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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

467 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 86
Gots: 112 | 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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at Volo, Stone Appreciation Day. Pours slick black, with nice white head. Good aromas of anise, chocolate. Taste is rich but only average, was expecting thicker. A delivery of anise, after 3.5 years the yeast "she has gone away" A bit on the sweeter side.

Sammy, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

t0rin0, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -24.6%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 12.26.2009.

Poured a very dark brown with a decently-sized head, especially given the age. The smell was of chocolate, Belgian yeast, roasted malt, and hints of dark fruit. The taste is really dominated by the chocolate flavor of the malt, with a bit of roasted characteristics, as well as some lingering Belgian yeast, especially in the aftertaste. Not a bad beer at all, and I look forward to trying it again in 2012.

Thorpe429, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +0.5%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Roasted pecan brown that becomes dusky garnet with backlighting. I'm convinced that this is the darkest Vertical Epic Ale to be released so far. The golden brown sugar colored head is a thing of beauty. It looks good immediately after the pour and looks even better as it descends. Only a relative shortage of lace puts the brakes on my enthusiasm.

The nose is dark malty without being the least bit roasted. It's modestly tangy, like a quality weizenbock, with similar dark fruity esters (bruised banana and brown apple). There's a little clove, but not as much as expected. It would be nice if the Trappist yeast played a larger role in VE's nose.

My first mouthful tells me that the flavor score will be a close call between 'good' and 'very good'. I'm sure it will become obvious once I get half the bomber across my taste buds and into my belly. I'm pleased that the beer tastes much more authentically Belgian than it smells.

Complex isn't often a word that I use when describing an American-brewed BSDA (that isn't brewed by Allagash), but it definitely fits in this case. For a beer that doesn't use anything but malt, hops and yeast, that's quite the achievement. But then Stone is quite the brewery.

The flavor profile abounds with fruit and spice and much more besides. Let's see: chocolate covered bananas, dark toffee, light molasses, anise seed, sticky dates and ground cloves. What a delicious potpourri of complimentary flavors and flavor sensations (sweet, bitter and tangy). It's pretty obvious where the scores will fall and I haven't even reached mid-bomber yet.

As the beer warms I'm becoming more and more impressed with the yeastiness. If blinded, I would have bet a great deal that I was drinking a BSDA from Belgium itself. The ABV has to be a misprint because there's no trace of alcohol on the palate. My increasingly light head suggests otherwise.

I have no idea why Stone says 'the body is fairly light', although they do add 'for a beer with such a high gravity'. I'm finding it to be amazingly creamy with an expansiveness that few non-Belgians can manage. I would call it the highlight of this experience, but then this is an incredibly highlight-rich beer.

I would love to do a comparison tasting with Vertical Epic '05 and Vertical Epic '06, but I'm saving the single bottles that I have left for 2012. Maybe I should start buying three each year instead of two. In any case, those years are my favorites of this series so far and can easily give all but the very best Belgian BSDAs a run for their money. Epic indeed!

BuckeyeNation, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has to be among the most anticipated release of a beer. Every year, this beer offers many suprises. This year's is not different. Large amount of sweetness, tartness, fruitiness, and luster jumps out immediately...and I haven't even poured it into a glass yet. The beer pours a deep, dark, purple, ruby hue and releases a dense brown-ish head that stands the durration perfectly. Decorated with pepery spices and sprinkles. Aromas seem very complex with an abundance of caramelized malt sweetness, and a heavy dosage of every spice known to mankind. Tastes even better. Big on the sweetness, but not overly thick. Spices compliment the belgian tartness very well without distraction. Fruity with all dark, dehydrated fruits from cherries to prunes to licorice to black berries... Alcohols are assertive all along the way, becoming a bit fusal in the end. Almost a caugh syrup flavor and feel. The body is full, rich, and bold. Coats the mouth with a bready, velvety layer that I find pleasant, then cut through with the alcohols and tartness. Expectibly (because of its youth), the beer is a bit harsh on the alcohols and hop character, but is sure to meld in the years to come. In fact, I was surprised the beer did not taste more 'green' than it did. Father time will be very kind to this beer.

BEERchitect, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Daalamar: Poured a deep burgundy color ale with a small foamy head with average retention. Aroma of delicious cookie dough with some nice sweet malt. Taste is also dominated by the sweet cookie malt which are just plain delicious. Body is a bit too watery for my own taste and alcohol is well hidden. Probably one of the best in the vertical epic series and a damn fine abbey dubbel in any case.

Phyl21ca, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 womencantsail
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

womencantsail, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Knapp85, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

06.06.06 Vertical Epic, let's get to the bottom of this.

Appearance: Pours a dark chestnut brown body topped with a fizzy, thin brown-colored head.

Smell: Aroma is largely fruity (bananas and plums) and chocolaty, imbued with a Belgium yeast scent and a wee amount of smoke.
Curiouser and curiouser...

Taste: Leading flavors of dark chocolate, black licorice, molasses, and grapes. Eventually achieves some herbal bitterness and ends with a yeasty dry finish. Not nearly as sweet as the nose would have you believe.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, creamy, and has a mild carbonation which helps to maintain a light finish.

Drinkability: Admirable cross-style hybrid brew showing characteristics of a dubbel, weizenbock, smoked porter, and more.

Catch ya in 2012, little bomber!

ChainGangGuy, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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.

oberon, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of emerge077
2.08/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks Chris for sharing this at the annual cellar clearance...
Served in a mini-nonic pint, quick review transcribed from written notes

Dark brown with a ruby glint in the light, spotty lace around the edges, patchy surface skim. Good lasting coverage.

Weird sharp aroma, as it warms there's some vague traces of dark fruit. Tart astringent taste, tangy. Big notes of oxidation, light roast malt in the background. Must have been infected or aged too long, it's kind of gross at this point... drain pour.

emerge077, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being the Devil's ale, or even just that of the Roman Emperor Nero Claudius Caesar (in reference to 6-6-6), this isn't really that scary. In fact, it's kind of sweet.

It pours a very dark, almost-black mahogany body beneath a full-sized head of dark-tan foam. The retention could be a bit better, and the lacing as well, but it still holds pretty well and leaves some nice lacing about the glass.

The nose is yeasty with lots of banana and clove. Brown sugar and mild malt appear as well. Only a touch of alcohol appears to be present.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with some added chocolate malt that helps to ground it; a nip of spicy/floral hops; some peppery yeastiness; and a touch of warming alcohol.

It's smooth and lightly creamy in the mouth with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation.

The flavor mimics the aroma, but with a touch less more banana and more brown sugar.

Very nice! I think this might be the best of the Vertical Epic Series that I've tried so far.

NeroFiddled, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a bottle of this got opened at big beers in vail last night, and i was stoked to see it because i somehow missed this one despite it being quite prevalent even last year when we lined up a few of them. much more straightforward than some others, just a belgian strong ale here. cool yeast has dried this out a lot over time. far less residual sugar than it may have originally had, but still a light honey finish. really dig the mellowness of the alcohol too, its barley there, and while the carbonation and body are both less than where id like to see them, i think this has aged with grace. a full bomber would not be too much, as the layers of spice continually improve and unfold with temperature. a very well made beer, not full of additives, something they should probably make regularly honestly. maybe a new winter seasonal?

StonedTrippin, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with a vintage date of 06.06.06

A- Great lacing, leaves tan rings on the glass. Dark leather brown color, nearly black.

S- Dark sugar and malt aroma, faint suggestions of clove and anise. Mild roasted grain bite similar to a slightly acidic coffee bean.

T&M- Amazingly smooth with an ample crispness in a full body. Suggestions of cocoa powder, coffee, anise, clove, walnuts, thyme with a rounded maltiness. Maltiness is a tad sugary ... brown sugar to be exact which becomes sandwiched by a bitter hop and a slightly hot alcohol.

D- Pretty damn tasty, great to try but I think some time in the bottle will prove it to be a better beer.

Jason, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark cola definitely brown in nature although could border a black tone on the color spectrum tan head forms and leaves fine specks of lacing scattered around my chalice. Aroma has anise upfront just like my Italian grandma's cookies dark powdered cocoa and full herbal grassy notes some what of a woody toasty nut finish interesting. Flavor contains chocolate richness some doughy bread and coffee notes raisins tart apples alcohol finish with more of that signature anise black licorice note. Mouthfeel is creamy soothing alcohol burn medium body soft carbonation glides on palate. Drinkability is definitely intriguing and challenging to the senses some age would do this well as it was designed for it, I'm sure I'll have at least a few more bottles.

WVbeergeek, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Slatetank, May 26, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I'm guessing this is one to lay down.

Pours mahogany to black with a .5" tan head.

Smell: Slight fruittyness, alcohol & yeast. Slight leather & wood notes

Taste: Slight sourness, yeast, raisins, slight chocolate notes in an unorganized mish-mash. Finishes with an alcohol burn & a yeast/bready twang, plus licorice

MF: Super chewy & slightly under carbonated

A chore to drink, maybe this will turn into a classic over time, not sure I can wait.

russpowell, Jun 23, 2006
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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.