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06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.66%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
310
Ratings:
489
pDev:
11.34%
 
 
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Ratings: 489 |  Reviews: 310
Reviews by Canada_Dan:
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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Photo of chaz01
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good sized (4-5 ounce) pour at a Stone Vertical Tasting Event sponsored by Belmont Party Supplies on 5/12/2010, served in a very cool Stone Vertical Epic tasting glass.

A: Very dark brown, almost black with a nice wispy head.

S: Dark fruit and licorice in the aroma.

T: Cherry, plums and roasted malts with undertones of licorice and anise.

M: More full bodied and carbonated than previous beers in the series. Hint of a weak coffee finish.

D: Very complex and heavy beer. More of a sipping beer than the others in the series, and unlike some of the previous editions, should hold up very well to time.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a bottle of this got opened at big beers in vail last night, and i was stoked to see it because i somehow missed this one despite it being quite prevalent even last year when we lined up a few of them. much more straightforward than some others, just a belgian strong ale here. cool yeast has dried this out a lot over time. far less residual sugar than it may have originally had, but still a light honey finish. really dig the mellowness of the alcohol too, its barley there, and while the carbonation and body are both less than where id like to see them, i think this has aged with grace. a full bomber would not be too much, as the layers of spice continually improve and unfold with temperature. a very well made beer, not full of additives, something they should probably make regularly honestly. maybe a new winter seasonal?

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Photo of Erdinger2003
1.73/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer poured out a slight head that fell away fast leaving not much behind except a little bit of a lacing. The color is very dark. The taste is a bunch of odd flavors coming at you at one time, very unpleasant. Overall I taste a lot of breadiness and a slight smokiness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a bit unpleasant. Overall drinkability is very low.

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Photo of ajzy
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of Iguana
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence - Poured a dark brown/ruby with a medium sized head. Looks pretty good thusfar.

Smell - I get toasted brown sugar, hints of banana, and a bit of ripened fruit. Quite pleasent.

Taste - Interesting, I am getting toasted brown sugar again, but a nice hop presence in the background adding some bitterness. Rather unique.

Mouthfeel - Pretty good, bit of carbonation, slight bitter aftertaste, and a nice lingering sweetness.

Drinkability - Pretty tasty beer, not the best I have had of the style, but quite enjoyable nonetheless. This beer is at least worth a try, and worth getting and putting a few away for a couple years.

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Photo of CBodamer
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a chalice, pours a dark mahogany, dark and clear ruby hues through a light, a small head forming from the pour that settles to a thin film, light lacing in streaks and bubbles. The aroma is heavy on the malts, spicy and yeasty, cloves and pepper, dark fruits, ripe banana, plum,

The taste is even better, a hefty dosing of malts, lots of it, spices are fantastic, cloves and spicy pepper, brown sugar, maybe even molasses. The fruits of plum and raisins, all kinds of stuff going on, really nice. The mouth isn't anything special, a decent body, the carbonation is about right, a little warming with the alcohol. But the thing I love about certain styles is the extremely wide variation on the theme. Its another beer that tastes like none others, and a delicious one at that. Most of the time, I wish I lived in SoCal for beers like this. I want many more in my cellar.

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Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Freshie
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Powerful

Very dark, with light hints of amber, if held to a light. Frothy head the settles nicely to the side with decent lacing.

Smells of sugary malts and very unique hop spiceness. Very interesting, never smelled that off a beer before, not even the 050505.

Bitter at first, but then very sweet, then a lingering spicness in your throat. Very strange array of tastes, but I like it. Anise, clove, brown sugar, are all present. The hops are well balanced to the malt.

As I drank this the spiceness got stronger. And was very warming.

Very tasty, and has the bite a covet so much from Stone Brews. Yum!


[edit] Aged for a year. Flavors seemd to have settled down. Much more smokey, with that same spiciness. Less sweet. Coffee like tanic quality.

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Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of Hopswagger
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 12.12.12
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series

P: Dark mahogany body with tan foamy head and great clarity.

S: Boozy aroma, cedar, licorice, bubble mint gum, smoke, peppery spice, roasted chocolate and dark malts. Light cocoa and phenolic yeast aroma.

T/M: chocokate, cocoa, booze, herbal, dark fruits, phenols, molasses, traditional Christmas spices, and smoke. Body is creamy medium body with good carbonation and a slightly chaulky finish.

O: Count Chocula would be proud of this explosion if cocoa flavors. A nice complex Belgian amber that delivers nicely after aging.

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Photo of rallison
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of RyanGoodman
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of BrewinHeadBanger
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of waltonc
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown and red

S: Coffee, dark fruits

T: Sweet, carmel, molasses, bourbon, wood. Very delicious. Reminded me a little bit of a milk stout, actually.

M: Thick body, medium carbonation.

D: I really liked this one a lot, and wish I had more. My favorite of the five vertical epics we had last night.

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Photo of Iowacraft
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of beerphilosopher
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very rich ruby red that, in the absence of light, looks black. A huge khaki-colored head that is tall with tight bubbles climging to the inner rim of the tulip glass. Sheets of lacing rid the glass as this beer is sampled. The nose is of sweet roasted malts, quite spicy and has a nice yeasty character. The palate is sweet up front, with enough hop balance to keep it lively. Nice spice and yeast flavors here. Mouth feel is a bit lighter than I would have thought, but still substantive enough to match the strong flavor profile. This ale is quite acidic and has a nice alcohol warmth, especially as it warms. I almost wish that I had aged this one even longer, but very nice as it is. This was my first in the Vertical Epic series ... but won't be my last. Well crafted.

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Photo of savagepm
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of rabsten
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First bottle out of a case, poured into a pint glass. This is a dark, dark beer. Not as noir as an imperial stout but darn close. Light tan head with moderate lacing. I like the dark, so good marks on this.

Smoked malt aroma. Pine or cedar or some other evergreen sits in the background too. Nice enough.

Tastes smoky indeed. Lox-like smokiness. Not at the level of, say, a Rogue Smoke Ale or Stone's own Smoked Porter, but plenty high. There are hints of several other flavors I can't I.D. Malty character with little or no traditional hop presence.

Overall mouthfeel is okay, but not great. It numbs my tongue a bit (and not because I've overchilled it; I haven't). Round feeling with smooth finish.

Pretty good drinkability, considering the higher than average ABV, smoke factors, and the numbing effect. To be honest though, I'd rather split a bottle with someone than tackle it by myself.

This is the fourth of the VEs I've had and it's my least favorite as of this writing. I loved the 03.03.03 and 04.04.04 and really liked 05.05.05. This one is good, quality stuff, but not up my alley right now. I expect it will be better given some proper ageing (sp?) and me being more in a mood for the style. I have plenty to age (years worth, actually) and get into smoked alcohol moods about twice a year, so this wont go to waste or anything.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of bennetj17
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is dark brown, with faint amber hues if viewed in direct light. The head tries to develop during the pour, but only ends up as a frothy ring. Very "dubbel" like aroma of coffee, banana, and belgian yeast. There is a hint of earthy and roasted character plus some alcohol too. The taste very much matches the aroma initially, and ends with a tangy bitterness that is quite pleasing. I like the hint of dryness in the finish also, plus the light roasted character that gives it some qualities like a porter. Mouthfeel is good, with a medium body and decent carbonation. Intrigued by its potential, I would defintiely try it again after a few more months...

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Vertical Epic Glass, avoided the yeast sediment for the first pour

Pours a very dark but not opaque brown. The edges of the beer show deep red and bronze.

Smell is strong. Smells lightly alcoholic with vanilla and pungent vegetables. Also smells like strong dark rye bread.

Tastes like earthy malt, tea, and toasty bran muffins.

Very smooth, clean feel that is nearly flat on carbonation.

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06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 489 ratings