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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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Matthew

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown to near black, ruby highlights. Small head that leaves almost no covering, very little lacing.
Some roasted malt, slighlty yeasty, some faint hints of dried fruit.
This is a very smooth beer, Nice and big roasted malt character, some almost burnt type flavors, with nice yeasty flavors, slightly fruity, with a almost almond type character there too. Some hints of sweeter caramel and an overlapping spiciness pulls through as the beer warms.
Nice medium bodied mouthfeel slighlty leaning towards a more viscous/chewy character.
Good drinkability at 8.6%, the high abv is very hard to percieve, niceley balanced. This beer has alot of potential and will certainly improve with another year or two. A pleasant suprise from stone.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 04:15:59 | More by Matthew
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large capped bottle. Unfortunately, never had before, so have no comparison, but my first impression is that this will not last well into 2012. On the other hand, overlord thinks this one is improving.

Very dark reddish brown, golden highlights. Very thin light tan head does not hold at all, and produces minimal lacing.
The aroma, if not powerful, is very interesting and unique; dark fruits and candy like a belgian, but also some chocolate, vanilla, spicines, yeastiness.
The same notes come back on the palate; medium bodied, with caramel, dark fruits, malty sweetness, bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate.
Despite all those flavors, like the aroma, the flavor does not feel "powerful" enough, and it is very short lasting.
Good, not great; I hope I am wrong, but I cannot see this one holding long.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 01:56:40 | More by brdc
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a root beer brown with garnet highlights and a bubbly head that fades rather quickly, leaving foam on the sides and a film to cap the liquid

Smell: Dark fruit (prune and fig), tannery leather, caramel and a chocolate covered banana aspect

Taste: After the initial onset of dark fruit, the beer turns somewhat bitter, with a roasty, charcoal aspect; the bitterness fades in favor of the sweeter elements, after the swallow, and the finish has a nice dark fruit and chocolate covered banana flavor that is rather appealing

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, somewhat creamy, with lively carbonation

Drinkability: A decent beer, but not quite up there with the best of Belgium; it lacks the depth of flavor to some extent

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 14:45:23 | More by brentk56
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, and spices. Taste is much the same but the flavor is mainly fruity with the spices coming through on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is easy to drink and I think it has held up quite well so far.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 01:30:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Had a 1/4" tan head which fades fast when poured into a sniffer. Looks black then when held to light is a brownish color. Basically no lacing, just around the edge, and a bit here and there.
S-Malts and alcohol, almost a sweetness to it. Maybe sweeter hops like a sugarish sweet. Once I drank some and smelled it again it's REALLY fruity (pruney?) and I couldn't believe I didn't smell it before.
T- Fruity flavor, prunes plums, maybe light cherry?. It was almost to fruity for me. Pretty sweet also. Basically no alcohol taste. Not really bitter, just very fruity. Can't put my finger on the different fruits, maybe a roasted fruit flavor? As it warms I got warming in chest from the alcohol.
M-Med/full body, medium carbonation, very complex
D-Pretty good. I think it was to fruity since I'm not a fan of fruity beers. I think it will be better aged.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 22:57:34 | More by BlindPig
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LvilleIPA

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of the 22oz'er into my favorite St. Bernardus chalice.

Sets up nice, and smells fantastic. The head was a deep tan that formed a thin rim near the top of the glass before disappearing rather quickly. The "body" is a deep brown, almost black.

The mouthful reminds me of a Belgian Dubbel (actually, I may be off, but this mostly reminds me of a Maredsous 8).

Stone made a great run at crafting a Belgian Dark Ale here. It's mouthful dances with dried fruits and toffee before drying out my mouth completely. Leaves a dry/fruity/smokey/spicy flavor on the palate. You can tell there's alcohol there, but it's not overwhelmingly powerful (considering it's a 8.66%).

I think this will hold up well until Stone's suggested drinking date of 12-12-12.

Definitely a great beer to drink now as well. Don't be afraid to drink it now and save some for later.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 02:05:20 | More by LvilleIPA
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arizcards

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle Labor Day weekend at AJ's for $5.79.

Beer poured a deep mahogany with an off white head that is sustaining well. Nose is sweet, with a hint of bananas and cloves. Taste is of sweet malts, hint of candied sugar, bananas, and cloves. There is a lot of alcohol heat in the finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, and smooth. Overall drinkabilty is good although the alcohol back bite is pretty heavy.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 23:14:30 | More by arizcards
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deuschbag

California

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is my first edition of the vertical epic series.

22 oz. bomber pored into a snifter. this brew poures a nice dark dark brown - almost black with ruby red highlights. moderate small tan head that fades away to some decent lacing.

smell is very bubble gummy. yeasty and spicey. hints of chocolate and alcohol in the background.

tastes a little mediciney. very fruity overall, however. light chocolate malts and a little sourness.

big thick mouthfeel. one of the thickest i've ever had.

a fairly drinkable brew for being young. i'd give it a half a year or so to mature and it'll be much more drinkable. still a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 05:46:22 | More by deuschbag
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daveytheformer

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with almost no light getting through. Thin tan head that immediately fades to very light lacing.

Smells like chocolate, raisins, plums, brown sugar, and sweet tobacco. Lots of dark fruit and cocoa. More sweet than roasted.

Tastes are caramel, vanilla, a little woody, chocolate malts, more dark fruit, toffee, and slightly syrupy. Mild malt bitterness rounds out the flavor.

Mouthfeel is a creamy thickish medium with very little carbonation.

Overall is great and even five years old is maybe my favorite of the vertical epics that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 18:37:31 | More by daveytheformer
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Melchizedek

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this just over a year ago and have aged it (poorly) in anticipation of my departure to Berlin.

Pours a deep dark murky reddish brown. Nose is leafy hop competing against yeast and phenols and dark fruit, creating a sort of chocolate-toffee thing in the aroma. As it warms, I get almost a Worcestershire sort of vibe, kind of tangy.

Taste is well bittered, more woody and leafy and vinous/tannic. A little toast, aniseed, clove. Spicy alcohol, especially as it warms.

Nice. Glad a year of inconsistent and poorly managed aging didn't murder this one. I love the aroma, and I'd be curious to taste it after a couple of years of good aging.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 02:32:10 | More by Melchizedek
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Volo, Stone Appreciation Day. Pours slick black, with nice white head. Good aromas of anise, chocolate. Taste is rich but only average, was expecting thicker. A delivery of anise, after 3.5 years the yeast "she has gone away" A bit on the sweeter side.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 23:14:32 | More by Sammy
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shroompod

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up 13 of these and will try to pick up more next year.

Poured half a bomber into a pint glass. Thick tan head seems to hold up well. This beer is dark with no light penetrating.

Smell has some anise, clove , and sweet honey notes.

Taste almost has a bubble gum spearmint flavor up front. It gets rounded out by some nice hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thick , a little sweet, good carbonation.

Drinkabilty is OK, and I imagine will improve in time. I'm curious to see how this one ages throughout the "EPIC"

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 01:32:04 | More by shroompod
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Freshie

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Powerful

Very dark, with light hints of amber, if held to a light. Frothy head the settles nicely to the side with decent lacing.

Smells of sugary malts and very unique hop spiceness. Very interesting, never smelled that off a beer before, not even the 050505.

Bitter at first, but then very sweet, then a lingering spicness in your throat. Very strange array of tastes, but I like it. Anise, clove, brown sugar, are all present. The hops are well balanced to the malt.

As I drank this the spiceness got stronger. And was very warming.

Very tasty, and has the bite a covet so much from Stone Brews. Yum!


[edit] Aged for a year. Flavors seemd to have settled down. Much more smokey, with that same spiciness. Less sweet. Coffee like tanic quality.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 01:51:34 | More by Freshie
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3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color, with ruby highlights when I held it up to the light. Almost opaque. Modest tan head hung around briefly after the pour. "Typical" Belgian aroma, some barnyard, some sugar/sweet aromas, spice (clove?). Very appealing and it improved as it warmed. Slight metallic and alcohol notes as well. Flavor was quite complex, toast/coffee hints at start, a raisin/grape taste in the center with some alcohol/medicinal bits thrown in, and a finish of hop bittering (fairly mild). Finally, I think I picked up licorice in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was medium body, low carb, some alcohol warming and a little bit of diacetyl like slickness. I found this to be very drinkable, moreso the warmer it go. I bought a good bit to cellar and am interested in how that works out.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 15:15:55 | More by
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vfgccp

New York

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Opened June 2013

A - Dark chocolate cranberry body. Thin, off-white head sits low but has nice retention and lace.

S - Touch of old wood. Dark dried fruits; cherry, fig, raisin, apricot. Almonds. Smooth chocolately booze. Black cherry soda. Rum cake.

T - Hard wood, iced coffee, hazel nut, tart cherries. Dark fruits, light and mellow scotch, cherry chocolate cordials.

M - Medium-light body. Solid carbonation. Touch of water on the finish.

O - A solid offering that held up well after 7 years.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 01:09:36 | More by vfgccp
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mattcrill

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Belgian yeast, dark ripened fruits, banana, a touch of cloves, and some esters.

Appearance: Shoe leather brown opaque pour with a fluffy tan head. The head disappears too quickly and leaves minimal lacing around the glass.

Flavor: Cocoa powder, bananas, cloves, pears, white raisins, some carmel, and a spicyness rounds things out. Pretty complex and it changes character with each sip. Some a little sweeter others a bit more toward the bitter chocolate end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation, and a dry, slippery finish.

Overall impression: I can't see this lasting until 2012 but maybe I'm just missing something. I'm sure the spices and darker malts will help it age but the body and carbonation just seemed to low to stand the test of time. I say drink it now. Overall, a pretty decent offering from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 01:32:17 | More by mattcrill
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FranklinPCombs

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, with a muted ruby glow, barely visible. 2 solid fingers of head, light and foamy, not too much protetin structure, and thereby not much lace. Subsides to a film somewhat quickly, but not too much so. The nose is very interesting, with the immediate sensations being of refined sugars. These open up, however, into much nuttier fruity flavors, with some savory peppers. The alcohol is noticable too, though it unfortunately imparts a bit of a medical smell, which nudges the entire nose slightly off kilter. The taste is well balanced, yet subtle. The dark roast malts have a nice bite to them, and on the back of the tongue there is a great rich meatiness to the beer, revealing some coffee and chocolate notes. The mouthfeel is great, with a light start and a rich, full-bodied finish. Definitely very drinkable. Now I just need to go grab another bottle to put away for a few years to ripen.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 23:29:09 | More by FranklinPCombs
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with a vintage date of 06.06.06

A- Great lacing, leaves tan rings on the glass. Dark leather brown color, nearly black.

S- Dark sugar and malt aroma, faint suggestions of clove and anise. Mild roasted grain bite similar to a slightly acidic coffee bean.

T&M- Amazingly smooth with an ample crispness in a full body. Suggestions of cocoa powder, coffee, anise, clove, walnuts, thyme with a rounded maltiness. Maltiness is a tad sugary ... brown sugar to be exact which becomes sandwiched by a bitter hop and a slightly hot alcohol.

D- Pretty damn tasty, great to try but I think some time in the bottle will prove it to be a better beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 01:42:22 | More by Jason
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tattooedtolley

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color with some ruby accents in good lighting. Little to no head.

Smell: A sweet yet spicy aroma with some malty caramel too.

Taste: Big complex taste, I'm not used to this but I shall describe it best I can. Lots of different spices, can't put my finger on one alone, some black liquorice is apparent. The malt comes through a bit more on the finish and is sweet and a bit caramel. Very complex flavor, for someone who really enjoys that in a beer, this one would be worth their time.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, alcohol is apparent but not over powering.

Drinkability: I doubt anyone is sessioning this beer. One sip and you can tell thats not its purpose. However it does drink pretty easily and getting through a bomber is not big feat.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 16:50:10 | More by tattooedtolley
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Estarrio

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a midnight black with a medium coffee tinted head. Not much retention apart from the lacing around the rim.

The aroma is of sweet malt with some very subltle spices.

Full bodied, thick consistency, well carbonated.

Sweet coffee, smoke, fruit and roasted malt flavors. There is a slight bubblegum aftertaste. The high alchohol percentage is nicely masked. There are some hints of hop but not enough to counteract the sweetness for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 02:25:14 | More by Estarrio
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours about like Coca-Cola. One finger of light mocha head. It has a creamy smooth top that I wish could stay for a bit longer, but it is not to be.

Aroma - moderate aromas of smoke, toasted malts, bubble gum, and root beer. A slight Belgian yeast in there at times with some brown sugar and a whiff of alcohol.

Taste - a diversity of flavors. Sweet malts, both roasty and smoky. Yeast, anise, figs, chocolate. The alcohol is quite well-hidden. As the palate adjusts, the flavors that jump out at me the most are anise, chocolate, and the smoked malts. Lots of potential for flavor development with age. Finishes dry with a charred edge and anise.

Mouthfeel - solid carbonation level, about medium in body.

Drinkability - an enjoyable beer from Stone; looking forward to another sampling down the road...

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 15:47:51 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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travolta

California

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: A loose, frothy head which was mocha in color. The beer itself was as black as grandpa's motor oil. The lacing was spotted and head retention was between average and weak.

Nose: Toasty malt, a light raisin in the middle with a background of yeast.

Taste: A very light mouthfeel. Sweet in the middle with a lindering bitterness. The bitterness is kept with some crisp bubbles at the end.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 09:05:01 | More by travolta
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rabsten

West Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First bottle out of a case, poured into a pint glass. This is a dark, dark beer. Not as noir as an imperial stout but darn close. Light tan head with moderate lacing. I like the dark, so good marks on this.

Smoked malt aroma. Pine or cedar or some other evergreen sits in the background too. Nice enough.

Tastes smoky indeed. Lox-like smokiness. Not at the level of, say, a Rogue Smoke Ale or Stone's own Smoked Porter, but plenty high. There are hints of several other flavors I can't I.D. Malty character with little or no traditional hop presence.

Overall mouthfeel is okay, but not great. It numbs my tongue a bit (and not because I've overchilled it; I haven't). Round feeling with smooth finish.

Pretty good drinkability, considering the higher than average ABV, smoke factors, and the numbing effect. To be honest though, I'd rather split a bottle with someone than tackle it by myself.

This is the fourth of the VEs I've had and it's my least favorite as of this writing. I loved the 03.03.03 and 04.04.04 and really liked 05.05.05. This one is good, quality stuff, but not up my alley right now. I expect it will be better given some proper ageing (sp?) and me being more in a mood for the style. I have plenty to age (years worth, actually) and get into smoked alcohol moods about twice a year, so this wont go to waste or anything.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 01:18:40 | More by rabsten
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birchstick

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had in the midst of a '06 - '10 vertical.

This guy poured brown to black without much of a head. The nose opened up with smells of chocolate fading to pine then ultimately spicy fig / dark fruits. The flavor profile was similar to the nose - chocolate with spicy rum soaked tobacco leaves and a bit of caramelized malts; spicy fruit was also in the mix thanks to some Belgian yeast. Was medium bodied and went down smoothly. Solid but didn't blow me away. I was excited just to be able to try it...

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 04:33:32 | More by birchstick
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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