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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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Canada_Dan

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

06-15-2014 17:29:54 | More by Canada_Dan
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-04-2013 16:51:19 | More by DarthKostrizer
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ebrifan

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-06-2013 06:08:59 | More by ebrifan
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-13-2013 23:52:07 | More by Rhettroactive
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JTomczak

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-13-2013 18:39:08 | More by JTomczak
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

01-01-2013 05:25:24 | More by drewone
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

11-20-2011 03:18:00 | More by brandoman63
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from a bottle at the Tap and Mallet Vertical Epic tasting event. It arrived in a tasting glass, showing a red cola coloring with dark ruby around the edges. It held a half finger tall head of tan bubbles, leaving rings of stark white lacing after a nice retention. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared moderate. The aroma gave fusel booze, the deepest caramel malt and roast, light coffees, syrupy figs, chalky pale malt and grit, and a lighter yeastiness. With warmth came a cooled vanilla smoothness, and faint wheatiness. Very grain forward. Our first impression was that there was a nice depth to the malts, but this lightened up a bit through the finish. The flavoring opened with toasted pales, deep caramels, spicy black pepper, a flash of cayenne heat, and fusel booziness. The peak came mildly, with yeast, coin, and washed caramel sugars. The finish gave black pepper bite, caramel syrups, fig sweetness, limey citric bite, faint floral hops, and dirty earthiness. The aftertaste breathed of coffee malts, anise, smoked oak, meaty ham smoke and salt, burnt caramel, and light florals. The body was medium, and the carbonation was lighter. There was a smooth and oily coating all around the mouth, with an eventual boozy dryness. Each sip gave nice slurp and smack, but lesser cream or froth to the lip. The abv was fine, and the beer was easy drinking.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was the nose and the sticky syrup sugars to the flavoring. The sweetness was robust and held up nicely at first through the malt bomb-ness of it, but by the end of the sip things faded a bit. This gave room for some hops and subtle smokiness of the malts, but the blend was lost. The feel was equally as thin, and almost watered, making this guy less exciting for the series.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 14:22:10 | More by TheBrewo
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Yesdog

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

12-25-2012 01:53:00 | More by Yesdog
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ScottyC54

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

03-17-2012 16:56:45 | More by ScottyC54
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-18-2013 23:34:05 | More by TXhomebrewer
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kvgomps

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

01-22-2014 02:49:29 | More by kvgomps
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

07-19-2014 06:07:48 | More by zestar
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

01-16-2013 19:04:34 | More by drabmuh
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

12-13-2012 22:32:49 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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RegalEagle

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-18-2013 06:38:27 | More by RegalEagle
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robbrandes

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

04-03-2013 06:05:46 | More by robbrandes
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

09-07-2013 18:25:18 | More by THECPJ
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

06-07-2013 22:39:54 | More by savagepm
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JMD71

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ap: Thin head of tight laced bubbles that dissipates quickly when poured. Deep rich black cherry color with little carbonation evident.

Ar: Typical Belgian yeast aroma. Almost saison-like. Fruity with slight specialty malt aroma noted.

Ta: Reminds me of a higher strength saison than a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Saison-like fruitiness but with more alcohol warmth in the finish. Belgian yeast character dominant with little, if any, hop bitterness I'm used to from other Stone offerings.

Mo: Medium bodied & slightly rich. Carbonation is higher than appearance would lead you to believe. Leaves mouth crisp.

Dr: Medium drinkability. Due to its strength, this leads to a bit of caution. Deceiving....

Comments: This was an enjoyable departure from the hoppy beasts I have become used to from Stone. This being my first Vertical Epic tasting, it was a nice departure for Stone. If I had realized these were meant for a bit of aging, I probably wouldn't have sampled so soon. Time could smooth out some of the rougher alcohol edges...

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 22:02:00 | More by JMD71
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xgrigorix

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twentytwo ounce brown silk screened bottle.

Deep dark brown. Opaque with a frothy beige coloured head riding proudly on top.

Notes of anise come right through, along with a hint of cedar. Some phenols meander in towards the end.

Toasted & roasted. A little bit of spice - anise in particular. A lingering woody bitterness finishes it off. Medium bodied, a little bit slick. Soft carbonation. Interesting, but not exactly rockng my world.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 00:57:28 | More by xgrigorix
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz

A - Pours a dark brown/light black with a few ruby highlights and a thin brown head.

S - Spicy with dark fruits, earthy with some alcohol. A lot of malt is showing up in the aroma.

T - Yeasty spice and pepper, banana, clove, dark fruits, noticeable alcohol taste, woody with lingering licorice on the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated. Bubbly in the mouth.

D - Unique and complex. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 01:41:00 | More by brewcrew76
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MVassar

California

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As black as a cup of coffee. Head is stout-like, thick, creamy.

Lots of malt in the nose, plenty of sweet brown bread.

Tastes of malt, raw sugar, banana, maybe a touch of clove. Slightly cloying. Hint of bitter hops in the finish.

Very smooth and creamy in the mouth, and certainly easy to sip. Wonder if it might improve with some time in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 00:19:42 | More by MVassar
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a Stone tulip

A - This beer is very dark with just the slightest of ruby light coming through. It is topped with a couple inches of tan head.

S - I first notice some hints of anise. Some Belgian spices are coming through.

T - The anise is more noticeable in the taste as are the spices.

M - Medium

O - This is a mellow beer. I assume it would have been pretty spicy fresh. It is a decent beer but not one that I would seek.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2014 20:01:53 | More by buschbeer
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Dukeofearl

California

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

7/21/08. Wow, what a great improvement. No carbonation, and that's a minor concession, but all of the truly awful things listed before have mellowed significantly, into a very drinkable BSDA. Rich and full, a bit of spicy complexity, but mostly just a good tasty brew. Minor sweetness offset by a hint of the former leather/charcoal, much more under control and definitely enjoyable. This one has aged very well. Now having said that, though, this one also is 2 years old- I can get a fairly new BSDA from other brewers that are relatively fresh that are just as good- why wait 2 years? But still, enjoyable.

6/23/06 review: 3.5/3/2/3/1.5 Original Scores. OK, I waited a couple of weeks for this to show up in my inland part of southern California. I waited while I read about the excitement of its release and the final reviews once it came out.

I'm sorry, this isn't enjoyable at all to me. It's like chewing on a charcoal briquette. Sharp, smoky, and not enjoyable like a rauchbier. Stale cigar smoke. I'll try it again, because I hope that this improves with age, but now, I can barely drink this stuff.

Not recommended. Maybe it'll be good in a few years.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 01:32:12 | More by Dukeofearl
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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