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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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89
very good
308 Reviews
Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic AleStone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
308
Ratings:
487
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
11.34%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
121
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Photo of Florida9
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

So I've amassed VE's 6-12. Thought I would take them to a tasting, but doubt that will ever happen, so I guess now is the time to drink 'em….

A: A very dark brown, but not quite black. Forms a moderate sized, creamy, dark tannish colored head that slowly reduces to a thin, patchy surface coating. Moderate amount of lacing.

S: Not overly aromatic, but what is there is roasted malts, dark fruits, prunes, and a bit of alcohol.

T: Taste is better than I was expecting on this one. The beer has a moderate sweetness to it. Notes of smoke, raisin, and dark fruits. Coffee on the back end.

M: Medium bodied. Nearly flat.

O: A decent drink. Wasn;t expecting this one to hold up.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Seven year old Six had a murky brownie like darkness with a foamy cap.

The aroma was phenolic alcohol with a moderate raisin scent.

The flavor was nicely surprising as it had a smoky tone of peppercorn, cola and some dried fruit.

The feel is very sprite and effervescent with a superb crispness.

This turned out to be a bit lacking in complexity but a nice drinking beer.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.24/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from John’s Market.

A: Dark mahogany bordering on black. Thick creme head. Nice lacing.

N: Anise, licorice, clove, some oxidation. Touch of esters and a hint of cocoa.

T: Oxidized, but it’s not over the top. Plenty of bitterness left and there’s a moderate touch of sweetness. Going slightly sour.

M: Medium body; slightly sticky. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: Has held up pretty well, all things considered. Drinkable with a nice Belgian influence

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Photo of emerge077
2.09/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks Chris for sharing this at the annual cellar clearance...
Served in a mini-nonic pint, quick review transcribed from written notes

Dark brown with a ruby glint in the light, spotty lace around the edges, patchy surface skim. Good lasting coverage.

Weird sharp aroma, as it warms there's some vague traces of dark fruit. Tart astringent taste, tangy. Big notes of oxidation, light roast malt in the background. Must have been infected or aged too long, it's kind of gross at this point... drain pour.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Opened June 2013

A - Dark chocolate cranberry body. Thin, off-white head sits low but has nice retention and lace.

S - Touch of old wood. Dark dried fruits; cherry, fig, raisin, apricot. Almonds. Smooth chocolately booze. Black cherry soda. Rum cake.

T - Hard wood, iced coffee, hazel nut, tart cherries. Dark fruits, light and mellow scotch, cherry chocolate cordials.

M - Medium-light body. Solid carbonation. Touch of water on the finish.

O - A solid offering that held up well after 7 years.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and wispy specs of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing.

S- Very unique aroma of sweet Belgian candi sugar, spice and mildly roasted malt. Also a bit of anise.

T- More sweetness with the candi sugar playing a main role up against the malty backdrop. Has a nice balance with some ginger-like spice in the finish. Notes of clove, cinnamon and black licorice.

M- Slightly viscous with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- This is a classy Belgian that's held up well in the bottle with no noticeable oxidation or skunking in the aroma or taste. After having four different entries of the series, I'm beginning to see the underlying trend and realizing I like it. There's only been one that I've disliked so far and it was the 12.12.12 but, hey, maybe it just needs some age since I had it fresh.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Brouwers on 12/12/12, review from notes.

A: Pours brown with a small off-white head with minimal retention and no lacing.

S: Some red wine like tannins, a bit of cinnamon, chocolate and peppers.

T: A good bit of smoke mixed with caramel, cinnamon, cocoa, and a little bit of dark fruit.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: Not bad, but nothing special either. It was middle of the road in terms of my 3-12 rankings.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt with cocoa, dark fruits, and Belgian yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma is malty up front with a spiciness coming through and some hops and yeast in the spicy and bitter finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly above average amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this one is still holding strong after almost 7 years. I bought it in 2007 and have held on to it since.

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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 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 cbutova
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes a few weeks back (02/02/13) for all the VE series I could obtain.

A- Poured from the bottle to a pint glass. Very dark brown body with some red around the edges. Nice head for 6.5 years old. The cap is one finger in height with a light tan-toast color and decent retention. A few creamy lace patches.

S- Definite oxidation rustiness but not terribly so. Some spice and caramel, tiny dry roast but hard to pick up overall.

T- Really thinned out and dried out flavor. Slight roast but no real depth to it. Just like a light roast grain husk. Brown toasted malts, raisin spice and some oxidation but not as much as the nose. Some dark fruits.

MF- Thinned out like crazy. Lower end carbonation with somewhat watery feel, not unexpected. Slight warming from alcohol and spicy bitterness.

Solid brown-amber Belgian hybrid, some of this probably due to the age. Not overly affected by age but it shows. Gets better with warmth.

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Photo of Treebs
2.87/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a light brown head forming on the pour. Some splotches of lace are left behind.

S: Boozy, some sweet malts and fruity notes as well. An odd minty note on the finish, reminiscent of toothpaste.

T: Brandy soaked plum, some anise and a ton of booze. Light roast with herbal mint qualities on the finish. Not as noticeable as the nose.

M: Medium bodied with a medium low carbonation level. Herbal and roasty finish.

O: The odd minty and toothpaste like flavors on the finish detracted from an overall decent beer.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The first in a Vertical Epic tasting - 06 to the 12 back to back, very awesome. Thanks to Cam for this one.

Dark brown body with some clarity there. Beige head is small but retains well.

Scent shows it age a bit, some oxidation and rustiness there, along with spice, yeast, dark fruits.

Taste is an improvement, there is some oxidation here as well but it doesn't really deter. Dark fruits, caramelly malts, musty Belgian yeast, spice, some licorice.

A thinnish mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Solid for the age.

A solid dark Belgian that had held up decently being close to 7 years old. Nothing groundbreaking here but good.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was fortunate to try this last night at an epic tasting held by my good friend Mike, thanks for the opportunity MrBarleywine!
Pours a slightly hazy deep garnet color with a smallish off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is sweet caramel, chocolate, roast and cinnamon with a light woody aroma.The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Sweet and sugary with caramel, chocolate, and cocoa with hints of spice and fruit. The finish is fairly dry, but leaves a long lingering chocolate and roast bite on the palette. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet mouthfeel. I liked this one quite a bit.

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Photo of charlzm
2.74/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Consumed on January 20th, 2013 at a private Vertical Epic tasting.

This beer pours a clear, dark brown with no head and virtually no bubbles rising in the glass.

The aroma is sweet, almost syrupy. No other character noted.

Flavor is dark roasted malts with a hint of thin, bitter coffee, a touch of treacle character and a cedar note.

Mouthfeel is thin and still.

All together with me now: this was much better fresh.

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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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Photo of TKEbeerman
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A. Poured into my VE glass this brew pours the darkest of the VEs so far, mahogany brown.
s. The aroma contains notes of cinnamon and figs with some brown sugar.
T. The flavor has hints of chocolate and coffee and dark maulty goodness.
Mf. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but smooth.
Overall not a bad beer, not as good as 05.

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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 Huhzubendah
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing.

The beer is dark mahogany with a thin beige collar. The aroma brings malt, citrus, light spice, toffee. The flavor imparts sweet breads, malt, toffee candies. Perfect carbonation level with alcohol content well disguised. Mouth feel is the best aspect of this beer. Pretty good.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Churchkey

It has a black pour that lets some light in and a thin off white head. It smells of sweaty socks weirdly, malt and dark fruits, booze, and some liquor. The taste is much more Trappist, and less socks. Like a dubble, the taste is all dark fruits, caramel, booze, and roast. Finally this is one that has held its body and is nicely carbonated. First one that impressed me on this Vertical Epic tasting. Other than the smell, it's doing well after 6 years.

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Photo of portia99
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Vertical Epic glass.

A - Dark mahogany color with a small finger of dark tan head with decent staying power and leaving a bit of lacing on the glass. Continuing the trend of these VE beers, the body is clear but has lots of very fine suspended particles throughout.

S - Spicy anise, alcohol, dark roasted malts, molasses

T - Anise, bitter chocolate, molasses, light hop bitterness, cloves. Very well balanced - malt hasn't taken over this one yet - the hops still do there job in offseting the sweetnes and making this a smooth drinker.

M - Light to medium body, low/mid-level carbonation, very good balance with a nice hoppy bite

O - Pretty consistently picked among the top 3 of the series in my tasting group. Still a very well balanced beer with good complexity and a nice spicy complement of flavors. Paired well with the homemade Belgian spice bread we had along with it.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly viscous, dark chestnut brown color that appears jet black and opaque in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Surprisingly hop forward aroma with an earthy, resinous character followed by roasted malt, dark fruit and zesty spice. Slightly herbal with grassy pine notes followed by pepper, clove, anise and licorice. Sweet, slightly toasted malt backbone with hints of cocoa, caramel, toffee and alcohol. A lot of these notes are faded but they have at least held up, unlike many other entires in this series.

Medium bodies and more complex than expected with a nice balance of sweet malts, zesty spice, resinous hop, dark frui and alcohol. Like the aroma, the flavor retains a lot of hop flavor. Not as complex as when fresh but there is some earthy grass as well as some herbal pine flavor followed by sweet chocolate malt, toffee and caramel. As it warms, dark fruit sweetness comes forward with hints of grape, raisin, currant and other dark berries followed by some alcohol sweetness in the finish. High ABV is well masked though making it easy to drink. It's a bit watered down and the flavors havent completely held up but this is still one of the better beers in this series.

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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 TheBrewo
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from a bottle at the Tap and Mallet Vertical Epic tasting event. It arrived in a tasting glass, showing a red cola coloring with dark ruby around the edges. It held a half finger tall head of tan bubbles, leaving rings of stark white lacing after a nice retention. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared moderate. The aroma gave fusel booze, the deepest caramel malt and roast, light coffees, syrupy figs, chalky pale malt and grit, and a lighter yeastiness. With warmth came a cooled vanilla smoothness, and faint wheatiness. Very grain forward. Our first impression was that there was a nice depth to the malts, but this lightened up a bit through the finish. The flavoring opened with toasted pales, deep caramels, spicy black pepper, a flash of cayenne heat, and fusel booziness. The peak came mildly, with yeast, coin, and washed caramel sugars. The finish gave black pepper bite, caramel syrups, fig sweetness, limey citric bite, faint floral hops, and dirty earthiness. The aftertaste breathed of coffee malts, anise, smoked oak, meaty ham smoke and salt, burnt caramel, and light florals. The body was medium, and the carbonation was lighter. There was a smooth and oily coating all around the mouth, with an eventual boozy dryness. Each sip gave nice slurp and smack, but lesser cream or froth to the lip. The abv was fine, and the beer was easy drinking.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was the nose and the sticky syrup sugars to the flavoring. The sweetness was robust and held up nicely at first through the malt bomb-ness of it, but by the end of the sip things faded a bit. This gave room for some hops and subtle smokiness of the malts, but the blend was lost. The feel was equally as thin, and almost watered, making this guy less exciting for the series.

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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale from Stone Brewing
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