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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

471 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 85
Gots: 116 | FT: 11
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 06-05-2006

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

Opened a bomber with a couple of friends today. Poured a dark, stout-like, color with a good inch of foam. The aroma was mostly of caramel, chocolate, and some roasted malts. The combination of caramel and chocolate combined to a tootsie-roll candy-like aroma. My friends laughed at me at first with the comments but after I mentioned it they were able to pick it out in the aroma. The flavor was more of the same as the aroma; caramel, chocolate and roasted malts. The mouthfeel was a tad thin with a thin finish as well, some alcohol near the finish but I hoped for a stronger, lingering, flavor in the finish/after-taste. Good beer overall though and I wish I had more bottles to age (I opened this one by mistake thinking it was the 07).

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3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The head rises fast and falls just as quickly, surrendering to a spotty skim that seems one bubble deep across the deep brown, nearly black surface. Lacing is likewise spotty. The aroma is wonderful, and this is from a beer that was poured, admittedly, too cold - like a deep Corsendonk brown, full of raisins and brown bread and a whiff of hops.

Taste is impressive at first. Chocolate, and an interesting slick mixture of grit and cream in the mouth. Rum and raisins. Ends with a dry, slightly puckering alcohol burn and a sour rinse of hops. Not as roundly sweet as anticipated from the aroma, thanks to the hops and the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is slick and lush, but ends thin. Not as chewy as hoped for. A pleasant airiness at the end that disguises the sweetness becomes less apparent as the beer warms.

This take on the Belgian Strong Dark Ale is intriguing but not successful. The mouthfeel is too thin, and the hops are too aggressive. It starts off well, but loses the strong dark ale character too soon.

Difficult to say what discourages me about this beer, but Harry Potter fans may appreciate this analogy. In those books, a "polyjuice potion" contains a small piece (strand of hair, nail clipping) of a person, and when that potion is drunk, the drinker changes their appearance to that person -- for a short period of time. About an hour after drinking the potion, your original features and characteristics begin to show through. Likewise, I felt that this beer was transformed temporarily and magically into a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and my first sips were happy ones. But not long after my first sip, the magic began to wear off, and the characteristics that do not have much to do with that style began to assert themselves. At the end, it seemed to me to be a hoppy black lager with delusions of grandeur.

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3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer, if somewhat unusual, but nothing really that special.

The beer pours dark, thick and syrupy with almost no head.

The smell is very light- surprisingly so with just an aroma of roasted barley.

The taste is mostly Licorice- both its peculiar bitterness and its sweetness is present here. Some caramel flavors and hop bitterness also comes through as well as a slight bit of vanilla on the finish.

The mouthfeel is very thick and viscous, but not sticky.

Pretty drinkable, and lighter than one might think given the brewery and style.

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3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Thick dark brown in color. Fluffy tan head pours two fingers thick with good retention. Nice sticky lacing crawls all of the glass.

S: Softly roasted malts. Clove. Dark sugars. Hints of coffee and chocolate.

T: Day old coffee and a touch of dark chocolate are followed by tastes of clove and ainse. The sweetness of molasses and dark sugars give way to a thick and rich wave of malts. A soft hop presence gives the tongue a tickle and is immediately taken over by a warming alcohol.

M: Smooth and full bodied. Minimal carbonation. Warming and dry.

D: A nice representation of the style. This was my second sampling of this brew and time has definitely mellowed this one out for the better. Complex. Recommended.

Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.