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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

465 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 465
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 Erdinger2003
1.63/5  rDev -59%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer poured out a slight head that fell away fast leaving not much behind except a little bit of a lacing. The color is very dark. The taste is a bunch of odd flavors coming at you at one time, very unpleasant. Overall I taste a lot of breadiness and a slight smokiness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a bit unpleasant. Overall drinkability is very low.

Erdinger2003, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of emerge077
2.08/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks Chris for sharing this at the annual cellar clearance...
Served in a mini-nonic pint, quick review transcribed from written notes

Dark brown with a ruby glint in the light, spotty lace around the edges, patchy surface skim. Good lasting coverage.

Weird sharp aroma, as it warms there's some vague traces of dark fruit. Tart astringent taste, tangy. Big notes of oxidation, light roast malt in the background. Must have been infected or aged too long, it's kind of gross at this point... drain pour.

emerge077, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
2.35/5  rDev -41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

On Tap

Stone Epic Festival 12-12-12
Stone Brewing Co.
Escondido, CA

(Aged for 6 years)

Dark brown with a small light brown cap. Moderate amount of visible carbonation. Irregular spots and and oily sheen left down the glass.

Very close to zero aroma. This one was passed around the table and hardly one person could smell a thing. If I tried my hardest, I could perhaps pull out a touch of dark fruit, but at that point, my imagination could be playing tricks on me. It's not an offensive aroma, obviously, but it isn't pleasant at all. Well below average, obviously.

Faint, simple, dulled flavors, which isn't surprising after the aroma. There's some mild biscuit and yeast, perhaps a touch of dark fruits, but this has faded into almost nothing.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

At least it's a very drinkable 8.66% ABV! Lame. Such a stupid series of beers.

ehammond1, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of dtx00
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

dtx00, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of cwguy5
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed this draft at the Stone Total Tap Tower Takeover event @ Duckworth's in Charlotte, NC. ***thank you Stone for coming to NC!!!***

med - high retension and lacing; off-white thin head; dark "cool" brown color with amber highlights; clear, but could just barely see through glass

mostly sour aroma with a bit of dark fruit

surprisingly low fruit for the style aside from the vinous flavors; some floral in the middle; some mild herbal notes with very low malt and toffee; medium sweet and med/high sour; almost no bitter taste; light body

light carbonation with very fine fizzy texture almost like champagne yeast

this beer is not super drinkable for me after a few separate tastings. the light carbonation seems to enhance the sweet/sour flavors, but the thin body and uneven flavors just dont work. overall it is on the thinner bodied side of the strong dark ales ive tasted. wine drinkers may enjoy this as it has some vinous flavors and textures. btw this is the only beer from stone that i have not liked.

*edited 10.31.10 after another on-tap tasting. no radical changes really just a more accurate review now imo.

cwguy5, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

kscaldef, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of badbeer
2.65/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown color with a light tan head atop of it, lacing was lacking. Smell was a bit light, bready, and even a bit smoky. Taste is smoky as well, was more like a rauchbier to me. I won't detract just because it isn't necessarily Belgian Styled, because Belgian style is hard to define as it is. I will however, detract from the fact that I just don't like it. Medium bodied with high carbonation. I'm glad I shared the bottle and didn't pick up two of them, won't be buying this again.

badbeer, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of Minkybut
2.7/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this beer fron the 22 ounce bottle into two tumblers at 50 degrees. The beer was a black thick color with a nice big tan head. The beer has a slightly sweet smell. Taste was slightly ever so of burnt peat but high alcohol killed off any yummy taste. If you just want alcohol taste this is your beer. I will not buy again. One other thing. This stuff about saving it till 2012 is crap. They don't sell bourbon like that. They sell it to you ready to drink. If it is suppose to sit for years befor it is ready to drink sell it to me when it is at its peak or ready to drink!

Minkybut, May 04, 2007
Photo of charlzm
2.73/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Consumed on January 20th, 2013 at a private Vertical Epic tasting.

This beer pours a clear, dark brown with no head and virtually no bubbles rising in the glass.

The aroma is sweet, almost syrupy. No other character noted.

Flavor is dark roasted malts with a hint of thin, bitter coffee, a touch of treacle character and a cedar note.

Mouthfeel is thin and still.

All together with me now: this was much better fresh.

charlzm, Jan 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

ajzy, May 18, 2013
Photo of Onibubba
2.83/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Do you like black licorace? If you do, please disregard my negative comments, and enjoy a beer made for you. Pours black without much of a head. Strong smells of burnt sugar, cough syrup and licorace from the anise. Taste is along those same lines, only more amped up. For me, the licorace taste was too overwhelming and repugnant. I could not finish a glass, let alone the bottle. Mouthfeel was average, but the downfall to the drinkability lies soley with the taste.

Onibubba, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of mcarroll10177
2.85/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

poured from the 22 oz bombering into an imperial pint glass

A- a very beautiful beer, dark burgandy almost black with a big tan head that left lots of lacing on the glass with each sip

S- some sweet notes with some malt a good smell but not to overwelming

T- strong and bitter, not a great taste with some chocolate sweet undertones

M- sticks in your mouth and is a bit on the thick side spot on as far as I am concerned

D- not an every day drinker by any scence of the imagination and not wonderful tasting like a big heavy sipping beer.

Notes- the best way I can sum up this beer is that it is too raw. It has potential but needs some definate aging to balance out the flavors. This may beer an exceptional beer in the future, but for right now the favors have not melded together. Give it a few years of aging.

mcarroll10177, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of Treebs
2.86/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a light brown head forming on the pour. Some splotches of lace are left behind.

S: Boozy, some sweet malts and fruity notes as well. An odd minty note on the finish, reminiscent of toothpaste.

T: Brandy soaked plum, some anise and a ton of booze. Light roast with herbal mint qualities on the finish. Not as noticeable as the nose.

M: Medium bodied with a medium low carbonation level. Herbal and roasty finish.

O: The odd minty and toothpaste like flavors on the finish detracted from an overall decent beer.

Treebs, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
2.86/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Think I got this at Discount Liquor. Served in a tulip.

A - Dark tan foam settles to a solid cap, leaving behind splotches of lace. Dark brown body, with ruby-brown highlights. Looks pretty good actually!

S - Roasted malts, cedar, fruity oxidation, perhaps the first trace of Belgian yeast remaining in any of these beers. Not as sweet as previous vintages.

T - The taste is quite strange - an understated mix of smoke, roasted malts, and vinous notes, as well as the expected oxidation. The advertised anise is long gone.

M - Medium-full body, pleasant carbonation, chewy texture, and a dry and lightly smokey finish.

D - My least favorite so far. Even worse than 03.03.03. At least in the preceding ones the the oxidation flavors had overwhelmed the original ones - here it's an unholy blend of oxidation and vestigial, largely unpleasant, flavors.

MasterSki, Mar 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

Steve_Oldrati, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of ThatsThatDude
3/5  rDev -24.6%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -24.6%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of CityofBals
3/5  rDev -24.6%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of tommyguz
3/5  rDev -24.6%

tommyguz, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of GrindFatherBob
3/5  rDev -24.6%

GrindFatherBob, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of TheBeerWolf
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let this baby age for nearly a year and I am not impressed with the way its coming out. This review is based on what it is currently is like.

A - Pours a very dark brown reddish color. The head is like a brownish eggshell color and mine did not make much of a head, like half inch but it does leave some nice lacing that mostly survives while you’re drinking it.

S - A strong alcohol small with slight spiciness, also a bright floral smell very faintly in the background.

T - Overwhelming alcohol taste. A very slight roastiness and graininess in the background. The aftertaste is a bit of that roastiness with just a hint of spicy hops. But the hot alcohol dominated.

M - It seems to have lost body with the time. It seems a little like a watery alcohol soup now.

D - As it is now I would not drink more then one bomber. It’s pretty strong too so I would go for something lighter after this.

I don't think it was stored improperly. I had it in a paper bag in a wine fridge that is always at 50 degrees and served it at this temp too. I liked this beer much more when it was fresh. I also had a bottle after 6 months of aging and even then it was not bad but for me this beer is just great when its fresh. This review is based on the bottle I just opened. If I had reviewed it fresh it would have gotten much better scores. Fresh it had a lot of flavor, you could really taste the wheat and an almost root beer like spiciness. That has faded considerably. I can't imagine another few years improving it honestly. I guess it depends on your taste but I did not like the bottle aged this long. Much better fresh, Since they posted the recipe on their site (thanks stone!) I will try to brew some on my own and enjoy it fresh.

TheBeerWolf, May 08, 2007
Photo of dfillius
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass on 9/22/07

A: Pours an opaque dark brown. 1/2 finger of head which quickly subsides.

S: Molasses, dark bread and not much more . I think this one is another victim of my warm cellar :(

T: Pretty tasty though. Alcohol taste is not subtle though. Red grape flavor quickly followed by a dry, woody, barrelly bitter flavor. Medium hop bitter aftertaste. Hops hover somewhere between an APA and an IPA. Dry, especially on the middle rear of my tongue. It seemed to be picking up flavors of things I was eating at the time: cucumbers, then raisins...

D: I couldn't finish one 22oz bottle

dfillius, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of PatronWizard
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In a pathetic attempt to begin to repay BAs OlieIPA, Mauerhan, and Aimstatus for the tremendous generosity that oozes from their pores, I decided to crack the last vestiges of my cellar and have a Vertical Epic 04-08 tasting one fine evening. Started with 08, then 07, and here we are....

Poured a dark opaque burgandy with a decent one finger head. Low on the retention.

Smell is slightly disappointing. Not that its bad, but because it isn't strong at all. Very weak. Within this weakness is a nice tea leave, tobacco leave over a soft mint.

Taste is meh. 'Nuff said.

Overall: why was I holding on to this?

PatronWizard, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Alewife. I ran through the entire flight of Verticals, so this one will be a shorter.

A: The ale has a dark stout appearance with a thin tan head.

S: An unpleasant, buttery nose starts things off, very sweet with just enough sour mixed in. The darker aromas never get going, victims to what I'd call age.

T: The BSDA starts off with roasted malts and plenty of spicy sweetness. The buttery flavors, mildly sour, add a dry berry-like flavor that helps the ale improve (as compared to the nose).

M: The mouthfeel is sweet and berry-like, sweeter than any Belgian style stout I've come across.

D: My least favorite of the bunch, it seems like age has been unkind to VE 06.

akorsak, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of bruachan
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this has been sitting around since its release so i thought i would liberate it (don't worry there's another in the cellar

it's nicely carbonated, which maintains a thick head for sometime, and when it finally does descend the glass has a souvenir left along itself

the aroma is is of dark fruit, but clean. floral hops and some roastiness. it smells a bit like a baltic porter fermented cool with a belgian yeast. there's some spice in there, as well: coriander. and tastes exactly like a baltic porter fermented cool with a belgian yeast. more spice in the flavor as well, and it does dovetail fairly well with hop bitterness

in the end, though. it is a porter in a belgian's clothing. i don't have anything averse to that in and of itself, but this just doesn't seem too imaginitive. perhaps i'm being harsh...

bruachan, Oct 03, 2007
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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.