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:
8
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Ratings: 487 |  Reviews: 307
Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shared bottle in Atlanta.
This has held up surprisingly well. Carbonation indicates the seal was good. Very smooth and nicely balanced. Good complexity, especially in the aroma.
Dark red brown body with exceptional clarity.

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Photo of Ahop91
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 SkiBum22
3.24/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 Poupae
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is not a 2015 review. This review is from found notes from tasting this beer shortly after it was released.

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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 DavoleBomb
2.38/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didn't happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go.

3.0 A: Black color. Not much of a head formed.

2.5 S: Smells like a spicy, well diluted nail polish. Despite this description, it's not that horrible. Caramel, toast, light roastiness, and chocolate.

2.0 T: Like the nose, but more boring. Toasty, caramel, roast. Less nail polish, but just boring.

3.0 M: Medium body. Lighter carbonation, but decent here.

2.5 D: Not horrible, but not good or even decent.

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Photo of adhokk7
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of jakecattleco
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Ihadbeer
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of vma
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of shoegueuze
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Resuin
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%

Poured from a bomber into an enlarged snifter.

Appearance: Pours pretty much black and gives a tan head of a finger. A layer of tan is left around the rim of the glass (4.25)

Smell: Some nice must, licorice, dark chocolate, plums, figs, roasted malts, hint of molasses. Nice, balanced aroma. (4.25)

Taste: Big raisins, figs, licorice, plenty of dark chocolate, butterscotch, vanilla, molasses. Good amount of sweetness. This beer has held up pretty well. Nice and smooth. (4.25)

Mouth-feel: Low carbonation (but present) with a medium, creamy body. Super smooth finish. (4.5)

Overall: I'm definitely pleasantly surprised with this beer. It has held up really well and is a very tasty, well brewed beer. On the sweeter side, but just barely. Nice licorice, dark chocolate, and dark fruits in the flavor profile. (4.3)

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Photo of kneary13
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of kingmaker
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of malfunxion
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of JoelClark
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Treyliff
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured into a Stone snifter

A- pours a nearly opaque black color with a small fizzy off white head that reduces quickly, leaving just a ring behind

S- peppery spice with a plethora of fruity sweetness, caramelized malt, light char, toasted bread, fig, lots of dark fruit

T- tons of dark fruity notes up front; fig, prune raisin. Caramel malt gives it a big sweetness, with notes of chocolate. Belgian spices add notes of must and peppery flavor, the finish is sweet with lingers of dark cherry and chocolate

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, just a hint of alcohol warmth on the finish

O- this has held up amazingly well, the spicy and fruity yeast flavors mix nicely with the chocolate/caramel malt. Very well done!

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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