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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

458 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 86
Gots: 113 | FT: 7
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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MrVonzipper

California

5/5  rDev +25.6%

11-15-2011 06:32:18 | More by MrVonzipper
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Minkybut

Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this beer fron the 22 ounce bottle into two tumblers at 50 degrees. The beer was a black thick color with a nice big tan head. The beer has a slightly sweet smell. Taste was slightly ever so of burnt peat but high alcohol killed off any yummy taste. If you just want alcohol taste this is your beer. I will not buy again. One other thing. This stuff about saving it till 2012 is crap. They don't sell bourbon like that. They sell it to you ready to drink. If it is suppose to sit for years befor it is ready to drink sell it to me when it is at its peak or ready to drink!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 13:46:48 | More by Minkybut
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chilidog

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 07:20:22 | More by chilidog
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oelergud

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby body with decent lace and low retention.
Sweet spiced caramel, almond and toffee in scent and taste. Strong honey and malts. Aftertaste similar with the addition of faint hops
Full body with some coating.
Very drinkable. Maybe I'll take the suggestion on the bottle and save one till 12/12/12.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 01:47:43 | More by oelergud
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MiScusi

California

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in June of 2006. Poured a dark brown (a clear tawny color when examined on the edges) with little head. The nose was of a lot of roasted barley mixed with belgian yeast. Friend also picked up the smell of cherries. The taste was lots of roast and earthiness, along with anise- mostly in the finish. Drinkability got a lot better as it warmed up, and I made my way through the glass. A pretty tasty belgian dark.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 06:57:58 | More by MiScusi
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rallison

California

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Relatively malty in the aroma with a fair amount of fruity esters. Slight hints of molasses. Decent but not great smell.

Decent head that diminishes to basically nothingness. Brown body with a reddish tint.

Fruity taste with some toffee/molasses/brown sugar notes. Slightly spicy on the back-end. Slight alcohol presence. Some roast and bitterness. Odd mixture of flavors. I don't think this meshes all that well.

Medium carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Slightly alcoholic and spicy finish. Ok.

Overall, meh. For the price I paid, not bad. Will this stand up until 2012? Definitely not convinced of that.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 09:36:05 | More by rallison
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jeonseh

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber and poured into my brandy snifterh.

A - Wow this is one dark Belgian that I would say is on the verge of black. It might actually be a very dark plum but I would say that on the whole it is essentially black. There is no light at all getting through this badboy and it has a clean and reflective appearance to it. A small head sits on top throughout and it is only about a 1/4 of a finger in size.

S - smell is a mixture of sweet and tart. I get a smell of black cherry, clove, and pink bubblegum as well. There also seems to be a hint of orange and lemon as well.

T - this is at first rather wheaty and has a certain Belgian yeast. Has a characteristic dark Belgian taste as it has the usual characteristics of a hefe as it is loaded with bubblegum and clove. These really seem to dominate the flavor in this one. There is also a tart cherry taste to it but you can barely notice it as a citrus orange seems to come in and really dominate the flavor profile especially on the back end Within that cherry flavor there is also a of plum as well. There is also a strong hint of black licorice anise as well that gives this one a strong after feeling. Seems to also have a light chocolate note to it as well near the front of it.

MF - The mouth feel reminds me a bit of a weizenbock. At first it has a lot of carbonation that really just attacks the tongue. After that fades away the beer calms down just a bit but not too much. Never really becomes creamy or smooth either as throughout it there is a strong burning and tingly feeling that sits and the mouth and really carries on even way after the beer is gone in the mouth.

D - Overall this is an okay beer as well. I don't really care for having some of the bigger wheat aspects mixed in with the dark Belgian beer. Also the carbonation seems to be a bit much for me as I don't care for how the tingling feeling just cares on forever.This is a nice beer worth trying and it will be interesting to see how this holds up until 12.12.12. The beer did a nice job of hiding the alcohol though which is good.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 03:46:16 | More by jeonseh
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Bnoise11

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

12-26-2012 00:16:43 | More by Bnoise11
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seaoflament

California

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened a bomber with a couple of friends today. Poured a dark, stout-like, color with a good inch of foam. The aroma was mostly of caramel, chocolate, and some roasted malts. The combination of caramel and chocolate combined to a tootsie-roll candy-like aroma. My friends laughed at me at first with the comments but after I mentioned it they were able to pick it out in the aroma. The flavor was more of the same as the aroma; caramel, chocolate and roasted malts. The mouthfeel was a tad thin with a thin finish as well, some alcohol near the finish but I hoped for a stronger, lingering, flavor in the finish/after-taste. Good beer overall though and I wish I had more bottles to age (I opened this one by mistake thinking it was the 07).

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 21:12:28 | More by seaoflament
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karst

Missouri

4.72/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 12.12.12 Head brewer Mitch Steele and his Lead Brew John Egan employ WLP 500 "Chimay" Belgian Trappist Yeast (AKA Wyeast 1214) with a 1.080+ OG wort from Belgium 2-row malt and Dark Wheat @ 7% Carafa Special II @ 5% and lastly @ 0.5% White Wheat. A simple malt bill typical of the style.

Having worked with this yeast in a couple of Belgians, I appreciate the delicate result in both esters and well hidden alcohol and excellent spicing!

Nicely hopped with Magnum and Mt. Hood @ around 30 IBUs. With the 30 IBUs bittering the OG of 83 - 060606 falls very close to the ideal ratio of 2:5. At 8.6% abv - not overly dry but certainly well attenuated by the Trappist yeast leaving just enough dextrins for a medium ("light" by Stones standards ) mouthfeel that is pleasant and round on the palate. Spices produce lots of fireworks on the palate and tongue.

Poured in Stone Old Gaurdian glass and Duvel sniffer provides a enticing aroma with 3 fingered dense tan head that sloly fall and laces both glasses. A strong level of beading sustaing a solid cap and ring. Deep brown is nearly opaque to light on this overcast 4th of July.

Only the abv keeps this from a top rating for drinkability. Looking forward to trying it again after a few years in the cellar.

Sincere thanks to OstrungT in San Diego for this and many other excellent brews from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 18:11:45 | More by karst
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nearly black in color with light only shining through on the lighter, garnet colored edges. Dense light tan head left behind some nice lacing. Spicy scents of roasted malts, licorice, cloves, a bit smokey as well. Taste consists of dried dark fruit, coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Compared to the 05.05.05 I had before this, the 06.06.06 should get better with some time in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 13:53:13 | More by Imstillthegman
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bobhits

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep dark red amber. Barely possible to see through the glass, but you can see that it's well carbonated at over 4 years old. Thin tan head with excellent retention and lacing. This is what I think of when I think about a dark Belgium.

Dark fruits, cherry sweetness, raisins, there's a hint of alcohol in the background but very subtle.

Caramel, it's not cherry but a similar fruit sweetness. Oak seems to take the back end which I don't recall at all when I last had this 2 years ago, let alone what I remember from 06 (mind you I do recall being a "touch" buzzed when I had it in 06). Mix in some roasted malt characteristics and a touch of chocolate and you've got an interesting beer.

The body is thick and kinda fluffy as well. I want to chew this.

It's thick but it's also very drinkable. I know...seems off.

I hate that stone no longer does 6 month tasting on their site as they claim they will. This beer has peaked. It's still the best of the series as it stands (08's hops are gone and certainly not for the better). I've had this beer since I was 21 or 22 depending on when I finally saved a bottle. Unlikely I ever have any of the older bottles, but this one holds a place in my heart. Proof that stone can make better beer than the belgiums even in their own style. Apologies to the Trappests.

The best Belgium I've had, but it was better a few years ago.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 05:18:37 | More by bobhits
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midlifec

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-27-2014 01:18:32 | More by midlifec
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PhineasGage

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

01-27-2012 18:54:37 | More by PhineasGage
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

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

A- Had a 1/4" tan head which fades fast when poured into a sniffer. Looks black then when held to light is a brownish color. Basically no lacing, just around the edge, and a bit here and there.
S-Malts and alcohol, almost a sweetness to it. Maybe sweeter hops like a sugarish sweet. Once I drank some and smelled it again it's REALLY fruity (pruney?) and I couldn't believe I didn't smell it before.
T- Fruity flavor, prunes plums, maybe light cherry?. It was almost to fruity for me. Pretty sweet also. Basically no alcohol taste. Not really bitter, just very fruity. Can't put my finger on the different fruits, maybe a roasted fruit flavor? As it warms I got warming in chest from the alcohol.
M-Med/full body, medium carbonation, very complex
D-Pretty good. I think it was to fruity since I'm not a fan of fruity beers. I think it will be better aged.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 22:57:34 | More by BlindPig
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MordorMongo


4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

01-13-2013 23:36:31 | More by MordorMongo
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Blind Tiger, NYC, busted out an aged keg of this a few weeks back and I jumped at the opportunity...

Poured a deep dark murky brown into a tulip, with over a finger of khaki-colored head that laced very well. The aroma was a nice mixture of tart berry, lemon, molasses, brown sugar, and caramel. The taste was a sublime progression of maltiness, caramel, cranberry, and brown sugar, dissolving to molasses and caramel, and finishing on a tart note. The body was medium but creamy, and not overly carbonated. I loved this beer. I only wonder what it would taste like after further aging.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2009 23:48:58 | More by donniecuffs
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hoppymeal

Michigan

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

Pours dark brown to black with a small light tan head that fades quickly to a ring. Smoky clove-y aroma mixed with a sweet chocolate malt. Taste is some belgian candied sugar, some syrupy sweet chocolate malts along with a little dark fruitiness/cherries. A hint of alcohol is evident in the taste and there is also a small but consistent peppery spiciness on the tongue. Pretty good size body, heavily malted, somewhat dry in the finish. This beer is pretty balanced and drinking well now, although I could see it aging a little to let the malts spread out a little, not sure about six to six and a half years but maybe a year or two in the cellar could do some good.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 03:06:43 | More by hoppymeal
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased two bottles of Stone's 2006 installment in their Vertical Epic series at Downtown Wine & Spirits recently. One for now, one for later. I let this warm to around 50ºF and served it in my Westvleteren Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown with ruby tints. The beer is topped by a moderate, fluffy, brown head that thins to a persistent patchy film.

Smell: Very rich and malty. The aroma has notes of sugar, sourness, peppery spice and a whiff of alcohol. All of these are secondary to strong notes of raisins and dates.

Taste: Lightly sweet upfront with some toasty malt flavors. This is followed by the aroma, with tart raisins and dates evident. The finish is a pleasant mix of peppery and alcoholic spiciness, along with a low, but lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: On the medium side of full-bodied, low carbonation, with a smooth, silky texture.

Drinkability: Quite nice, not as cloying as some other Belgian Stong Dark Ales I've had.

Overall: This is a well-balanced beer. It has all of the sweetness and spiciness of a Belgian Dark, with a nice bitterness, none of which overpower the others.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 03:28:32 | More by EPICAC
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

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

Have about 6 of these in the cellar and the wife wanted to have one tonight. Realized i didn't review it yet.

Dark copper almost opaque color with an off white head. Not much head but with 18 months on it that isn't a surprise. A thin cap hangs around but the lacing is minimal. Smell of dark fruits, raisins and plums mostly. Also some nice roasted malt and a chocolate finish. From what i can remember the hops has mellowed significantly letting the other flavors come to the front. Some bitterness kicks in with the taste but is quickly hidden by a little alcohol burn. Very heavy solid brew. A nice winter sipper that warms the belly on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 01:26:16 | More by beermanbrian
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KiMiRaiK

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

02-12-2013 05:38:35 | More by KiMiRaiK
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

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

Brought back from PA by expatsteve. Much obliged.

Pour: porter black, thin with garnet highlights under a minimal khaki head fading to a skim.

Nose: roasted malts, gooey milk chocolate, smoked malts and dark fruit

Taste: roasted and smokey malts dominate the forepalate, milk chocolate follows with dark fruits and apple skins in the finish.

Feel: thick and silky, velvety carbonation, chewy and robust

Drinkability/Overall: Robust and chewy, smokey and complex. A belgianesque porter. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 23:55:46 | More by Golden2wenty1
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BeastLU

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-09-2013 22:20:28 | More by BeastLU
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served into my Chimay goblet from a 22.oz brown bomber with crimped on cap. Brought down by fellow BA tcCromwell 2-way split this bitch.

Chestnut brown,mirky,tan head dissapated quickly down to a collar around the inside edge of the goblet. Very lively looking,many tiny strings of bubbles rising from the sides of the glass.

Very complex nose,very earthy quailty,lots of belgium yeast aromas,hints of figs/dates,spicey notes of clove. very enjoyable.

Tastes of Belgium yeast,very spicy,clovey,figs/dates, a tart acidic taste.
finishes dry,spicy,with a sharp tart bitterness.

Very creamy mouthfeel,lot of sweet stickyness,cloying,tongue swelling dryness.
Couldn't drink a lot of this beer,a definate sipper here,tastes better as it warms,wish I could have savored this one a bit longer. This seems like a beer that would only get better with age.

Thanks,for bringing this one down,Ted.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 04:00:13 | More by jcdiflorio
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

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

Just picked up 2 cases of this on Friday and cracked it open today after a hard day of work. What a treat. Before I opened the bottle I noticed that the label says it is the "fourth" in an epic series but this is actually the fifth.

The beer poured a deep, dense brown color with a bubbly tan head that disapated rather quickly but left good lacing down the glass. The aroma has a definite Belgian yeast character to it that was pleasing to the nose and it was backed by some spice notes and toasted malts. The taste has a definite yeast body to it and a good backbone of the toasted, almost chocolatey malts. There were also touches of anise and maybe some clove going on in there. After each sip there is a definite tone of hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue and rounds things out well. Although this is a big beer with a high abv, the carbonation and body overall are not overbearing and makes for a very drinkable beer. Can't wait for 07.07.07 now.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 01:37:41 | More by ggaughan
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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