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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

464 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 86
Gots: 113 | FT: 9
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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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For my 666th review: Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale pours a very dark brown bordering on black with a tan head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is very sweet and has a touch of roasted malt. The taste is very complex, a touch of bubblegum, banana, clove, roasted malt, a hint of licorice and other flavors that I can't quite put my finger on. There is also just the slightest hint of alcohol, which is pretty well hidden. Quite tasty, recommended.

Drew966, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/23/12 notes. 22 oz. bottle poured into my Stone Veritcal Epic glass. Opened as part of my 2 day, 06-06-06 through 12-12-12 tasting.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a brown tint, one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, figs, raisins, Belgian yeast, roasted malts, toasted malts, and light chocolate. Very nice nose, has held up well.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, figs, raisins, Belgian yeast, spices, pepper, sugar, molasses, fruity malts, roasted malts, toasted malts, and chocolate. A little sweeter than the nose, pretty nice again.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink and no alcohol heat.

o - Overall a pretty good beer and so far like this one better than 07-07-07 and 09-09-09 by a lot. Has held up really well, with a lof of dark fruits and sweetness to it. Worth checking out if you like sweet beers and Belgian style dark ales; would like to have it again.

mdfb79, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Pecan
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Pecan, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

RochefortChris, Dec 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

sailorastro, Jan 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of quasimoto
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Its a nice deep adrk brown with a little bit of off white head that laces slighty. there are copper highlights around the edge.

S - It starts out with a mixed aroma of orange peel, roasted malt, chocolate and some alcohol.

T Taste is of dark sweet roasted malts and some citrusy orange peel. It really is rather easy on the palette.

M - The mought feel starts of with a full bodied feel, with a slight bitter/carbination mix.It finishes slightly dry but there is still some residue on the tounge.

D - The isnt very overpowering, which makes it very drinkable for the style.

quasimoto, Jun 22, 2006
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

koopa, May 12, 2013
Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This finally made it to OH around June 22. I brought a bottle to a poker game to let everyone try it. I think I was the only one who liked it...

It smelled and tasted like a wiezenbock, I swear that's the style they were shooting for. The color was right (dark ruby brownish or burgandy) and the aroma was wheaty yeasty. The flavors were like dark candy and fruits like licorice, raisins, and figs. I knocked the drinkability because the aftertaste was a little burnt, giving a not good pucker.

I kept another bottle to cellar for a while.

TurdFurgison, Jun 24, 2006
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

DRTBrewster, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

jkball01, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of gonzo138
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

gonzo138, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of Orange
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Orange, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer warmed up very well, so recommend starting that way to highlight the malty base of the beer, lots of dark fruit, raisins, currants, and toffee notes. Very spicy nose, anise, and the Belgian yeast is very apparent and strong over top of the beer. Very hot with lots of alcohol in the nose (and the feel later). Dry bitter finish. Good, but not my favorite of the series or of Stone in general. A very good but not fantastic beer, though I suspect as the beer ages it will do well when the characteristics blend a bit, especially the alcohol.

FightingEntropy, Dec 20, 2006
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

MacQ32, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of Litterbean
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with an off-white head.

Hints of yeast and spices in the nose with assorted sugary and fruity notes.

Alcohol spiciness in the taste with hints of black licorice, sugars, coffee, prunes, and a dry yeast flavor.

Another solid offering from Stone.

Litterbean, Aug 09, 2006
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

jerz, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

billab914, Jul 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

afsdan, Apr 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

GETTNCRUNKED, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle courtesy of czoch75 - likely the farthest back I'll ever go in this series, so many thanks to Clint (awesome trader). Poured in to a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a good dark Belgian hue, nearly black but not glassy or onyx-like, and instead multi-hued, with some light dancing through around the edges, sort of like it does through a cup of fresh coffee you made just a little too weak (note: the strength at which I take my coffee has made lesser men weep). This beer's opacity is a result of its hue, not its clarity, as a fair amount of slow carbonation is visible immediately inside its glassy prison. The head - initially about a finger tall, though it fades to inside a quarter finger within sixty seconds - is dense, uniform, and a pleasant though uninspiring dull tan. Ultimately, it leaves only a similarly-situated collar, unevenly dispersed around the circumference of the tulip, a few flashes of gilttery lace, and a ghostly whisper of surface lacing.

Aroma: A sweet, malty mess. Tons of brown sugar and toffee jump out the gate strong, along with a few darker and toastier notes, nothing too sweet but also nothing astringent. There's a fair amount of Belgian spice and yeasty esters - mostly cloves, but plenty of nutmeg, overripe bananas. A few chocolate notes emerge as this one nears room temperature.

Taste: Sort of laid back. This might have been a little more flavorful at one point, more varied, more subdued, but as its age, certain things have come through a little stronger, and certain others have faded a little too far. What's strong is the malt backbone, toasty, faintly sweet, like an old, well-attenuated sugars, slightly caramelly, toffee, brown sugar, faint cocoa and toast. A handful of fruity notes - raisins, plump plums, bananas, dried cherries - mingle with strong Belgian spices to suggest a once robust and still enjoyable but perhaps past-its-prime brew. A slightly faint vegetal note concludes things, mingling with a few astringent malt notes.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps this beer's best aspect, and there's a nice amount of smooth, well-integrated carbonation here, present, large and in charge after a good nearly-four years. Nothing sticky, nothing too intense ... just a smooth, well-aged sort of Belgian mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A straightforward beer and a slightly mixed bag at times. I think it's probably past its peak, but then again, I didn't have this one fresh, so I don't really know what I'm talking about from a relative point of view. I just know what "past its prime" beer tastes like, and this one exhibits a few of those characteristics. You can't knock Stone for not breaking outside the box, though - the vertical epic series will show brewers exactly what they can and can't, should and shouldn't do when creating series designed to be aged in this fashion. I had no problem finishing this one, and enjoyed it perfectly well at 4 years of age ... but I imagine it was at one point better, and will not get better with an additional two years, six months, and twenty days on it.

CrellMoset, May 24, 2010
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

dgherm, Jul 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

imperialking, Dec 13, 2012
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.