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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

467 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
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 Jason
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.

Jason, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of tattooedtolley
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.

tattooedtolley, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
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.

Estarrio, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
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...

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of travolta
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.

travolta, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of rabsten
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.

rabsten, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of birchstick
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...

birchstick, May 06, 2011
Photo of bennetj17
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is dark brown, with faint amber hues if viewed in direct light. The head tries to develop during the pour, but only ends up as a frothy ring. Very "dubbel" like aroma of coffee, banana, and belgian yeast. There is a hint of earthy and roasted character plus some alcohol too. The taste very much matches the aroma initially, and ends with a tangy bitterness that is quite pleasing. I like the hint of dryness in the finish also, plus the light roasted character that gives it some qualities like a porter. Mouthfeel is good, with a medium body and decent carbonation. Intrigued by its potential, I would defintiely try it again after a few more months...

bennetj17, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Drank on 3/31/13
A- This beer has a jet black body with a faint light of dark brown glowing at the base of the glass. There is a sticky light beige head that is made mostly of bubbles

S- The abbey yeast ester character blends with a roasted black malt aroma which turns into a brewer’s licorice and coffee quality in the finish.

T- The mellow licorice flavor blends with a nougat and abbey yeast taste with some prune and tootsie roll flavor underneath. There is a salty sweaty taste in the finish that lead to a bitter toffee and slightly inky flavor. The aftertaste has a slight smoky bitterness that lingers.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a slight slippery texture and no real alcohol heat.

O- The off flavors and smoky note don’t blend to well with the licorice but the soft yeasty profile is nice but buried a bit.

Drank 7/17/2006
(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark black body with a thick spongy head of light tan foam. No sign of bubbles in that dense body.

S- This beer has a nice perfume sweet aroma with a yeasty brown sugar hint that is very nice.

T- The taste of sweet bubblegum is followed by a sweet dark toasted malt flavor with some nice caramel notes. The finish is a big bitter hop flavor that is a surprising punch at the end of this beer. There is not a lot of complexity in the malt flavors the but the bubblegum flavor has nice subtle complexities of perfume, yeast, and faint white sugar.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a very soft carbonation fizz that keeps the finish light and adds more punch to the hops. No alcohol heat in the finish.

D-The smooth malty flavors have nice Abby ale qualities but the big hop punch in the finish really seems out of place. The fading trend of fusion fare offers many dishes that clash while a few of them are really nice. This fusion beer is one of those that clashes, however when I try this beer in 2013 I think it will be very tasty.

rhoadsrage, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of bradybeer
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A=Pours Dark Prune Brown with thin head and little carbonation

Smell=I picked up some hops but no malt

Taste=Slightly sweet molassis with warming alchohol coming through in the finish I wasn't able to pick up much hops

Mouthfeel=medium body

Taste=I have a few of these bottle still-and I am curious to see how the taste changes. I like 6-6-6 but I found the beer not as good as expected. Could I drink a few pints of this at a time-no-but this beer isn't made for that. I wil wait a few years for the next tastng

bradybeer, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of mdm46410
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Pours a very deep brown with almost no head. Aroma is dark fruit, raisens, roasted malts. Flavor is very sweet and fruity. Under the fruitiness there are notes of toast, malt and a hint of hops. Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Very smooth. I can't wait to crack open another bottle a few years down the road to see how it is aging.

mdm46410, May 30, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/09/06- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2006 release. Poured into a wine style glass.

Appearance- Iced tea brown colored pour. Mildly clouded. Nice 3/4 inch head and whisps of sticky cobweb lace left in the glass.

Smell- Nose burying smell. Doesn't jump right out of the glass. I get a bit of sweet roasted malt, a touch of caramel candy smell and some anise and clove.

Taste- This one is actually remeniscent of the Gouden Carolus Grand Cru that I just had. Not nearly as tasty, but the same kinda tastes. Heavy of the spices (clove and anise) and flavorful in the deep roasted malt and light coffee hit.

Mouthfeel- This one needs some time to calm down. It is pretty well carbonated, but it's also very warming and sticky sweet with a fuller mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Will be excited to try this one in 2012...unless I can sell the whole series for $10,000 on ebay :) Really has some backbone and I think the caramel and malt flavors will come out much more with some time. Pretty good as is though.

GClarkage, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of cbl2
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle. Best by 12/12/12.

Pours almost pitch black into my chalice. Topped by a quarter inch of tightly packed tan head.

Caramelized sugar, figs, chocolate, hints of coffee, overripened fruit.

Relatively smooth with overtones of ripe dark fruit, though no one flavor pops out. Slightly hot alcohol tinge indicates this one could cellar a little more. Chocolate and coffee appear by midsip. Finish is bitter chocolate.

I almost had a heart attack when I found out the NY distribution for Stone was gone, but managed to track down 1/2 case in Boston for the beer fest (Bauer Wine & Spirits, a must visit). Not the best Epic, but I'm glad I have it.

cbl2, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of Vancer
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An epic dark pour, deep, deep mahogany – pretty much a black hole with a marshmallow top of thick, rich, lacey ivory head. This is gonna be good, just from this – followed by the Belgium yummy aroma of candy cane, molassis, toffee and coffee.

Taste was not near as complex and powerful as I expected – hope I didn’t overly raise them. Dark fruit, plum and cherry float amongst the previous flavors. A bit too thin for a Stone classic.

For an aged brew, the alcohol is upfront, but not overpowering. I’m liking this brew, but not greatly impressed

Vancer, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served into my Chimay goblet from a 22.oz brown bomber with crimped on cap. Brought down by fellow BA tcCromwell 2-way split this bitch.

Chestnut brown,mirky,tan head dissapated quickly down to a collar around the inside edge of the goblet. Very lively looking,many tiny strings of bubbles rising from the sides of the glass.

Very complex nose,very earthy quailty,lots of belgium yeast aromas,hints of figs/dates,spicey notes of clove. very enjoyable.

Tastes of Belgium yeast,very spicy,clovey,figs/dates, a tart acidic taste.
finishes dry,spicy,with a sharp tart bitterness.

Very creamy mouthfeel,lot of sweet stickyness,cloying,tongue swelling dryness.
Couldn't drink a lot of this beer,a definate sipper here,tastes better as it warms,wish I could have savored this one a bit longer. This seems like a beer that would only get better with age.

Thanks,for bringing this one down,Ted.

jcdiflorio, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of jeonseh
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber and poured into my brandy snifterh.

A - Wow this is one dark Belgian that I would say is on the verge of black. It might actually be a very dark plum but I would say that on the whole it is essentially black. There is no light at all getting through this badboy and it has a clean and reflective appearance to it. A small head sits on top throughout and it is only about a 1/4 of a finger in size.

S - smell is a mixture of sweet and tart. I get a smell of black cherry, clove, and pink bubblegum as well. There also seems to be a hint of orange and lemon as well.

T - this is at first rather wheaty and has a certain Belgian yeast. Has a characteristic dark Belgian taste as it has the usual characteristics of a hefe as it is loaded with bubblegum and clove. These really seem to dominate the flavor in this one. There is also a tart cherry taste to it but you can barely notice it as a citrus orange seems to come in and really dominate the flavor profile especially on the back end Within that cherry flavor there is also a of plum as well. There is also a strong hint of black licorice anise as well that gives this one a strong after feeling. Seems to also have a light chocolate note to it as well near the front of it.

MF - The mouth feel reminds me a bit of a weizenbock. At first it has a lot of carbonation that really just attacks the tongue. After that fades away the beer calms down just a bit but not too much. Never really becomes creamy or smooth either as throughout it there is a strong burning and tingly feeling that sits and the mouth and really carries on even way after the beer is gone in the mouth.

D - Overall this is an okay beer as well. I don't really care for having some of the bigger wheat aspects mixed in with the dark Belgian beer. Also the carbonation seems to be a bit much for me as I don't care for how the tingling feeling just cares on forever.This is a nice beer worth trying and it will be interesting to see how this holds up until 12.12.12. The beer did a nice job of hiding the alcohol though which is good.

jeonseh, May 10, 2008
Photo of JayTheFinn
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I love that the price for a 22oz is $6.66...although my wallet isn't too fond of it. The very spartan bottle Stone uses for their Verticals is a look that's not usual for their in-your-face attitude, but I like it.

A - Very dark body with a 1 finger off-white head.

S - Roasty, coffee, malty.

T - At first it seems very cidery, more so than I expected. But the malty sweet goodness slides in to replace it fairly quickly. The alcohol is also present and accounted for here in the flavor.

M - Full bodied as you'd expect a belgian dark to be.

D - Not as drinkable IMO as I'd hoped. But then my tongue is not accustomed to this style as it is to others. Definitely more drinkable than average.

JayTheFinn, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a few bottles at Joe Canals in Lawrenceville NJ. This one was shared with my brother and another one has been put away until 2012.

The appearance was a hazy dark reddish brown. It poured with a three finger high tan head full of dense fine bubbles. The head dissipated rather quickly leaving absolutely no lace.

The smell was a stand out. Upfront notes of crisp tart apple. Reminiscent of Granny Smith's. Also sweet smelling malts and a warm spiciness. Similar to mulled cider.

The taste was dominated by tart apple cider notes upfront. Followed by a sweet malts and dried fruits, roasted espresso and cocoa powder. This led into the mulled cider spices, cloves and licorice. Finishing with a slight hop bitterness. I felt the alcohol was hidden pretty well. I didn't get that "hot" taste from it.

The mouthfeel was a bit of a let down. IMO not enough carbonation. Very smooth as stated in previous reviews, but to me it felt a bit flat.

Drinkability was good. Again, I didn't really detect the alcohol. That paired with the smooth texture and complexities of flavour made this a drinkable brew.

All in all I thought it was a good beer. A bit young at this point, yet still had a complex flavour. I can only see it getting better as time goes by. I'm looking forward to reviewing it again in 2012 when I do a vertical tasting of whatever "vintages" I have collected by that time.

Ieatlambfries, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of russwbeck
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Churchkey

It has a black pour that lets some light in and a thin off white head. It smells of sweaty socks weirdly, malt and dark fruits, booze, and some liquor. The taste is much more Trappist, and less socks. Like a dubble, the taste is all dark fruits, caramel, booze, and roast. Finally this is one that has held its body and is nicely carbonated. First one that impressed me on this Vertical Epic tasting. Other than the smell, it's doing well after 6 years.

russwbeck, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of BeerRun13
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ahhhh. My 100th review. What a fitting way to celebrate it.

06.06.06 pours into my goblet a very clear yet dark ruby/brown color. A small slightly tan head gives off some good lace.
Aroma contains a strong candi sugar presence, along with a nice spicy clove like element.
Candi sugar in the flavor. A touch of dark maybe even roasted malts. A banana and clove flavor shows up in in the back of the mouth. Maybe a little chocolate in there as well.
Full bodied. A creamy yet syrup like texture. A bit of bitterness in the back of the mouth.
Pretty good beer, but maybe not super drinkable. I look forward to seeing this one age.

BeerRun13, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing.

The beer is dark mahogany with a thin beige collar. The aroma brings malt, citrus, light spice, toffee. The flavor imparts sweet breads, malt, toffee candies. Perfect carbonation level with alcohol content well disguised. Mouth feel is the best aspect of this beer. Pretty good.

Huhzubendah, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a light brown with red highlights. It has a smallish slightly fizzy head that quickly dissipates to a thin collar.

The aroma is banana, cloves, yeast and some dark fruits.

The flavor is sweet and sugary initially leading to some banana and cloves with a spicy yeasty, peppery alcohol and slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with soft carbonation.

Overall, I don't normally care for sweet or banana flavors in beer, but I was surprised to find that I liked this one. The flavors mesh well together.

Beaver13, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of sfoley333
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a delirium tremens snifter. Poured a brownish cola black color with a off tan head with good retention. Smells of raisin, prune, yeast, and malt. Taste is Herbal with anise, smoke, prune, but with a good malt compostion but diffent alcohol warmth on the finish. The mouthfeel is a little overcarbonated but in time will lessen. Worth putting away for another 5 years.

sfoley333, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of mcallister
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looker. Deep chestnut with a large tan head that takes a few minutes to fade into a foamy topper leaving behind some spotty lacing.

Belgian yeast, spice, earth, sassafrass, dried fruits of raisin, fig, and prune. Candy sugar with a bit of chocolate, toffee, some alcohol and some menthol that throw things off a little.

Nice beer not overly complex. Very much like the nose with the yeast standing out somewhat more in the mouth. More spicey with candy sugar and rum soaked peaches. The same raisiny, black fig, plum flavors come through with some berry, and quince. A bit of hop bitterness on the finish and a slighly creamy mouthfeel if not somewhat acrid and chalky. Finish is short and unappetizing. Nice beer that may get better but not sure how it will be doing in '12

mcallister, Oct 29, 2008
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3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

Pours a dark, cola black with a thin light tan head. Balanced aroma of dark fruit, fig, chocolate, citrus, Belgian yeast and mint. Sweet flavor of spice and yeast with candied dark fruit finish, light chocolate throughout. Medium thick and soft carbonation, not aging as poorly as some of the other VEs.

yourefragile, Jan 13, 2013
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.