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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

470 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 85
Gots: 116 | FT: 11
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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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Photo of Deuane
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Very dark brown almost black. Subtle hints of deep ruby highlights. Small tan head that reduces to a thin ring leaving spotty lace.

S-Some dark fruits and a bit of spice all poking thru a wafting aroma of subtle smokiness.

T-Deep and rich flavours melding together. Dark fruits, citrus a bit of licorice and even some chocolate. Undertones of faint smoke pervade throughout.

M-Medium-heavy body. Very porter-esque. Incredible smoothness that makes this an absolute treat to drink.

D-Nice, glad to have had the opportunity to have this one. A very interesting take almost a blend between a Belgian Dark and a smoked porter. I rather enjoyed this one.

Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to ClockworkOrange for sharing this bottle on 11/13/10. After recently having this on tap, wow what a difference and a seemingly completely different beer. It has held up much better in this bottle than the draft version.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a clear dark brown color with a bit of ruby clarity. A tan head clings close to the rim of the glass and spotty lacing appears with a bit of leggy patches.

This brew smells of dark fruit with a bold presence of alcohol. Some hints of a molasses like sweetness is present before the onset of some dark fruity chocolate notes. The alcohol smells a bit fusel instead of the belgian type of aroma I was expecting but still it is deep and enjoyable.

The taste includes some alcohol warmth right upfront with a slight belgian yeasty flavor. There is a dark sweetness present almost like molasses with a bit of a smoky aspect that turns a bit dry on the back end with the alcohol coming back into play. There are bitter herbal hops left lingering in the mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. The alcohol is right out in the open and very noticeable but it is fairly drinkable considering the other flavors present. This would have no problem hanging on for a few more years. Quite a big difference between this experience and having it on tap. After having this brew on tap I somewhat lost interest in seeking out and trying the other vertical epics, this experience put some interest back into it for me.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this ale pours very dark, with slight ruby highlights, with a thin chocolate milk colored head, to dark to ascertain the presence or rate of carbonation

S - a delightfully sweet malty aromam, the fruity sweet esthers (this is gonna sound weird) sort of amalgamated into a strawberry-banana smoothie aroma (you know the Dannon ones), a slight spiciness, seems like ginger, is in the background

T - hmmm, a complex taste, lets see, its hard to separate, definite spicines, like anise and/or ginger, but all the meanwhile a nice sweet background, definite fruit tastes that are hard to pick out (plum that previous reviewers have mentioned seems accurate), as my second glass warms almond or amaretto flavors emerge as well, plus the alcohol taste is also prevalent

M - nice and smooth, well balanced, aside from the alcohol prevalence this is feels very nice

D - again, except for the alcohol taste, very drinkable, that does not detract from the beer overall though

this is my initiation into the Vertical Epic series, so if anyone wants to trade me the others, lemme know

Photo of chilidog
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Its Happy New year time and thisone was my choice for New Years 06 to 07.
Its been cellared for six months, bought in june, till now.

It poured a nice dark brown and settled a slight burgandy with a small but fair tan head.

The aroma was of sweetenwd coffee and roasted malts.

The taste was alittle sweet as if brown sugar was dusted over roasted malts. Hints of coffee, spice, cocoa and clove back things up. The alcohol was suttle, perhaps that little time mellowed things abit. So much so the 8.6% almost got by unnoticed.

Drinkability was good overall with a slight dryness toward the finish.

Photo of ellisdee97
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz. bottle with printed label.

A: Pours a dark coffee black. Light head which dissipates leaving a tan ring. Sticky lacing.

S: Pepper, sweet fruity yeast. Hints of alcohol are devilishly concealed.

T: Pepper, sweet fruity yeast with a wonderful malt balance. A smooth journey within the yeast and malt. Hops are present but not showy.

M: Exceptionally smooth. Begins sweet with a little alcohol kick, finishes dry with a desire for more.

D: For my first VE I am sad I have not had the previous few years. This beer is highly drinkable, an exceptional representation of the style. Very well balanced, fantastic.

Can't wait to see where the tastes take me down the line, my first true cellar beer.
Slainte.

Photo of harrymel
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during a tasting of 06-10 VE's.
Poured to NB globe.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly perfectly opaque ale. Single finger light tan head dissipates quickly. Little lacing here.

S: Molasses, molasses, molasses, anise, mineralic qualities. Very complex, dark malts with belgian yeast greets the nose with dark fruits which are quite subdued by the original approach of molasses feel. Cocoas dance here as well.

T: The molasses and dark fruits continue here. Malts, anise, cocoas. Wow, delicioso!

M: Heavy, viscous with low carbonation. Great feel for this beer. Sticky, resonant, smooth.

D: This beer was second only to 09.09.09 on the lineup. It was fantastic! I wish I had more of this beer around to drink for sure.

Photo of BadBadger
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Stone V.E.A. 06 edition pours a very dark brown color, with ruby undertones. The head is rather, and sadly, short lasting. The smell is pleasantly thick, with malt and fruits coming through. The taste is good but raw, being strong on malty sweetness. Aging should pull the flavors together to something more coherent. The mouthfeel is nice and rather smooth, with only a mild alcohol burn on the back of the throat. A nice beer to search out and enjoy. Be sure to buy at least two and cellar one of them.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 properly cellared bottle opened in 2012, poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours an opaque dark brown with mahogany highlights at the edges. Nice fine, half finger tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of lightly oxidized sweet malt, dark dried fruit, slightly sour. Flavor is nutty dark malts and dried fruit with the expected oxidation. Very rich malts, reminiscent of a well aged old ale. Body has matured to a medium, creaminess that is very pleasant. The oxidation was very evident on the first sip, but as this ale opened up, the more complex fruit, malt, toasted malt and light Belgian spicing flavors have come through; no sign of the light aromatic sourness in the taste. I started the series with 08, so I had to buy an aged bottle of the 2006 vintage, and I liked this so much I wish I had aged a few myself. Wow, Stone really knows what they're doing.

Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a brownish black color with a thick 2" head that lasts a long time. The head builds after the pour is complete. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: wheat, wood, yeast, and hint of dark chocolate.

Taste: the wheat is quite noticeable here, along with some chocolate, pepper, prunes, yeast, and a overall woody and bready character. Bitterness is definitely noticeable, alcohol less noticeable.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. The aftertaste is long on the flavor components. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkabilty: quite good. This is a good brew that doesn't need to age but is quite tasty in its young days. Nice brew.

Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored a bottle at the Spinnerstown Hotel tonight. Ordered one as my final beer after dinner. The beer poured out as a deep brown colored brew with a fizzy tan colored head on it. The head settles into just a thing ring around the glass. The smell of the beer is malty and has some Belgian yeast on the nose. There's also some molasses, brown sugar and booze aromas. The taste is a little earthy, lightly roasted and some molasses as well. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected, there was still a good amount of carbonation too. Overall I always wanted to try the 666 version of the vertical. I'm very pleased to have filled that little gap in my chest with some of this brew.

Photo of tonistruth
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very dark brown with some red hues, 1 finger foamy tan cappuccino-like head, good retent

S- roasted malts, wheat, fruit sweetness, yeast, clean

T- slow rising black licorice & alcohol heat in finish through after, roasted malts, black licorice, spicy yeast, burnt bitterness, wheat, creamy

M- medium body, smooth, creamy, heat at finish and in after

D- enjoyable and complex, not mind blowing or something to fall in love with but a solid brew none the less, can't wait to see what age will do.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about a half-inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. The aroma is pretty nice, it smells like dark fruit (prunes, raisins), bittersweet chocolate, Belgian yeast, brown sugar, caramel and anise. Taste is similar to the aroma, there's bittersweet chocolate, plums, anise and caramel, along with some hops that come out in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit silky with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and enjoyable to drink. I think this beer has aged well, it's drinking good right now.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown in color. A head formed on the pour, but was gone not too long after. Smell is very dark, ripe, juicy fruits and some black licorice. Taste is along the same lines, but with more of the licorice flavor coming through. Perfect amount of carbonation and wonderful creaminess on the mouthfeel. This one has suredly stood up to the test of time. Good beer.

Photo of Iguana
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence - Poured a dark brown/ruby with a medium sized head. Looks pretty good thusfar.

Smell - I get toasted brown sugar, hints of banana, and a bit of ripened fruit. Quite pleasent.

Taste - Interesting, I am getting toasted brown sugar again, but a nice hop presence in the background adding some bitterness. Rather unique.

Mouthfeel - Pretty good, bit of carbonation, slight bitter aftertaste, and a nice lingering sweetness.

Drinkability - Pretty tasty beer, not the best I have had of the style, but quite enjoyable nonetheless. This beer is at least worth a try, and worth getting and putting a few away for a couple years.

Photo of jaasen64
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Lord Hobo's Vertical Epic Event in Boston. Part of the Flight "B" (06, 07, 08). 5oz serving in a flight glass.

A- Dark cherry reddish brown slightly translucent around the edges with about a quarter of a finger of creamy beige light mocha head with decent retention (definitely the best head out of the series so far).

S- Cedar, some light peppery spices, chocolate, cocoa, some very light dark fruits, fairly aromatic.

T- Dark chocolate, cedar, some light spicey pepper (nowhere near as much spice as the 03), finishes with a dark chocolate cocoa aftertaste that lingers. Cedar definitely adds a hint of roastiness and blends well with the cocoa.

M- Medium bodied, low carbonation, very smooth, easy drinking.

O- This was my favorite beer of the series up to this point. There was nice complexity and the beer held up very well with age. I loved the mix between the roastiness, chocolate, cocoa, and cedar aspects of the beer. All held up nicely and contributed a nice quality to the beer.

Photo of sleazo
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened this one after 6 months in the fridge

Poured a dark black, opague. Head diminished quickly. Smells strongly of roasted malts, mixed with some hops. Taste, dried fruit, chocolate/coffee with a hop bckground. Finishes up with an alcohol heat and some chalk. This is a sipper. A nice, nice beer

Photo of ChillMike
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich mahogany color with a decent sized tan head that doesn't leave much lacing. Not too strong of a smell, but I get scents of bubblegum, malts, caramel and chocolate. Wow a flavor burst of craziness! I’m first hit with a taste of chocolate, then onto bubblegum followed by a nice roasted coffee flavored malt then ends with a slight bitter bubblegum taste (although that sounds gross it’s actually very nice) I’m very impressed with this Stone brew.

Photo of wcudwight
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my big ass Arrogant Bastard glass I got in the Double Trouble BIF.
Pours a dark mahogany color. Very porter or even stout looking. 1/4" tan head with moderate retention. Sticky, runny lace completely covers the glass with each sip.
Lot's of malt in the nose. Smells sweet and somewhat fruity.
Man this taste like a coffee stout brewed with Belgium yeast. It's great. The forementioned coffee flavor really stands out to me, along with some dark chocolate and brown sugar. The Belgium yeast complements the roasted malt flavors instead of hops. I don't taste much hops in this beer.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and filling.
Scary drinkable. Alcohol is barely noticable and it's a very flavorful beer. Was thinking of trading my other 2 bottles but I now believe I will keep them.
This is a style that I'm exploring and just beginning to enjoy so I don't know if it's spot on for the style or not.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was fortunate to try this last night at an epic tasting held by my good friend Mike, thanks for the opportunity MrBarleywine!
Pours a slightly hazy deep garnet color with a smallish off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is sweet caramel, chocolate, roast and cinnamon with a light woody aroma.The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Sweet and sugary with caramel, chocolate, and cocoa with hints of spice and fruit. The finish is fairly dry, but leaves a long lingering chocolate and roast bite on the palette. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet mouthfeel. I liked this one quite a bit.

Photo of BillyB
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown to black. Almost opaque with a thin tan head.

S- Excellent aromas of dark fruits,roasty malt, cedar, anise and other spices.

T- Excellent balance of deep, rich barley and spicy, floral wheat. Nice hop bitterness rounds out the taste profile. Dark fruits; Raisins, plums.

MF- Medium bodied despite a high gravity. Slight alcohol warmth.

D- Overall a good dark belgian strong or maybe a dubble(?).

Photo of cjacobsen
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a glass

The beer poured dark. The head was light but stuck around throughout.

The smell was heavy on roasted malt. It wasn't too complex but that is where the smell differed from the taste.

The taste was of roasted malt and some sort of earthy tones. Oak and hints of raison and maybe some chocolate. Its tough to think about the taste of it now and how it would compare the how it tasted back in 2006 when it was fresh off the line.

The mouthfeel was that of a stout and a dark brown ale.

Definitely a drinkable beer and goes great with grilled steak and pork.

Photo of Phatz
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cola black with a small head that fades and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Smells to me like Birch beer soda with a splash of red syrup, cherry, licorice, yeast and dark brown sugar (maybe a drop of dark Karyo syrup. Beside the sweet candy aromas there was also a spicy yeast and grain attribute that kept this beer from becoming cloying.

Taste: This beer poke prods and prickles with spicy sugars zippy flavors that dance and spin on the taste buds. Yeasty spices with dark fruits, black licorice, molasses and plenty of acidity keep the mouth very busy.

Mouthfeel: The texture is very fizzy like a cola and spicy with yeast and alcohol.

Drinkability: Fantastically but it is not gentle. This is not a beer for the meek of palate. The acidity and yeasty spicy, the boozy alcohol dry bite, make this a beer for sipping by any definition. Obviously Vertical Epic is designed with the idea of cellaring. I do think this beer will mellow nicely with age.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 12.26.2009.

Poured a very dark brown with a decently-sized head, especially given the age. The smell was of chocolate, Belgian yeast, roasted malt, and hints of dark fruit. The taste is really dominated by the chocolate flavor of the malt, with a bit of roasted characteristics, as well as some lingering Belgian yeast, especially in the aftertaste. Not a bad beer at all, and I look forward to trying it again in 2012.

Photo of kmo1030
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep, dark rich looking brown with thick tan head that fades to a ring with film.
the smell contains chocolate covered banana, clove, licorice, spicy alcohol, prune, rootbeer, cigar, and candied fruit... in no particular order. very complex, and enticing.
the taste is sweet and very similar to the aroma, with a little bit of bitterness towards the back. there is a little bit of heat at the finish, which is almost necessary to contrast to the sweetness
the mouthfeel is pretty light considering the taste. with a mellow relatively delicate carbonation.
just like the last couple years of VEs, this one also tastes young and to me will obviously benefit from a couple years under it's belt. certainly more than worth a taste now though, it's a good beer as is.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With the Vertical Epic series coming to a close, it felt appropriate to to do a small flight of them at Tustin Brewing. The 6-6-06 was the first of the series that I bought, not long after I turned 21, but I eventually sacrificed that bottle at a tasting. Here's my second change, and I made sure not to squander it. On to the beer:

Ink black colored with a short lived head which turns into a few whips of foam. Somehow, the lacing it gives off is quite good. The nose brings the aroma of molasses, dates, grapes, and a strong (yet pleasant) dose of oxidation. Despite a sweet nose, the taste is a yo-yo between sweet and sour, leaning more sour. Was it supposed to be like this at its release back in 2006? But since I'm taking notes of it now, at the end of 2012, I only care about the present state. And it's big fun! Moderately acidic, yet it packs a punch of sourness. Soured white grapes spring to mind, complimented with dates and vague fruitiness. It's medium bodied, with a low level of carbonation.

Better late than never. Gee, did I just type that in my previous review? Even after 6 years of hiding, 06.06.06 is a great ale.

Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.