Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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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%
 
 
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85
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121
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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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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 ehammond1
2.34/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

On Tap

Stone Epic Festival 12-12-12
Stone Brewing Co.
Escondido, CA

(Aged for 6 years)

Dark brown with a small light brown cap. Moderate amount of visible carbonation. Irregular spots and and oily sheen left down the glass.

Very close to zero aroma. This one was passed around the table and hardly one person could smell a thing. If I tried my hardest, I could perhaps pull out a touch of dark fruit, but at that point, my imagination could be playing tricks on me. It's not an offensive aroma, obviously, but it isn't pleasant at all. Well below average, obviously.

Faint, simple, dulled flavors, which isn't surprising after the aroma. There's some mild biscuit and yeast, perhaps a touch of dark fruits, but this has faded into almost nothing.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

At least it's a very drinkable 8.66% ABV! Lame. Such a stupid series of beers.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Lord Hobo's Vertical Epic Event in Boston. Part of the Flight "B" (06, 07, 08). 5oz serving in a flight glass.

A- Dark cherry reddish brown slightly translucent around the edges with about a quarter of a finger of creamy beige light mocha head with decent retention (definitely the best head out of the series so far).

S- Cedar, some light peppery spices, chocolate, cocoa, some very light dark fruits, fairly aromatic.

T- Dark chocolate, cedar, some light spicey pepper (nowhere near as much spice as the 03), finishes with a dark chocolate cocoa aftertaste that lingers. Cedar definitely adds a hint of roastiness and blends well with the cocoa.

M- Medium bodied, low carbonation, very smooth, easy drinking.

O- This was my favorite beer of the series up to this point. There was nice complexity and the beer held up very well with age. I loved the mix between the roastiness, chocolate, cocoa, and cedar aspects of the beer. All held up nicely and contributed a nice quality to the beer.

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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 DarthCaitSith
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am a few beers in to the night.

Very dark brown opaque pour. Very persistant light tan head.

slight oxidation in nose. a little more pleasant rasian then cardboard. more dark fruit and chocolate mostly cover it up.

Sweetness gives way to oxidatiove qualities both good and bad. Understandable after 6 years of so so storage. Still very drinkable. A dark cardomom spice flavor. Too drumnk t give very good description,

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, and spices. Taste is much the same but the flavor is mainly fruity with the spices coming through on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is easy to drink and I think it has held up quite well so far.

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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 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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Photo of FARGO619
4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BASED ON NOTES AT BOTTLE SHARE with some good friends.

A- Dark with some light that sneaks in at the bottom of glass. Reddish.

S- Oaky, cigarish, caramel undertones.

T- A blend of spice, oak, earthy, charcoal, Belgian style.

Overall it was a good beer and glad I had the chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle/22oz.

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Photo of daveytheformer
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with almost no light getting through. Thin tan head that immediately fades to very light lacing.

Smells like chocolate, raisins, plums, brown sugar, and sweet tobacco. Lots of dark fruit and cocoa. More sweet than roasted.

Tastes are caramel, vanilla, a little woody, chocolate malts, more dark fruit, toffee, and slightly syrupy. Mild malt bitterness rounds out the flavor.

Mouthfeel is a creamy thickish medium with very little carbonation.

Overall is great and even five years old is maybe my favorite of the vertical epics that I have had.

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