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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

462 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 86
Gots: 114 | FT: 9
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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Photo of cjacobsen
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

cjacobsen, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of wcudwight
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

wcudwight, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

DoubleJ, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

The beer poured into the chalice clear dark, make that black, with a brownish tall head which lasted very well to coat the glass.

The aroma was fruity, strongly so as it was poured. Chocolate was present as was a dirty and earthy character. A bit of peppery spice was notable and as the head fell the fruitiness did as well. Some dark fruits were present and their intensity increased as the beer warmed. The fruits were raisins with some characteristics of prunes.

The flavor was earthy with a strong presence of tinny and very lightly spicy hops and yeast. The strongest flavor present was chocolate and that was coupled with dark caramel and some character of raisins and prunes. Spices were present but were mostly muted, pepper was the most prevalent flavor.

The finish was dry with a nice dark fruit and caramel character and peppery hops lasting into the aftertaste without much chocolate presence. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation and a creaminess to the mouthfeel. The warming after consumption was very high and reminded you that this one might have a bit of a punch. A nice Belgian Porter (if there is such a thing).

22 ounce bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of jpaltan
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

Quite dark, somewhat opaque. thin head that leaves little residual lacing. smell is nice, with hints of dark fruits and candy. taste is plum and a bit sweet, but really nicely balanced. mouthfeel is silky and smooth. this beer is almost too drinkable. it is rather unfortunate that this isn't in stone's usual line-up as this beer was quite nice.

jpaltan, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.18/5  rDev +5%

Poured an oil-black with dark brown hues in direct light. 2" mocha brown head that dissipated to a thin amount of lacing around the edge. Very Imperial stout looking.

Smells of very sweet malt, herbal earthiness, slight roasted coffee scent. The Belgian yeast really permeates.Not to Overly aromatic IMO.

Much like a hearty stout with herbal and hoppy bites. The "twists and turns" it promises on the bottles painted lable is totally correct IMO. Tasting Dark coffee(stout like) then a Dry hop bite (AIPA like) THEN...the yeast brings on the Belgian Abby-ish spices.

This is a dark brew, that is light body, the legs are reduced to mear thin lacing within minutes, hence a thick and substantial feel but dry and rather light on the palate for such a complex brew. Very Interesting! and the 8.66% ABV is very well hidden.

This Brew is a true Gender...I mean..."taste bender". Displaying many different effects, taking on the taste's of at least three styles.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of clickpush
4.18/5  rDev +5%

Pour: 22oz bomber to wide mouth glass. Comes out with a half inch of light brown head over a very dark brown body and has tons of tiny bubbles throughout the beer. Head doesn't last long at all but the lacings are interesting in that the active carbonation in the beer keeps the lacings in a constant state of change.

Nose: This thing has everything: an early combination of chocolate, caramel, and nuts presents a whole pecan pie on a silver platter. All this is followed by some dark chocolate covered cherries and fruitcake aroma. Smells like a 5 star dessert.

Mouth: Enters with a light chemical feel up front that couples with a bubble gum flavor. Deep malts all around and tons of warmth in the swallow. It has a sweet plastic lasting flavor that warns off any hops. Has an excellent mouthfeel with nice fizz all the way through the mouth. Notes of dark chocolate and coffee, but over all the beer's still too sweet. Has a bit of a smoky swallow which is nice, but doesn't mellow the bubble gum.

I took about 2 hours to drink this bomber and by the end the alcohol was really over powering - it didn't ebb at all. This one is getting thrown behind bars for 3-5 - then we'll see if it's more under control.

clickpush, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of Fugazme
4.18/5  rDev +5%

Purchased in L.A. back in September... made TWO flights home to Nebraska... no damage!

Dark, dark brown... Nice, tight/tan, 1/4" head with awesome retention and great lacing.

Aroma is heavy on the yeast with tons of bready/bakery notes... oh yeah. Raisiny... figgy... licorice... subtley woody and smokey.

Mouthfeel is slightly dry and quite smooth through the middle.

Flavor has some wood hints with lots of malty goodness... alcohol presents itself upfront with yeast all over... even after the swallow.

Overall it is nice... I'm too impatient to let this one sit... maybe I should have bought two!

Fugazme, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.18/5  rDev +5%

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my Duvel tulip glass. The ale appears a nearly opaque dark crimson brown color with two fingers of ecru foam. The head lingers for a few minutes before settling down to a thin layer. Nose and flavor consist of rich toasted and caramelized malts, star anise, bittersweet chocolate, spicy Belgian yeast, cocoa dusted raisins, prune notes, pleasantly bitter hops. There is still a bit of alcohol, but it's burn is more than tolerable. A little lighter in body than I was expecting with ample carbonation. Tasty and complex, I'd say this VE is aging nicely. If you have a few bottles, by all means, enjoy one soon.

ClockworkOrange, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
4.18/5  rDev +5%

Pours a deep brown with a trace head and no foam lingering. Aroma is a rich toffee malt shake. Hints of light milk chocolate. Taste is a better developed, rich toffee taste. Some toasty brown sugar and creme milk with a little spiciness at the finish. Very smooth brew. Easy to drink for a higher alcohol beer.Went very well with roast beef, mashed potatos, mushroom gravy, and blaukraut.

scruffwhor, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of Truh
4.18/5  rDev +5%

Saw the sign of the beast with this one on 6/21/2006. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bomber poured twice in an Arrogant Bastard shaker glass.

Very thin initial head, maybe 1/8-inch, that quiets to some wood shavings, largely piled on the edges. Fine sheet of stick as the pour goes further down. Hue is medium to light brown, darker at its core, with not a whole lot of noticeable action happening; fairly quiet. The nose is difficult to determine; some rock candy, caramel, charcoal, sugar cane, and the cathedral vault vacuousness that accompanies Belgian-style ales of this type. Dark fruits invade the tongue, composed of prunes, raisins, some fruity craisins, smoky apple wood (like barbecue chips). A tangy sweetness pulls through at the tail end, slightly sour.

Good stuff. Wonder what it will be like six and a half years from now.

Truh, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Austin Liquors, Shrewsbury, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 1" tan head over the clear dark burgundy brew. Head fades slowly, with reasonable amounts of sticky lacing. Aroma is spicy sweetness. Taste is a triumverate of malt sweetness, dark fruitiness, and spicy goodness. Mouthfeel seems like it could be a bit thicker and smoother, and drinkability is pretty good. Happy with this one, and seems to me it should last for awhile.

ppoitras, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

Sampled from the bottle into my Duvel glass...I'm going to make this a tradition - I have a case of 06.06.06 and I will drink one each Monday of Columbus Day weekend to see how they age.

A - Dark chocolate with little head...maybe hints of a reddish-brown towards the top.

S - Powerful aroma of smoky dark chocolate and maybe some raspberry in the background (definitely some fruity-malt) ?

T - Very unique taste...strong combination of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and sweet/dry malt...but a definite detection of fruit lingered in the background...either raspberries or cherries. Some hops escape in the aftertaste - along with some alcohol - but the fruit quickly follows. Very interesting.

M - Light carbonation with a creamy body. Felt very good going down.

D - I am very excited to try this is 2012! I'm also very curious to see what it's like next October...wondering if the fruit comes out even more next year to form maybe a dark chocolate raspberry flavor. Excellent release by Stone!

JohnnyM2002, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of MarkBeer
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

I bought three in June of 2006, kept them in the closet. I should have broken one out right then but as the year went by I forgot how many I bought.

what with the '07 coming out real soon - in some areas, these Stone's beers arrive faster than in others - I had no choice but to dig into my closet and break out the one from the previous year.

poured into a frosty mug. the body is extremely DARk with an ample size of foamy head at the top.

the maltiness made this beer stand out. can't smell nuthin by malt and more malt. wow.

now to taste...

I was expecting some bitterness but much to the lack of dismay, the '06 Vertical is a smooth ride. it brings out a good deal of malt and more malt, some with a hint of chocolate, but a good portion of maltiness.

however, the aftertaste is a different story. seems there's been a bit of some sugar added to this brew.

but I don't care - the maltiness trumps it.

MarkBeer, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of abfraser
4.22/5  rDev +6%

3rd in line

A- Dark brown, nearly black with really good lacing.

S- Sugar, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate.

T: Smooth sugary maltiness with good hints of chocolate, coffee, clove

M: Creamy, little carbonation, medium to full bodied.

D- Pretty tasty. Wish I had more

Tie for first with the 2005. Sounds like Belgian strong dark ales are the way to go.

abfraser, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of lou91
4.22/5  rDev +6%

Well someone likes Belgian Strong Dark Ales at Stone since three out of five are in this style. I looked at my last two reviews of the 05 and 03 to see what I thought of the other interpretations and this one was similar but not the same. This one looked great as did the others with the dominant Belgian candi sugar on the nose in a dark brown package as expected. Among the three this one was the best one fresh. The body was bigger and the taste was spot on fresh – sweet, malty with a hop bitterness and even a saltiness that all work well. I just had a chocolate sprinkled with sea salt and this reminded me of this salty/sweet combo.

lou91, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of joecast
4.22/5  rDev +6%

light tanned head forms about 2cm thick and settles to an attractive lace. deep mahogany and red with little visible carbonation. minimal lacing on the glass.

aroma seems dominated by dark plum and prune. some yeast character in the background accompanied by darker crystal/chocolate malt. some clove like you would get in a dark wheat. definitely has that aspect to it. pretty complex. not sure if it totally works for it as its like its two or three different beers just by the smell.

more dark fruit and malt in the flavor. spices came out for a bit after some pumpkin pie (mmm pumpkin pie) though not sure if it was the beer or the pie. either way it was nice. alcohol is very well hidden, though it does reveal itself once the bomber is finished. just enough belgian yeast character to make you know its not a generic neutral american strain, but not so much that it distracts from the rest of the beer.

smooth mouth feel gives the beer enough substance to satisfy. certainly an easy drinker, but one that can be done slowly. plenty of flavor to keep the drinker busy for a long while.

joecast, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.22/5  rDev +6%

Presentation: 22 oz bottle, poured in glass chalice

Appearance: Brownish-black color. Thick lacing that hangs around for a good while.

Smell: slight dark chocolate, but mostly wheat and a woody aroma

Taste: As with most of Stone's lineup, theres nothing mild here, but behind the strong taste, theres lots of subtle flavors. Is it wheat, burnt nut, clove or anise, maybe coffee? Hard to put ones finger on all the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Satisfying! Makes you feel like your really drinking something with some substance. Slight alcohol tingle warms ya up and makes your mouth water more than a bit a few minutes lates

Drinkabilty: Another good one from Stone. I could sip on this one all night. I'd like to put a bottle of this aside to see how it compares...dont think i could resist opening em though.

SurlyDuff, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +6%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark and tart fruits, Belgian yeast, caramel, some chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of caramel and chocolate that are quickly followed by the bready flavor of Belgian yeast and semi-sour flavors of dark fruits. The malt character is hearty and there's a mild but complementary hops presence that brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very nice representation of style, after three years this beer has smoothed out quite nicely, not sure what effect another 3 years will have on it but I don't see that there's much room for improvement. This is a very good dark Belgian beer to drink for long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of WanderingFool
4.22/5  rDev +6%

Stone's 06.06.06 Vertical Epic pours a very dark brown, practically black, into the glass. A creamy tan head forms on top befure it slowly dissolves to a thick ring around the surface. The foam leaves a few spots of lace behind as it disappears. A rich roast malty aroma and notes of licorice, brown sugar and alcohol greets you before each sip. The smell reminded me of a cola.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is rather dry with a nice moderate carbonated fizz that covers the palate. The flavor is a wonderful combination of roasted malt, coco, and coffee. There's hints of spice (pepper, allspice?) blended in. The spice doesn't dominate the flavor like other Belgian style beers. It finishes with some sweet malt and brown sugar. Once gone, the coffee and coco flavors linger for a while.

This is one easy to drink tasty brew with nice roast malt flavor. If you can find a bottle definitely give it a try.

WanderingFool, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.22/5  rDev +6%

Had two bottles; couldn't wait until 2012, so now I have one
Pours a flat black body, medium sized tan/brown head. Lacing was nice and smooth. Looks really good.
Smell of Belgian yeast spice, clover, banana and biscuit.
Taste; up front some roasted malt and spice. The banana turns a bit toward a black berry hint, a bit of anise and biscuit.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but makes for easy drinking.
2012 is a long way off.

Mebuzzard, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +6%

Sampled July 2006
Pours with a dark, black colored beer that shows a brilliantly clear, deep purple & brown colors when held up to the light. The beer is fairly well carbonated and has an, initially four-finger thick light brown colored head that foamed over the sides of my glass when I was a bit too aggressive with the pour. Rich fruity notes of sweet plums, raisins, rum-like notes, some interesting port notes, a touch sour tartness, and a finish of toasty grain notes. The typical suite of bubblegum, banana and clove are all here at noticeable, yet smooth, levels. I really like the complex fruity notes on this beer, so much better than the Avery Thirteen (sorry for the pot shot there).

Thick and chewy, with a sweet malt not up front that amps up the dark fruit notes found throughout this beer. The beer finishes with a hint of tart acidity and a sharp roasted grain note. Notes of roasted almost slightly burnt fruit notes evoke thoughts of concentrated sweet plums, raisins, dried figs. The light tartness plays up some nice fruit notes as well, noticeably amplifying flavors of tart plums, and perhaps a hint of pears. The burnt note adds some bitterness to the finish and there is a touch of hot alcohol at times as well.

This is quite nice, and like last years brew, Stone is finally on the right track of brewing vertical epics which will still be quite tasty come 12.12.12. This beer, over the next few years, should soften up, become a bit smoother and more drinkable. With a couple more years it will pick up some complexity, and it actually should come close to peaking come December 12, 2012, though my guess is that it will peak a bit before. Regardless it will still be quite tasty come the appointed time. Fresh out of the bottle this is also one of the better Vertical Epics, though I liked the fresh vibrancy of the 04 a touch better.

Gueuzedude, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
4.22/5  rDev +6%

I purchased two bottles of Stone's 2006 installment in their Vertical Epic series at Downtown Wine & Spirits recently. One for now, one for later. I let this warm to around 50ºF and served it in my Westvleteren Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown with ruby tints. The beer is topped by a moderate, fluffy, brown head that thins to a persistent patchy film.

Smell: Very rich and malty. The aroma has notes of sugar, sourness, peppery spice and a whiff of alcohol. All of these are secondary to strong notes of raisins and dates.

Taste: Lightly sweet upfront with some toasty malt flavors. This is followed by the aroma, with tart raisins and dates evident. The finish is a pleasant mix of peppery and alcoholic spiciness, along with a low, but lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: On the medium side of full-bodied, low carbonation, with a smooth, silky texture.

Drinkability: Quite nice, not as cloying as some other Belgian Stong Dark Ales I've had.

Overall: This is a well-balanced beer. It has all of the sweetness and spiciness of a Belgian Dark, with a nice bitterness, none of which overpower the others.

EPICAC, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of nvsblman
4.22/5  rDev +6%

Dark chocolate brown color with lots of fluffly brown head. Aroma is of chocolate, cinnamon, yeast, and a little cedar. Nutty flavor with some sweet chocolate. A little yeasty bite and a nice balanced hop presence. Creamy mouthfeel, yet seemingly light at the same time, and nicely carbonated. I think this is the best of the vertical epics so far.

nvsblman, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of portia99
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%

22oz bottle poured into a Vertical Epic glass.

A - Dark mahogany color with a small finger of dark tan head with decent staying power and leaving a bit of lacing on the glass. Continuing the trend of these VE beers, the body is clear but has lots of very fine suspended particles throughout.

S - Spicy anise, alcohol, dark roasted malts, molasses

T - Anise, bitter chocolate, molasses, light hop bitterness, cloves. Very well balanced - malt hasn't taken over this one yet - the hops still do there job in offseting the sweetnes and making this a smooth drinker.

M - Light to medium body, low/mid-level carbonation, very good balance with a nice hoppy bite

O - Pretty consistently picked among the top 3 of the series in my tasting group. Still a very well balanced beer with good complexity and a nice spicy complement of flavors. Paired well with the homemade Belgian spice bread we had along with it.

portia99, Dec 30, 2012
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.