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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

458 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 86
Gots: 113 | FT: 7
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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donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Blind Tiger, NYC, busted out an aged keg of this a few weeks back and I jumped at the opportunity...

Poured a deep dark murky brown into a tulip, with over a finger of khaki-colored head that laced very well. The aroma was a nice mixture of tart berry, lemon, molasses, brown sugar, and caramel. The taste was a sublime progression of maltiness, caramel, cranberry, and brown sugar, dissolving to molasses and caramel, and finishing on a tart note. The body was medium but creamy, and not overly carbonated. I loved this beer. I only wonder what it would taste like after further aging.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2009 23:48:58 | More by donniecuffs
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

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

Somehow I never got around to reviewing this before now, let's see how it is holding up 3 years and 5 months since its release. Pours into my glass a deep dark brown with a small khaki head on top. Aromas of dark fruit and spice with roasted malt underneath. Quite a bit of yeast esters in there as well. Hints of plum and clove. A touch of oxidation is creeping in as well.

First sip brings dark roasted malts mixed with dark fruits. Licorice, chocolate and caramel mix in as it flows down with a nice kick of spicy, estery Belgian yeast. A bit woody on the finish as well with a touch of bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty darn tasty still.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with good steady carbonation. Overall, a tasty brew that has held up well at this stage in my opinion. I'm not sure how this will be tasting by 12.12.12 but I intend to let my other bottles chill in the cellar to find out!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 01:35:48 | More by orbitalr0x
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berkey

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 10/31/09.

Pours a very dark brown, near black color. Takes a robust pour, but I managed to coax up a medium sized tan head. Retention, however, is quite poor.

Smells of Belgian yeast, chocolate, and dark fruit. Not bad but I'm picking up some soy sauce in there that has me a little concerned.

More dark fruit, hints of plum and fig specifically. Soy sauce character not as bad as I feared but still a factor. More of the chocolate perceived on the aroma rounds out the aftertaste. Virtually no hops detected. Seems to get sweeter with stronger chocolate and some molasses notes as it warms. Medium thickness, very low carbonation. Average drinkability.

Overall not bad for an three and a half year old American beer. I get the impression Stone's mastery of Belgian yeast is improving as the 7 and 8 are aging quite a bit better.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 05:15:01 | More by berkey
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 02:15:33 | More by yemenmocha
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nomomentwasted

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap today at Stone on Vertical Epic release day. Tomorrow may be 09.09.09, but today was drink old VEs at the brewery day. This was the oldest they had on tap today, along with the 07 and 08.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost pure black, save for the slightly lightened edges, with a little tan crown of head. Only an 8oz pour due to the ABV, but still laced well and had decent head retention as well.

Smell: Spicy notes of clove, slight banana and anise, with over-ripe fruits like fig and plum as well. Spiced cider almost has a similar nose, but with more of a caramel / toffee malt to it as well.

Taste: The smell comes through with the taste as the malts are almost nutty with spiced fruit and clove, and the alcoholic slightness that is there is mellowing to a more anise-laced cider-like sweetness to it, but totally balanced out by the darker, yet sweet malts. The yeast really comes alive here too, adding that Belgian fruitiness that really adds something extra to the whole component. Ends with somewhat of a tobacco and smooth spiced finish. Interesting, layered, and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Not overly carbonated, and smooth. Left a little aftertaste of banana-toffee, and almost a coffee flavor in that as well, although there is certainly no coffee here.

Drinkability: Pretty good for the ABV, and a lot of flavor to keep you going as it opens up and warms up. If it were more readily available, I'd say pick some up, but it's a little more rare being three years old now. If found, buy some and save some for what will truly be an epic vertical in 2012.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2009 02:04:13 | More by nomomentwasted
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PatronWizard

California

3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In a pathetic attempt to begin to repay BAs OlieIPA, Mauerhan, and Aimstatus for the tremendous generosity that oozes from their pores, I decided to crack the last vestiges of my cellar and have a Vertical Epic 04-08 tasting one fine evening. Started with 08, then 07, and here we are....

Poured a dark opaque burgandy with a decent one finger head. Low on the retention.

Smell is slightly disappointing. Not that its bad, but because it isn't strong at all. Very weak. Within this weakness is a nice tea leave, tobacco leave over a soft mint.

Taste is meh. 'Nuff said.

Overall: why was I holding on to this?

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 18:48:37 | More by PatronWizard
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 22:19:23 | More by bluejacket74
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 04:31:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 01:49:39 | More by ClockworkOrange
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OlieIPA

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Number #3 in our night of conquest...on to the review.

A: Poured a dark brown with beautiful hues of cherry-red. Head was there when poured vigorously, but soon disappeared; lacing was weak. 3.0

S: Very prune-like aroma mixed in with spiced malts...perhaps a touch of brown sugar. Alcohol is well hidden.

T: Soy and brown sugar come to mind with the initial sip...along with every proceeding sip thereafter. It's not bad, but I'm not sure it's something I would crave for. Alcohol isn't as well hidden as the aroma indicated and numbs the palate a bit...warms the throat too.

M: Medium body and good carbonation for a three-year old beer.

D: Full of flavor...not particularly easy to drink...but overall good.

Overall: A try it beer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 04:30:47 | More by OlieIPA
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winky13

California

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this at Stone's special 80's growler fill on Sat night. Nice dark color. Almost as dark as the IRS 08 I also bought via growler. Smell: very pleasant dark fruit smell, with spicy belgian notes. Taste: raisin, maybe prune with belgian spice. Noticeable sweetness very nicely balances the light bitterness of hops. Mouthfeel: medium weight, not too highly carbonated. This may be because I drank this a few nights after buying in Escondido. Very drinkable beer that opens up well after warming up.

Serving type: growler

03-18-2009 06:10:55 | More by winky13
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m1ked

California

4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark burgundy,copper, mahogany. Held up to light.... barely pierces through. Nice tan thin bubbly, creamy head.

S- Cocoa, dark fruits, carmelized sugar

T-Tasty caramel, smokey wood, raisiny, figgy cocoa.

M- Smooth, medium bodied with great fine carbonation. Love it.

D- I haven't had this one in a while and it has turned into something better than I remember. excellant.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 04:42:56 | More by m1ked
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jpaltan

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 19:33:31 | More by jpaltan
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a root beer brown with garnet highlights and a bubbly head that fades rather quickly, leaving foam on the sides and a film to cap the liquid

Smell: Dark fruit (prune and fig), tannery leather, caramel and a chocolate covered banana aspect

Taste: After the initial onset of dark fruit, the beer turns somewhat bitter, with a roasty, charcoal aspect; the bitterness fades in favor of the sweeter elements, after the swallow, and the finish has a nice dark fruit and chocolate covered banana flavor that is rather appealing

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, somewhat creamy, with lively carbonation

Drinkability: A decent beer, but not quite up there with the best of Belgium; it lacks the depth of flavor to some extent

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 14:45:23 | More by brentk56
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gford217

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 02:04:44 | More by gford217
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kinger

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stones take on a dubbel is well received, this is an "epic" brew that will only get better with age. Incredible dark brown pour, little light passes through this one. Poured down the center of my goblet the huge tan head fizzes for a while and ultimately vanishes save for a mild ring around the edge. The coolest visual is a trippy tan galaxy that appears while I swirl the glass. As it warmed up a bit the aroma really comes through: hearty malt with some wheat and also generous scents of dark fruit, black licorice, banana,clove, and star anise. Mouthfeel is rich and full nice light alcohol burn that evaporates. Flavor is outstanding touching on all of the flavors found in the aroma with a more prominant alcohol accent. There is also a nice smokey flavor that comes through really helping out with the malt and dark fruits. A familiar yeastiness is also tasted letting me know that this was carefully brewed by Stone. Great beer, I'm a touch sad that I missed the first handful of installments for the Vertical Epic Series, but be sure that I will not pass up the ones to come.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 01:04:23 | More by kinger
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mcallister

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 00:13:16 | More by mcallister
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abfraser

California

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 03:48:28 | More by abfraser
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waltonc

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown and red

S: Coffee, dark fruits

T: Sweet, carmel, molasses, bourbon, wood. Very delicious. Reminded me a little bit of a milk stout, actually.

M: Thick body, medium carbonation.

D: I really liked this one a lot, and wish I had more. My favorite of the five vertical epics we had last night.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 03:16:29 | More by waltonc
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slayer3604

California

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a-pours a suddy one finger head that becomes a light coat on the top of the beer, which fades into a swirl of tiny white bubbles. held a mag light up to it and it was a beautiful deep ruby red!

s-lots of yeasty/bready notes that dominate, but has a nice bit of plum, and rich candi sugar epervesence.

t-huge amounts of sun dried raisen, yeasties, spice, malt, the list goes on, its a very complicated beer.

m-very warm, solid heavy bodied beer with lots of hard spices.

d-not available enough to drink very much of. im getting one more 06 in the mail and thats being saved till 2012

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 21:48:47 | More by slayer3604
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scojo

California

4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has aged well. It's mellowed out significantly - drinkability is high. It has a malty taste at first, with very little carbonation at this point. There's some interesting bitterness in the finish. Overall, an above-average BSDA. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 04:06:46 | More by scojo
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jamesm7485

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting beer, manged to find some way in the back of the cooler at a hole in the wall place.

It's hard to pinpoint a single color in this beer depending on how you hold it up to the light there is red amber and some dark brown. Absolutely no head but being aged 2 years what do you expect.

The smell is very strange some currants possibly figs cant notice any hop smell?

The taste is very similar to the smell, but fades fast once its in your mouth.

The drinkability is very nice the alcohol isn't noticeable and the taste isnt too over powering.

Glad i got to try this and willl be interesting to see what some more time does.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 22:16:26 | More by jamesm7485
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 13:51:55 | More by Deuane
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Dukeofearl

California

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

7/21/08. Wow, what a great improvement. No carbonation, and that's a minor concession, but all of the truly awful things listed before have mellowed significantly, into a very drinkable BSDA. Rich and full, a bit of spicy complexity, but mostly just a good tasty brew. Minor sweetness offset by a hint of the former leather/charcoal, much more under control and definitely enjoyable. This one has aged very well. Now having said that, though, this one also is 2 years old- I can get a fairly new BSDA from other brewers that are relatively fresh that are just as good- why wait 2 years? But still, enjoyable.

6/23/06 review: 3.5/3/2/3/1.5 Original Scores. OK, I waited a couple of weeks for this to show up in my inland part of southern California. I waited while I read about the excitement of its release and the final reviews once it came out.

I'm sorry, this isn't enjoyable at all to me. It's like chewing on a charcoal briquette. Sharp, smoky, and not enjoyable like a rauchbier. Stale cigar smoke. I'll try it again, because I hope that this improves with age, but now, I can barely drink this stuff.

Not recommended. Maybe it'll be good in a few years.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 01:32:12 | More by Dukeofearl
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 02:50:14 | More by FtownThrowDown
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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