after some time in my cellar. I purchased a couple extra for that reason.
Another great installment in the VE series.
06-15-2006 00:34:33 | More by gotbeer
4.43/5 rDev +11.3%
Thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a dark brown with red hues around the edges. A nice light tan head slowly fades out and leaves streaks of lacing around the tulip glass.
Smell is of candy sugar, Belgian Chimay yeast, cocoa, light wood, mild caramel, light banana, and hints of fruit.
Taste is of the same aromas with a mild smack of vanilla in there.
Mouthfeel is sugary, complex, and a bit yeasty.
This one will age well
06-14-2006 15:52:47 | More by weeare138
4.22/5 rDev +6%
Well someone likes Belgian Strong Dark Ales at Stone since three out of five are in this style. I looked at my last two reviews of the 05 and 03 to see what I thought of the other interpretations and this one was similar but not the same. This one looked great as did the others with the dominant Belgian candi sugar on the nose in a dark brown package as expected. Among the three this one was the best one fresh. The body was bigger and the taste was spot on fresh sweet, malty with a hop bitterness and even a saltiness that all work well. I just had a chocolate sprinkled with sea salt and this reminded me of this salty/sweet combo.
06-14-2006 05:50:31 | More by lou91
4.43/5 rDev +11.3%
Pours ruddy brown capped with three fingers of soapy tan foam leaving an awesome trail of lace in my Duvel tulip. Nose is bright and Belgian with hints of molasses, anise, apple-spiced yeast, as well as an occasional hint of alcohol.
Entry is quiet and mouthfeel is palate-pleasing, but a little slick. Midtaste brings the malts full force with a dry finish borne of nutmeg and cinnamon yeasties, black licorice, and even a hint of Mom's cedar chest.
The qualities of this brew multiply exponentially as room temperature is reached. Laying this down for a spell will no doubt round out the myriad of complex flavors...but I like these beers young so that individual components may still be recognized.
06-13-2006 07:09:13 | More by IceAce
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
4.13/5 rDev +3.8%
Pours a rich mahogany color with a decent sized tan head that doesn't leave much lacing. Not too strong of a smell, but I get scents of bubblegum, malts, caramel and chocolate. Wow a flavor burst of craziness! Im first hit with a taste of chocolate, then onto bubblegum followed by a nice roasted coffee flavored malt then ends with a slight bitter bubblegum taste (although that sounds gross its actually very nice) Im very impressed with this Stone brew.
06-13-2006 02:02:12 | More by ChillMike
4.47/5 rDev +12.3%
Nearly as black as the darkest stouts. Head is a carpet of neatly trimmed foam. Nose is full of cotton candy, bubblegum, molasses, pepper. Taste is almost exactly the same. Alcohol is completely disguised by the tasty flavors. Mouth is thick like a nice booty. I could absolutely drink a ton of this stuff. Unfortunately that won't be possible since this is a limited run. Stone, you are out of your minds if you never brew this great recipe again in the future. Damn good stuff.
06-12-2006 00:07:38 | More by TheBungyo
4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
Another limited release, annual ale...this one six years young to it's expected prime? Well so the epic story unfolds, this one pours out of the 650ml brown bomber a very dark brown with burgundy highlights barely coming through, capped with a bubbly light brown head. Has a good amount of natural carbonation and decent lacing.
The aromas that come out of this brew smell as if they come from abroad, overseas that is. Very spicy and fruity, somewhat potent and that distinctive Belgian yeastiness...honestly, it smell's of a fresh import from you know where. As the label describes it: "a deep, rich aroama of toasty malts, anise, Belgian yeast spiciness, and a hint of cedar", this is exactly what you taste...isn't it?
The mouthfeel is quite creamy and very smooth... a solid medium body, although they claim it as light, on the label. I suppose by the typical standards of Stone, it has a lighter body than they're more massiive offerings...still a pretty heafty brew by any standards, yet I could quite easily opt this as a beer for sessions. This is really tasty, yet not the typical Stone beer...if there is such a thing!
Thanks again G.K. and Co., this stuff is good to go as is...CHEERS !!!
06-11-2006 08:46:31 | More by scottoale
4.3/5 rDev +8%
A: Pitch dark brown/mahagoney with no light getting thru. Huge khaki head taking its time to fall. This head will be us run of production, the retention is stunning. When it does meander down, a thick webbing is left behind. So far so good.
S: Lots of Brussels yeast. Licorice, clove, coconut and banana esters.
T: A lot going on, lets start from the top. Starts with dark malty sweetness that immediately gives way to loads of dark licorice. Roasted coffee then takes the limelight with hints of bakers chocolate, anise and lactose. Finishes with overwhealming banana esters. Aftertaste is bourbon, bananas fosters and sweet cream. I've been tasting a lot of banana esters outside of German wheats lately, this must be the new thing in brewing. I'm good with it.
M: Medium to thick. Chewy with good carbonation.
D: Much too young, it needs to ripen. This beer needs a couple of years but then it will be a winner. This beer is going to be seriously good....Its already good! Needs some rounding, too many flavors currently competing.
06-11-2006 06:11:55 | More by Westsidethreat
4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
Just picked up 2 cases of this on Friday and cracked it open today after a hard day of work. What a treat. Before I opened the bottle I noticed that the label says it is the "fourth" in an epic series but this is actually the fifth.
The beer poured a deep, dense brown color with a bubbly tan head that disapated rather quickly but left good lacing down the glass. The aroma has a definite Belgian yeast character to it that was pleasing to the nose and it was backed by some spice notes and toasted malts. The taste has a definite yeast body to it and a good backbone of the toasted, almost chocolatey malts. There were also touches of anise and maybe some clove going on in there. After each sip there is a definite tone of hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue and rounds things out well. Although this is a big beer with a high abv, the carbonation and body overall are not overbearing and makes for a very drinkable beer. Can't wait for 07.07.07 now.
06-11-2006 01:37:41 | More by ggaughan
4.47/5 rDev +12.3%
This beer pours a brown so dark, it is almost black. The head is light brown. It looks thick and fluffy. It fades slowly, leaving many thick laces.
This beer has a strong bready aroma. It is also quite yeasty. It smells of cloves, and other spices. Grains of Paradise and coriander, and orange peal. This beer also has a plesent mild citrus hop aroma. A slight lemony aroma is present.
This beer has a lot of different flavors. It is taking me a little while to sort them all out. I taste some spices up front. As with the aroma, cloves, and coriander. It has a slight bubblegum flavor. It has an earthy yeast flavor to it as well. Citrus hop flavors are also detectable.
This beer is very smooth. It leaves a bubblegum like aftertaste. This beer is well carbonated.
I think, despite the slightly high alcohol content, that this beer might make a good session beer. It tastes very good, and the flavor is mild enough to not get cloying. I am anxious to see what a few years will do to this one.
06-10-2006 03:03:08 | More by OStrungT
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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