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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic AleStone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

449 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 449
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.56%


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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cbl2

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 22:05:06 | More by cbl2
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 15:50:16 | More by rhoadsrage
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GClarkage

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 15:56:53 | More by GClarkage
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bradybeer

California

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

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 18:49:42 | More by bradybeer
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mdm46410

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 23:15:43 | More by mdm46410
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Vancer

Illinois

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

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 23:45:05 | More by Vancer
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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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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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bennetj17

Arizona

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...

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 02:53:20 | More by bennetj17
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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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