Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
89
very good
487 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
Ratings:
487
Reviews:
307
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
11.34%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
118
For Trade:
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Photo of ejquin
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: Pours cola dark with brown bubbly head

S: Spicy, phenolic, and yeasty. typically beligan. Touch of sweetness and some cinnamon.

T: I didn't find this to be particularly flavorfull. Some spice up front fades to alcohol and hops. Long finish of hop bitterness with slight molasses sweetness. Alcohol a bit sharp and unbalanced.

M: slightly low on carbonation

D: Good

Ovr: Not bad, but not too bold, and probably my least favorite vertical so far.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in June of 2006. Poured a dark brown (a clear tawny color when examined on the edges) with little head. The nose was of a lot of roasted barley mixed with belgian yeast. Friend also picked up the smell of cherries. The taste was lots of roast and earthiness, along with anise- mostly in the finish. Drinkability got a lot better as it warmed up, and I made my way through the glass. A pretty tasty belgian dark.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

789th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
22oz

@Woodshop Classix
Thanks Jim for sharing!

App- When this poured out it had a medium brown color with some amber around the edges. A 1/2” partially bubbly head was there and quickly faded. No real cling or lace was there.

Smell- For a 5 year old bottle its holding up nicely. I got a lot of the lighter yeast notes with a damp dark fruit notes. Had a bit of maple and some sweet malts behind it. A little plum and raisin.

Taste- A very complex taste in that the nose dissipates quite rapidly to reveal a more malt forward BSDA with a lot more spice and layers behind it. Yeasty on the final sips with a bit of that plum coming through.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A nice balance of yeast/dark fruits on the tongue. A little thin but still medium.

Drink- I have an 03-10 at home and was very excited to try some of the early versions to compare them all later.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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!!

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Photo of grub
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another in a long line of outstanding stone products. Sleek but refined graphics on the bottle. Large head, thin coating of lace, and eventually falls to a topper. Dark body, looks rich.

If I had to compare it to another beer I'd say its very similair to the Gouden Carolus Grand Cru....Identical? of course not, but similair non the less in my experience. It's a belgian strong dark that has some balls so to speak. It has all the qualities you'd expect. Rich, Cloves, Dark fruits, etc. But what this has that the others don't is a scent and taste of smoke....yes smoke. It becomes bitter in the back corner of my mouth, more towards the finish. Aftertaste is lingering and the alcohol will sit for a bit to reflect on its naughty past. Rich Plumbs really take center stage as it warmed.

Notes: Its really good. Far from great. Cellared 8 and hopefully one will make it for the tasting in 2012.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to one of my trading partners. Opened in celebration of grabbing some 10.10.10 and poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours black; not as soul crushingly black as an RIS but there's no light coming through even when backlit. The nose is very interesting, roasted but not especially chocolaty or coffee in nature. There's also the anise and cedar promised on the bottle, as well as some more murky herbal/spiciness. Honestly, not much to add about the flavor that the nose doesn't cover. Every facet of the aroma shines through and helps craft a very tasty beer, even four plus years later. This beer reminds me of New Belgium's 1554 in that it seems to be a cross between a Belgian strong dark ale and a stout. Very solid body, nice and creamy and I would say surprisingly light if I hadn't been warned by Stone beforehand. Carbonation could stand to be a little more expressive, it seemed a tad dull. Four years later the 06 Vertical epic drinks pretty smoothly, and is a very good beer, but just doesn't make me want to call it "world class" or a revelatory drinking experience. Still, another great beer from Stone.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves about one finger of a biege head that has some good retention and leaves some good lacing. Body is black.

Smell - horseblanket, dark fruit such as plums, and medicinal alcohol. Very inviting.

Taste - as promised by the nose. Horseblanket upfront, with plums in the middle, and finishing with a wash of medicinal alcohol.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, and semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is good ale, only high abv limits sessionability.

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Photo of deuschbag
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is my first edition of the vertical epic series.

22 oz. bomber pored into a snifter. this brew poures a nice dark dark brown - almost black with ruby red highlights. moderate small tan head that fades away to some decent lacing.

smell is very bubble gummy. yeasty and spicey. hints of chocolate and alcohol in the background.

tastes a little mediciney. very fruity overall, however. light chocolate malts and a little sourness.

big thick mouthfeel. one of the thickest i've ever had.

a fairly drinkable brew for being young. i'd give it a half a year or so to mature and it'll be much more drinkable. still a fine beer.

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Photo of RPM3334
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Somehow I never got around to reviewing this before now, let's see how it is holding up 3 years and 5 months since its release. Pours into my glass a deep dark brown with a small khaki head on top. Aromas of dark fruit and spice with roasted malt underneath. Quite a bit of yeast esters in there as well. Hints of plum and clove. A touch of oxidation is creeping in as well.

First sip brings dark roasted malts mixed with dark fruits. Licorice, chocolate and caramel mix in as it flows down with a nice kick of spicy, estery Belgian yeast. A bit woody on the finish as well with a touch of bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty darn tasty still.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with good steady carbonation. Overall, a tasty brew that has held up well at this stage in my opinion. I'm not sure how this will be tasting by 12.12.12 but I intend to let my other bottles chill in the cellar to find out!

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Photo of blackie
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: moderate retention of the tan-colored head, the beer is a very dark brown in color

smell: Aromas of cedar and other evergreen woods together with Belgian pale and toasted malt smells. Moderate milk chocolate aromas, and maybe even a little roast. Hints of anise. Negligible hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a smooth medium, and the body pretty full for a Belgian. Lingers on the palate for awhile. Interesting.

taste: A "different" mix of Belgian type pale malts and light milk chocolate flavors with a range of yeasty Belgian flavors notes. I'm digging it. Flavors of dark tree fruits and anise. Light hop flavor and bitterness. Woody evergreen notes.

drinkability: good...I could see this one aging well

split with dirtylou while in Mad Town

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Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass chalice.

Pours very dark brown with a very thin head that becomes a lasting swirling patch with a thick white ring along the edges.

The smell is of spiced toasted bread with sharp alcohol notes.

The taste is of roasted, earthy grains, anise, and slightly smoky, cedar. The flavors are blended, but each sip seems to emphasize a different one. The malt has a barley sweetness and a sharp wheat crispness. Spiced yeast gives it a zest. It has a long, dry, fairly bitter finish. The alcohol notes come through to give it a "sipping" quality. The body is on the light side of medium. Very rich, complex and unique.

It has a certain rawness to it that will probably mellow with time. (The label says to wait until after 12/12/12 - but, too tempting to wait that long...) The flavors make it enjoyable though the feel is a bit harsh.

A delicious, unique, complex brew.

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Photo of Deuane
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to ClockworkOrange for sharing this bottle on 11/13/10. After recently having this on tap, wow what a difference and a seemingly completely different beer. It has held up much better in this bottle than the draft version.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a clear dark brown color with a bit of ruby clarity. A tan head clings close to the rim of the glass and spotty lacing appears with a bit of leggy patches.

This brew smells of dark fruit with a bold presence of alcohol. Some hints of a molasses like sweetness is present before the onset of some dark fruity chocolate notes. The alcohol smells a bit fusel instead of the belgian type of aroma I was expecting but still it is deep and enjoyable.

The taste includes some alcohol warmth right upfront with a slight belgian yeasty flavor. There is a dark sweetness present almost like molasses with a bit of a smoky aspect that turns a bit dry on the back end with the alcohol coming back into play. There are bitter herbal hops left lingering in the mouth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. The alcohol is right out in the open and very noticeable but it is fairly drinkable considering the other flavors present. This would have no problem hanging on for a few more years. Quite a big difference between this experience and having it on tap. After having this brew on tap I somewhat lost interest in seeking out and trying the other vertical epics, this experience put some interest back into it for me.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this ale pours very dark, with slight ruby highlights, with a thin chocolate milk colored head, to dark to ascertain the presence or rate of carbonation

S - a delightfully sweet malty aromam, the fruity sweet esthers (this is gonna sound weird) sort of amalgamated into a strawberry-banana smoothie aroma (you know the Dannon ones), a slight spiciness, seems like ginger, is in the background

T - hmmm, a complex taste, lets see, its hard to separate, definite spicines, like anise and/or ginger, but all the meanwhile a nice sweet background, definite fruit tastes that are hard to pick out (plum that previous reviewers have mentioned seems accurate), as my second glass warms almond or amaretto flavors emerge as well, plus the alcohol taste is also prevalent

M - nice and smooth, well balanced, aside from the alcohol prevalence this is feels very nice

D - again, except for the alcohol taste, very drinkable, that does not detract from the beer overall though

this is my initiation into the Vertical Epic series, so if anyone wants to trade me the others, lemme know

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Photo of chilidog
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Its Happy New year time and thisone was my choice for New Years 06 to 07.
Its been cellared for six months, bought in june, till now.

It poured a nice dark brown and settled a slight burgandy with a small but fair tan head.

The aroma was of sweetenwd coffee and roasted malts.

The taste was alittle sweet as if brown sugar was dusted over roasted malts. Hints of coffee, spice, cocoa and clove back things up. The alcohol was suttle, perhaps that little time mellowed things abit. So much so the 8.6% almost got by unnoticed.

Drinkability was good overall with a slight dryness toward the finish.

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Photo of ellisdee97
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz. bottle with printed label.

A: Pours a dark coffee black. Light head which dissipates leaving a tan ring. Sticky lacing.

S: Pepper, sweet fruity yeast. Hints of alcohol are devilishly concealed.

T: Pepper, sweet fruity yeast with a wonderful malt balance. A smooth journey within the yeast and malt. Hops are present but not showy.

M: Exceptionally smooth. Begins sweet with a little alcohol kick, finishes dry with a desire for more.

D: For my first VE I am sad I have not had the previous few years. This beer is highly drinkable, an exceptional representation of the style. Very well balanced, fantastic.

Can't wait to see where the tastes take me down the line, my first true cellar beer.
Slainte.

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Photo of hansgruber
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on my birthday which coincidentally is 6/6. It's held up pretty well I'd say although I never drank it prior to today.
Wasn't expecting it to be roasty and dark but I'm not sure what my expectations were in the first place. Solid drinker for what it is and how old it is.
Received this in a trade only because I wanted the bottle. But happy that the beer was still worth drinking.
Cheers and happy birthday to me

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Photo of harrymel
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Stone V.E.A. 06 edition pours a very dark brown color, with ruby undertones. The head is rather, and sadly, short lasting. The smell is pleasantly thick, with malt and fruits coming through. The taste is good but raw, being strong on malty sweetness. Aging should pull the flavors together to something more coherent. The mouthfeel is nice and rather smooth, with only a mild alcohol burn on the back of the throat. A nice beer to search out and enjoy. Be sure to buy at least two and cellar one of them.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 properly cellared bottle opened in 2012, poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours an opaque dark brown with mahogany highlights at the edges. Nice fine, half finger tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of lightly oxidized sweet malt, dark dried fruit, slightly sour. Flavor is nutty dark malts and dried fruit with the expected oxidation. Very rich malts, reminiscent of a well aged old ale. Body has matured to a medium, creaminess that is very pleasant. The oxidation was very evident on the first sip, but as this ale opened up, the more complex fruit, malt, toasted malt and light Belgian spicing flavors have come through; no sign of the light aromatic sourness in the taste. I started the series with 08, so I had to buy an aged bottle of the 2006 vintage, and I liked this so much I wish I had aged a few myself. Wow, Stone really knows what they're doing.

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Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a brownish black color with a thick 2" head that lasts a long time. The head builds after the pour is complete. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: wheat, wood, yeast, and hint of dark chocolate.

Taste: the wheat is quite noticeable here, along with some chocolate, pepper, prunes, yeast, and a overall woody and bready character. Bitterness is definitely noticeable, alcohol less noticeable.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. The aftertaste is long on the flavor components. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkabilty: quite good. This is a good brew that doesn't need to age but is quite tasty in its young days. Nice brew.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored a bottle at the Spinnerstown Hotel tonight. Ordered one as my final beer after dinner. The beer poured out as a deep brown colored brew with a fizzy tan colored head on it. The head settles into just a thing ring around the glass. The smell of the beer is malty and has some Belgian yeast on the nose. There's also some molasses, brown sugar and booze aromas. The taste is a little earthy, lightly roasted and some molasses as well. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected, there was still a good amount of carbonation too. Overall I always wanted to try the 666 version of the vertical. I'm very pleased to have filled that little gap in my chest with some of this brew.

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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
3.97 out of 5 based on 487 ratings.
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