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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 308
Hads: 481
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 84
Gots: 123 | FT: 12
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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Reviews: 308 | Hads: 481
Photo of cjgator3
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt with cocoa, dark fruits, and Belgian yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma is malty up front with a spiciness coming through and some hops and yeast in the spicy and bitter finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly above average amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this one is still holding strong after almost 7 years. I bought it in 2007 and have held on to it since.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 12.12.12
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series

P: Dark mahogany body with tan foamy head and great clarity.

S: Boozy aroma, cedar, licorice, bubble mint gum, smoke, peppery spice, roasted chocolate and dark malts. Light cocoa and phenolic yeast aroma.

T/M: chocokate, cocoa, booze, herbal, dark fruits, phenols, molasses, traditional Christmas spices, and smoke. Body is creamy medium body with good carbonation and a slightly chaulky finish.

O: Count Chocula would be proud of this explosion if cocoa flavors. A nice complex Belgian amber that delivers nicely after aging.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

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Photo of MVassar
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BlackJeremiah
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Stone RIS glass.

A: Dark, dark brown, with some reddish undertones. Great head, some good lacing.

S: Malts, candied sugars, grape and black currant, fennel, and a decent clove character. Disparate scents, but as this one is **deisgned** to be held for six-plus years, I would expect it to start out a bit unbalanced.

T: Definitely some sweetness, but more roast malt character than candied sugars. The biggest fruit and herb players are the currants and the cloves, with some almond, date, fennel and black grape tastes mingling around in the background. Hops are of the citric variety, blending well with the dark flavors and not spoiling the party.

M: A full body, with a chewy, creamy feel to it.

D: Needs more time in the bottle, but hey, that's how it's supposed to be. It's a beer made in 2006, and designed to be opened in 2012 or later. Can't wait for the Vertical Tasting Reviews that will pour in from BAs after the release of the 12.12.12.

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Photo of scootny
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark fluid with a light brown head. Not much carbonation visible. Decent lacing. Smell is dark malts and dark fruits.

Some Belgian yeast and light woody notes. Raisin, plum, figs give a nice aroma to blend with the caramel and sweet dark bread. Touch of earth in the hops.

Flavor is big and smooth, with a slight vinous undercurrent. Malt front is followed quickly by a nice combination of spices. Firm earthiness gives a nice dry finish.

Feel is rich and smooth. Velvety with a nice weight and carbonation. Easy drinking for this big a beer.

A good beer overall.

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Photo of biking4beer
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a goblet.

Very black with a very minimal brown head. Looks like a porter.

Very good flavors. Coffee, nutty, caramel malty. Very slight fruity flavor that seemed kind of strange considering the appearance and other flavors. Unique.

Fairly smooth, and carbonation was a little high for my taste. One bomber of this was enough despite it being a good beer.

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Photo of nickss
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a chalice.

Extremely dark, coffee brown with almost no head despite a vigourous pour. Whatever head there was quickly disipates.

Beautiful yeasty aroma. Bubblegum, citrus and rich fruits swarm in the nose. Quite nice.

The taste is... well... odd. Yeast dominates the flavour, with little else prevailing. A dry, astringent citrus is barely perceptable. Lots of malt... interesting... not my favourite.

Moderately carbonation, and nice and thick. Very chewy... nice in this dimension.

Moderately drinkable, but I think a couple of years in the cellar (as Stone intended) would do this one some good. Im just impatient =(

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown to black with a small light tan head that fades quickly to a ring. Smoky clove-y aroma mixed with a sweet chocolate malt. Taste is some belgian candied sugar, some syrupy sweet chocolate malts along with a little dark fruitiness/cherries. A hint of alcohol is evident in the taste and there is also a small but consistent peppery spiciness on the tongue. Pretty good size body, heavily malted, somewhat dry in the finish. This beer is pretty balanced and drinking well now, although I could see it aging a little to let the malts spread out a little, not sure about six to six and a half years but maybe a year or two in the cellar could do some good.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown coloration, cocoa-tan head.

Spicy, malty nose, with flavors of dark fruits, anise, herbs, rather earthy...

Tangy and tasty, gritty, and lightly sweet, medium bodied, holds together well, but no particular part pops out at all...fairly unimpressive by the end of the sampling. Just kind of ""eh", like a limpid stab at a dubbel.
(I got half the bottle, shared the rest with friends, who were more nonplussed than I.)

Perhaps I really didn't to give that extra six years they reccommend on the label copy?

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Photo of Beaver13
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a light brown with red highlights. It has a smallish slightly fizzy head that quickly dissipates to a thin collar.

The aroma is banana, cloves, yeast and some dark fruits.

The flavor is sweet and sugary initially leading to some banana and cloves with a spicy yeasty, peppery alcohol and slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with soft carbonation.

Overall, I don't normally care for sweet or banana flavors in beer, but I was surprised to find that I liked this one. The flavors mesh well together.

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Photo of DarthCaitSith
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am a few beers in to the night.

Very dark brown opaque pour. Very persistant light tan head.

slight oxidation in nose. a little more pleasant rasian then cardboard. more dark fruit and chocolate mostly cover it up.

Sweetness gives way to oxidatiove qualities both good and bad. Understandable after 6 years of so so storage. Still very drinkable. A dark cardomom spice flavor. Too drumnk t give very good description,

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Photo of yourefragile
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

Pours a dark, cola black with a thin light tan head. Balanced aroma of dark fruit, fig, chocolate, citrus, Belgian yeast and mint. Sweet flavor of spice and yeast with candied dark fruit finish, light chocolate throughout. Medium thick and soft carbonation, not aging as poorly as some of the other VEs.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cellared until Fall 2009.

Pours very dark brown to nearly black with thin head that retreats quickly to a thin lace. Nose is somewhat tepid with some brownbready aromas and overripe fruits. A light roasty component is noted as well. On the palate, a brown sugary sweetness comes forward with roasty malt flavors, a few holiday dessert spices, and finishes somewhat warm with alcohol. There's a lingering dark fruit flavor on the aftertaste.

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Photo of dherling
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an incredibly dark brown, with a lacy off white head that dissipates into foamy patches. The nose is pretty straightforward, malt, yeast, sour dough bread, some alcohol and stone fruit. The taste mimicks the nose, with some light carbonation. It finishes clean for such a strong brew, and is actually quite drinkable.

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Photo of sfoley333
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a delirium tremens snifter. Poured a brownish cola black color with a off tan head with good retention. Smells of raisin, prune, yeast, and malt. Taste is Herbal with anise, smoke, prune, but with a good malt compostion but diffent alcohol warmth on the finish. The mouthfeel is a little overcarbonated but in time will lessen. Worth putting away for another 5 years.

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Photo of mcallister
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looker. Deep chestnut with a large tan head that takes a few minutes to fade into a foamy topper leaving behind some spotty lacing.

Belgian yeast, spice, earth, sassafrass, dried fruits of raisin, fig, and prune. Candy sugar with a bit of chocolate, toffee, some alcohol and some menthol that throw things off a little.

Nice beer not overly complex. Very much like the nose with the yeast standing out somewhat more in the mouth. More spicey with candy sugar and rum soaked peaches. The same raisiny, black fig, plum flavors come through with some berry, and quince. A bit of hop bitterness on the finish and a slighly creamy mouthfeel if not somewhat acrid and chalky. Finish is short and unappetizing. Nice beer that may get better but not sure how it will be doing in '12

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Photo of russwbeck
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Churchkey

It has a black pour that lets some light in and a thin off white head. It smells of sweaty socks weirdly, malt and dark fruits, booze, and some liquor. The taste is much more Trappist, and less socks. Like a dubble, the taste is all dark fruits, caramel, booze, and roast. Finally this is one that has held its body and is nicely carbonated. First one that impressed me on this Vertical Epic tasting. Other than the smell, it's doing well after 6 years.

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Photo of gford217
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottles courtesy of mymrnngjckt and sunnydlyte23 poured into a snifter.

This one poured dark, dark brown with a light mahogany hue around the edges. The head was big initially but fades quickly to a small ring and leaves minimal lacing.

The aroma is very sweet with dark fruits, figs and grapes, brown sugar and hints of sweet chocolate. The Belgian yeast is present as well with a bit of nuts and caramel malts.

The taste is also sweet, with caramel malts and chocolate. There is some candi sugar and dark fruits really showing out as well. Licorice and a hint of roasted coffee round things out.

The mouthfeel is very smooth with minimal carbonation which goes down very nicely.

There is nothing too distinctive about this one - it's just an easy-drinking Belgian dark that has held up pretty well over the last 2+ years.

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Photo of tcromwell
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pre-Taste Notes: Aged 6 months. Stored in proper conditions.

Presentation: Split the bottle with fellow BA'er, JCDiflorio. He take his portion in a Chimay Goblet while I opted for a large tulip.

Appearance: Deep dark maroon with a lot of livelyness. Pours with a nice consistent head but dissipates reather quickly.

Smell: So many scent come out of this brew that it is hard to even list them. Both of us were reaching trying to grab all the ingredients. Overall it was very earthy with a yeasty hint and dare I say ... vanilla?

Taste & Mouth Feel: This beer has plenty of life in the mouthfeel department and comes alive as it travels down your gullet. The taste sticks with you for a good while.

Drinkability & Notes: It is sad that I can't drink a lot of this type of beer, because I really enjoy the taste of it. In the end, it hits me a lot like the true Belgiums. For me, one is almost too much, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$6.99 a bottle at HiTime Wine Cellar. Bottle blabs about being chapter 5 in a 10 chapter series. (Other reviews indicate that their botle states fourth.) This Belgian Strong claims to be 8.66% with the identical yeast as 03.03.03.

Pours eggplant violet black with only thin glints of violet light splinters along the side of the glass against the light. An instantly settled collar stands atop a solid frozen offering.

Nose is a piquant liquorice and cocoa stab with some Dr. Pepper thrown in for good measure. Spices abound with clove and banana aspects via a deep Belgian yeast like rye bread.

First swigs: Dusty dry woody sawdust with a black liquorice and black cherry. Some overripe banana and even a charcoal tobacco flavor too. Abit overwhelming with an intensity that paints the tongue with palate paste. Copious amounts of wet bread dough flavor and an onslaught of flavor avalanche here. Big flavor.

Feel is a touch sugary thick with too much yeasty characteristics. I might have enjoyed this more if it were a touch lighter overall. Carbonation is proper but the toasted malt really leaves a footprint.

Last swigs: Liquid black jelly bean. Maybe too much so. Bold taste that just demands attention rather than attracts it but if I were the brewer for Stone I'd scratch my head every Epic too.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I love that the price for a 22oz is $6.66...although my wallet isn't too fond of it. The very spartan bottle Stone uses for their Verticals is a look that's not usual for their in-your-face attitude, but I like it.

A - Very dark body with a 1 finger off-white head.

S - Roasty, coffee, malty.

T - At first it seems very cidery, more so than I expected. But the malty sweet goodness slides in to replace it fairly quickly. The alcohol is also present and accounted for here in the flavor.

M - Full bodied as you'd expect a belgian dark to be.

D - Not as drinkable IMO as I'd hoped. But then my tongue is not accustomed to this style as it is to others. Definitely more drinkable than average.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing.

The beer is dark mahogany with a thin beige collar. The aroma brings malt, citrus, light spice, toffee. The flavor imparts sweet breads, malt, toffee candies. Perfect carbonation level with alcohol content well disguised. Mouth feel is the best aspect of this beer. Pretty good.

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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.