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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

463 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 463
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
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 JustinOSU99
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%

A: Dark amber, pours nice and smooth with a small half-inch head.
S: Nice malt smell with strong toffee and chocolate scents. Cinnamon, licorice and flowers also come to mind. A really nice smelling beer.
T: A nice caramel taste with toffee and again chocolate coming in afterwards. The alcohol appears quickly, but also leaves quickly and the beer finishes smooth.
M: Sits nicely on the palate and goes down so smooth. Dry aftertaste with very little of the alcohol lingering. Enjoyed the feeling of drinking this beer.
D: Not a session beer, but definitely enjoy the 22oz. bottle.

JustinOSU99, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of DrJay
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

Clear, dark brown with deep mahogany highlights. The fine foam was much lighter brown and laced the glass nicely. Malty and fruity aroma, with notes of raisins, prunes, bread crust, anise, nuts, and cocoa. A bit of spice and yeast. Very nice. Chocolatey bittersweet malt flavour to start with caramel and fruit character rising part way through, mostly raisin and date, but there's a hint of sour cherry as well. Bread, alcohol and yeast bring up the rear along with an earthy pepperiness. Medium/full bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry, malty finish with a solid texture. I really liked this VE release. Plenty of maltiness and an assertive character. Definitely a winner that I'll revisit again.

DrJay, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip.

A: Nice billowing head; stay for awhile and fades into beautiful lacing on top. Body is barely garnet around the edges, otherwise opaque. Lacing on the sides is good too.

S: Smell heavy of fruit, mainly citrus, but some sweet dark ones in the background. The smell knocked me out when i first poured it, but it seems to be fading now.

T: A wonderful smokiness and underlying dark fruit flavors. It has really come together while maintaining complexity.

M: Really smooth, carbonation is right where I want it.

D: I can't put this one down, though the high abv might make me pay later, but I can't taste it as much as when this was fresh.

It is really exciting to see this one age.

51mmz0rz, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of Alkey
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%

22oz. bottle poured a dark brown with a tan head that leaves some spots of lace around the glass. Smells of toasted malts and a banana like wheat aroma with a bit of spice. Taste rich and malty with some dark fruity flavors like some prunes or raisins. It has a light somewhat creamy body with very little carbonation and is fairly easy to drink but probably is something I would pass on next time.

Alkey, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
4.15/5  rDev +4%

Poured into my big ass Arrogant Bastard glass I got in the Double Trouble BIF.
Pours a dark mahogany color. Very porter or even stout looking. 1/4" tan head with moderate retention. Sticky, runny lace completely covers the glass with each sip.
Lot's of malt in the nose. Smells sweet and somewhat fruity.
Man this taste like a coffee stout brewed with Belgium yeast. It's great. The forementioned coffee flavor really stands out to me, along with some dark chocolate and brown sugar. The Belgium yeast complements the roasted malt flavors instead of hops. I don't taste much hops in this beer.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and filling.
Scary drinkable. Alcohol is barely noticable and it's a very flavorful beer. Was thinking of trading my other 2 bottles but I now believe I will keep them.
This is a style that I'm exploring and just beginning to enjoy so I don't know if it's spot on for the style or not.

wcudwight, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of JMD71
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

Ap: Thin head of tight laced bubbles that dissipates quickly when poured. Deep rich black cherry color with little carbonation evident.

Ar: Typical Belgian yeast aroma. Almost saison-like. Fruity with slight specialty malt aroma noted.

Ta: Reminds me of a higher strength saison than a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Saison-like fruitiness but with more alcohol warmth in the finish. Belgian yeast character dominant with little, if any, hop bitterness I'm used to from other Stone offerings.

Mo: Medium bodied & slightly rich. Carbonation is higher than appearance would lead you to believe. Leaves mouth crisp.

Dr: Medium drinkability. Due to its strength, this leads to a bit of caution. Deceiving....

Comments: This was an enjoyable departure from the hoppy beasts I have become used to from Stone. This being my first Vertical Epic tasting, it was a nice departure for Stone. If I had realized these were meant for a bit of aging, I probably wouldn't have sampled so soon. Time could smooth out some of the rougher alcohol edges...

JMD71, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of bradybeer
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

A=Pours Dark Prune Brown with thin head and little carbonation

Smell=I picked up some hops but no malt

Taste=Slightly sweet molassis with warming alchohol coming through in the finish I wasn't able to pick up much hops

Mouthfeel=medium body

Taste=I have a few of these bottle still-and I am curious to see how the taste changes. I like 6-6-6 but I found the beer not as good as expected. Could I drink a few pints of this at a time-no-but this beer isn't made for that. I wil wait a few years for the next tastng

bradybeer, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Austin Liquors, Shrewsbury, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 1" tan head over the clear dark burgundy brew. Head fades slowly, with reasonable amounts of sticky lacing. Aroma is spicy sweetness. Taste is a triumverate of malt sweetness, dark fruitiness, and spicy goodness. Mouthfeel seems like it could be a bit thicker and smoother, and drinkability is pretty good. Happy with this one, and seems to me it should last for awhile.

ppoitras, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

Thanks to metallitone1 for the bottle.

Poured into my Triple Karmeliet glass.

Deep dark brown with only the slightlest bit of light shining through. Small cream colored head gave way to a good lace down the glass.

Smell started with dark fruits, figs, and spices. Hint of alcohol as well. Smells warm.

The taste was very rich. Dark fruit again predominates, sweet, hints of caramel and sugar. Apricot as well.

Very nicely carbonated and very light. Nice frothy feel, great going down, slight alcohol warming, but very nice overall.

This was a great beer, I am sure this will mellow with age and bring out all kinds of flavors, gonna lay a few down for later.

mikesgroove, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of arizcards
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

Picked up a bottle Labor Day weekend at AJ's for $5.79.

Beer poured a deep mahogany with an off white head that is sustaining well. Nose is sweet, with a hint of bananas and cloves. Taste is of sweet malts, hint of candied sugar, bananas, and cloves. There is a lot of alcohol heat in the finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, and smooth. Overall drinkabilty is good although the alcohol back bite is pretty heavy.

arizcards, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%

A: Pours a deep black color with faint ruby highlights around the edges and two fingers of creamy head with good retention.

S: Sweet sugar and malt fragrance paired with an aromatic yeasty smell, which was kind of funky or mildewy in a good way, but also spicy and inviting. The nose is quite complex and sumptuous.

T: A very even-keeled malty Belgian style. Malty and sugary up front easily transitioning into a smooth and dry finish. Plenty of spices present, with a bit of hop bitterness at the very end. Elaborate and tasty.

M: Good carbonation and creamy mouthfeel, a very nice texture on the palate.

D: Great take on the Belgian Dark style. Would definitely have another, and was surprised by this offering from Stone.

CharlieMopps, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%

served into my Chimay goblet from a 22.oz brown bomber with crimped on cap. Brought down by fellow BA tcCromwell 2-way split this bitch.

Chestnut brown,mirky,tan head dissapated quickly down to a collar around the inside edge of the goblet. Very lively looking,many tiny strings of bubbles rising from the sides of the glass.

Very complex nose,very earthy quailty,lots of belgium yeast aromas,hints of figs/dates,spicey notes of clove. very enjoyable.

Tastes of Belgium yeast,very spicy,clovey,figs/dates, a tart acidic taste.
finishes dry,spicy,with a sharp tart bitterness.

Very creamy mouthfeel,lot of sweet stickyness,cloying,tongue swelling dryness.
Couldn't drink a lot of this beer,a definate sipper here,tastes better as it warms,wish I could have savored this one a bit longer. This seems like a beer that would only get better with age.

Thanks,for bringing this one down,Ted.

jcdiflorio, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of badbeer
2.65/5  rDev -33.6%

Dark brown color with a light tan head atop of it, lacing was lacking. Smell was a bit light, bready, and even a bit smoky. Taste is smoky as well, was more like a rauchbier to me. I won't detract just because it isn't necessarily Belgian Styled, because Belgian style is hard to define as it is. I will however, detract from the fact that I just don't like it. Medium bodied with high carbonation. I'm glad I shared the bottle and didn't pick up two of them, won't be buying this again.

badbeer, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
1.63/5  rDev -59.1%

This beer poured out a slight head that fell away fast leaving not much behind except a little bit of a lacing. The color is very dark. The taste is a bunch of odd flavors coming at you at one time, very unpleasant. Overall I taste a lot of breadiness and a slight smokiness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a bit unpleasant. Overall drinkability is very low.

Erdinger2003, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of nvsblman
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

Dark chocolate brown color with lots of fluffly brown head. Aroma is of chocolate, cinnamon, yeast, and a little cedar. Nutty flavor with some sweet chocolate. A little yeasty bite and a nice balanced hop presence. Creamy mouthfeel, yet seemingly light at the same time, and nicely carbonated. I think this is the best of the vertical epics so far.

nvsblman, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of tcromwell
3.83/5  rDev -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.

tcromwell, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of Fugazme
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

Purchased in L.A. back in September... made TWO flights home to Nebraska... no damage!

Dark, dark brown... Nice, tight/tan, 1/4" head with awesome retention and great lacing.

Aroma is heavy on the yeast with tons of bready/bakery notes... oh yeah. Raisiny... figgy... licorice... subtley woody and smokey.

Mouthfeel is slightly dry and quite smooth through the middle.

Flavor has some wood hints with lots of malty goodness... alcohol presents itself upfront with yeast all over... even after the swallow.

Overall it is nice... I'm too impatient to let this one sit... maybe I should have bought two!

Fugazme, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of blackie
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

appearance: moderate retention of the tan-colored head, the beer is a very dark brown in color

smell: Aromas of cedar and other evergreen woods together with Belgian pale and toasted malt smells. Moderate milk chocolate aromas, and maybe even a little roast. Hints of anise. Negligible hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a smooth medium, and the body pretty full for a Belgian. Lingers on the palate for awhile. Interesting.

taste: A "different" mix of Belgian type pale malts and light milk chocolate flavors with a range of yeasty Belgian flavors notes. I'm digging it. Flavors of dark tree fruits and anise. Light hop flavor and bitterness. Woody evergreen notes.

drinkability: good...I could see this one aging well

split with dirtylou while in Mad Town

blackie, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +0.3%

22oz bomber, obtained in a trade back around the release date...1 of 2 bottles obtained, split with blackie

appearance: pours into wine glass...dark opaque black, hints of violet and garnet...dark beige head is light but a nice lace exists

smell: interesting aroma...woody and spicy, lots of dark fruit complexity. heavy malt and a strong boozy nose

taste: lightly sugared dark fruit - raisin, plum, currant...spicy, hot and boozy...light vinous nature. rich malt structure that suits itself well for the holiday season. belgian dark yeast, molasses, clove, licorice

mouthfeel: medium body and lighter than expected

drinkability: smooth and pretty easy to drink despite the potency

dirtylou, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of chilidog
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

Its Happy New year time and thisone was my choice for New Years 06 to 07.
Its been cellared for six months, bought in june, till now.

It poured a nice dark brown and settled a slight burgandy with a small but fair tan head.

The aroma was of sweetenwd coffee and roasted malts.

The taste was alittle sweet as if brown sugar was dusted over roasted malts. Hints of coffee, spice, cocoa and clove back things up. The alcohol was suttle, perhaps that little time mellowed things abit. So much so the 8.6% almost got by unnoticed.

Drinkability was good overall with a slight dryness toward the finish.

chilidog, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of auntfloyd
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

Served from a 22 oz bomber into a St. Bernadus goblet.

Pours a dark, ruby-tinged brown with only the faintest amount of tan head.

Smell is of candy sugar, sweet malt, dark fruits, and belgian yeast.

The flavor is similar: sweet, like a Belgian dark ale should be, with a pleasant hint of spice. Definite malt and dark fruit notes, with a slightly bitter, yeasty finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than is normal for this style, but in my mind, that's a good thing. This is a highly drinkable ale for the style, as it is neither too strong, too thick, nor too sweet.

What to make of this? This is Stone's take on Belgian ales, and it is a good ale, but not a great one. It's a bit surprising to try such a subdued beer from Stone, as they are usually known for being over-the-top, but in a style where high abv and extreme taste is normal, they've produced a somewhat brew remarkable chiefly for its restraint. Don't get me wrong, this is a tasty and quite fine ale, but if you are a fan of Stone's typically unrestrained styles, you might be put off by this; perhaps since BSDAs are already so full of Stone-like qualities, Stone had nowhere to go with this one.

So, in short, I liked this, but it seemed live I've had it several times before. The usual Stone excitement and exuberance just wasn't there this time.

auntfloyd, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of sleazo
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

Opened this one after 6 months in the fridge

Poured a dark black, opague. Head diminished quickly. Smells strongly of roasted malts, mixed with some hops. Taste, dried fruit, chocolate/coffee with a hop bckground. Finishes up with an alcohol heat and some chalk. This is a sipper. A nice, nice beer

sleazo, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +0.3%

This beer warmed up very well, so recommend starting that way to highlight the malty base of the beer, lots of dark fruit, raisins, currants, and toffee notes. Very spicy nose, anise, and the Belgian yeast is very apparent and strong over top of the beer. Very hot with lots of alcohol in the nose (and the feel later). Dry bitter finish. Good, but not my favorite of the series or of Stone in general. A very good but not fantastic beer, though I suspect as the beer ages it will do well when the characteristics blend a bit, especially the alcohol.

FightingEntropy, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of coasterfreak75
4.35/5  rDev +9%

The pour was a dark almost opaque brown with a nice three finger head that quickly dissapated and left a nice lace on the sides of the glass throughout the drink.

The smell was very heavy in malt sweetness with the standard Belgian yeast aroma and a suprising almost cedar like hint in the rear of the nose.

The drink starts with a heavy malt sweetness then the yeast kicks in with that Belgian flavor the hops are there but they never over take the flavor of the beer. The finish was a lingering bitter-sweet malt.

All and all a great beer and to me true to the style. Lighter in body than I'm used to for the style but still quite the tasty beer.

coasterfreak75, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%

Huge fluffy 3 inch head erupts with lots of thick bubbles and a little lace. It is deep tan in color. Body is predominetley black in color, very pretty indeed. Nose really represents the belgium style well with hints of raw wheat, zesty malt, and invigorating herbs. As it enters the mouth you quickly notice the rich malty balance and long lovely palate that is absent of raw wheat and frozen corn that are often present and not really something I like. No problem here. The finish is long dark and lingering. Leaves a nice slightly thick mouthfeel. This is a devilishly good beer.

SPLITGRIN, Dec 13, 2006
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.