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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale

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Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Escondido, California USA

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RATINGS: 625   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 260   ABV: 8.66%
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!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12393) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
Dark brown ale with a thin off white head. A bit sweeter in aroma than 05. In mouth, more malty with definite chocolate notes, less licorice and less alcohol in mouth, still a very smooth ale. Enjoyed on tap at BCTC 2006.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11899) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2011 22oz bottle-pours an offwhite head with red color. Aroma is sweet, malt, dark fruit. Taste follows, dry. 110319- rerate-@dmacs 3.7

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (11732) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 7, 2006
Pours an opaque dark brown, black notes, molasses, some small frothy tan head that quickly fizzes away. Aroma is yeast (dark warm dough, wheat, cellar), malt (meal, toast), clove notes, fruit in the background (peach, apricot, plum), faint smokiness. Moderately acidity attempts to burn the tongue, scraping your taste buds away but leaving enough to sample the roasty and toasty dark malts, clove, wheat and fruits, smoke and banana notes way at the end. Dark bodied, fizzy, spicy and dry palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Bomber shared by maniac at the 13th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 1/15/11. Pours a clear dark red color with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of big toffee notes, chocolate, fruity notes, a dark almost molasses like note. The taste is chocolate, toffee, leafy hops, caramel, bitter leafy hops, brown sugar. Medium bodied. Nice.,

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2006
Bottled. Dark reddish brown coloured. Light brown head. Sweetness, fruits, caramel, liqourice and ligth spice. Flavour has alcohol, fruits, spices and light caramel. Light bodied and quite watery. Sweet alcoholdense end.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (11117) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Brown-colored. Aroma of chocolate, a bit of plums and raisins notes and a bit of alcohol. Sweetish flavor with chocolate, a bit of cocoa, some dark fruits and a bit of spiciness in a drier finish. Medium-bodied. Decent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2006
22oz bottle. Poured a dark, dark brown, with red edges and a large sized off white head. Aromas of plums, raisins, bananas, roasted malts, and spices. Tastes of plums, raisins, chocolate, caramel, and spices. Light alcohol in the finish. Lacing left on the glass.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (10889) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Pours a pretty dark brown color with ruby around the edges. Thick light beige head with very good retention, and a decent sheet of lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, spices and yeast. There is also a touch of peppery alcohol in the nose. Medium, spicy body with malt, clove and grassy hops flavors. Bittersweet finish of sweet malt and spicy hops. Pretty enjoyable as is, and I wonder what it will taste like in 6 years.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 08/04/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Roadtrip

clear dark blood red, thin fine tan head that comes and grows upon demand, sweet fruity malt aroma, creamy body, hot fruity flavor, nice rich sweetness, the definitive rich ripe fruit dark Belgian
-------- /> Date: 07/14/2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Score: 3.4

picking up a lot of spicyness in the aroma with the ripe fruits, the hot alcohol character has faded but is replaced with a big earthy presence that is drying it out too much and obscuring the ripe fruits, dark caramel is the only thing to stand up to the spicy and earthy bitterness, not sure where this beer is headed but I liked it better fresh

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (10800) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Brown pour. Raisins, honey, spice, caramel and some yeast. Not much hops here. Flavor is ok, but I think time has already started this one down hill a bit...still its pretty good.


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