Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.75/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
12-23-2012 14:22:10 | More by TheBrewo
3.78/5 rDev -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...
02-16-2007 22:02:00 | More by JMD71
3.78/5 rDev -5%
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.
10-13-2006 00:57:28 | More by xgrigorix
3.78/5 rDev -5%
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.
03-09-2007 01:41:00 | More by brewcrew76
3.78/5 rDev -5%
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.
12-03-2006 00:19:42 | More by MVassar
3.79/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
05-24-2014 20:01:53 | More by buschbeer
3.8/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
07-24-2008 01:32:12 | More by Dukeofearl
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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