Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

307 Reviews
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Reviews: 307
Hads: 477
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 84
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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Photo of jeffjfindley
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (954 characters)

Photo of Estarrio
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a midnight black with a medium coffee tinted head. Not much retention apart from the lacing around the rim.

The aroma is of sweet malt with some very subltle spices.

Full bodied, thick consistency, well carbonated.

Sweet coffee, smoke, fruit and roasted malt flavors. There is a slight bubblegum aftertaste. The high alchohol percentage is nicely masked. There are some hints of hop but not enough to counteract the sweetness for my taste. (458 characters)

Photo of mdm46410
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Pours a very deep brown with almost no head. Aroma is dark fruit, raisens, roasted malts. Flavor is very sweet and fruity. Under the fruitiness there are notes of toast, malt and a hint of hops. Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Very smooth. I can't wait to crack open another bottle a few years down the road to see how it is aging. (404 characters)

Photo of tattooedtolley
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color with some ruby accents in good lighting. Little to no head.

Smell: A sweet yet spicy aroma with some malty caramel too.

Taste: Big complex taste, I'm not used to this but I shall describe it best I can. Lots of different spices, can't put my finger on one alone, some black liquorice is apparent. The malt comes through a bit more on the finish and is sweet and a bit caramel. Very complex flavor, for someone who really enjoys that in a beer, this one would be worth their time.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, alcohol is apparent but not over powering.

Drinkability: I doubt anyone is sessioning this beer. One sip and you can tell thats not its purpose. However it does drink pretty easily and getting through a bomber is not big feat. (790 characters)

Photo of jslot38
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on May 13, 2008, so its a few years old. Came from the Stone guys at the Lupulin Reunulin, so its been kept well I'd imagine.

This was good, I was more than impressed with the way its held up and aged, as such the numbers reflect that.

Appearance: Dark wood colored body, nice ruby red touches around the sides. Head is a dirty white, almost tan. Nice.

Smell: A bit of port underlies a cherry infused nut smell. Not very strong, but pleasant fruity mix. A bit musty.

Taste: Mellowed out with the age. Notes of cherry, port, a bit of earth ridden hops and nuts round it out.

MF: The two years has mellowed this out on the tongue, very nice.

Drinkability and Notes: Certainly wish there was more than the few ounces of this sample. A pleasure, if you find a bottle lying around pick it up and drink it. I could've drank a bomber, if the ABV let me. (860 characters)

Photo of JoePat
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown with a kaki head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving some lacing.
Smells malty, with some earthy hops and a little bit of the anise.
Tastes mostly like bitter chocolate, some malt but not very complex.
Pretty average mouthfeel nothing that stands out.
This beer goes down pretty easily but doesn't really make me crave for more.
This was my least favorite of the line up tried tonight. (417 characters)

Photo of maek228
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark with a brown head. looks great

Smell: rum cake, hazelenut, malts, chocolate.

Taste: dark malts with hints of raisin, dark fruit, and hazelnut.

Mouthfeel: mildly thick and somewhat chewy.

Drinkability: Goes down easy for its strength.

Overall a really good darl ale (299 characters)

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

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 (524 characters)

Photo of sfoley333
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a delirium tremens snifter. Poured a brownish cola black color with a off tan head with good retention. Smells of raisin, prune, yeast, and malt. Taste is Herbal with anise, smoke, prune, but with a good malt compostion but diffent alcohol warmth on the finish. The mouthfeel is a little overcarbonated but in time will lessen. Worth putting away for another 5 years. (396 characters)

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

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. (348 characters)

Photo of dblinkhorn
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a practically opaque black color (in fact you can only see its true color if you hold it up to a strong light, in which case you can see that it is a very deep reddish amber). The head is about three fingers this, creamy, and rocky. Its color is a light tan and it retains decent, settling at a half finger cap of creamy foam. Excellent, thick lacing all the way down.

Smell - Slighty bitter but mainly fruity/floral hops on the nose. Clove, annis, and black pepper spiciness can be smelled. Rich and hearty bready malt character finishes it up. Smells like a delicious Belgian!

Taste - Rich bready malt character with fruity/floral hops up front. Sweet/sugary fruits can be tasted such as fig, raisins, plum, etc. (dark, ripe variety). The spice is again clove and the black pepper is stronger than in the smell, while the annis is hard to pick out. The alcohol really shows in the middle, creating a warming and spicy feeling in your mouth as you quaff this stuff (the raisin flavor really shines here). The finish has some fruity sourness from the hops, paired with a very rich (almost roasted) malt character. A wet aftertaste consisting of medium earthiness, dying fruitiness, and some very tasting spiciness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with an excellent level of carbonation; not too much, not too little.

Drinkability - Very good, with its only drawback being the quite noticeable alcohol presense, especially smack in the middle of a taste. I personally enjoyed this warming/spicy effect, but many will probably find it somewhat unpleasant.

A superb belgian-style brew from Stone. These guys really know what they're doing as far as I'm concerned. This stuff is just as good as some of the best Belgians, in my opinion. Rich, velvety, spicy, and full of strong flavors. Highly recommended. (1,879 characters)

Photo of ejquin
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: Pours cola dark with brown bubbly head

S: Spicy, phenolic, and yeasty. typically beligan. Touch of sweetness and some cinnamon.

T: I didn't find this to be particularly flavorfull. Some spice up front fades to alcohol and hops. Long finish of hop bitterness with slight molasses sweetness. Alcohol a bit sharp and unbalanced.

M: slightly low on carbonation

D: Good

Ovr: Not bad, but not too bold, and probably my least favorite vertical so far. (464 characters)

Photo of nomomentwasted
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap today at Stone on Vertical Epic release day. Tomorrow may be 09.09.09, but today was drink old VEs at the brewery day. This was the oldest they had on tap today, along with the 07 and 08.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost pure black, save for the slightly lightened edges, with a little tan crown of head. Only an 8oz pour due to the ABV, but still laced well and had decent head retention as well.

Smell: Spicy notes of clove, slight banana and anise, with over-ripe fruits like fig and plum as well. Spiced cider almost has a similar nose, but with more of a caramel / toffee malt to it as well.

Taste: The smell comes through with the taste as the malts are almost nutty with spiced fruit and clove, and the alcoholic slightness that is there is mellowing to a more anise-laced cider-like sweetness to it, but totally balanced out by the darker, yet sweet malts. The yeast really comes alive here too, adding that Belgian fruitiness that really adds something extra to the whole component. Ends with somewhat of a tobacco and smooth spiced finish. Interesting, layered, and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Not overly carbonated, and smooth. Left a little aftertaste of banana-toffee, and almost a coffee flavor in that as well, although there is certainly no coffee here.

Drinkability: Pretty good for the ABV, and a lot of flavor to keep you going as it opens up and warms up. If it were more readily available, I'd say pick some up, but it's a little more rare being three years old now. If found, buy some and save some for what will truly be an epic vertical in 2012. (1,579 characters)

Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a goblet. Like other reviewers have said, pours very, very dark. I had a bottle of 05.05.05 last year, and don't remember it being nearly as dark in appearance, but that might just be memory fading. Very thin head which quickly dissipates. Very little lacing upon swirling.

Smell: Really good aroma. A very yeasty smell, with a hint of sharp alcohol. Bittersweet chocolate. Cloves. Kiwi.

Taste: A sweet, very drinkable brew. Again, some estery notes, kiwi in particular. Bittersweet chocolate, again. Cloves, some general spices I'm not familiar with (anise?). A little dry upon swallowing. Very little alcohol burn, but it's there. Overall, however, very drinkable, and perhaps slightly less complex or pleasurable than the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Again, a little dry when you swallow, but overall very smooth, very little carbonation, only slighty syrupy.

Drinkability: A great brew. Like most belgian styles I've had from American craft beer makers, not quite a Belgian, but always a very interesting take on the style. Stone does it better than most others, I'd say. (1,101 characters)

Photo of gonzo138
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep black with hues of red when held to the light, has a rich brown head that doesnt retain too well but does have a nice lace

S- mostly a sweet malty aroma, not very strong though, light anise smell is also present

T- rich sweet malt taste, spices like coriander, and the anise taste is present as well, fruity taste is there too, a little bitter at the finish

M- good carbonation, medium/heavy body, very sticky mouthfeel

D- goes down easily enough and not too alchoholic (for a belgian style), would like to try this beer after some aging, I would recomend people pick this one up while its still here (628 characters)

Photo of BradBLR
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I will have to say this is my least favorite beer that I have had from Stone, a good beer but not my favorite. The appearance of this beer was dark chocolate brown with a hint of red when held up to the light. The head was a browninsh tan and the lacing was very good. The smell was that of chocolate and malt, very sweet smelling.

The taste was simliar to a porter at first with a nice strong sweetness to it, there was also a hint of spice to it. The mouthfeel was very smooth and the CO2 was just about perfect.

Overall a pretty good beer with alot of alcohol. I think it will be better after it sits a few years. (622 characters)

Photo of FranklinPCombs
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, with a muted ruby glow, barely visible. 2 solid fingers of head, light and foamy, not too much protetin structure, and thereby not much lace. Subsides to a film somewhat quickly, but not too much so. The nose is very interesting, with the immediate sensations being of refined sugars. These open up, however, into much nuttier fruity flavors, with some savory peppers. The alcohol is noticable too, though it unfortunately imparts a bit of a medical smell, which nudges the entire nose slightly off kilter. The taste is well balanced, yet subtle. The dark roast malts have a nice bite to them, and on the back of the tongue there is a great rich meatiness to the beer, revealing some coffee and chocolate notes. The mouthfeel is great, with a light start and a rich, full-bodied finish. Definitely very drinkable. Now I just need to go grab another bottle to put away for a few years to ripen. (904 characters)

Photo of slayer3604
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a-pours a suddy one finger head that becomes a light coat on the top of the beer, which fades into a swirl of tiny white bubbles. held a mag light up to it and it was a beautiful deep ruby red!

s-lots of yeasty/bready notes that dominate, but has a nice bit of plum, and rich candi sugar epervesence.

t-huge amounts of sun dried raisen, yeasties, spice, malt, the list goes on, its a very complicated beer.

m-very warm, solid heavy bodied beer with lots of hard spices.

d-not available enough to drink very much of. im getting one more 06 in the mail and thats being saved till 2012 (586 characters)

Photo of ZX6Chris
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared at a Vertical Epic tasting with my friend Armand.

A-Dark. Nice head and lacing. Tan/brownish head.

S-Sweet carmel aroma. Oak.

T-Spicyness, oak, woodyness.

I'm kicking myself for not taking better notes but I will next time. Fortunately I can do this tasting again. (276 characters)

Photo of xymyl
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Looks deep copper as it pours but pretty close to black in the glass, nice light brown head that clears away pretty quickly.

Aroma: Milky, floral, chocolatey, Coffeeish, Earthy & Spicey, Etc... It just keeps going.

Taste: Everything that the aroma indicates floods in along with an intense and dense fruitiness, then nuttiness then a slight dry bitterness. For me, it is the perfect balance of fruit and earth. I'm sure I'll pick up much more the next time I try it. There's so much going on here you can just pick your favorite flavors in advance and they are likely to be here.

Body: Medium

Other comments: It's sort of a Belgian stout. I've been waiting for this one since they started this series and I am not disappointed in the least. This is exactly my type of beer. Too bad I only bought 1 case. I hope I can get out into the civilized world and get more before it's all gone. Either way, I'll have a few bottles left for the big vertical tasting. This is by far the best VE in my opinion. It will be great in about 3 years. Am I gushing? Sorry, at least I can edit it later if I want to. (1,115 characters)

Photo of gotbeer
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have been looking forward to this one since I visited Stone's new brewery last April. The past VE's have been beers I have really enjoyed, and the trip just got me looking forward to this one when it was discussed in the tour.

Luckily, it did not dissapoint.

This one poured a dark, almost black color with a head full of fine bubbles that faded into merely light lacing on the oversized snifter it was poured into. The smell was of spices, orange, and bready malts.

The taste was complex and raw. Maybe this one is a little young. There is anise, orange, and spices readily apparent with some bubble gum flavors. The alcohol is well hidden, and the drinkability is superb. There is quite a lot going on in this beer, and many parties fighting for control. This brings incredible complexity. I'm looking forward to seeing how this one is after some time in my cellar. I purchased a couple extra for that reason.

Another great installment in the VE series. (969 characters)

Photo of ChillMike
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich mahogany color with a decent sized tan head that doesn't leave much lacing. Not too strong of a smell, but I get scents of bubblegum, malts, caramel and chocolate. Wow a flavor burst of craziness! I’m first hit with a taste of chocolate, then onto bubblegum followed by a nice roasted coffee flavored malt then ends with a slight bitter bubblegum taste (although that sounds gross it’s actually very nice) I’m very impressed with this Stone brew. (462 characters)

Photo of TrickKnee
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one blasted my pants off. It was defeintly a little too strong for me which is funny because the 10th and runiation arnt enough. Going to buy another bottle and let that one age. Poured a deep brown/black color with a big white head. Very malty with some nie deep chocolate hints to it. I am going to love to sample this again in a few years. (347 characters)

Photo of auntfloyd
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (1,336 characters)

Photo of mcarroll10177
2.96/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

poured from the 22 oz bombering into an imperial pint glass

A- a very beautiful beer, dark burgandy almost black with a big tan head that left lots of lacing on the glass with each sip

S- some sweet notes with some malt a good smell but not to overwelming

T- strong and bitter, not a great taste with some chocolate sweet undertones

M- sticks in your mouth and is a bit on the thick side spot on as far as I am concerned

D- not an every day drinker by any scence of the imagination and not wonderful tasting like a big heavy sipping beer.

Notes- the best way I can sum up this beer is that it is too raw. It has potential but needs some definate aging to balance out the flavors. This may beer an exceptional beer in the future, but for right now the favors have not melded together. Give it a few years of aging. (832 characters)

Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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