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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: 85
Gots: 116 | FT: 11
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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Photo of oelergud
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby body with decent lace and low retention.
Sweet spiced caramel, almond and toffee in scent and taste. Strong honey and malts. Aftertaste similar with the addition of faint hops
Full body with some coating.
Very drinkable. Maybe I'll take the suggestion on the bottle and save one till 12/12/12.

-Oelergud

Photo of Arbitrator
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Received in a trade from soulfly967. Thanks man! I was saving this for a vertical with the guys, but at this point it's simply not happening, and I have too much beer. Here goes...

A: Pours a translucent, dark brown with a limpid half-finger of off-white head. It retains for about a minute before vanishing into a moderate collar on the brew. It looks like it's losing some carbonation.

S: The smell is quite nice, despite that. Cherries, anise, plums, a bit of clove.

T: A very interesting flavor. Subdued anise, which works VERY well with cherries, chocolate, raisins, and plums. There's a brown sugar and banana flavor throughout, and a hint of hoppy bitterness that offsets the otherwise sweet flavors nicely. It's also semi-dry, which lets the flavors speak for themselves without overwhelming the palate with sugars.

M: Definitely on the thin side, which is a bit off-putting since the beer is evidently losing carbonation (unless it was just really low-carbed to start with).

D: I thought this was pretty good! Glad I had it.

Photo of Zorro
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mattpetti
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost black in my chimay glass, with a half a pinky sized ligh brown head that shows good lacing.
S: Roasted, toasty malts that smell nice with, slight spice, overly ripe fruit(plum), licorice, and a tiny bit of alcohol.
T/MF/D: Solid medium body with the toasted malts leading the way followed by a swarm of fruity, wheat dopplebock flavors, but ends with a lingering, anise, and bready flavor that is nice. Moderatly carbonated which leaves a solid mouthfeel that makes this beer enjoyabe. Slight warming and tannic behavior is there also. All in all i liked this beer alot. It seems that the edges have to be rounded with aging to truely make this beer "Epic". Then again the bottle itself says "specifically designed to be aged until sometime after december 12 2012"...

Photo of Boto
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber: This one pours an extremely dark, opaque brown. It is the darkest Dubbel that I have ever seen. There was a small tan head on it that drops away quickly. The aroma is complex. Some chocolate and smokiness comes to the top. There are some fruits and hops down in there also, but it is hard to distinguish individual notes. The flavor is complex also. A full richness, with a bit of sweetness. Some chocolate and fruits come to the top, as well as some hidden bitterness. A wonderful brew.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of asabreed
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into my Delirium Tremens glass. Figured it's best to take this guy really slow. It's been in the fridge for hours, so we'll see what happens as it warms and I drink.

Appearance: Seemingly opaque at first until the light, from far away, shines through it a bit, making it a deep, dark amber color. Huge head at first, slowly dissipating, with a nice ring around the edge of the beer, and some round clumps of wet lacing around the glass too.

Smell: I'm a huge fan of the bubblegum from the yeast strains, and this one packs a lot in there, so of course I'm down. There's also, at the colder temperature, a presence of anise. Not as much as a glass of ouzo, which is good because it's subtle, but it's definitely there. As it's warming I'm getting some brown sugar and banana. Are there some sour cherries in there too?

Taste: Some charcoal, candi sugar, bubblegum, slightly bitter hops, plum, slight anise, toasted malts, strong Belgian yeast. I love the originality here, the toasted malts, hops-as-needed, and insanely huge bubblegum backbone. I'd say if you were put off by the bubblegum this may not be your thing, but I really dig it, at least at this stage in its greenness. Finish is mild medicinal phenols, lingering hops, and, yes, bubblegum, with a little banana on there too. Also some charcoal. Long, distinct, fulfilling. And yes, maybe still a little green, but if this only gets better, watch out.

Mouthfeel: Awesome fullness and creaminess and not sugary or cloying at all. If this is only going to improve, then it may become pure silk.

Drinkability: I have two bottles of the 05.05.05 sitting in the cellar, and I'm glad I do, as I really want to see how it ages. And I have one bottle of the 06.06.06 still left (though I'll probably be buying more). A few years and I'd imagine the flavor to really do some insanely nice things. For now, though, it's a great brew, and like no other attempt at a Belgian I've ever had. Worth the $7-$8 a bottle for sure in my book.

Photo of kimcgolf
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was only fitting for my 500th beer rated. Poured to an opaque jet black color, with thick tan head that lingered throughout most of the drink and left good lacing. Aroma was a malty dark fruit (grapes and figs) with a hint of alcohol. As the beer warmed, the alcohol became more prominent, but not enough to overwhelm the fruit. Mouthfeel was tingly and sweet, and the taste was a pleasant continuation of the same malty dark fruit as was found in the aroma.

This blend led nicely to a nice, long warming finish. The bottle said it was best to wait until 12-12-2012 to enjoy this; howver, it was just fine now. Beware....Quite a buzz just from this bomber, so be careful if you let it sit 5 more years!!!

Photo of taez555
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown/black body with a tan head.

Nose is in your face belgian dark ale. Dark rich chocolate, phenols, caramel, brown sugar, candy sugar, woody tree bark, natural roots, spices, and mild touches of anise.

Taste is full bodied at first and rolls over the tongue in a waves of flavors ending surprisingly lighter. Dark malts, caramel, chocolate, toast and hints of dark wheat. Chooclate coverd cherries, bubble gum and mild hints of smoke. Rough around the edges with a course taste. There's a numbing anise flavor from beginning to end. Hop taste is there and finds a nice middle ground between big american ale and belgian trappist. Enough bitterness to hold it's own without being over the top. Hop taste is earthy and is slightly overpowered by the spice flavor. That or maybe it is the hops. Either way, it's not your typical floral or earthy notes. Ends with a lingering anise flavor.

Another fantastic year from Stone VE series. This is one that seems taylor made for aging. It's seriously rough around the edges right now, but the style with the big hop backbone is made to be drunk in 6 years. It should be really interesting to see this mellow and yet maintain a bite.

Photo of klewis
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a stout-colored black with a tan 1-finger head that quickly subsides. Very little lacing.

S: Aromas of dark fruits, Belgian yeast, and anise.

T: Very unique flavor - like a Belgian version of an imperial stout. Roasted malt, bready yeast, and anise flavors meld to create complex and multi-dimensional taste.

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: What an interesting hybrid of styles. I'm really liking this one. Go get some.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Corsedonk snifter. Pours a very dark brown with a rather small tan head, possibly due to the age. Head dissipates pretty quickly but remains a thin frothy head around the outside surface.

Aroma is very sweet: raisins, apple, cherries. Dark roasted malts, grainy.

Very nice flavor. Tastes aged if that makes sense. Low carbonation...also probably due to age. Very much resembles a wine. A lot of fruits...but mixes really well. Another great Vertical Epic from Stone!

Photo of kneary13
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of weonfire
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to metallitone1 for the bottle.

Poured into my Triple Karmeliet glass.

Deep dark brown with only the slightlest bit of light shining through. Small cream colored head gave way to a good lace down the glass.

Smell started with dark fruits, figs, and spices. Hint of alcohol as well. Smells warm.

The taste was very rich. Dark fruit again predominates, sweet, hints of caramel and sugar. Apricot as well.

Very nicely carbonated and very light. Nice frothy feel, great going down, slight alcohol warming, but very nice overall.

This was a great beer, I am sure this will mellow with age and bring out all kinds of flavors, gonna lay a few down for later.

Photo of robear
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark and tart fruits, Belgian yeast, caramel, some chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of caramel and chocolate that are quickly followed by the bready flavor of Belgian yeast and semi-sour flavors of dark fruits. The malt character is hearty and there's a mild but complementary hops presence that brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very nice representation of style, after three years this beer has smoothed out quite nicely, not sure what effect another 3 years will have on it but I don't see that there's much room for improvement. This is a very good dark Belgian beer to drink for long time.

Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first in the Vertical Epic Series. This beer pours a clear, very dark amber brown color with a tan head about an inch thick that shinks in size considerably shortly after being poured that stays with you until the last sip and also leaves a nice coating of lacing on the way down. Smell is of clove and roasted coffee with some fruity aromas such as plums, apples, bannanas, and maybe even a bit of peach. A sweet and sort of roasted coffee like taste upfront with all the characteristics mentioned for the smell also present in the taste, followed by a sort of hoppy, bitter and slightly dry aftertaste. I felt a warming sensation begin after a few sips. A thick full bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The characteristics of this beer's taste and texture sort of remind me of rootbeer in a way. This beer has characteristics of Stone's Smoked Porter, IPA, and Imperial Stout all in one. This is quite an exquisite beer indeed. I can only imagine how good it will be in 2012. Good thing I have a bottle in storage so I can find out. Another winner from Stone! Go pick this up while you can before it is gone! Get 2 bottles if you can. One for now and one for 2012!

Eric

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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