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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 610   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
kramer (4945) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark amber brown body with a nice fizzy light beige head that retained as a thin ring. The nose is pretty nice, thereís just a touch of oxidation, some really nice dark fruits, strong belgian yeast, a little alcohol, and even a touch of a tobacco note. The flavor is a bit of a letdown after the nice aroma, itís too thinned out and faded. There isnít a lot of negative flavor notes like heavy oxidation, itís just thinned out and bland. Thereís still some hints at the dark fruits and yeast on the finish especially, but not enough gas left in the tank for this guy. Mouthfeel is a bit thinned, but still finishes with a bit of clinginess. Nice moderate fizzy carbonation. Decent, and still certainly drinkable, but not as good as the 05 for me in the overall sense.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6374) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Sample from a 22oz bottle. Clear brown color. Minimal off-white head. Few dots of lace. Some licorice and chocolate syrup nose. Nutty flavor. Some light alcohol. Smooth very light carbonation, dry texture. More bitter. Enjoyable sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (4066) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
@ Falling Rock 12/15/2012. Clear dark dark brown, nearly black, with a laceful khaki head. Earthy nose with a little touch of smoked meat, classy tobacco, and bleu cheese. Nice smoked jerky flavor on the initial wave, like right after you swallow, then it gets creamy and sweet with toffee and earthy raisins, with a touch of oak and toast. Pretty sweet overall, with a big palate, and kinda boozy warm, yet complex and lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndyReynolds (886) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Black pepper with some brown sugar, a little bit of dark fruit, but the black pepper over powers. Taste is sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2145) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Draft to a snifter - pours dark amber with tan head and bin lacing. Nose is vinous and dark fruit. Flavor adds brown sugar and alcohol. Sweet. Medium body. Latent basement aromas. Prolly the oldest bed Iíve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deekyn (1187) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 18, 2012
almost no faint brown head. S - notes of smoke, toasted malts, chalk and earth as well, quite vegetal. M - med full body, aggressive mf. Simple palate. High carb. Lingering malty finish. Sticky. T - chalk bitter bakers chocolate, coffee grounds up front. Overripe apples, Belgian yeasts and very vegetal palate to the finish. O - simple quad. Sticky and muddled. Overly simple. 3.5 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tcane7 (1664) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Draft at Stone. Pours a plum color with no head. Smells of dark roasted malts, mild smoked wood. More smokiness in the taste but fairly astringent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (2528) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2012
At Tap and Malletís Stone flight of 8 Vertical Epic Series from 05.05.05 to 12.12.12. Poured a translucent dark brown body that receives the tan head as it slowly falls into the glass. Brown sugar aroma. Sweet malt flavor which is balanced out by a soft hop bitterness. Full bodied but a little thiner than the others.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighWine (952) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle to Chimay glass. Dark brown, almost black pour. This bottle had leaked on me earlier this week and I recrimped the cap immediately. Not surprisingly this one lacks carbonation. Itís not totally flat, though. Aroma is reminiscent of dirty dishwater and not pleasant. Taste is the opposite. Itís sweet, roasty, and pleasant. Sugared coffee with cream and vanilla bean flavors. I would have liked to try this fresh because I think the coffee flavors have developed very well. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3176) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Draft @ Lord Hobo, on 12/15/12. We got to enjoy the left over Stone from the 12/12/12 event. Color is black with a lasting tan head that laced slightly. Everything about this brew reminds me of a fine Belgian stout. Excellent flavors of Roasted malt, roasted coffee, bitter-sweet chocolate and a heavy amount of chocolate. The yeast gives it a slight fruit note underneath al the malt. Light, subdued wood notes.Slightly drying texture. Medium body with medium sweetness. After 6 years, the ABV is completely hidden giving this some dangerous drinkability. (If I wasnít having other verticalís I would have order another) This was delightful and aged wonderfully.

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