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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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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:
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Reviews:
308
Ratings:
488
pDev:
11.34%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
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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 feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown coloration, cocoa-tan head.

Spicy, malty nose, with flavors of dark fruits, anise, herbs, rather earthy...

Tangy and tasty, gritty, and lightly sweet, medium bodied, holds together well, but no particular part pops out at all...fairly unimpressive by the end of the sampling. Just kind of ""eh", like a limpid stab at a dubbel.
(I got half the bottle, shared the rest with friends, who were more nonplussed than I.)

Perhaps I really didn't to give that extra six years they reccommend on the label copy?

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Photo of GClarkage
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/09/06- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2006 release. Poured into a wine style glass.

Appearance- Iced tea brown colored pour. Mildly clouded. Nice 3/4 inch head and whisps of sticky cobweb lace left in the glass.

Smell- Nose burying smell. Doesn't jump right out of the glass. I get a bit of sweet roasted malt, a touch of caramel candy smell and some anise and clove.

Taste- This one is actually remeniscent of the Gouden Carolus Grand Cru that I just had. Not nearly as tasty, but the same kinda tastes. Heavy of the spices (clove and anise) and flavorful in the deep roasted malt and light coffee hit.

Mouthfeel- This one needs some time to calm down. It is pretty well carbonated, but it's also very warming and sticky sweet with a fuller mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Will be excited to try this one in 2012...unless I can sell the whole series for $10,000 on ebay :) Really has some backbone and I think the caramel and malt flavors will come out much more with some time. Pretty good as is though.

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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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

22oz. Bomber

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.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.91/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Think I got this at Discount Liquor. Served in a tulip.

A - Dark tan foam settles to a solid cap, leaving behind splotches of lace. Dark brown body, with ruby-brown highlights. Looks pretty good actually!

S - Roasted malts, cedar, fruity oxidation, perhaps the first trace of Belgian yeast remaining in any of these beers. Not as sweet as previous vintages.

T - The taste is quite strange - an understated mix of smoke, roasted malts, and vinous notes, as well as the expected oxidation. The advertised anise is long gone.

M - Medium-full body, pleasant carbonation, chewy texture, and a dry and lightly smokey finish.

D - My least favorite so far. Even worse than 03.03.03. At least in the preceding ones the the oxidation flavors had overwhelmed the original ones - here it's an unholy blend of oxidation and vestigial, largely unpleasant, flavors.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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 drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With the Vertical Epic series coming to a close, it felt appropriate to to do a small flight of them at Tustin Brewing. The 6-6-06 was the first of the series that I bought, not long after I turned 21, but I eventually sacrificed that bottle at a tasting. Here's my second change, and I made sure not to squander it. On to the beer:

Ink black colored with a short lived head which turns into a few whips of foam. Somehow, the lacing it gives off is quite good. The nose brings the aroma of molasses, dates, grapes, and a strong (yet pleasant) dose of oxidation. Despite a sweet nose, the taste is a yo-yo between sweet and sour, leaning more sour. Was it supposed to be like this at its release back in 2006? But since I'm taking notes of it now, at the end of 2012, I only care about the present state. And it's big fun! Moderately acidic, yet it packs a punch of sourness. Soured white grapes spring to mind, complimented with dates and vague fruitiness. It's medium bodied, with a low level of carbonation.

Better late than never. Gee, did I just type that in my previous review? Even after 6 years of hiding, 06.06.06 is a great ale.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer, if somewhat unusual, but nothing really that special.

The beer pours dark, thick and syrupy with almost no head.

The smell is very light- surprisingly so with just an aroma of roasted barley.

The taste is mostly Licorice- both its peculiar bitterness and its sweetness is present here. Some caramel flavors and hop bitterness also comes through as well as a slight bit of vanilla on the finish.

The mouthfeel is very thick and viscous, but not sticky.

Pretty drinkable, and lighter than one might think given the brewery and style.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color, free of sediment and looks like a stout or BSDA. Head retention is low and no lace to find. The aroma had some dark fruits and chocolate, some soy coming through as well. The flavor consisted of anise, chocolate, soy, plum and raisin. There was a roasted quality to the malts. Alcohol was there. Full bodied with a medium to low carbonation. Overall this was a cool beer but was probably best fresh like most beer.

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Photo of enelson
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zorro
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an exceptionally dark black colored version of the style with a great tan to light brown head. Stone's experience making RIS shows in the appearance. I considered taking some points for the exceptional darkness but I didn't because this is a visually striking beer that is unlike any other I have seen.

Smell is strong and fruity with a spicy aroma of coriander and black pepper. Aromas of apple, grapes, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and nuts. Quite an aromatic beer with a great deal of complexity.

Taste is sweet and fruity and full of chocolate at the beginning. Chocolate remains the major flavor component until the coffee and slight bitterness take over. Fruit and spice are somewhat less than what is in the aroma. In the end though the flavor while good isn't outstanding.

Mouthfeel is good and quite like full fat milk.

Certainly an easy ale to enjoy. For what it lacks in taste it certainly makes up for crowd-pleasing popularity. There is only one other beer in this ales class, Gouden Carolus Carolus D'Or - Cuvée Van De Keizer, an exceptionally exclusive and outstanding class indeed.

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Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled July 2006
Pours with a dark, black colored beer that shows a brilliantly clear, deep purple & brown colors when held up to the light. The beer is fairly well carbonated and has an, initially four-finger thick light brown colored head that foamed over the sides of my glass when I was a bit too aggressive with the pour. Rich fruity notes of sweet plums, raisins, rum-like notes, some interesting port notes, a touch sour tartness, and a finish of toasty grain notes. The typical suite of bubblegum, banana and clove are all here at noticeable, yet smooth, levels. I really like the complex fruity notes on this beer, so much better than the Avery Thirteen (sorry for the pot shot there).

Thick and chewy, with a sweet malt not up front that amps up the dark fruit notes found throughout this beer. The beer finishes with a hint of tart acidity and a sharp roasted grain note. Notes of roasted almost slightly burnt fruit notes evoke thoughts of concentrated sweet plums, raisins, dried figs. The light tartness plays up some nice fruit notes as well, noticeably amplifying flavors of tart plums, and perhaps a hint of pears. The burnt note adds some bitterness to the finish and there is a touch of hot alcohol at times as well.

This is quite nice, and like last years brew, Stone is finally on the right track of brewing vertical epics which will still be quite tasty come 12.12.12. This beer, over the next few years, should soften up, become a bit smoother and more drinkable. With a couple more years it will pick up some complexity, and it actually should come close to peaking come December 12, 2012, though my guess is that it will peak a bit before. Regardless it will still be quite tasty come the appointed time. Fresh out of the bottle this is also one of the better Vertical Epics, though I liked the fresh vibrancy of the 04 a touch better.

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

22 oz bottle.

Pours a dark, cola black with a thin light tan head. Balanced aroma of dark fruit, fig, chocolate, citrus, Belgian yeast and mint. Sweet flavor of spice and yeast with candied dark fruit finish, light chocolate throughout. Medium thick and soft carbonation, not aging as poorly as some of the other VEs.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a taster glass. Thanks again to Chris for sharing these!

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color. Some tan froth and lacing formed.

(S)- Kind of a dry, chalky roast to it, almost like coffee. . almost, but more in an herbal cocoa and raisin (if that makes any sense).

(T)- Lots of raisin, prune, and cocoa. Definitely the cocoa turns slightly more towards sweet chocolate as it warmed.

(M)- A good carbonation level. This has some nice richer elements to this. Still kind of chalky overall, but not as bothersome as some of the earlier vertical epics that I think were well past their prime.

(O)- This might be my favorite so far in the lineup. It still has a subtle richness to with that has not fallen off yet.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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

22 oz. bottle, 45 months old now,

A: Pours a dark brown with a light white head, nice retention.

S: Great nose now. Raisin, prune reduction; it's all dark fruit and sugar.

T: Gets darker initially than the nose. Dark chocolate comes out immediately with a nice undercurrent of raisin and prune. Great flavour.

M: Still has a nice full carbonation, full body without going over the top, smooth as ever.

D: I was excited to try this as I still have a bottle of 6/6/06 in the cellar. This is a great beer now, I can't wait to see what it's doing by 2012.

December 2012 Edit - My last one. Held up well, spiced bundt chocolate cake in the nose, almost a winter warmer. Flavour has a lot of good malt flavour, great chocolate cake flavour in the finish, decadent, very tasty. A different beer than in 2006 fresh, or even in 2010, still a lot of fun. Really enjoyable. My longest cellared beer ever; I'm glad my little dresser can cut the Dijon so to speak, cellared personally since February 2007.

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Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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