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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

307 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 307
Hads: 478
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 83
Gots: 122 | FT: 13
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 06-05-2006

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!
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Reviews: 307 | Hads: 478
Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to ClockworkOrange for sharing this bottle on 11/13/10. After recently having this on tap, wow what a difference and a seemingly completely different beer. It has held up much better in this bottle than the draft version.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a clear dark brown color with a bit of ruby clarity. A tan head clings close to the rim of the glass and spotty lacing appears with a bit of leggy patches.

This brew smells of dark fruit with a bold presence of alcohol. Some hints of a molasses like sweetness is present before the onset of some dark fruity chocolate notes. The alcohol smells a bit fusel instead of the belgian type of aroma I was expecting but still it is deep and enjoyable.

The taste includes some alcohol warmth right upfront with a slight belgian yeasty flavor. There is a dark sweetness present almost like molasses with a bit of a smoky aspect that turns a bit dry on the back end with the alcohol coming back into play. There are bitter herbal hops left lingering in the mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. The alcohol is right out in the open and very noticeable but it is fairly drinkable considering the other flavors present. This would have no problem hanging on for a few more years. Quite a big difference between this experience and having it on tap. After having this brew on tap I somewhat lost interest in seeking out and trying the other vertical epics, this experience put some interest back into it for me. (1,509 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing.

The beer is dark mahogany with a thin beige collar. The aroma brings malt, citrus, light spice, toffee. The flavor imparts sweet breads, malt, toffee candies. Perfect carbonation level with alcohol content well disguised. Mouth feel is the best aspect of this beer. Pretty good. (314 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/09/06- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2006 release. Poured into a wine style glass.

Appearance- Iced tea brown colored pour. Mildly clouded. Nice 3/4 inch head and whisps of sticky cobweb lace left in the glass.

Smell- Nose burying smell. Doesn't jump right out of the glass. I get a bit of sweet roasted malt, a touch of caramel candy smell and some anise and clove.

Taste- This one is actually remeniscent of the Gouden Carolus Grand Cru that I just had. Not nearly as tasty, but the same kinda tastes. Heavy of the spices (clove and anise) and flavorful in the deep roasted malt and light coffee hit.

Mouthfeel- This one needs some time to calm down. It is pretty well carbonated, but it's also very warming and sticky sweet with a fuller mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Will be excited to try this one in 2012...unless I can sell the whole series for $10,000 on ebay :) Really has some backbone and I think the caramel and malt flavors will come out much more with some time. Pretty good as is though. (1,065 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a brownish black color with a thick 2" head that lasts a long time. The head builds after the pour is complete. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: wheat, wood, yeast, and hint of dark chocolate.

Taste: the wheat is quite noticeable here, along with some chocolate, pepper, prunes, yeast, and a overall woody and bready character. Bitterness is definitely noticeable, alcohol less noticeable.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. The aftertaste is long on the flavor components. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkabilty: quite good. This is a good brew that doesn't need to age but is quite tasty in its young days. Nice brew. (650 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled July 2006
Pours with a dark, black colored beer that shows a brilliantly clear, deep purple & brown colors when held up to the light. The beer is fairly well carbonated and has an, initially four-finger thick light brown colored head that foamed over the sides of my glass when I was a bit too aggressive with the pour. Rich fruity notes of sweet plums, raisins, rum-like notes, some interesting port notes, a touch sour tartness, and a finish of toasty grain notes. The typical suite of bubblegum, banana and clove are all here at noticeable, yet smooth, levels. I really like the complex fruity notes on this beer, so much better than the Avery Thirteen (sorry for the pot shot there).

Thick and chewy, with a sweet malt not up front that amps up the dark fruit notes found throughout this beer. The beer finishes with a hint of tart acidity and a sharp roasted grain note. Notes of roasted almost slightly burnt fruit notes evoke thoughts of concentrated sweet plums, raisins, dried figs. The light tartness plays up some nice fruit notes as well, noticeably amplifying flavors of tart plums, and perhaps a hint of pears. The burnt note adds some bitterness to the finish and there is a touch of hot alcohol at times as well.

This is quite nice, and like last years brew, Stone is finally on the right track of brewing vertical epics which will still be quite tasty come 12.12.12. This beer, over the next few years, should soften up, become a bit smoother and more drinkable. With a couple more years it will pick up some complexity, and it actually should come close to peaking come December 12, 2012, though my guess is that it will peak a bit before. Regardless it will still be quite tasty come the appointed time. Fresh out of the bottle this is also one of the better Vertical Epics, though I liked the fresh vibrancy of the 04 a touch better. (1,868 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large, typical Stone bottle, pours dark, ruddy brown, fine dark tan head, robust figgy, raisin, dark chocolate nose. Leaving scattered lacing and pleanty of intricate sheeting. Bold and flavorful, full bodied, complex heady brew. Notes of more smokey dark chocolate, raisins, sweet malts. This is ungodly smooth and long lasting on the taste buds. This is yet another spot on, home run for Stone. I'll try to age a few of these but it wont be easy, cuz this is drinking so well right now. World class and Stone all the way. (523 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 45 months old now,

A: Pours a dark brown with a light white head, nice retention.

S: Great nose now. Raisin, prune reduction; it's all dark fruit and sugar.

T: Gets darker initially than the nose. Dark chocolate comes out immediately with a nice undercurrent of raisin and prune. Great flavour.

M: Still has a nice full carbonation, full body without going over the top, smooth as ever.

D: I was excited to try this as I still have a bottle of 6/6/06 in the cellar. This is a great beer now, I can't wait to see what it's doing by 2012.

December 2012 Edit - My last one. Held up well, spiced bundt chocolate cake in the nose, almost a winter warmer. Flavour has a lot of good malt flavour, great chocolate cake flavour in the finish, decadent, very tasty. A different beer than in 2006 fresh, or even in 2010, still a lot of fun. Really enjoyable. My longest cellared beer ever; I'm glad my little dresser can cut the Dijon so to speak, cellared personally since February 2007. (998 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

Pours a dark, cola black with a thin light tan head. Balanced aroma of dark fruit, fig, chocolate, citrus, Belgian yeast and mint. Sweet flavor of spice and yeast with candied dark fruit finish, light chocolate throughout. Medium thick and soft carbonation, not aging as poorly as some of the other VEs. (318 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With the Vertical Epic series coming to a close, it felt appropriate to to do a small flight of them at Tustin Brewing. The 6-6-06 was the first of the series that I bought, not long after I turned 21, but I eventually sacrificed that bottle at a tasting. Here's my second change, and I made sure not to squander it. On to the beer:

Ink black colored with a short lived head which turns into a few whips of foam. Somehow, the lacing it gives off is quite good. The nose brings the aroma of molasses, dates, grapes, and a strong (yet pleasant) dose of oxidation. Despite a sweet nose, the taste is a yo-yo between sweet and sour, leaning more sour. Was it supposed to be like this at its release back in 2006? But since I'm taking notes of it now, at the end of 2012, I only care about the present state. And it's big fun! Moderately acidic, yet it packs a punch of sourness. Soured white grapes spring to mind, complimented with dates and vague fruitiness. It's medium bodied, with a low level of carbonation.

Better late than never. Gee, did I just type that in my previous review? Even after 6 years of hiding, 06.06.06 is a great ale. (1,140 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had two bottles; couldn't wait until 2012, so now I have one
Pours a flat black body, medium sized tan/brown head. Lacing was nice and smooth. Looks really good.
Smell of Belgian yeast spice, clover, banana and biscuit.
Taste; up front some roasted malt and spice. The banana turns a bit toward a black berry hint, a bit of anise and biscuit.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but makes for easy drinking.
2012 is a long way off. (425 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color, free of sediment and looks like a stout or BSDA. Head retention is low and no lace to find. The aroma had some dark fruits and chocolate, some soy coming through as well. The flavor consisted of anise, chocolate, soy, plum and raisin. There was a roasted quality to the malts. Alcohol was there. Full bodied with a medium to low carbonation. Overall this was a cool beer but was probably best fresh like most beer. (447 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer, if somewhat unusual, but nothing really that special.

The beer pours dark, thick and syrupy with almost no head.

The smell is very light- surprisingly so with just an aroma of roasted barley.

The taste is mostly Licorice- both its peculiar bitterness and its sweetness is present here. Some caramel flavors and hop bitterness also comes through as well as a slight bit of vanilla on the finish.

The mouthfeel is very thick and viscous, but not sticky.

Pretty drinkable, and lighter than one might think given the brewery and style. (559 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was fortunate to try this last night at an epic tasting held by my good friend Mike, thanks for the opportunity MrBarleywine!
Pours a slightly hazy deep garnet color with a smallish off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is sweet caramel, chocolate, roast and cinnamon with a light woody aroma.The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Sweet and sugary with caramel, chocolate, and cocoa with hints of spice and fruit. The finish is fairly dry, but leaves a long lingering chocolate and roast bite on the palette. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet mouthfeel. I liked this one quite a bit. (644 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly viscous, dark chestnut brown color that appears jet black and opaque in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Surprisingly hop forward aroma with an earthy, resinous character followed by roasted malt, dark fruit and zesty spice. Slightly herbal with grassy pine notes followed by pepper, clove, anise and licorice. Sweet, slightly toasted malt backbone with hints of cocoa, caramel, toffee and alcohol. A lot of these notes are faded but they have at least held up, unlike many other entires in this series.

Medium bodies and more complex than expected with a nice balance of sweet malts, zesty spice, resinous hop, dark frui and alcohol. Like the aroma, the flavor retains a lot of hop flavor. Not as complex as when fresh but there is some earthy grass as well as some herbal pine flavor followed by sweet chocolate malt, toffee and caramel. As it warms, dark fruit sweetness comes forward with hints of grape, raisin, currant and other dark berries followed by some alcohol sweetness in the finish. High ABV is well masked though making it easy to drink. It's a bit watered down and the flavors havent completely held up but this is still one of the better beers in this series. (1,273 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a dark brown with red hues around the edges. A nice light tan head slowly fades out and leaves streaks of lacing around the tulip glass.
Smell is of candy sugar, Belgian Chimay yeast, cocoa, light wood, mild caramel, light banana, and hints of fruit.
Taste is of the same aromas with a mild smack of vanilla in there.
Mouthfeel is sugary, complex, and a bit yeasty.
This one will age well (432 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an exceptionally dark black colored version of the style with a great tan to light brown head. Stone's experience making RIS shows in the appearance. I considered taking some points for the exceptional darkness but I didn't because this is a visually striking beer that is unlike any other I have seen.

Smell is strong and fruity with a spicy aroma of coriander and black pepper. Aromas of apple, grapes, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and nuts. Quite an aromatic beer with a great deal of complexity.

Taste is sweet and fruity and full of chocolate at the beginning. Chocolate remains the major flavor component until the coffee and slight bitterness take over. Fruit and spice are somewhat less than what is in the aroma. In the end though the flavor while good isn't outstanding.

Mouthfeel is good and quite like full fat milk.

Certainly an easy ale to enjoy. For what it lacks in taste it certainly makes up for crowd-pleasing popularity. There is only one other beer in this ales class, Gouden Carolus Carolus D'Or - Cuvée Van De Keizer, an exceptionally exclusive and outstanding class indeed. (1,115 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
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! (759 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Drank on 3/31/13
A- This beer has a jet black body with a faint light of dark brown glowing at the base of the glass. There is a sticky light beige head that is made mostly of bubbles

S- The abbey yeast ester character blends with a roasted black malt aroma which turns into a brewer’s licorice and coffee quality in the finish.

T- The mellow licorice flavor blends with a nougat and abbey yeast taste with some prune and tootsie roll flavor underneath. There is a salty sweaty taste in the finish that lead to a bitter toffee and slightly inky flavor. The aftertaste has a slight smoky bitterness that lingers.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a slight slippery texture and no real alcohol heat.

O- The off flavors and smoky note don’t blend to well with the licorice but the soft yeasty profile is nice but buried a bit.

Drank 7/17/2006
(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark black body with a thick spongy head of light tan foam. No sign of bubbles in that dense body.

S- This beer has a nice perfume sweet aroma with a yeasty brown sugar hint that is very nice.

T- The taste of sweet bubblegum is followed by a sweet dark toasted malt flavor with some nice caramel notes. The finish is a big bitter hop flavor that is a surprising punch at the end of this beer. There is not a lot of complexity in the malt flavors the but the bubblegum flavor has nice subtle complexities of perfume, yeast, and faint white sugar.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a very soft carbonation fizz that keeps the finish light and adds more punch to the hops. No alcohol heat in the finish.

D-The smooth malty flavors have nice Abby ale qualities but the big hop punch in the finish really seems out of place. The fading trend of fusion fare offers many dishes that clash while a few of them are really nice. This fusion beer is one of those that clashes, however when I try this beer in 2013 I think it will be very tasty. (1,982 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Alewife. I ran through the entire flight of Verticals, so this one will be a shorter.

A: The ale has a dark stout appearance with a thin tan head.

S: An unpleasant, buttery nose starts things off, very sweet with just enough sour mixed in. The darker aromas never get going, victims to what I'd call age.

T: The BSDA starts off with roasted malts and plenty of spicy sweetness. The buttery flavors, mildly sour, add a dry berry-like flavor that helps the ale improve (as compared to the nose).

M: The mouthfeel is sweet and berry-like, sweeter than any Belgian style stout I've come across.

D: My least favorite of the bunch, it seems like age has been unkind to VE 06. (684 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update: 3 years later (13 Mar 10)

Poured into a chalice a dark brown color, some carbonation, little fizzy tan head, one small island in the middle. The nose is malty, slight plum note, slight licorice, and some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some plums/licorice, and caramel. Medium body, this brew is kinda flat now, not much carbonation either, still tasty, but no where near what it was 3 years ago, not much alcohol hint either. Drinkable, I'm dissappointed with this much age on it.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy creamy tannish head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet, malty, nice touch of plums, licorice, and some caramel. The taste is very smooth of sweet malts, plumy, nice touch of licorice, and lots of caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, I'm really likeing this one, a nice twist on a BSA, very tasty, highly recommended. (926 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (496 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Opened June 2013

A - Dark chocolate cranberry body. Thin, off-white head sits low but has nice retention and lace.

S - Touch of old wood. Dark dried fruits; cherry, fig, raisin, apricot. Almonds. Smooth chocolately booze. Black cherry soda. Rum cake.

T - Hard wood, iced coffee, hazel nut, tart cherries. Dark fruits, light and mellow scotch, cherry chocolate cordials.

M - Medium-light body. Solid carbonation. Touch of water on the finish.

O - A solid offering that held up well after 7 years. (502 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 properly cellared bottle opened in 2012, poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours an opaque dark brown with mahogany highlights at the edges. Nice fine, half finger tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of lightly oxidized sweet malt, dark dried fruit, slightly sour. Flavor is nutty dark malts and dried fruit with the expected oxidation. Very rich malts, reminiscent of a well aged old ale. Body has matured to a medium, creaminess that is very pleasant. The oxidation was very evident on the first sip, but as this ale opened up, the more complex fruit, malt, toasted malt and light Belgian spicing flavors have come through; no sign of the light aromatic sourness in the taste. I started the series with 08, so I had to buy an aged bottle of the 2006 vintage, and I liked this so much I wish I had aged a few myself. Wow, Stone really knows what they're doing. (878 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (700 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt with cocoa, dark fruits, and Belgian yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma is malty up front with a spiciness coming through and some hops and yeast in the spicy and bitter finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly above average amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this one is still holding strong after almost 7 years. I bought it in 2007 and have held on to it since. (510 characters)

Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.