Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
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.
03-25-2007 19:12:41 | More by Wasatch
4.2/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
02-09-2007 23:49:32 | More by ppoitras
District of Columbia
3.86/5 rDev -3%
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.
01-12-2013 21:26:24 | More by Huhzubendah
4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
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!
11-10-2006 17:29:09 | More by biegaman
4.22/5 rDev +6%
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.
03-16-2007 19:24:33 | More by Mebuzzard
4.13/5 rDev +3.8%
Poured a hazy brown, thick tan head forms, sticks around, nice lacing. Smell is sweet, toffee, anise, some butter, spices, little bit of alcohol, pretty complex. Taste is sweet and toffeeish up front, anise and chocolate, some yeasty spiciness, alcohol in the finish, more anise. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, very well attenuated, low carbonation. Nice, interesting flavour profile, kept me interested. Thanks biegaman!!
11-17-2006 23:17:18 | More by Viggo
3.48/5 rDev -12.6%
Had on tap at Brouwers on 12/12/12, review from notes.
A: Pours brown with a small off-white head with minimal retention and no lacing.
S: Some red wine like tannins, a bit of cinnamon, chocolate and peppers.
T: A good bit of smoke mixed with caramel, cinnamon, cocoa, and a little bit of dark fruit.
M: Medium bodied with low carbonation.
O: Not bad, but nothing special either. It was middle of the road in terms of my 3-12 rankings.
04-09-2013 22:49:00 | More by mdaschaf
4.1/5 rDev +3%
Dark mahogany. Thin cramy light brown head. Lacing is moderate and comes in rings. A nose with some similar traits to a good dunkelweizen. Dark malts. A little molasses. Clove and banana. But ALSO, some of that nice belgian yeastiness. Doughy and bready. I like the nose. Interesting flavor up front. Dry cedar like woodiness. A little yeastiness in the background. A subtle acrid "barrel-like" tannic bite. Bitterness is present. Almost like a tobacco leaf bitterness. The body is light-medium or so. Lightly carbonated. Alcohol is way in the background. But a bitterness lingers. Not offensively....just there.
07-15-2006 03:49:40 | More by Bighuge
4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
02-24-2007 20:27:03 | More by DrJay
4.43/5 rDev +11.3%
Upon its release from the 22-ounce brown bottle the beer sets a deep incarnadine color, the head behemothic in size, light tan in color and semi-creamy in texture, the lace forms a thick and sticky sheet to hide the glass. Nose has a deep, rich malt sweetness, hints of aromatic spices dominate after resting a bit, a joy to this old schnozzle, start is sweet with a delightful grain presence, top is moderate in feel to the palate. Finish has a spiny acidity, the hops and spice quite flavorful, dry and long lasting after taste. One of the better verticals from Stone, and one that will age nicely.
07-09-2006 21:18:35 | More by Gusler
4.1/5 rDev +3%
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.
01-27-2013 02:56:25 | More by johnnnniee
4/5 rDev +0.5%
This finally made it to OH around June 22. I brought a bottle to a poker game to let everyone try it. I think I was the only one who liked it...
It smelled and tasted like a wiezenbock, I swear that's the style they were shooting for. The color was right (dark ruby brownish or burgandy) and the aroma was wheaty yeasty. The flavors were like dark candy and fruits like licorice, raisins, and figs. I knocked the drinkability because the aftertaste was a little burnt, giving a not good pucker.
I kept another bottle to cellar for a while.
06-24-2006 22:20:44 | More by TurdFurgison
4/5 rDev +0.5%
22oz bomber, obtained in a trade back around the release date...1 of 2 bottles obtained, split with blackie
appearance: pours into wine glass...dark opaque black, hints of violet and garnet...dark beige head is light but a nice lace exists
smell: interesting aroma...woody and spicy, lots of dark fruit complexity. heavy malt and a strong boozy nose
taste: lightly sugared dark fruit - raisin, plum, currant...spicy, hot and boozy...light vinous nature. rich malt structure that suits itself well for the holiday season. belgian dark yeast, molasses, clove, licorice
mouthfeel: medium body and lighter than expected
drinkability: smooth and pretty easy to drink despite the potency
01-02-2007 00:31:38 | More by dirtylou
4.18/5 rDev +5%
Pours a deep brown with a trace head and no foam lingering. Aroma is a rich toffee malt shake. Hints of light milk chocolate. Taste is a better developed, rich toffee taste. Some toasty brown sugar and creme milk with a little spiciness at the finish. Very smooth brew. Easy to drink for a higher alcohol beer.Went very well with roast beef, mashed potatos, mushroom gravy, and blaukraut.
11-08-2006 03:15:48 | More by scruffwhor
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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