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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

467 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 86
Gots: 113 | 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 StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a bottle of this got opened at big beers in vail last night, and i was stoked to see it because i somehow missed this one despite it being quite prevalent even last year when we lined up a few of them. much more straightforward than some others, just a belgian strong ale here. cool yeast has dried this out a lot over time. far less residual sugar than it may have originally had, but still a light honey finish. really dig the mellowness of the alcohol too, its barley there, and while the carbonation and body are both less than where id like to see them, i think this has aged with grace. a full bomber would not be too much, as the layers of spice continually improve and unfold with temperature. a very well made beer, not full of additives, something they should probably make regularly honestly. maybe a new winter seasonal?

StonedTrippin, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of Iowacraft
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Iowacraft, Jan 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

BuckTuckian, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of Florida9
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

So I've amassed VE's 6-12. Thought I would take them to a tasting, but doubt that will ever happen, so I guess now is the time to drink 'em….

A: A very dark brown, but not quite black. Forms a moderate sized, creamy, dark tannish colored head that slowly reduces to a thin, patchy surface coating. Moderate amount of lacing.

S: Not overly aromatic, but what is there is roasted malts, dark fruits, prunes, and a bit of alcohol.

T: Taste is better than I was expecting on this one. The beer has a moderate sweetness to it. Notes of smoke, raisin, and dark fruits. Coffee on the back end.

M: Medium bodied. Nearly flat.

O: A decent drink. Wasn;t expecting this one to hold up.

Florida9, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Seven year old Six had a murky brownie like darkness with a foamy cap.

The aroma was phenolic alcohol with a moderate raisin scent.

The flavor was nicely surprising as it had a smoky tone of peppercorn, cola and some dried fruit.

The feel is very sprite and effervescent with a superb crispness.

This turned out to be a bit lacking in complexity but a nice drinking beer.

KYGunner, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

jkball01, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Falcone, Dec 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

RochefortChris, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Kelp, Nov 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

fain12, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

mothman, Nov 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

cmannes, Nov 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

GETTNCRUNKED, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

InspectorBob, Oct 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

mendvicdog, Oct 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

jaybrough, Oct 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Dawkins, Sep 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

Steve_Oldrati, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Sarlacc83
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from John’s Market.

A: Dark mahogany bordering on black. Thick creme head. Nice lacing.

N: Anise, licorice, clove, some oxidation. Touch of esters and a hint of cocoa.

T: Oxidized, but it’s not over the top. Plenty of bitterness left and there’s a moderate touch of sweetness. Going slightly sour.

M: Medium body; slightly sticky. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: Has held up pretty well, all things considered. Drinkable with a nice Belgian influence

Sarlacc83, Sep 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

THECPJ, Sep 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

DemoniChris, Aug 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

TXhomebrewer, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

RegalEagle, Aug 18, 2013
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.