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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 619   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 260   ABV: 8.66%
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 yearís edition.

In this yearís edition, youíll 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 itís part of the Stone family. This ale was brewed with a specialty Belgian yeast that weíre really liking here at Stone...itís 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tysongillmore (355) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Much better than the previous "lake water" taste that it had in '06. Can't smell it very well. Has a cola flavor, not yeasty, raisins. Slightly sweet but mild. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
corby112 (2704) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
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. Itís a bit watered down and the flavors havent completely held up but this is still one of the better beers in this series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (5226) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 18, 2015
22 ounce bottle shared by Chris. Chocolate dark medium body tasty chocolate notes throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (3346) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcon25 (335) - Duvall, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Bottle pour at home, pick this up in CA a last year, at the store store, awesome beer to try and still in pretty good condition, dark pour, still with some head, nice flavor smoke, thin coffee little sweet and full of flavor. Nice beer. However just past its prime, but has held up well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2015
From notes. Tasted on 12/12/12 from a capped 22oz bottle with Curtis, and the Nashville crew. Pours dark cola brown with an average tan head that leaves a thin collar of lace. The nose is cocoa nibs, chocolate malt, and spicy Belgian yeast. The flavor is the same chocolate malt and spicy yeast, with some toasted cocoa nib bitterness. The body is medium with average stinging carbonation and a long malty cocoa nib finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jackl (6108) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle pour @ the 21st Richmond Gathering. Deep brown with a small head. Nose is soy, cocoa, cardboard. Knackered. Taste is sort of salty. Old leather bag. Belgian yeast. Cocoa. Apples. Medium body, soft carbonation. The wheels are coming off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tia (1433) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle @ RG 21. Auburn. Smells a little boozy and astringent and roasty. Tastes a little roasty too. Dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (7864) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"iíve come to be a huge fan of the hoppy, almost ipa-like belgians, so i didnít like this one quite as much as the 08, but itís quite good. deep, complex, spicy. ready to break out a 2 1/2 year old bottle, and iíll amend this review."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5685) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 31, 2014
So, I was cleaning out my cellar and found this - I didnít realize I hadnít rated it. It might be a little off peak, but still pretty good. Pours a muddy brown, thin head. Smells like chocolate covered raisins, plus some oak. Taste is winey, fruity, and some chocolate. Maybe some balsamic vinegar, as well.

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