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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 614   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 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3374) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Bottle that randomly appeared at Belmont with every year except 02; not sure if it was a nationwide release but I saw it at Belmont for $20 a bottle and JJ’s for $50+! I wasn’t even planning on drinking a beer tonight but we just found out we’re staying in Ohio a little longer so we’re either celebrating or drowning our sorrows. Nice looking pour after almost 6years. darker brown, almost black with a nice brown head and lacing. Mild aroma of malt, a little banana and I swear a hint of metal; that disappears as it warms. Flavor is pretty stern with the dark malt in front. Some of the lighter notes have been lost to time but at least the alcohol is not too prominent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bikeclj (15) - Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Dark ruby red very complex taste mixed with cherry banana light pear medium body yeast is noticeable but not unlike any other Belgium ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
waolsen (1369) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2013
bottle. opened 1/13/13. black oily pour with very thin head. baked bread, anise, light dark fruits in aroma. Best of the 4 I’ve tried. roasted malts, chocolate, smooth body. a little bit of spice and wet paper. pretty, pretty, pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (4192) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle; 06-12 mini-vertical tasting. Pours dark brown with ruby highlights with average, fizzy beige head; good retention and spare lacing. Aroma is caramel and toasted malt, figs, dates, plums, raisins, floral hops, and belgian sugar. Flavor is very sweet malt and dark fruit esters forward with some faint booze and woody notes; sweet finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Huhzubendah (2944) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing. The beer appears chestnut brown with a thin tan collar. The aroma brings toffee, light spice, caramels, malt, age, brown sugar. The flavor is a tad sweet, with brown bread, a touch of basement musk, toffee. Pretty good. Thin body with low carbonation. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Art (2209) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Stone Vertical Tasting at Harris Grill 6.5 year old beer! This beer was released before I could legally drink! So crazy. Smells of raisins. Tastes slightly bitter with woody after taste. What a privilege to drink this! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1647) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Purchased at Binny’s in Chicago, IL, enjoyed at home while watching playoff football on a lazy winter weekend. Very happy that Stone released a variety of these. Appearance is a dark brown / ruby red with a rich, slightly off white head. Aroma of dark fruit, prune, biscuit, red wine, a bit of sugar, and molasses. Taste is full bodied, really more of a wine than a Belgian ale, with a plentiful amount of prune flavor and molasses. It’s very low carbonation, but again very heavy. Unless I stumble upon other varieties of this, thoroughly enjoyed this series.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (4536) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Creamed leather with prune accents. Cloudy garnet, medium yellow head. Drinks a little hot, lighter body. More pruny on the palate, but leathery to.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scouser (293) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Pours a dark murky brown with little if any head. Aroma of molasses and tobacco. Tastes of lots of molasses and brown sugar, and tobacco. This bottle has held up well! A good drink. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UnionBeerCzar (81) - Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bomber to snifter. These came straight from the distributor so I know they have been hanging in a warehouse for nearly 6 years. Even popped fresh when I uncapped her. Pours a slightly murky brown/black slightly translucent on the edges. Small tan head which dissipates quite quickly, virtually no lacing. Very little aroma when it was cold, as it warmed and I refreshed the glass I got some figgy raisin malty nose attributes. This drinks like some Corsendonk Browns I laid down back in the day, maybe this even held up better. Low carbonation but not inadequate, medium to full mouthfeel. Lots of molasses, brown sugar, and tabaco. Really pleased with how this held up I enjoyed drinking this little part of Stone history. Finish is long and dry and sort of chocolate-ly. Whoa there is some vanilla bean going on as well. This beer is solid, I wish I could have charted it’s progression or had one fresh. Alas, happy with the one I had. Slainte

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