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RATINGS: 608   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 260   ABV: 8.66%
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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!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2011 Bottle on 01/15/2011 at the 13th Richmond Gathering. Clear ruby brown body with a small tan head. Very sweet caramel and light fruit aroma. Big fruit, malt and caramel flavor. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 7/4/7/4/15 - 3.7 07/05/2006 - Rating #666: Dark mohogany color with a thin off-white head. Aroma of strong roasted malt, and some light coffee bitter, and a hint of smoke. Some spice hits the tongue first, hints of roasted malt, then some smoke dominates the ending. 8/4/8/3/16 - 3.9

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2006 Very dark brown body, almost black. A very minimal brown head. Roasted malts, musky peat accents and some light hops in the aroma, perhaps even some smoked ham scent. Nice spiciness in the taste, fruit such as dark cherry are present, a very dry hop presence as well. Spicy, roasted malt ending. It will be very interesting to see how this one ages.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2006
Dark brown with a nice khaki lasting head. Aroma is roasted malts, caramel, yeasty with a spicy note. Full bodied flavour of roasted malts, spice, brown sugar, dark fruit with a hop dry bitterness at the finish. Quite rich and smooth.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2006
bomber. Aroma: Strong banana, roasted nuts, port wine, yeast, cloves, and wood (doesnít smell like the cedar that the bottle proclaims). Very appetizing aroma. Appearance: Poured a very dark brown, almost black. Reddish brown highlights when held to the light. Light tan head was full and rocky, but dissipated quickly into a small ring around the edge of the glass.Decent lacing. Flavor: Malt sweetness and dark fruits, bananas and yeast, and then a spicy/floral hop flavor that ends in a nice cleansing bitterness. Alcohol very noticeable as well. Also got a definate taste of butterscotch. Palate: Medium bodied. A little slick in the texture. Alcohol warming was pronounced throughout. Overall: This is good right now, but I think this needs to sit and rest for a couple years to be really good. Also, butterscotch flavor and slickness in palate makes me wonder if this beer is not flawed.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Banana, burnt popcorn and toasted malt aroma. Weird,..smells a bit like a dunkelweiss. Dark brown in color with a thin, brown head. Toasted chocolate malt with an aftertaste of burnt popcorn. Not a fan of roasted malt in a double. Medium body, lighter texture. Thanks again to 1FastSTi for bringing the dubbel!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9664) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Bomber poured a clear sark reddish brown with a small diminishing tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, spices and a hint of roastiness. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of clove, brown sugar, a hint of chocolate and some roastiness with a lingering bittersweet finish. Smells much better than it tastes!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2006
pours dark brown with a tan head. aroma smoke, chocolate, clove, some dried fruit, bananas, and a slight alcohol burn. flavor sweet raison quite a bit of clove. also some smokey chocolate and a hint of espresso bitterness. full bodied. fairly lively carbonation as it should be. finish is a fantastic roller coaster of flavor. the finish alone is just as complex if not more than any other part of the beer. it starts sweet with a hint of raison and alcohol and gently evolves into a lovely smokey bitter chocolate flavor that sticks with you forever. fantastic beer. the first of the series i have rated. i am very interested to see how this stands up to six years of aging.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2453) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Crimson chestnut. Healthy light beige foam is slightly rocky and holds an air-whipped consistency. Floral hops, clove-infused apples, bubblegum and green raisin aromas fill the nose. Dainty nougat and unripe banana notes. Creamy and silky on the palate. Seductively soft and mellow, up front, with a flavorsome smack of brightly floral hops. Gritty roast eases its way into the mix and beautifies the deep juiciness. Vibrant display of chewy raisins and plums. Chocolate accented roast exerts its coarseness and highlights the slightly dusty yeast elements. Yeast adds a thickly fluffy texture, but stops just short of overexerting itself. Alcohol is quite keen in its sharpness, and rather than being overaggressive, it imparts a perfect touch dryness which keeps the yeast from becoming overbearing. All the while the spicy clove lends its poignant heat and further aids in keeping the yeast at bay. Clove- and bubblegum-infused chocolate pudding and juicy plums create quite the savory arrangement of flavors. Finishes softly and explosively hoppy, yet with a brash edge of roast kissed with fresh hop bitterness and a lingering bubblegum aftertaste. After a fairly not-so-epic line of Epics leading up to this, I stopped expecting Stone to ever succeed at crafting something of this caliber from a Belgian yeast strain. But 06.06.06 has certainly convinced me otherwise, as itís my favorite in the series by far. A most pleasant surprise.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Sampled July 2006
Pours with a dark, black colored beer that shows a brilliantly clear, deep purple & brown colors when held up to the light. The beer is fairly well carbonated and has an, initially four-finger thick light brown colored head that foamed over the sides of my glass when I was a bit too aggressive with the pour. Rich fruity notes of sweet plums, raisins, rum-like notes, some interesting port notes, a touch sour tartness, and a finish of toasty grain notes. The typical suite of bubblegum, banana and clove are all here at noticeable, yet smooth, levels. I really like the complex fruity notes on this beer, so much better than the Avery Thirteen (sorry for the pot shot there).

Thick and chewy, with a sweet malt not up front that amps up the dark fruit notes found throughout this beer. The beer finishes with a hint of tart acidity and a sharp roasted grain note. Notes of roasted almost slightly burnt fruit notes evoke thoughts of concentrated sweet plums, raisins, dried figs. The light tartness plays up some nice fruit notes as well, noticeably amplifying flavors of tart plums, and perhaps a hint of pears. The burnt note adds some bitterness to the finish and there is a touch of hot alcohol at times as well.

This is quite nice, and like last years brew, Stone is finally on the right track of brewing vertical epics which will still be quite tasty come 12.12.12. This beer, over the next few years, should soften up, become a bit smoother and more drinkable. With a couple more years it will pick up some complexity, and it actually should come close to peaking come December 12, 2012, though my guess is that it will peak a bit before. Regardless it will still be quite tasty come the appointed time. Fresh out of the bottle this is also one of the better Vertical Epics, though I liked the fresh vibrancy of the 04 a touch better.

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Naven. Looks like a watered-down version of an imp. stout. Smoke, oak, fruit, and toasted malt flavors. Possibly a bit watered-down finish w/ a mild alcohol spiciness.


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