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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

458 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 86
Gots: 113 | FT: 7
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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MrVonzipper

California

5/5  rDev +25.6%

11-15-2011 06:32:18 | More by MrVonzipper
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alamode

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +25.6%

12-11-2011 16:49:08 | More by alamode
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WillyMac

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +25.6%

11-21-2011 15:21:44 | More by WillyMac
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BrewinHeadBanger

New York

5/5  rDev +25.6%

12-05-2011 03:16:23 | More by BrewinHeadBanger
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dmsohyea

California

5/5  rDev +25.6%

11-15-2011 18:48:13 | More by dmsohyea
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Jstark5150

California

5/5  rDev +25.6%

11-19-2011 06:55:53 | More by Jstark5150
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djaeon

California

5/5  rDev +25.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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tat2dhllblly

Ohio

5/5  rDev +25.6%

11-15-2011 04:01:26 | More by tat2dhllblly
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +25.6%

12-08-2011 20:15:24 | More by Rochefort10nh
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 20:57:21 | More by techdiver
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FARGO619

California

4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BASED ON NOTES AT BOTTLE SHARE with some good friends.

A- Dark with some light that sneaks in at the bottom of glass. Reddish.

S- Oaky, cigarish, caramel undertones.

T- A blend of spice, oak, earthy, charcoal, Belgian style.

Overall it was a good beer and glad I had the chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle/22oz.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 13:24:56 | More by FARGO619
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gbontrag

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a mahogany beauty. Stone always cares about the froth, and this delivers a sizeable cap of tan froth that holds, and looks pretty while it folds in upon itself; folding into a dense, thin blanket. The lace just gets thicker like pipes calcifying.
Aroma of vanilla cherry raspberry toffee. Raisins, and a bit brassy.

Wow, tastes like an estery chocolate toffee; bananas and chocolate. Woody, too: Raw pine plank, and "poofs" of cardamom, clove, nutmeg. Some cane sugar aftertaste, but this beer doesn't finish. It keeps blossoming into more... Rhubarb, blueberry, strawberry, ripe muskmelon, rye and buckwheat....

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 17:04:09 | More by gbontrag
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aussiebeer

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

06-20-2014 21:09:38 | More by aussiebeer
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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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MSandahl23

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

12-24-2012 13:18:57 | More by MSandahl23
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KiMiRaiK

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

02-12-2013 05:38:35 | More by KiMiRaiK
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jaybrough

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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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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karst

Missouri

4.72/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 12.12.12 Head brewer Mitch Steele and his Lead Brew John Egan employ WLP 500 "Chimay" Belgian Trappist Yeast (AKA Wyeast 1214) with a 1.080+ OG wort from Belgium 2-row malt and Dark Wheat @ 7% Carafa Special II @ 5% and lastly @ 0.5% White Wheat. A simple malt bill typical of the style.

Having worked with this yeast in a couple of Belgians, I appreciate the delicate result in both esters and well hidden alcohol and excellent spicing!

Nicely hopped with Magnum and Mt. Hood @ around 30 IBUs. With the 30 IBUs bittering the OG of 83 - 060606 falls very close to the ideal ratio of 2:5. At 8.6% abv - not overly dry but certainly well attenuated by the Trappist yeast leaving just enough dextrins for a medium ("light" by Stones standards ) mouthfeel that is pleasant and round on the palate. Spices produce lots of fireworks on the palate and tongue.

Poured in Stone Old Gaurdian glass and Duvel sniffer provides a enticing aroma with 3 fingered dense tan head that sloly fall and laces both glasses. A strong level of beading sustaing a solid cap and ring. Deep brown is nearly opaque to light on this overcast 4th of July.

Only the abv keeps this from a top rating for drinkability. Looking forward to trying it again after a few years in the cellar.

Sincere thanks to OstrungT in San Diego for this and many other excellent brews from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 18:11:45 | More by karst
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 02:33:08 | More by RonfromJersey
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Jarhead271

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very dark, with a generous dark tan head. Looks beautiful.

S: This is one complex brew, and it can be seen in the smell: Fruity esters--mostly apple and banana--are evident. Funky Belgian yeast qualities are also strong, but not overpowering. Chocolate is present. Rich dark malt, and a hint of beef jerky. Great blend of smells in this boquet.

T: Absolutely incredible. This style is becoming one of my favorites. At first the rich dark malt makes an appearence--smooth, and it coats the tongue. Then meat and chocolate come into play. Medium-low sweetness. Low bitterness. Funky Belgian yeast and fruitiness are noticeable but subdued for the style. This beer defenitely showcases rich malt. Quite complex. Several layers of flavor.

M: Strong carbonation. Medium body. I had to swish the beer around in my glass to get the carbonation to where I like it. Coats mouth well. Smooth. Finishes slightly sweet.

D: Very drinkable. Alc content is well hidden. Nothing sticking out here, everything is very well balanced. I could have more than one bomber of this in a night no problem.

In my opinion, this is a must try, even if you don't care for this style. Stone is an amazing brewery, and this beer lives up to the reputation

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 14:49:29 | More by Jarhead271
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Billolick

New York

4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large, typical Stone bottle, pours dark, ruddy brown, fine dark tan head, robust figgy, raisin, dark chocolate nose. Leaving scattered lacing and pleanty of intricate sheeting. Bold and flavorful, full bodied, complex heady brew. Notes of more smokey dark chocolate, raisins, sweet malts. This is ungodly smooth and long lasting on the taste buds. This is yet another spot on, home run for Stone. I'll try to age a few of these but it wont be easy, cuz this is drinking so well right now. World class and Stone all the way.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 00:15:13 | More by Billolick
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge fluffy 3 inch head erupts with lots of thick bubbles and a little lace. It is deep tan in color. Body is predominetley black in color, very pretty indeed. Nose really represents the belgium style well with hints of raw wheat, zesty malt, and invigorating herbs. As it enters the mouth you quickly notice the rich malty balance and long lovely palate that is absent of raw wheat and frozen corn that are often present and not really something I like. No problem here. The finish is long dark and lingering. Leaves a nice slightly thick mouthfeel. This is a devilishly good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 18:53:51 | More by SPLITGRIN
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ZX6Chris

California

4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared at a Vertical Epic tasting with my friend Armand.

A-Dark. Nice head and lacing. Tan/brownish head.

S-Sweet carmel aroma. Oak.

T-Spicyness, oak, woodyness.

I'm kicking myself for not taking better notes but I will next time. Fortunately I can do this tasting again.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 01:39:07 | More by ZX6Chris
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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.