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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

469 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 85
Gots: 115 | 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 chilidog
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of auntfloyd
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

Photo of FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of coasterfreak75
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown coloration, cocoa-tan head.

Spicy, malty nose, with flavors of dark fruits, anise, herbs, rather earthy...

Tangy and tasty, gritty, and lightly sweet, medium bodied, holds together well, but no particular part pops out at all...fairly unimpressive by the end of the sampling. Just kind of ""eh", like a limpid stab at a dubbel.
(I got half the bottle, shared the rest with friends, who were more nonplussed than I.)

Perhaps I really didn't to give that extra six years they reccommend on the label copy?

Photo of MVassar
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As black as a cup of coffee. Head is stout-like, thick, creamy.

Lots of malt in the nose, plenty of sweet brown bread.

Tastes of malt, raw sugar, banana, maybe a touch of clove. Slightly cloying. Hint of bitter hops in the finish.

Very smooth and creamy in the mouth, and certainly easy to sip. Wonder if it might improve with some time in the cellar.

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a kick-ass looking deep, deep brown to black colour with a large creamy head that hangs around for a while but ultimately dissolves down and leaves a fair amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is a well balanced blend of berries, banana, spice, some malt, hints of sugar and a touch of yeast.

The flavour of this one basically hits on all aspects of the aroma, yet leans a bit more to the fruit/sweet side of things. Malt kicks in toward the middle and the finish is a nice blend of both fruit and malt along with a touch of alcohol and a nice swig of yeast flavour as well. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and nice overall but a touch thinner than anticipated here.

This is good stuff. I can't recall off the top of my head but it may be my favourite of the Vertical Epic Series so far. Definitely worth picking up a bottle or two (or more).

Photo of Bobikel
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apperance - Deep, dark, almost stoutlike. A medium head dissipates fairly quickly. Little to no lacing.

Smell - Yeasty breadyness smacks you twixt the eyes, overpowering really. A little pepper, coffee, and just a touch of hop come through with a little more examination.

Taste - Caramel, coffee, and alchohol dominate. Descent bitterness on the tongue, but still quite sweet. Good for a belgian.

Mouthfeel - Thick & syrupy.

Overall - A little dissapointed in this example from one of my favorite breweries. Maybe I'm just not a fan of dark Belgians....

Photo of kernalklink
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The '06 epic poured a dark brown with minimal head but good lacing. There was nice lightness to the heavy brew, added by the carbonation. A good blend of malts gave the beer a sweet toffee flavor, followed immediately by a slight, spicy hop character. Although the aromas threw me off at first, the flavors rounded out in the end to make a good brew.

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

light tanned head forms about 2cm thick and settles to an attractive lace. deep mahogany and red with little visible carbonation. minimal lacing on the glass.

aroma seems dominated by dark plum and prune. some yeast character in the background accompanied by darker crystal/chocolate malt. some clove like you would get in a dark wheat. definitely has that aspect to it. pretty complex. not sure if it totally works for it as its like its two or three different beers just by the smell.

more dark fruit and malt in the flavor. spices came out for a bit after some pumpkin pie (mmm pumpkin pie) though not sure if it was the beer or the pie. either way it was nice. alcohol is very well hidden, though it does reveal itself once the bomber is finished. just enough belgian yeast character to make you know its not a generic neutral american strain, but not so much that it distracts from the rest of the beer.

smooth mouth feel gives the beer enough substance to satisfy. certainly an easy drinker, but one that can be done slowly. plenty of flavor to keep the drinker busy for a long while.

Photo of biking4beer
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a goblet.

Very black with a very minimal brown head. Looks like a porter.

Very good flavors. Coffee, nutty, caramel malty. Very slight fruity flavor that seemed kind of strange considering the appearance and other flavors. Unique.

Fairly smooth, and carbonation was a little high for my taste. One bomber of this was enough despite it being a good beer.

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

The beer poured into the chalice clear dark, make that black, with a brownish tall head which lasted very well to coat the glass.

The aroma was fruity, strongly so as it was poured. Chocolate was present as was a dirty and earthy character. A bit of peppery spice was notable and as the head fell the fruitiness did as well. Some dark fruits were present and their intensity increased as the beer warmed. The fruits were raisins with some characteristics of prunes.

The flavor was earthy with a strong presence of tinny and very lightly spicy hops and yeast. The strongest flavor present was chocolate and that was coupled with dark caramel and some character of raisins and prunes. Spices were present but were mostly muted, pepper was the most prevalent flavor.

The finish was dry with a nice dark fruit and caramel character and peppery hops lasting into the aftertaste without much chocolate presence. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation and a creaminess to the mouthfeel. The warming after consumption was very high and reminded you that this one might have a bit of a punch. A nice Belgian Porter (if there is such a thing).

22 ounce bottle.

Photo of techdiver
4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque blackish brown with a decent head that dissipated much quicker than I thought it would. Aroma is complex with evidence of chocolate and malt. Taste is exquisite, well-balanced, almost stout-like, with a smooth malt and chocolate toffee flavor with fruity notes that is outstanding. Mouthfeel is so rich and makes for a very easy drinking brew. I wish I could have gotten my hands on a case of this.

Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass chalice.

Pours very dark brown with a very thin head that becomes a lasting swirling patch with a thick white ring along the edges.

The smell is of spiced toasted bread with sharp alcohol notes.

The taste is of roasted, earthy grains, anise, and slightly smoky, cedar. The flavors are blended, but each sip seems to emphasize a different one. The malt has a barley sweetness and a sharp wheat crispness. Spiced yeast gives it a zest. It has a long, dry, fairly bitter finish. The alcohol notes come through to give it a "sipping" quality. The body is on the light side of medium. Very rich, complex and unique.

It has a certain rawness to it that will probably mellow with time. (The label says to wait until after 12/12/12 - but, too tempting to wait that long...) The flavors make it enjoyable though the feel is a bit harsh.

A delicious, unique, complex brew.

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

Poured a hazy brown, thick tan head forms, sticks around, nice lacing. Smell is sweet, toffee, anise, some butter, spices, little bit of alcohol, pretty complex. Taste is sweet and toffeeish up front, anise and chocolate, some yeasty spiciness, alcohol in the finish, more anise. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, very well attenuated, low carbonation. Nice, interesting flavour profile, kept me interested. Thanks biegaman!!

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet a deep deep brown with a slight ruby tint when held up to the light a well formed beige head atop,so many things going on in the nose notes of vanilla,raisin,brown sugar,and some phenolc spiciness thrown in.A little sharpness hots the mouth it seems to mellow after awhile but still is a little rough around the edges in my mind in the mouthfeel department,complex flavors here dark fruit and vanilla with some brown sugar and almondy notes with quite a phenolic spice kick wich I dont really care for much keeping it from being off the charts for me.A great night cap sipper quite complex and brash just what I expect from Stone.

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

A well crafted and pleasurable beer to both drink and review. One of my favourite of the style tried to date, to which it boast great character and quality makeup. Pours a deep, deep brown, nearly opaque with some highlights when held up to the light. Good head that sits steadily over top. The aroma seems of equall part yeast and malt. Enticing. Mouthfeel finishes a little grainy but with some candi sugar sweetness. Also ends with a small degree of bitterness that adds more depth. Flavours suggest many things: a good showcase of darker malts, light toasty character, a fine wheat balance as well. Maybe some light spice. I enjoyed this more than the other "epic" vintages I've tried. This one would certainly be a main stay for the cellar. Thanks Harry!

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The sideways painted bottle is a neat idea.

In the glass, away fom the light, the body seems pitch black. Held to the light, it's blood red. either way, it has a dark tan level head which leaves good lace.

Simply outstanding nose of dark fruits and spice. Subtle hints of alcohol soaking uinto the fruit. Extraordinarily enticing.

Taste begins with rich toasted malts, flows into soaking dark fruits, and on to a tingly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and slick without being syrupy.

Its big and complex but has excellent drinkability.

Truly deserving of the name "epic". I'm sorry, there is no way I could cellar something this good until 2012.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bottle, poured in glass chalice

Appearance: Brownish-black color. Thick lacing that hangs around for a good while.

Smell: slight dark chocolate, but mostly wheat and a woody aroma

Taste: As with most of Stone's lineup, theres nothing mild here, but behind the strong taste, theres lots of subtle flavors. Is it wheat, burnt nut, clove or anise, maybe coffee? Hard to put ones finger on all the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Satisfying! Makes you feel like your really drinking something with some substance. Slight alcohol tingle warms ya up and makes your mouth water more than a bit a few minutes lates

Drinkabilty: Another good one from Stone. I could sip on this one all night. I'd like to put a bottle of this aside to see how it compares...dont think i could resist opening em though.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a trace head and no foam lingering. Aroma is a rich toffee malt shake. Hints of light milk chocolate. Taste is a better developed, rich toffee taste. Some toasty brown sugar and creme milk with a little spiciness at the finish. Very smooth brew. Easy to drink for a higher alcohol beer.Went very well with roast beef, mashed potatos, mushroom gravy, and blaukraut.

Photo of grub
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

biegaman was nice enough to share this one with me. thanks jan!

pours a deep red brown with some ruby highlights. fine tan head that quickly drops to a ring around the glass

aroma is nice. slightly sweet candi sugar like aroma. pumpernickle bread. a bit of spice.

taste is good. nice bready malt, just a hint of residual sweetness. a little belgian funk to it that's kind of nice. spicy, maybe corriander. touch of licorice.

mouthfeel is good. pretty dry, nice carbonation level.

drinkability is great. really easy drinking brew that i'd love to have available all the time.

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep rich brown in color, rich head leaves light cloudy lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast & spices. Actually burns the nose a bit, in a good way.

Taste: Starts out with the an ultra-creamy Belgian vibe, but gives way to more of the mocha characteristics of a porter. As the beer warms, it gets more complex, and I picked up on some anise and mocha flavors. After it warms to room temperature it takes on more of the dark fruitiness of a fine port. Yes, all of this works together. Really well.

Mouthfeel: A very pleasing challenge for the palate. Creamy, refreshing, toasty and beautifully bitter-dry at the end.

Drinkability: This will never, ever be mistook for O'Doul's. I had this for the first time at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, and loved it. This is my third time with this one, and I've got a couple more that I'm going to hold onto as long as I can. If you love complex beer that's palatable and can track this down, get it.

Photo of Sixpoint
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour chestnut brown with with swiss-cheese head.

Aroma of sweet plums, currants, raisins, chocolate. Slight spicy phenol echo.

Wicked chocolate nutty full-bodied taste. A shout from the Carafa and full-bodied dextrins. Slams fist on table with noticeable crystal malt emphasis.

Not as drinkable or great as some of the other epic vintages, IMHO.

Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.