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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

465 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.56%
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 kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

kscaldef, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

jaxon53, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of merlin48
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a goblet a clear, but dark, ruby mahogany body with a small beige head that quickly drops to a film. Some spotty lacing initially that totally disappears midway through the first pour.

Aroma is dominated by spicy anise and clove. Some burnt brown sugar and wheat malt notes are present, along with a solid dark fruit component that is mostly dried figs. Some fusel alcohol notes detract.

Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with some medicinal alcohol. Carbonation is subdued.

Taste is dominated by the spicy anise, with a spicy clove presence being equally annoying. Alcohol presence is fusel and medicinal. Some bitter hops give a nice cedar presence. Dark fruits are present, mostly figs. Some bitter, dark roasty malt notes emerge as it reaches room temperature. Overall, seems rough around the edges.

I'm not generally a fan of American brewed Belgian dark ales, and this one is no exception. Hopefully, this one will improve with age. As it is, my least favorite of the Vertical Epic series.

merlin48, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of Vancer
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 didn’t 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. I’m liking this brew, but not greatly impressed

Vancer, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of Florida9
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

So I've amassed VE's 6-12. Thought I would take them to a tasting, but doubt that will ever happen, so I guess now is the time to drink 'em….

A: A very dark brown, but not quite black. Forms a moderate sized, creamy, dark tannish colored head that slowly reduces to a thin, patchy surface coating. Moderate amount of lacing.

S: Not overly aromatic, but what is there is roasted malts, dark fruits, prunes, and a bit of alcohol.

T: Taste is better than I was expecting on this one. The beer has a moderate sweetness to it. Notes of smoke, raisin, and dark fruits. Coffee on the back end.

M: Medium bodied. Nearly flat.

O: A decent drink. Wasn;t expecting this one to hold up.

Florida9, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of Deuane
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.

Deuane, Jul 29, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of MSandahl23
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

MSandahl23, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of msubulldog25
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the 22 oz. bottle to a goblet:

A: Deep brown with tinges of copper/burgundy at the edges. Thin off-white head with a bit of lacing.

S: Heady smell that's dark and toasty, Belgian yeasts, clove, spice, baked bread ... my first sniff reminded me off the baking semolina dough at a favorite local pizzaria. Noticed some alcohol, too. Complex.

T: Not quite as challenging as the smell, but definitely good flavors. Lots of fruit and noticeable alcohol presence. Sweet & malty initially but a more bitter coffee/chocolate-like finish.

M: Creamy but a little clingy with a lingering bitterness. Pretty heavily carbonated

D: A very good beer, one that will improve with time I'm sure. I enjoyed sipping this one but actually didn't finish the whole bottle in one sitting.

msubulldog25, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of ehammond1
2.35/5  rDev -41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

On Tap

Stone Epic Festival 12-12-12
Stone Brewing Co.
Escondido, CA

(Aged for 6 years)

Dark brown with a small light brown cap. Moderate amount of visible carbonation. Irregular spots and and oily sheen left down the glass.

Very close to zero aroma. This one was passed around the table and hardly one person could smell a thing. If I tried my hardest, I could perhaps pull out a touch of dark fruit, but at that point, my imagination could be playing tricks on me. It's not an offensive aroma, obviously, but it isn't pleasant at all. Well below average, obviously.

Faint, simple, dulled flavors, which isn't surprising after the aroma. There's some mild biscuit and yeast, perhaps a touch of dark fruits, but this has faded into almost nothing.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

At least it's a very drinkable 8.66% ABV! Lame. Such a stupid series of beers.

ehammond1, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of cbutova
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes a few weeks back (02/02/13) for all the VE series I could obtain.

A- Poured from the bottle to a pint glass. Very dark brown body with some red around the edges. Nice head for 6.5 years old. The cap is one finger in height with a light tan-toast color and decent retention. A few creamy lace patches.

S- Definite oxidation rustiness but not terribly so. Some spice and caramel, tiny dry roast but hard to pick up overall.

T- Really thinned out and dried out flavor. Slight roast but no real depth to it. Just like a light roast grain husk. Brown toasted malts, raisin spice and some oxidation but not as much as the nose. Some dark fruits.

MF- Thinned out like crazy. Lower end carbonation with somewhat watery feel, not unexpected. Slight warming from alcohol and spicy bitterness.

Solid brown-amber Belgian hybrid, some of this probably due to the age. Not overly affected by age but it shows. Gets better with warmth.

cbutova, Feb 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

tommyguz, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of malfunxion
4/5  rDev +0.5%

malfunxion, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of harrymel
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during a tasting of 06-10 VE's.
Poured to NB globe.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly perfectly opaque ale. Single finger light tan head dissipates quickly. Little lacing here.

S: Molasses, molasses, molasses, anise, mineralic qualities. Very complex, dark malts with belgian yeast greets the nose with dark fruits which are quite subdued by the original approach of molasses feel. Cocoas dance here as well.

T: The molasses and dark fruits continue here. Malts, anise, cocoas. Wow, delicioso!

M: Heavy, viscous with low carbonation. Great feel for this beer. Sticky, resonant, smooth.

D: This beer was second only to 09.09.09 on the lineup. It was fantastic! I wish I had more of this beer around to drink for sure.

harrymel, Feb 22, 2011
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.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of flexabull
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to try one of three I have (had). The other two will have to sit for a few years...

Wow! What a beer... This was excellent. I have the 03 - 06. And while I haven't tried the 04 and 05, I have tried the 03, and this was similar to that beer.

But the 06 is a darker "version". Very dark brown in color, not as dark as a porter or a stout, but certainly brown. It has the spicy yeasty taste, in addition to very prominant alcohol flavors and a very sweet almost raisin bread like quality from the malts.

This is really good, and will certainly be better in a few years.

flexabull, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of Bung
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stone takeover at Duckworths. From notes.
Dark brown pour, whispy off white head. Little lacing.

Aroma is malty with belgian yeast and dark fruit heavily involved.

Tons of dark red fruits. A puckering midway through is a bit overpowering. Cocoa later and dry finishing with chocolate covered strawberry, cherry.

Mid bodied, no abv really to speak of. Maybe a little overcarbonated, but I tend to think that of the style in general. The puckering sour really hurts the drinkability for me. Doubt I'll see this again, glad I got to try it.

Bung, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev +0.5%

koopa, May 12, 2013
Photo of Boto
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Boto, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

DarthKostrizer, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of birchstick
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had in the midst of a '06 - '10 vertical.

This guy poured brown to black without much of a head. The nose opened up with smells of chocolate fading to pine then ultimately spicy fig / dark fruits. The flavor profile was similar to the nose - chocolate with spicy rum soaked tobacco leaves and a bit of caramelized malts; spicy fruit was also in the mix thanks to some Belgian yeast. Was medium bodied and went down smoothly. Solid but didn't blow me away. I was excited just to be able to try it...

birchstick, May 06, 2011
Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Hanzo, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Floydster
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Floydster, May 20, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone- 06.06.06 Vertical Epic

Appearance- dark brown almost black with a huge thick tan head. sticky lacing down the entire glass.
Smell- roasted hops ash, charcoal, cherry, raisin, banana.
Taste- like a blend of Stout and Belgium ale. Strong roasted flavor blending quite evenly with fruit tones. Raisin, cherry, and banana flavors come through.
Mouthfeel- strong burnt flavors at first but quickly flipping over to equally strong fruit flavors. Slighty strong in alcohol but not overpowering.

Overall- A nice Belgium that has a big flavor and a bit of a kick. A very good sipper!!

NJpadreFan, Jun 30, 2006
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.