Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 461 | Reviews: 303 | Display Reviews Only:
4.05/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
07-29-2008 13:51:55 | More by Deuane
3.8/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
07-24-2008 01:32:12 | More by Dukeofearl
4.08/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
07-19-2008 02:50:14 | More by FtownThrowDown
3.58/5 rDev -10.1%
Relatively malty in the aroma with a fair amount of fruity esters. Slight hints of molasses. Decent but not great smell.
Decent head that diminishes to basically nothingness. Brown body with a reddish tint.
Fruity taste with some toffee/molasses/brown sugar notes. Slightly spicy on the back-end. Slight alcohol presence. Some roast and bitterness. Odd mixture of flavors. I don't think this meshes all that well.
Medium carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Slightly alcoholic and spicy finish. Ok.
Overall, meh. For the price I paid, not bad. Will this stand up until 2012? Definitely not convinced of that.
07-11-2008 09:36:05 | More by rallison
3.73/5 rDev -6.3%
Opened a bomber with a couple of friends today. Poured a dark, stout-like, color with a good inch of foam. The aroma was mostly of caramel, chocolate, and some roasted malts. The combination of caramel and chocolate combined to a tootsie-roll candy-like aroma. My friends laughed at me at first with the comments but after I mentioned it they were able to pick it out in the aroma. The flavor was more of the same as the aroma; caramel, chocolate and roasted malts. The mouthfeel was a tad thin with a thin finish as well, some alcohol near the finish but I hoped for a stronger, lingering, flavor in the finish/after-taste. Good beer overall though and I wish I had more bottles to age (I opened this one by mistake thinking it was the 07).
05-26-2008 21:12:28 | More by seaoflament
3.48/5 rDev -12.6%
22 ounce bottle found for less than five dollars at a little shop off the 15 freeway in Temecula called Old Town Liquor, had not seen this in stores for quite some time now, grabbed a few and this was my last bottle, poured into a thin 0.4L Stiegl glass
A-Deep dark brown tha has minimal light going through, 3/4 inch slightly creamy off white head, did not stay around for long, minimal retention, some small lacing
S-Aroma was pretty weak overall but I could smell a big roasted nuttiness, black cherries, wheat, candy, brown sugar, sweet malt, some bread too, and caramel
T-The initial roasty accents can almost pass for a porter at first, I wonder if age mellowed these out or intensified them, regardless they were strong and unique for a Belgian, some chewiness in the middle along with port and the cherries I could smell before, finish was a bit dry but also filled with nuts, mostly almonds and cashews, did not change much as it warmed other than the fact it got a little sweeter and the fruits were more noticeable, still some hops lying around in the aftertaste after two years of being in the bottle, nicely balanced and probably will only get better as the years go by
M-Roasty, somewhat sweet, and dry mouthfeel, lots of carbonation for the texture of this beer, medium to full bodied, a little thicker than expected, taste lingered nicely, still lively
D-Could have probably finished the bomber by myself if I forced the issue but a bit heavy, ABV is pretty strong at almost nine as well, smooth though and not too much booze detected
Not one of my favorite Vertical Epics but still good, it is hard to really distinguish what type of beer this has become with almost two years of age under its belt, still extremely roasty though, would drink again and probably will at a Winter Storm in upcoming years, recommended
05-20-2008 06:52:56 | More by Floydster
4.28/5 rDev +7.5%
Enjoyed on May 13, 2008, so its a few years old. Came from the Stone guys at the Lupulin Reunulin, so its been kept well I'd imagine.
This was good, I was more than impressed with the way its held up and aged, as such the numbers reflect that.
Appearance: Dark wood colored body, nice ruby red touches around the sides. Head is a dirty white, almost tan. Nice.
Smell: A bit of port underlies a cherry infused nut smell. Not very strong, but pleasant fruity mix. A bit musty.
Taste: Mellowed out with the age. Notes of cherry, port, a bit of earth ridden hops and nuts round it out.
MF: The two years has mellowed this out on the tongue, very nice.
Drinkability and Notes: Certainly wish there was more than the few ounces of this sample. A pleasure, if you find a bottle lying around pick it up and drink it. I could've drank a bomber, if the ABV let me.
05-16-2008 00:59:45 | More by jslot38
3.88/5 rDev -2.5%
From a bomber and poured into my brandy snifterh.
A - Wow this is one dark Belgian that I would say is on the verge of black. It might actually be a very dark plum but I would say that on the whole it is essentially black. There is no light at all getting through this badboy and it has a clean and reflective appearance to it. A small head sits on top throughout and it is only about a 1/4 of a finger in size.
S - smell is a mixture of sweet and tart. I get a smell of black cherry, clove, and pink bubblegum as well. There also seems to be a hint of orange and lemon as well.
T - this is at first rather wheaty and has a certain Belgian yeast. Has a characteristic dark Belgian taste as it has the usual characteristics of a hefe as it is loaded with bubblegum and clove. These really seem to dominate the flavor in this one. There is also a tart cherry taste to it but you can barely notice it as a citrus orange seems to come in and really dominate the flavor profile especially on the back end Within that cherry flavor there is also a of plum as well. There is also a strong hint of black licorice anise as well that gives this one a strong after feeling. Seems to also have a light chocolate note to it as well near the front of it.
MF - The mouth feel reminds me a bit of a weizenbock. At first it has a lot of carbonation that really just attacks the tongue. After that fades away the beer calms down just a bit but not too much. Never really becomes creamy or smooth either as throughout it there is a strong burning and tingly feeling that sits and the mouth and really carries on even way after the beer is gone in the mouth.
D - Overall this is an okay beer as well. I don't really care for having some of the bigger wheat aspects mixed in with the dark Belgian beer. Also the carbonation seems to be a bit much for me as I don't care for how the tingling feeling just cares on forever.This is a nice beer worth trying and it will be interesting to see how this holds up until 12.12.12. The beer did a nice job of hiding the alcohol though which is good.
05-10-2008 03:46:16 | More by jeonseh
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
Decided to crack open this here puppy for no particular reason.
The pour is nothing special looking but nothing off putting. Very little in the way of head, foam or lacing occurs; that which does is white to offwhite in color.
The scents are pleasant but weak. I tend to expect more bold and striking aromas for this style. Even when on the warmer side the odors are muted. I can pick up some caramelized malts and some dark fruit scents; mostly dark raisins. Just a hint of phenols in there.
Flavors are much more pronounced and well developed. Pretty authentically Belgian in flavor profile except lacking a bit of distinctive yeast presence. Deep, dark fermented fruit flavors with raisin and dark cherry being the strongest. Some bitterness either from toasted malts, or hops, or both. Sweetened coffee things are going on, maybe with a splash of grenadine. Some cola-like notes linger here and there in the quality of the sweetness. The bitterness does well to balance out those components.
The feel on the palate has just the right combination of carbonation and smoothness for me. The bubbles keep some of the cloying away that makes way for a soft, pleasurable finish.
Very tasty stuff. I kinda wish Stone produced something like this in a regular basis. or maybe even a seasonal one.... something between their Smoked Porter and their Russian Imperial stout.
Good sauce and tasty juice. Fans of big, Belgian dark ales are likely to enjoy.
04-27-2008 06:06:34 | More by ommegangpbr
3.25/5 rDev -18.3%
This is my least favorite of the vertical epics by far. That being said its still a decent beer, and hopefully it will get better.
Its also the darkest of the VEs. It is almost black in color with little or no light shinning through. There was some head when poured from the tap but it disapeared and left nothing behind. There were plenty of bubbles coming up though.
The smell was of dark malts and roasted malts as well as dark fruits. There was an odd flavor in there that I can't put my finger on. It might be some spice that they put in the beer.
The flavors didn't mix very well in my opinion but some of them were good individually. There were some dark malts in there and a little roasted malt. There was some fruitiness and I'm wondering if they dumped some dark candi sugar in there, I guess I could just go check the recipe online.
The beer had a medium/heavy body and was a little dry. That part was nice, I just wish I could have enjoyed actually drinking it more than I did.
01-29-2008 23:59:42 | More by t0rin0
4/5 rDev +0.5%
A: Deep brown color, shot through with deepest red when held to light. Mocha 1-finger head lays down quickly, leaving little lace.
S: Caramel. Figs.
T: Some roasted malt qualities. Sweet maltiness and candi sugar. Dark fruits. Boozy (still!).
M: Thick. Stone is very good at making the "thick" beers. =P
D: A great sipper for cold weather.
12-16-2007 23:21:00 | More by k3n
4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
Have about 6 of these in the cellar and the wife wanted to have one tonight. Realized i didn't review it yet.
Dark copper almost opaque color with an off white head. Not much head but with 18 months on it that isn't a surprise. A thin cap hangs around but the lacing is minimal. Smell of dark fruits, raisins and plums mostly. Also some nice roasted malt and a chocolate finish. From what i can remember the hops has mellowed significantly letting the other flavors come to the front. Some bitterness kicks in with the taste but is quickly hidden by a little alcohol burn. Very heavy solid brew. A nice winter sipper that warms the belly on a cold night.
12-14-2007 01:26:16 | More by beermanbrian
4.3/5 rDev +8%
22oz. bomber: This one pours an extremely dark, opaque brown. It is the darkest Dubbel that I have ever seen. There was a small tan head on it that drops away quickly. The aroma is complex. Some chocolate and smokiness comes to the top. There are some fruits and hops down in there also, but it is hard to distinguish individual notes. The flavor is complex also. A full richness, with a bit of sweetness. Some chocolate and fruits come to the top, as well as some hidden bitterness. A wonderful brew.
12-09-2007 22:24:57 | More by Boto
3.85/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
10-21-2007 07:58:48 | More by sfoley333
3.95/5 rDev -0.8%
I bought this just over a year ago and have aged it (poorly) in anticipation of my departure to Berlin.
Pours a deep dark murky reddish brown. Nose is leafy hop competing against yeast and phenols and dark fruit, creating a sort of chocolate-toffee thing in the aroma. As it warms, I get almost a Worcestershire sort of vibe, kind of tangy.
Taste is well bittered, more woody and leafy and vinous/tannic. A little toast, aniseed, clove. Spicy alcohol, especially as it warms.
Nice. Glad a year of inconsistent and poorly managed aging didn't murder this one. I love the aroma, and I'd be curious to taste it after a couple of years of good aging.
10-10-2007 02:32:10 | More by Melchizedek
District of Columbia
3.1/5 rDev -22.1%
this has been sitting around since its release so i thought i would liberate it (don't worry there's another in the cellar
it's nicely carbonated, which maintains a thick head for sometime, and when it finally does descend the glass has a souvenir left along itself
the aroma is is of dark fruit, but clean. floral hops and some roastiness. it smells a bit like a baltic porter fermented cool with a belgian yeast. there's some spice in there, as well: coriander. and tastes exactly like a baltic porter fermented cool with a belgian yeast. more spice in the flavor as well, and it does dovetail fairly well with hop bitterness
in the end, though. it is a porter in a belgian's clothing. i don't have anything averse to that in and of itself, but this just doesn't seem too imaginitive. perhaps i'm being harsh...
10-03-2007 02:08:32 | More by bruachan
3.08/5 rDev -22.6%
Poured into a pint glass on 9/22/07
A: Pours an opaque dark brown. 1/2 finger of head which quickly subsides.
S: Molasses, dark bread and not much more . I think this one is another victim of my warm cellar :(
T: Pretty tasty though. Alcohol taste is not subtle though. Red grape flavor quickly followed by a dry, woody, barrelly bitter flavor. Medium hop bitter aftertaste. Hops hover somewhere between an APA and an IPA. Dry, especially on the middle rear of my tongue. It seemed to be picking up flavors of things I was eating at the time: cucumbers, then raisins...
D: I couldn't finish one 22oz bottle
09-30-2007 20:04:51 | More by dfillius
3.98/5 rDev 0%
Pours a very rich ruby red that, in the absence of light, looks black. A huge khaki-colored head that is tall with tight bubbles climging to the inner rim of the tulip glass. Sheets of lacing rid the glass as this beer is sampled. The nose is of sweet roasted malts, quite spicy and has a nice yeasty character. The palate is sweet up front, with enough hop balance to keep it lively. Nice spice and yeast flavors here. Mouth feel is a bit lighter than I would have thought, but still substantive enough to match the strong flavor profile. This ale is quite acidic and has a nice alcohol warmth, especially as it warms. I almost wish that I had aged this one even longer, but very nice as it is. This was my first in the Vertical Epic series ... but won't be my last. Well crafted.
09-29-2007 02:10:21 | More by beerphilosopher
4.47/5 rDev +12.3%
Nice head and good retention
Smell is of roasted barley. Belgian funkiness comes out as the beer warms
Taste at first is stout like with a lot of roasted barley characteristic. Nice hop balance. Nicely balanced beer with faint belgian funk after wards. Belgian funkiness becomes much more pronounced as the beer warms. Tastes like a belgian RIS
Not hard to drink for an 8.86% abv dark belgian. I will cellar this and try it again in 09 or 10 and 12-12-12
09-17-2007 04:44:17 | More by jasonjlewis
3.93/5 rDev -1.3%
Appearance - pours about like Coca-Cola. One finger of light mocha head. It has a creamy smooth top that I wish could stay for a bit longer, but it is not to be.
Aroma - moderate aromas of smoke, toasted malts, bubble gum, and root beer. A slight Belgian yeast in there at times with some brown sugar and a whiff of alcohol.
Taste - a diversity of flavors. Sweet malts, both roasty and smoky. Yeast, anise, figs, chocolate. The alcohol is quite well-hidden. As the palate adjusts, the flavors that jump out at me the most are anise, chocolate, and the smoked malts. Lots of potential for flavor development with age. Finishes dry with a charred edge and anise.
Mouthfeel - solid carbonation level, about medium in body.
Drinkability - an enjoyable beer from Stone; looking forward to another sampling down the road...
09-13-2007 15:47:51 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4/5 rDev +0.5%
For my 666th review: Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale pours a very dark brown bordering on black with a tan head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is very sweet and has a touch of roasted malt. The taste is very complex, a touch of bubblegum, banana, clove, roasted malt, a hint of licorice and other flavors that I can't quite put my finger on. There is also just the slightest hint of alcohol, which is pretty well hidden. Quite tasty, recommended.
09-12-2007 00:41:16 | More by Drew966
4.25/5 rDev +6.8%
I thought this was only fitting for my 500th beer rated. Poured to an opaque jet black color, with thick tan head that lingered throughout most of the drink and left good lacing. Aroma was a malty dark fruit (grapes and figs) with a hint of alcohol. As the beer warmed, the alcohol became more prominent, but not enough to overwhelm the fruit. Mouthfeel was tingly and sweet, and the taste was a pleasant continuation of the same malty dark fruit as was found in the aroma.
This blend led nicely to a nice, long warming finish. The bottle said it was best to wait until 12-12-2012 to enjoy this; howver, it was just fine now. Beware....Quite a buzz just from this bomber, so be careful if you let it sit 5 more years!!!
08-28-2007 02:04:08 | More by kimcgolf
3.9/5 rDev -2%
An epic dark pour, deep, deep mahogany pretty much a black hole with a marshmallow top of thick, rich, lacey ivory head. This is gonna be good, just from this followed by the Belgium yummy aroma of candy cane, molassis, toffee and coffee.
Taste was not near as complex and powerful as I expected hope I didnt overly raise them. Dark fruit, plum and cherry float amongst the previous flavors. A bit too thin for a Stone classic.
For an aged brew, the alcohol is upfront, but not overpowering. Im liking this brew, but not greatly impressed
08-23-2007 23:45:05 | More by Vancer
3.53/5 rDev -11.3%
This one has been aging in the cellar for a little over a year. I remember not caring much for it when it was released but then I didn't have much experience with Belgians at that time. This pours a dark black with and ample light tan head. The smell is estery. The taste is strong spices and licorice and a slight charred feel. I like this better than I did last year but I still have not trained my palate properly to Belgian Strong Dark Ales. Also, there seems to be less medicinal flavors which could be due to age or my palate changing. I will probably drink my remaining bottles every two years
smells yeasty and malty, tastes pretty nice, licorice and kind of like a dubbel.
08-06-2007 15:05:25 | More by ArrogantB
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.
07-04-2007 05:10:35 | More by MarkBeer
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.