Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.53/5 rDev +13.8%
Amazingly deep brown colored body with deep garnet hues when held in light. A third of an inch beige colored head quickly faded. Too dark to notice and carbonation rising. Light lacing ribbons.
Super dark malt aroma. Fruit qualities of raisins, blackberries, and red grapes. An overall spiciness also has hints of a nice alcohol content. In the finish there is a slight hint of burnt butterscotch.
Crisp spicy flavor leaves a nice variety of flavors battling on the tongue. Sweet malt and and the flavor of dark berries are foremost. Secondary flavors include roasted caramel, burnt coffee, and even a very faint pineapple presence.
Thickness on the tongue is exceptional. Almost no carbonation feeling but plenty of buzz from the spice. Taste cling to every mouth surface.
Excellent beer. This is the perfect choice to enjoy with a filet mignon at a great steak house. This was so good at 7 months that I doubt it can wait until the end of the series to become any better. A must try for every palate.
03-26-2007 07:04:55 | More by RedChrome
4.45/5 rDev +11.8%
Stones take on a dubbel is well received, this is an "epic" brew that will only get better with age. Incredible dark brown pour, little light passes through this one. Poured down the center of my goblet the huge tan head fizzes for a while and ultimately vanishes save for a mild ring around the edge. The coolest visual is a trippy tan galaxy that appears while I swirl the glass. As it warmed up a bit the aroma really comes through: hearty malt with some wheat and also generous scents of dark fruit, black licorice, banana,clove, and star anise. Mouthfeel is rich and full nice light alcohol burn that evaporates. Flavor is outstanding touching on all of the flavors found in the aroma with a more prominant alcohol accent. There is also a nice smokey flavor that comes through really helping out with the malt and dark fruits. A familiar yeastiness is also tasted letting me know that this was carefully brewed by Stone. Great beer, I'm a touch sad that I missed the first handful of installments for the Vertical Epic Series, but be sure that I will not pass up the ones to come.
10-29-2008 01:04:23 | More by kinger
3.7/5 rDev -7%
Dark brown, with a thin head despite fizzy carbonation.
Aroma is ultra fruity, overripe bananas dominate.
Some caramel in there too, along with a few wisps of cedar. Those only come out after you let the brew sit for a bit, once you agitate it again the fruit powers back.
First sip was all clove.
When I was a kid I tried making my own clove cigarettes with crushed cloves from my moms kitchen. This kind of reminded me of that, but in a good way. Smokey, clove, tobacco, sweet and spice.
As it warmed, notes of banana crept in.
Medium body, with a lengthy dry woody finish. Will be interesting to see how this develops.
07-07-2006 06:37:37 | More by Padron4KM
3.95/5 rDev -0.8%
Picked up 13 of these and will try to pick up more next year.
Poured half a bomber into a pint glass. Thick tan head seems to hold up well. This beer is dark with no light penetrating.
Smell has some anise, clove , and sweet honey notes.
Taste almost has a bubble gum spearmint flavor up front. It gets rounded out by some nice hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is thick , a little sweet, good carbonation.
Drinkabilty is OK, and I imagine will improve in time. I'm curious to see how this one ages throughout the "EPIC"
07-08-2006 01:32:04 | More by shroompod
3.43/5 rDev -13.8%
Nice dark malty aroma with spicey notes like black pepper. Very fruity aroma that makes me think of plums. Puts me in the mind of Belgian Dubbels but a little less complex.
Deep ruby colored and clear when held up to bright light. Thin but persistant head leaving nice lacing behind.
Flavor is a little all over the place. I get lots of roast malt. Other sips I get fruity fermentation effects. Still other sips I get strong bittering hops. But none of it blends together. Each sip I find myself concentrating on one of these factors instead of perceiving them as part of a whole.
Full bodied with a little bit low carbonation. There's also an alchol warmth that gives away the strength of the beer.
I really do like the beer but it just seems kind of disjointed. Hopefully, with Stone's intention that this be aged, the bottles that I've layed down will develop more complexity and the flavors will meld better. It has potential but right now it drinks kind of "green."
08-31-2006 06:21:39 | More by czechsaaz
4.2/5 rDev +5.5%
Sampled from the bottle into my Duvel glass...I'm going to make this a tradition - I have a case of 06.06.06 and I will drink one each Monday of Columbus Day weekend to see how they age.
A - Dark chocolate with little head...maybe hints of a reddish-brown towards the top.
S - Powerful aroma of smoky dark chocolate and maybe some raspberry in the background (definitely some fruity-malt) ?
T - Very unique taste...strong combination of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and sweet/dry malt...but a definite detection of fruit lingered in the background...either raspberries or cherries. Some hops escape in the aftertaste - along with some alcohol - but the fruit quickly follows. Very interesting.
M - Light carbonation with a creamy body. Felt very good going down.
D - I am very excited to try this is 2012! I'm also very curious to see what it's like next October...wondering if the fruit comes out even more next year to form maybe a dark chocolate raspberry flavor. Excellent release by Stone!
10-10-2006 02:12:11 | More by JohnnyM2002
4.18/5 rDev +5%
Pour: 22oz bomber to wide mouth glass. Comes out with a half inch of light brown head over a very dark brown body and has tons of tiny bubbles throughout the beer. Head doesn't last long at all but the lacings are interesting in that the active carbonation in the beer keeps the lacings in a constant state of change.
Nose: This thing has everything: an early combination of chocolate, caramel, and nuts presents a whole pecan pie on a silver platter. All this is followed by some dark chocolate covered cherries and fruitcake aroma. Smells like a 5 star dessert.
Mouth: Enters with a light chemical feel up front that couples with a bubble gum flavor. Deep malts all around and tons of warmth in the swallow. It has a sweet plastic lasting flavor that warns off any hops. Has an excellent mouthfeel with nice fizz all the way through the mouth. Notes of dark chocolate and coffee, but over all the beer's still too sweet. Has a bit of a smoky swallow which is nice, but doesn't mellow the bubble gum.
I took about 2 hours to drink this bomber and by the end the alcohol was really over powering - it didn't ebb at all. This one is getting thrown behind bars for 3-5 - then we'll see if it's more under control.
06-16-2006 00:59:34 | More by clickpush
4/5 rDev +0.5%
poured a brownish red color with an inch high head, that is creamy in color and visually looks creamy as well. A sweet fragrance of dried fruit, nostly of currants and raisons, with touches of malt at the end. A strong malty flavor hits the palate, followed by some dried fruit, then the taste of sweet spicy flavors, like nutmeg, come out. It all ends with a splash of bitterness. A light to medium feel, it coats the palate evenly and leaves a dry finish. This is a surprising effort from a brewery that brings the hops to the table.Strong belgian flavors and the solid mouthfeel make this a very good beer.
06-23-2007 01:09:41 | More by cameraman
3.08/5 rDev -22.6%
In a pathetic attempt to begin to repay BAs OlieIPA, Mauerhan, and Aimstatus for the tremendous generosity that oozes from their pores, I decided to crack the last vestiges of my cellar and have a Vertical Epic 04-08 tasting one fine evening. Started with 08, then 07, and here we are....
Poured a dark opaque burgandy with a decent one finger head. Low on the retention.
Smell is slightly disappointing. Not that its bad, but because it isn't strong at all. Very weak. Within this weakness is a nice tea leave, tobacco leave over a soft mint.
Taste is meh. 'Nuff said.
Overall: why was I holding on to this?
08-29-2009 18:48:37 | More by PatronWizard
4.47/5 rDev +12.3%
Nearly as black as the darkest stouts. Head is a carpet of neatly trimmed foam. Nose is full of cotton candy, bubblegum, molasses, pepper. Taste is almost exactly the same. Alcohol is completely disguised by the tasty flavors. Mouth is thick like a nice booty. I could absolutely drink a ton of this stuff. Unfortunately that won't be possible since this is a limited run. Stone, you are out of your minds if you never brew this great recipe again in the future. Damn good stuff.
06-12-2006 00:07:38 | More by TheBungyo
4.43/5 rDev +11.3%
Pours ruddy brown capped with three fingers of soapy tan foam leaving an awesome trail of lace in my Duvel tulip. Nose is bright and Belgian with hints of molasses, anise, apple-spiced yeast, as well as an occasional hint of alcohol.
Entry is quiet and mouthfeel is palate-pleasing, but a little slick. Midtaste brings the malts full force with a dry finish borne of nutmeg and cinnamon yeasties, black licorice, and even a hint of Mom's cedar chest.
The qualities of this brew multiply exponentially as room temperature is reached. Laying this down for a spell will no doubt round out the myriad of complex flavors...but I like these beers young so that individual components may still be recognized.
06-13-2006 07:09:13 | More by IceAce
4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
Thanks again for very generous folks at the Goat.
Appearance- Very dark ruby. A vigorous pour provides a nice little head, especially nice considering the age.
Smell- Leather, off the bat. Dark fruits, plums and chocolate covered cherries. Smells like old cherries left in a barrel or something.
Taste- Sweet cherries, a hint of vanilla. Strong Belgian yeast, interesting hint of spice. Also some chocolate, and a little oak goodness. Very nice.
Mouthfeel- A tad thin. Very smooth.
Drinkability- Goes down very easy.
This is a nice beverage. The lady friend really enjoyed it as well. Lots of nice layers of flavor. Missing a little robustness, but still very interesting and well made. I wish I had more.
03-14-2010 01:09:14 | More by callmescraps
4.53/5 rDev +13.8%
Yet another exceptional brew from Stone. I wanted to age this for a few months, but didn't have the patience.
Poured a dark brown color with subtle crimson & ruby colored hues simmering at the bottom of my goblet. A soft, light brown colored head developed and dissipated quickly leaving just a tiny cushion of foam and considerable lacing. Aromas of figs, plums, dates, alcohol, toasted bread, and burnt sugar seemed to come out; very nice. The flavors were right on with juicy fruit flavors mixing effortlessly with the sweet malt backbone. Dried fruits flavors seemed to lead into a candy-like finish that was both semi-sweet and bitter. A touch of hops added depth and balance. Smooth, rich, and slightly creamy, this beer was easy to sip. A great example of the style from one of the best breweries around. I can't even imagine how this will taste after a few months/years!
07-20-2006 13:59:51 | More by jaluria
3.78/5 rDev -5%
Twentytwo ounce brown silk screened bottle.
Deep dark brown. Opaque with a frothy beige coloured head riding proudly on top.
Notes of anise come right through, along with a hint of cedar. Some phenols meander in towards the end.
Toasted & roasted. A little bit of spice - anise in particular. A lingering woody bitterness finishes it off. Medium bodied, a little bit slick. Soft carbonation. Interesting, but not exactly rockng my world.
10-13-2006 00:57:28 | More by xgrigorix
3.63/5 rDev -8.8%
Poured from the black bomber into an oversized wine glass the beer was a dark, dark brown color that looked to be boardering on black or very very dark plum in some areas. One finger of tan head skimmed the top of the beer and the beer was very still carbonation wise. Little lacing to report as well.
The nose is immidiate alcohol upfront with roasted malt and dark fruit: plum and raison dominate the aroma.
The taste is quite hot up front as this beer is still quite fresh. Alcohol singes the taste buds. A firm malt presence with bit of hops dropping in here-and-there. Dark fruit and wine-like charateristics. Plum and raison are apparent.
Medium firm body that thins out a little towards the end of the sample.
I think this beer needs a little time. It was a little hot right now and some of the flavors didn't seem to quite all fit together. Alcohol was really the dominant taste. Some time in the cellar will likely produce a better result. Time will tell.
08-14-2006 19:14:38 | More by Sycodrummer
2.5/5 rDev -37.2%
Enjoyed this draft at the Stone Total Tap Tower Takeover event @ Duckworth's in Charlotte, NC. ***thank you Stone for coming to NC!!!***
med - high retension and lacing; off-white thin head; dark "cool" brown color with amber highlights; clear, but could just barely see through glass
mostly sour aroma with a bit of dark fruit
surprisingly low fruit for the style aside from the vinous flavors; some floral in the middle; some mild herbal notes with very low malt and toffee; medium sweet and med/high sour; almost no bitter taste; light body
light carbonation with very fine fizzy texture almost like champagne yeast
this beer is not super drinkable for me after a few separate tastings. the light carbonation seems to enhance the sweet/sour flavors, but the thin body and uneven flavors just dont work. overall it is on the thinner bodied side of the strong dark ales ive tasted. wine drinkers may enjoy this as it has some vinous flavors and textures. btw this is the only beer from stone that i have not liked.
*edited 10.31.10 after another on-tap tasting. no radical changes really just a more accurate review now imo.
10-07-2010 18:59:27 | More by cwguy5
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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