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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic AleStone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale

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308 Reviews
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Reviews: 308
Hads: 482
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 14.11%
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: 482
Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Vertical Epic Glass, avoided the yeast sediment for the first pour

Pours a very dark but not opaque brown. The edges of the beer show deep red and bronze.

Smell is strong. Smells lightly alcoholic with vanilla and pungent vegetables. Also smells like strong dark rye bread.

Tastes like earthy malt, tea, and toasty bran muffins.

Very smooth, clean feel that is nearly flat on carbonation.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A. Poured into my VE glass this brew pours the darkest of the VEs so far, mahogany brown.
s. The aroma contains notes of cinnamon and figs with some brown sugar.
T. The flavor has hints of chocolate and coffee and dark maulty goodness.
Mf. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but smooth.
Overall not a bad beer, not as good as 05.

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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 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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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 portia99
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/23/12 notes. 22 oz. bottle poured into my Stone Veritcal Epic glass. Opened as part of my 2 day, 06-06-06 through 12-12-12 tasting.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a brown tint, one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, figs, raisins, Belgian yeast, roasted malts, toasted malts, and light chocolate. Very nice nose, has held up well.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, figs, raisins, Belgian yeast, spices, pepper, sugar, molasses, fruity malts, roasted malts, toasted malts, and chocolate. A little sweeter than the nose, pretty nice again.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink and no alcohol heat.

o - Overall a pretty good beer and so far like this one better than 07-07-07 and 09-09-09 by a lot. Has held up really well, with a lof of dark fruits and sweetness to it. Worth checking out if you like sweet beers and Belgian style dark ales; would like to have it again.

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Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly viscous, dark chestnut brown color that appears jet black and opaque in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Surprisingly hop forward aroma with an earthy, resinous character followed by roasted malt, dark fruit and zesty spice. Slightly herbal with grassy pine notes followed by pepper, clove, anise and licorice. Sweet, slightly toasted malt backbone with hints of cocoa, caramel, toffee and alcohol. A lot of these notes are faded but they have at least held up, unlike many other entires in this series.

Medium bodies and more complex than expected with a nice balance of sweet malts, zesty spice, resinous hop, dark frui and alcohol. Like the aroma, the flavor retains a lot of hop flavor. Not as complex as when fresh but there is some earthy grass as well as some herbal pine flavor followed by sweet chocolate malt, toffee and caramel. As it warms, dark fruit sweetness comes forward with hints of grape, raisin, currant and other dark berries followed by some alcohol sweetness in the finish. High ABV is well masked though making it easy to drink. It's a bit watered down and the flavors havent completely held up but this is still one of the better beers in this series.

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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 TheBrewo
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from a bottle at the Tap and Mallet Vertical Epic tasting event. It arrived in a tasting glass, showing a red cola coloring with dark ruby around the edges. It held a half finger tall head of tan bubbles, leaving rings of stark white lacing after a nice retention. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared moderate. The aroma gave fusel booze, the deepest caramel malt and roast, light coffees, syrupy figs, chalky pale malt and grit, and a lighter yeastiness. With warmth came a cooled vanilla smoothness, and faint wheatiness. Very grain forward. Our first impression was that there was a nice depth to the malts, but this lightened up a bit through the finish. The flavoring opened with toasted pales, deep caramels, spicy black pepper, a flash of cayenne heat, and fusel booziness. The peak came mildly, with yeast, coin, and washed caramel sugars. The finish gave black pepper bite, caramel syrups, fig sweetness, limey citric bite, faint floral hops, and dirty earthiness. The aftertaste breathed of coffee malts, anise, smoked oak, meaty ham smoke and salt, burnt caramel, and light florals. The body was medium, and the carbonation was lighter. There was a smooth and oily coating all around the mouth, with an eventual boozy dryness. Each sip gave nice slurp and smack, but lesser cream or froth to the lip. The abv was fine, and the beer was easy drinking.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was the nose and the sticky syrup sugars to the flavoring. The sweetness was robust and held up nicely at first through the malt bomb-ness of it, but by the end of the sip things faded a bit. This gave room for some hops and subtle smokiness of the malts, but the blend was lost. The feel was equally as thin, and almost watered, making this guy less exciting for the series.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.34/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

On Tap

Stone Epic Festival 12-12-12
Stone Brewing Co.
Escondido, CA

(Aged for 6 years)

Dark brown with a small light brown cap. Moderate amount of visible carbonation. Irregular spots and and oily sheen left down the glass.

Very close to zero aroma. This one was passed around the table and hardly one person could smell a thing. If I tried my hardest, I could perhaps pull out a touch of dark fruit, but at that point, my imagination could be playing tricks on me. It's not an offensive aroma, obviously, but it isn't pleasant at all. Well below average, obviously.

Faint, simple, dulled flavors, which isn't surprising after the aroma. There's some mild biscuit and yeast, perhaps a touch of dark fruits, but this has faded into almost nothing.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

At least it's a very drinkable 8.66% ABV! Lame. Such a stupid series of beers.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, and spices. Taste is much the same but the flavor is mainly fruity with the spices coming through on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is easy to drink and I think it has held up quite well so far.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

789th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter

@Woodshop Classix
Thanks Jim for sharing!

App- When this poured out it had a medium brown color with some amber around the edges. A 1/2” partially bubbly head was there and quickly faded. No real cling or lace was there.

Smell- For a 5 year old bottle its holding up nicely. I got a lot of the lighter yeast notes with a damp dark fruit notes. Had a bit of maple and some sweet malts behind it. A little plum and raisin.

Taste- A very complex taste in that the nose dissipates quite rapidly to reveal a more malt forward BSDA with a lot more spice and layers behind it. Yeasty on the final sips with a bit of that plum coming through.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A nice balance of yeast/dark fruits on the tongue. A little thin but still medium.

Drink- I have an 03-10 at home and was very excited to try some of the early versions to compare them all later.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of FARGO619
4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BASED ON NOTES AT BOTTLE SHARE with some good friends.

A- Dark with some light that sneaks in at the bottom of glass. Reddish.

S- Oaky, cigarish, caramel undertones.

T- A blend of spice, oak, earthy, charcoal, Belgian style.

Overall it was a good beer and glad I had the chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle/22oz.

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Photo of daveytheformer
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with almost no light getting through. Thin tan head that immediately fades to very light lacing.

Smells like chocolate, raisins, plums, brown sugar, and sweet tobacco. Lots of dark fruit and cocoa. More sweet than roasted.

Tastes are caramel, vanilla, a little woody, chocolate malts, more dark fruit, toffee, and slightly syrupy. Mild malt bitterness rounds out the flavor.

Mouthfeel is a creamy thickish medium with very little carbonation.

Overall is great and even five years old is maybe my favorite of the vertical epics that I have had.

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Photo of birchstick
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had in the midst of a '06 - '10 vertical.

This guy poured brown to black without much of a head. The nose opened up with smells of chocolate fading to pine then ultimately spicy fig / dark fruits. The flavor profile was similar to the nose - chocolate with spicy rum soaked tobacco leaves and a bit of caramelized malts; spicy fruit was also in the mix thanks to some Belgian yeast. Was medium bodied and went down smoothly. Solid but didn't blow me away. I was excited just to be able to try it...

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Photo of harrymel
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of d4114
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at winter storm:
Was dark brown with little head. It smelled very buttery and a little sweet. The taste was like drinking liquid buttery pecans and walnuts in a way. It was very very smooth and super easy to drink. I was not completely sure what to expect with this but it was surprising one of the better beers I had while there.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this beer for...well, I guess about 5 years. Hopefully it ages well, which I feel pretty confident it would have being a Stone... Let's give it a go...

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color so dark that you really can't see much light through it at all, except for the corner and then it is hard to tell how clear it really is. Though there was a good off-gas after popping the top, there was very little foam after a relatively quick pour. After the pour the beer is sitting like a pretty stale soda-pop looking drink. There is a little bit of light colored foam getting stuck to the side of the glass, but it is nothing major.

Aroma: I initially got lots of dark malt contributions with dark fruit like raisins and plums, but as the beer is sitting, there is a winey contribution coming out. There is a good amount of hops still noticeable in here, and it is mostly contributing a floral aroma that is playing rather nice with the dark malts. As the beer warms up, there is cocoa and some floral hops coming out to be much larger players in the aroma.

Taste: The flavor is a little syrupy for this style, but the hops and acidity from the dark malts do a wonder to counter-act that in the finish. Though there is carbonation here, it really doesn't do a whole lot for the mouthfeel. The beer rolls across the palate quite heavy and finishes balanced slightly toward the sweet. The alcohol is noticeable, but it is not hot or anything, so it's major contribution is some spice late in the profile and a bit of warming late in the finish.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. It is in a tough category, so it is really hard to be outstanding. It is not slouch of an effort in beer craftsmanship, but at the same time there really isn't much to make it stand apart in a category that is wide open. I would think being Stone, that they would make it a nice strong dark, but Americanize it with local hops. This isn't the case, the flavor is more traditional, but without a whole lot to make it stand out.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stone

A: The beer pours a dark brown sort of color, maybe "chestnut", with a creamy khaki colored head.

S: Starts off less than stellar with a bit of metal, but that goes away shortly. There's a strange woodiness to the beer, but it works alright with the caramel, toffee, mild chocolate, and bubblegum notes that make up the rest of the aroma.

T: Sweet caramel and toffee open this one up. There's a big bubblegum and cotton candy flavor that follows. Toward the back end I get a lot of chocolate and vanilla with some subtle dark fruit flavors.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation that feels sort of creamy on the tongue.

D: One of the better of the VE series beers. Pretty complex and very easy to drink.

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