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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
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very good

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Reviews: 307
Hads: 478
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 83
Gots: 123 | 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 merlin48
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a goblet a clear, but dark, ruby mahogany body with a small beige head that quickly drops to a film. Some spotty lacing initially that totally disappears midway through the first pour.

Aroma is dominated by spicy anise and clove. Some burnt brown sugar and wheat malt notes are present, along with a solid dark fruit component that is mostly dried figs. Some fusel alcohol notes detract.

Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with some medicinal alcohol. Carbonation is subdued.

Taste is dominated by the spicy anise, with a spicy clove presence being equally annoying. Alcohol presence is fusel and medicinal. Some bitter hops give a nice cedar presence. Dark fruits are present, mostly figs. Some bitter, dark roasty malt notes emerge as it reaches room temperature. Overall, seems rough around the edges.

I'm not generally a fan of American brewed Belgian dark ales, and this one is no exception. Hopefully, this one will improve with age. As it is, my least favorite of the Vertical Epic series. (1,017 characters)

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

An epic dark pour, deep, deep mahogany – pretty much a black hole with a marshmallow top of thick, rich, lacey ivory head. This is gonna be good, just from this – followed by the Belgium yummy aroma of candy cane, molassis, toffee and coffee.

Taste was not near as complex and powerful as I expected – hope I didn’t overly raise them. Dark fruit, plum and cherry float amongst the previous flavors. A bit too thin for a Stone classic.

For an aged brew, the alcohol is upfront, but not overpowering. I’m liking this brew, but not greatly impressed (557 characters)

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

22oz. bomber: This one pours an extremely dark, opaque brown. It is the darkest Dubbel that I have ever seen. There was a small tan head on it that drops away quickly. The aroma is complex. Some chocolate and smokiness comes to the top. There are some fruits and hops down in there also, but it is hard to distinguish individual notes. The flavor is complex also. A full richness, with a bit of sweetness. Some chocolate and fruits come to the top, as well as some hidden bitterness. A wonderful brew. (501 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Very dark brown almost black. Subtle hints of deep ruby highlights. Small tan head that reduces to a thin ring leaving spotty lace.

S-Some dark fruits and a bit of spice all poking thru a wafting aroma of subtle smokiness.

T-Deep and rich flavours melding together. Dark fruits, citrus a bit of licorice and even some chocolate. Undertones of faint smoke pervade throughout.

M-Medium-heavy body. Very porter-esque. Incredible smoothness that makes this an absolute treat to drink.

D-Nice, glad to have had the opportunity to have this one. A very interesting take almost a blend between a Belgian Dark and a smoked porter. I rather enjoyed this one. (655 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours about like Coca-Cola. One finger of light mocha head. It has a creamy smooth top that I wish could stay for a bit longer, but it is not to be.

Aroma - moderate aromas of smoke, toasted malts, bubble gum, and root beer. A slight Belgian yeast in there at times with some brown sugar and a whiff of alcohol.

Taste - a diversity of flavors. Sweet malts, both roasty and smoky. Yeast, anise, figs, chocolate. The alcohol is quite well-hidden. As the palate adjusts, the flavors that jump out at me the most are anise, chocolate, and the smoked malts. Lots of potential for flavor development with age. Finishes dry with a charred edge and anise.

Mouthfeel - solid carbonation level, about medium in body.

Drinkability - an enjoyable beer from Stone; looking forward to another sampling down the road... (821 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the 22 oz. bottle to a goblet:

A: Deep brown with tinges of copper/burgundy at the edges. Thin off-white head with a bit of lacing.

S: Heady smell that's dark and toasty, Belgian yeasts, clove, spice, baked bread ... my first sniff reminded me off the baking semolina dough at a favorite local pizzaria. Noticed some alcohol, too. Complex.

T: Not quite as challenging as the smell, but definitely good flavors. Lots of fruit and noticeable alcohol presence. Sweet & malty initially but a more bitter coffee/chocolate-like finish.

M: Creamy but a little clingy with a lingering bitterness. Pretty heavily carbonated

D: A very good beer, one that will improve with time I'm sure. I enjoyed sipping this one but actually didn't finish the whole bottle in one sitting. (791 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
2.34/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

On Tap

Stone Epic Festival 12-12-12
Stone Brewing Co.
Escondido, CA

(Aged for 6 years)

Dark brown with a small light brown cap. Moderate amount of visible carbonation. Irregular spots and and oily sheen left down the glass.

Very close to zero aroma. This one was passed around the table and hardly one person could smell a thing. If I tried my hardest, I could perhaps pull out a touch of dark fruit, but at that point, my imagination could be playing tricks on me. It's not an offensive aroma, obviously, but it isn't pleasant at all. Well below average, obviously.

Faint, simple, dulled flavors, which isn't surprising after the aroma. There's some mild biscuit and yeast, perhaps a touch of dark fruits, but this has faded into almost nothing.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

At least it's a very drinkable 8.66% ABV! Lame. Such a stupid series of beers. (873 characters)

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

Cellared until Fall 2009.

Pours very dark brown to nearly black with thin head that retreats quickly to a thin lace. Nose is somewhat tepid with some brownbready aromas and overripe fruits. A light roasty component is noted as well. On the palate, a brown sugary sweetness comes forward with roasty malt flavors, a few holiday dessert spices, and finishes somewhat warm with alcohol. There's a lingering dark fruit flavor on the aftertaste. (442 characters)

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Thick dark brown in color. Fluffy tan head pours two fingers thick with good retention. Nice sticky lacing crawls all of the glass.

S: Softly roasted malts. Clove. Dark sugars. Hints of coffee and chocolate.

T: Day old coffee and a touch of dark chocolate are followed by tastes of clove and ainse. The sweetness of molasses and dark sugars give way to a thick and rich wave of malts. A soft hop presence gives the tongue a tickle and is immediately taken over by a warming alcohol.

M: Smooth and full bodied. Minimal carbonation. Warming and dry.

D: A nice representation of the style. This was my second sampling of this brew and time has definitely mellowed this one out for the better. Complex. Recommended. (769 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during a tasting of 06-10 VE's.
Poured to NB globe.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly perfectly opaque ale. Single finger light tan head dissipates quickly. Little lacing here.

S: Molasses, molasses, molasses, anise, mineralic qualities. Very complex, dark malts with belgian yeast greets the nose with dark fruits which are quite subdued by the original approach of molasses feel. Cocoas dance here as well.

T: The molasses and dark fruits continue here. Malts, anise, cocoas. Wow, delicioso!

M: Heavy, viscous with low carbonation. Great feel for this beer. Sticky, resonant, smooth.

D: This beer was second only to 09.09.09 on the lineup. It was fantastic! I wish I had more of this beer around to drink for sure. (722 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear dark, make that black, with a brownish tall head which lasted very well to coat the glass.

The aroma was fruity, strongly so as it was poured. Chocolate was present as was a dirty and earthy character. A bit of peppery spice was notable and as the head fell the fruitiness did as well. Some dark fruits were present and their intensity increased as the beer warmed. The fruits were raisins with some characteristics of prunes.

The flavor was earthy with a strong presence of tinny and very lightly spicy hops and yeast. The strongest flavor present was chocolate and that was coupled with dark caramel and some character of raisins and prunes. Spices were present but were mostly muted, pepper was the most prevalent flavor.

The finish was dry with a nice dark fruit and caramel character and peppery hops lasting into the aftertaste without much chocolate presence. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation and a creaminess to the mouthfeel. The warming after consumption was very high and reminded you that this one might have a bit of a punch. A nice Belgian Porter (if there is such a thing).

22 ounce bottle. (1,171 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to try one of three I have (had). The other two will have to sit for a few years...

Wow! What a beer... This was excellent. I have the 03 - 06. And while I haven't tried the 04 and 05, I have tried the 03, and this was similar to that beer.

But the 06 is a darker "version". Very dark brown in color, not as dark as a porter or a stout, but certainly brown. It has the spicy yeasty taste, in addition to very prominant alcohol flavors and a very sweet almost raisin bread like quality from the malts.

This is really good, and will certainly be better in a few years. (585 characters)

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

1 Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a Stone tulip

A - This beer is very dark with just the slightest of ruby light coming through. It is topped with a couple inches of tan head.

S - I first notice some hints of anise. Some Belgian spices are coming through.

T - The anise is more noticeable in the taste as are the spices.

M - Medium

O - This is a mellow beer. I assume it would have been pretty spicy fresh. It is a decent beer but not one that I would seek. (463 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle found for less than five dollars at a little shop off the 15 freeway in Temecula called Old Town Liquor, had not seen this in stores for quite some time now, grabbed a few and this was my last bottle, poured into a thin 0.4L Stiegl glass

A-Deep dark brown tha has minimal light going through, 3/4 inch slightly creamy off white head, did not stay around for long, minimal retention, some small lacing

S-Aroma was pretty weak overall but I could smell a big roasted nuttiness, black cherries, wheat, candy, brown sugar, sweet malt, some bread too, and caramel

T-The initial roasty accents can almost pass for a porter at first, I wonder if age mellowed these out or intensified them, regardless they were strong and unique for a Belgian, some chewiness in the middle along with port and the cherries I could smell before, finish was a bit dry but also filled with nuts, mostly almonds and cashews, did not change much as it warmed other than the fact it got a little sweeter and the fruits were more noticeable, still some hops lying around in the aftertaste after two years of being in the bottle, nicely balanced and probably will only get better as the years go by

M-Roasty, somewhat sweet, and dry mouthfeel, lots of carbonation for the texture of this beer, medium to full bodied, a little thicker than expected, taste lingered nicely, still lively

D-Could have probably finished the bomber by myself if I forced the issue but a bit heavy, ABV is pretty strong at almost nine as well, smooth though and not too much booze detected

Not one of my favorite Vertical Epics but still good, it is hard to really distinguish what type of beer this has become with almost two years of age under its belt, still extremely roasty though, would drink again and probably will at a Winter Storm in upcoming years, recommended (1,838 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone's 06.06.06 Vertical Epic pours a very dark brown, practically black, into the glass. A creamy tan head forms on top befure it slowly dissolves to a thick ring around the surface. The foam leaves a few spots of lace behind as it disappears. A rich roast malty aroma and notes of licorice, brown sugar and alcohol greets you before each sip. The smell reminded me of a cola.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is rather dry with a nice moderate carbonated fizz that covers the palate. The flavor is a wonderful combination of roasted malt, coco, and coffee. There's hints of spice (pepper, allspice?) blended in. The spice doesn't dominate the flavor like other Belgian style beers. It finishes with some sweet malt and brown sugar. Once gone, the coffee and coco flavors linger for a while.

This is one easy to drink tasty brew with nice roast malt flavor. If you can find a bottle definitely give it a try. (919 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Seven year old Six had a murky brownie like darkness with a foamy cap.

The aroma was phenolic alcohol with a moderate raisin scent.

The flavor was nicely surprising as it had a smoky tone of peppercorn, cola and some dried fruit.

The feel is very sprite and effervescent with a superb crispness.

This turned out to be a bit lacking in complexity but a nice drinking beer. (375 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle Labor Day weekend at AJ's for $5.79.

Beer poured a deep mahogany with an off white head that is sustaining well. Nose is sweet, with a hint of bananas and cloves. Taste is of sweet malts, hint of candied sugar, bananas, and cloves. There is a lot of alcohol heat in the finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, and smooth. Overall drinkabilty is good although the alcohol back bite is pretty heavy. (421 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone- 06.06.06 Vertical Epic

Appearance- dark brown almost black with a huge thick tan head. sticky lacing down the entire glass.
Smell- roasted hops ash, charcoal, cherry, raisin, banana.
Taste- like a blend of Stout and Belgium ale. Strong roasted flavor blending quite evenly with fruit tones. Raisin, cherry, and banana flavors come through.
Mouthfeel- strong burnt flavors at first but quickly flipping over to equally strong fruit flavors. Slighty strong in alcohol but not overpowering.

Overall- A nice Belgium that has a big flavor and a bit of a kick. A very good sipper!! (591 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a light brown with red highlights. It has a smallish slightly fizzy head that quickly dissipates to a thin collar.

The aroma is banana, cloves, yeast and some dark fruits.

The flavor is sweet and sugary initially leading to some banana and cloves with a spicy yeasty, peppery alcohol and slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with soft carbonation.

Overall, I don't normally care for sweet or banana flavors in beer, but I was surprised to find that I liked this one. The flavors mesh well together. (546 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

By far the best of the vertical epics I've had. I dimly remember this beer at the time of the release, but it certainly wasn't as good as it is now. It gives me hope for the series, as I found the 07, 08, and 09 to be ... varying ... in quality.

Pours a beautiful, walnut-y golden brown. Thin off white foam head that quickly dies down to the merest crust.

Smells like Belgian candi, a whiff of vanilla, caramel dark fruit-ed malt, and a faint, faint tinge of spices ... something exotic. Cloves and banana, perhaps?

Taste is really quite nice. Frankly, one of the better straight-up Belgian ales I've had in quite some time. Exotic mixture of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, sweet brown sugar and spices. A hint of vanilla and maybe ... chocolate? Some rum in there, too. Also some banana to give it a tropical undercurrent.

Mouthfeel is acceptable, though given the abundance of flavors, I expected it to be a bit thicker. I am really surprised by how much I am digging this. Not merely the class of the Vertical Epic series, but one of the best Belgian Ales I can remember. (1,078 characters)

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

Nice looker. Deep chestnut with a large tan head that takes a few minutes to fade into a foamy topper leaving behind some spotty lacing.

Belgian yeast, spice, earth, sassafrass, dried fruits of raisin, fig, and prune. Candy sugar with a bit of chocolate, toffee, some alcohol and some menthol that throw things off a little.

Nice beer not overly complex. Very much like the nose with the yeast standing out somewhat more in the mouth. More spicey with candy sugar and rum soaked peaches. The same raisiny, black fig, plum flavors come through with some berry, and quince. A bit of hop bitterness on the finish and a slighly creamy mouthfeel if not somewhat acrid and chalky. Finish is short and unappetizing. Nice beer that may get better but not sure how it will be doing in '12 (781 characters)

Photo of grub
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

biegaman was nice enough to share this one with me. thanks jan!

pours a deep red brown with some ruby highlights. fine tan head that quickly drops to a ring around the glass

aroma is nice. slightly sweet candi sugar like aroma. pumpernickle bread. a bit of spice.

taste is good. nice bready malt, just a hint of residual sweetness. a little belgian funk to it that's kind of nice. spicy, maybe corriander. touch of licorice.

mouthfeel is good. pretty dry, nice carbonation level.

drinkability is great. really easy drinking brew that i'd love to have available all the time. (589 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The sideways painted bottle is a neat idea.

In the glass, away fom the light, the body seems pitch black. Held to the light, it's blood red. either way, it has a dark tan level head which leaves good lace.

Simply outstanding nose of dark fruits and spice. Subtle hints of alcohol soaking uinto the fruit. Extraordinarily enticing.

Taste begins with rich toasted malts, flows into soaking dark fruits, and on to a tingly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and slick without being syrupy.

Its big and complex but has excellent drinkability.

Truly deserving of the name "epic". I'm sorry, there is no way I could cellar something this good until 2012. (664 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep chestnut brown color-borders on a faint black if there is such a thing. Small head at first-some nice lacing. Aroma of licorice and burnt raisens. Slight sulfur smell to it. Deep, robust flavor but not in a roasted malt way. Deep, licorice and burnt sugars. Slightly spiced. Faint black pepper taste. Nice, smooth and creamy mouthfeel-very full bodied. Very, very enjoyable beer. The best VE I think I have had. I bought 4 bottles this year and I am damn glad I did. Yummy. (478 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my Duvel tulip glass. The ale appears a nearly opaque dark crimson brown color with two fingers of ecru foam. The head lingers for a few minutes before settling down to a thin layer. Nose and flavor consist of rich toasted and caramelized malts, star anise, bittersweet chocolate, spicy Belgian yeast, cocoa dusted raisins, prune notes, pleasantly bitter hops. There is still a bit of alcohol, but it's burn is more than tolerable. A little lighter in body than I was expecting with ample carbonation. Tasty and complex, I'd say this VE is aging nicely. If you have a few bottles, by all means, enjoy one soon. (647 characters)

Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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