Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale | Stone Brewing

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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:
119
For Trade:
8
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Photo of ferrettman687
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip.

A: Nice billowing head; stay for awhile and fades into beautiful lacing on top. Body is barely garnet around the edges, otherwise opaque. Lacing on the sides is good too.

S: Smell heavy of fruit, mainly citrus, but some sweet dark ones in the background. The smell knocked me out when i first poured it, but it seems to be fading now.

T: A wonderful smokiness and underlying dark fruit flavors. It has really come together while maintaining complexity.

M: Really smooth, carbonation is right where I want it.

D: I can't put this one down, though the high abv might make me pay later, but I can't taste it as much as when this was fresh.

It is really exciting to see this one age.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of pjwilson
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seen for 4 dollars, which i think is a hook-up so I purchased two. If I really like this, I will go back for more. The 2nd bottle won't be opened for 6 months to a year.

appearance: poured into a carnival cruise ship coctail glass tulip shaped thingy. looked pretty good for a beligan style beer. and it does. huge insane head, staying for 5 mins, and forming amazing looking lace. damn, i don't know how much the glass is to blame, think a skinny duvel glass. the beer itself is a solid dark black. no light. i'm very into it.

smell: hints of chocolate, licorice, mild yeast, more chocolate. so far, very different from a standard beligian dark, as much a strong porter as that. very promising, quite complex and nice.

taste: damn that's tasty. not nearly as belgian tasting as I was expecting, more belgian inspired. damn, this is a unique brew. First taste is pure liqorice. I find the beer quite dry, not sweet as some reviewers mentioned. None of the sweetness of the smell. It's got a pretty strong bitterness, (this is stone), which I suppose is almost too strong right now. this will mellow out with age for sure, although i'm digging this now. no booze to be found. the aftertaste brings out some coffee and chocolate. fucking nice.

mouthfeel: nice and light, making for a good drinking time. some sugar was used, making for a very light mouthfeel.

drinkability: i'm enjoying sip after sip. uh, 4 bucks a bottle, i'm gonna go get at least 3 to 4 more, this is seriously very,very good. this "one off release" blows 9 out of 10 west coast attempts at a dark beligian style out the water. honenstly, to me it's more of a porter mixed with dark beligian, but it is truly one of a kind.

verdict: snag up several bottles now.

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4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark burgundy,copper, mahogany. Held up to light.... barely pierces through. Nice tan thin bubbly, creamy head.

S- Cocoa, dark fruits, carmelized sugar

T-Tasty caramel, smokey wood, raisiny, figgy cocoa.

M- Smooth, medium bodied with great fine carbonation. Love it.

D- I haven't had this one in a while and it has turned into something better than I remember. excellant.

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4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amazingly deep brown colored body with deep garnet hues when held in light. A third of an inch beige colored head quickly faded. Too dark to notice and carbonation rising. Light lacing ribbons.

Super dark malt aroma. Fruit qualities of raisins, blackberries, and red grapes. An overall spiciness also has hints of a nice alcohol content. In the finish there is a slight hint of burnt butterscotch.

Crisp spicy flavor leaves a nice variety of flavors battling on the tongue. Sweet malt and and the flavor of dark berries are foremost. Secondary flavors include roasted caramel, burnt coffee, and even a very faint pineapple presence.

Thickness on the tongue is exceptional. Almost no carbonation feeling but plenty of buzz from the spice. Taste cling to every mouth surface.

Excellent beer. This is the perfect choice to enjoy with a filet mignon at a great steak house. This was so good at 7 months that I doubt it can wait until the end of the series to become any better. A must try for every palate.

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4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

By far the best of the vertical epics I've had. I dimly remember this beer at the time of the release, but it certainly wasn't as good as it is now. It gives me hope for the series, as I found the 07, 08, and 09 to be ... varying ... in quality.

Pours a beautiful, walnut-y golden brown. Thin off white foam head that quickly dies down to the merest crust.

Smells like Belgian candi, a whiff of vanilla, caramel dark fruit-ed malt, and a faint, faint tinge of spices ... something exotic. Cloves and banana, perhaps?

Taste is really quite nice. Frankly, one of the better straight-up Belgian ales I've had in quite some time. Exotic mixture of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, sweet brown sugar and spices. A hint of vanilla and maybe ... chocolate? Some rum in there, too. Also some banana to give it a tropical undercurrent.

Mouthfeel is acceptable, though given the abundance of flavors, I expected it to be a bit thicker. I am really surprised by how much I am digging this. Not merely the class of the Vertical Epic series, but one of the best Belgian Ales I can remember.

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Photo of Billolick
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large, typical Stone bottle, pours dark, ruddy brown, fine dark tan head, robust figgy, raisin, dark chocolate nose. Leaving scattered lacing and pleanty of intricate sheeting. Bold and flavorful, full bodied, complex heady brew. Notes of more smokey dark chocolate, raisins, sweet malts. This is ungodly smooth and long lasting on the taste buds. This is yet another spot on, home run for Stone. I'll try to age a few of these but it wont be easy, cuz this is drinking so well right now. World class and Stone all the way.

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4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge fluffy 3 inch head erupts with lots of thick bubbles and a little lace. It is deep tan in color. Body is predominetley black in color, very pretty indeed. Nose really represents the belgium style well with hints of raw wheat, zesty malt, and invigorating herbs. As it enters the mouth you quickly notice the rich malty balance and long lovely palate that is absent of raw wheat and frozen corn that are often present and not really something I like. No problem here. The finish is long dark and lingering. Leaves a nice slightly thick mouthfeel. This is a devilishly good beer.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared at a Vertical Epic tasting with my friend Armand.

A-Dark. Nice head and lacing. Tan/brownish head.

S-Sweet carmel aroma. Oak.

T-Spicyness, oak, woodyness.

I'm kicking myself for not taking better notes but I will next time. Fortunately I can do this tasting again.

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Photo of Jarhead271
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very dark, with a generous dark tan head. Looks beautiful.

S: This is one complex brew, and it can be seen in the smell: Fruity esters--mostly apple and banana--are evident. Funky Belgian yeast qualities are also strong, but not overpowering. Chocolate is present. Rich dark malt, and a hint of beef jerky. Great blend of smells in this boquet.

T: Absolutely incredible. This style is becoming one of my favorites. At first the rich dark malt makes an appearence--smooth, and it coats the tongue. Then meat and chocolate come into play. Medium-low sweetness. Low bitterness. Funky Belgian yeast and fruitiness are noticeable but subdued for the style. This beer defenitely showcases rich malt. Quite complex. Several layers of flavor.

M: Strong carbonation. Medium body. I had to swish the beer around in my glass to get the carbonation to where I like it. Coats mouth well. Smooth. Finishes slightly sweet.

D: Very drinkable. Alc content is well hidden. Nothing sticking out here, everything is very well balanced. I could have more than one bomber of this in a night no problem.

In my opinion, this is a must try, even if you don't care for this style. Stone is an amazing brewery, and this beer lives up to the reputation

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4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 12.12.12 Head brewer Mitch Steele and his Lead Brew John Egan employ WLP 500 "Chimay" Belgian Trappist Yeast (AKA Wyeast 1214) with a 1.080+ OG wort from Belgium 2-row malt and Dark Wheat @ 7% Carafa Special II @ 5% and lastly @ 0.5% White Wheat. A simple malt bill typical of the style.

Having worked with this yeast in a couple of Belgians, I appreciate the delicate result in both esters and well hidden alcohol and excellent spicing!

Nicely hopped with Magnum and Mt. Hood @ around 30 IBUs. With the 30 IBUs bittering the OG of 83 - 060606 falls very close to the ideal ratio of 2:5. At 8.6% abv - not overly dry but certainly well attenuated by the Trappist yeast leaving just enough dextrins for a medium ("light" by Stones standards ) mouthfeel that is pleasant and round on the palate. Spices produce lots of fireworks on the palate and tongue.

Poured in Stone Old Gaurdian glass and Duvel sniffer provides a enticing aroma with 3 fingered dense tan head that sloly fall and laces both glasses. A strong level of beading sustaing a solid cap and ring. Deep brown is nearly opaque to light on this overcast 4th of July.

Only the abv keeps this from a top rating for drinkability. Looking forward to trying it again after a few years in the cellar.

Sincere thanks to OstrungT in San Diego for this and many other excellent brews from Stone.

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4.71/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a mahogany beauty. Stone always cares about the froth, and this delivers a sizeable cap of tan froth that holds, and looks pretty while it folds in upon itself; folding into a dense, thin blanket. The lace just gets thicker like pipes calcifying.
Aroma of vanilla cherry raspberry toffee. Raisins, and a bit brassy.

Wow, tastes like an estery chocolate toffee; bananas and chocolate. Woody, too: Raw pine plank, and "poofs" of cardamom, clove, nutmeg. Some cane sugar aftertaste, but this beer doesn't finish. It keeps blossoming into more... Rhubarb, blueberry, strawberry, ripe muskmelon, rye and buckwheat....

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The sideways painted bottle is a neat idea.

In the glass, away fom the light, the body seems pitch black. Held to the light, it's blood red. either way, it has a dark tan level head which leaves good lace.

Simply outstanding nose of dark fruits and spice. Subtle hints of alcohol soaking uinto the fruit. Extraordinarily enticing.

Taste begins with rich toasted malts, flows into soaking dark fruits, and on to a tingly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and slick without being syrupy.

Its big and complex but has excellent drinkability.

Truly deserving of the name "epic". I'm sorry, there is no way I could cellar something this good until 2012.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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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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