Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic AleStone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale
BA SCORE
3.97/5
488 Ratings
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic AleStone 06.06.06 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!

Added by Todd on 06-05-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
308
Ratings:
488
pDev:
11.34%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
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Gots:
119
Trade:
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to crack open this here puppy for no particular reason.
The pour is nothing special looking but nothing off putting. Very little in the way of head, foam or lacing occurs; that which does is white to offwhite in color.
The scents are pleasant but weak. I tend to expect more bold and striking aromas for this style. Even when on the warmer side the odors are muted. I can pick up some caramelized malts and some dark fruit scents; mostly dark raisins. Just a hint of phenols in there.
Flavors are much more pronounced and well developed. Pretty authentically Belgian in flavor profile except lacking a bit of distinctive yeast presence. Deep, dark fermented fruit flavors with raisin and dark cherry being the strongest. Some bitterness either from toasted malts, or hops, or both. Sweetened coffee things are going on, maybe with a splash of grenadine. Some cola-like notes linger here and there in the quality of the sweetness. The bitterness does well to balance out those components.
The feel on the palate has just the right combination of carbonation and smoothness for me. The bubbles keep some of the cloying away that makes way for a soft, pleasurable finish.
Very tasty stuff. I kinda wish Stone produced something like this in a regular basis. or maybe even a seasonal one.... something between their Smoked Porter and their Russian Imperial stout.
Good sauce and tasty juice. Fans of big, Belgian dark ales are likely to enjoy.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For my 666th review: Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale pours a very dark brown bordering on black with a tan head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is very sweet and has a touch of roasted malt. The taste is very complex, a touch of bubblegum, banana, clove, roasted malt, a hint of licorice and other flavors that I can't quite put my finger on. There is also just the slightest hint of alcohol, which is pretty well hidden. Quite tasty, recommended.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/23/12 notes. 22 oz. bottle poured into my Stone Veritcal Epic glass. Opened as part of my 2 day, 06-06-06 through 12-12-12 tasting.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a brown tint, one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, figs, raisins, Belgian yeast, roasted malts, toasted malts, and light chocolate. Very nice nose, has held up well.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, figs, raisins, Belgian yeast, spices, pepper, sugar, molasses, fruity malts, roasted malts, toasted malts, and chocolate. A little sweeter than the nose, pretty nice again.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink and no alcohol heat.

o - Overall a pretty good beer and so far like this one better than 07-07-07 and 09-09-09 by a lot. Has held up really well, with a lof of dark fruits and sweetness to it. Worth checking out if you like sweet beers and Belgian style dark ales; would like to have it again.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Its a nice deep adrk brown with a little bit of off white head that laces slighty. there are copper highlights around the edge.

S - It starts out with a mixed aroma of orange peel, roasted malt, chocolate and some alcohol.

T Taste is of dark sweet roasted malts and some citrusy orange peel. It really is rather easy on the palette.

M - The mought feel starts of with a full bodied feel, with a slight bitter/carbination mix.It finishes slightly dry but there is still some residue on the tounge.

D - The isnt very overpowering, which makes it very drinkable for the style.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer warmed up very well, so recommend starting that way to highlight the malty base of the beer, lots of dark fruit, raisins, currants, and toffee notes. Very spicy nose, anise, and the Belgian yeast is very apparent and strong over top of the beer. Very hot with lots of alcohol in the nose (and the feel later). Dry bitter finish. Good, but not my favorite of the series or of Stone in general. A very good but not fantastic beer, though I suspect as the beer ages it will do well when the characteristics blend a bit, especially the alcohol.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with an off-white head.

Hints of yeast and spices in the nose with assorted sugary and fruity notes.

Alcohol spiciness in the taste with hints of black licorice, sugars, coffee, prunes, and a dry yeast flavor.

Another solid offering from Stone.

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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 488 ratings
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