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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%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (9425) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (9323) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2013
22 oz. bottle, sent from St. Fun (thanks a lot, Josh), pours a deep dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, toffee and toasted nuts Flavour brings out similar notes of caramel malts, dark fruits and toasted nuts. Medium-bodied with a little bit thinner a body due to age most likely. Good stuff, but a little past its prime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9275) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Tap at Alewife for the Stone Tap Takeover. 40 Stone beers on tap. So how did this beer develop over the past four years? It poured a deep ruby with a thin, tan head that left small but sheety lace on the 6oz taster. Aroma is very good: meaty, smoky, smoked gouda, maple, bacon. Taste is moving to a sour English porter- rich meatiness with a soft lactic palate. The near sour body is just a tad too thin moving to citrus tartness that isn’t in harmony with the smoked malt nose. Refreshing, tart palate. Very good even if the sourness was not originally intended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2006
Very dark brown with a thick creamy tan head. Aroma is of dark toasted wheat, sweet spicy yeast, some light licorice, toasty and with lots of deep dark malts. Some cherry but not a whole lot of plumminess that I normally go for. The flavour is very toasty and chewy. A bit of roastiness on the back of the dark malts and dark spices. Dry, fairly bitter finish. As it warms more of the yeasty spice comes forward bringing a bit more balance than was present initially.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (8602) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pour on tap at Falling Rock’s Vertical Epic event, dark reddish brown pour with tan head, aroma had dark fruit, toffee, biscuit, earth, fig, Belgian yeast with some spicy tones, touch of grain as well. Taste was a mix of caramel, toffee, figs, raisins, plums, spice notes with some brown sugar, vanilla, finishing fairly sweet. Pretty rich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8593) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2006
Dark brown and burgundy hues. Tan head. Rich and doughy toffee, mocha, dark roasted plums, molasses and some light charred malts tastes. Yeast is a little hard to fit in this beer, have to say it doesn’t work so well, but the rich toffee, molasses and stick malts are pretty nice. Not a proper dubbel by any means, but good for an experimental beer. Nose is light ash, dusty malts, with some light toffee and molasses - similar to the flavor - with some light yeast as well. A good one, but not my favorite VE from Stone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2006
UPDATED: APR 25, 2011 Any first impressions?
-A veil of foam covers the obscure, purplish brown.
-Roasted malts and their cocoa-like companions walk along earthy, near vegetal hoppiness.
-The spicy fruitiness of cloves, vanilla and star anise rests atop an intelligent union of roasted maltiness and hop bitterness.
-The soft effervescence and generous maltiness are beneficial to the mouthfeel.

What if you dig deeper?
-The spicy yeast makes some room in the nose after a few tries.
-Chestnuts are found within, as if an English brown ale is trying to establish itself amidst the flavor spectrum. This feature seems to have accentuated with time (latest bottle drunk was 5 years old).
-Alcohol is well concealed, to the tastebud’s enjoyment.
-Not as spectacular as many Stone brews, but a very good, quite drinkable strong ale. Tastes like an Imperial Brown Ale with spices after 5 years or so.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (8538) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8526) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. Dark brown pour with 1-finger khaki head. Aromas of roasty malts, nuts, brown sugar, black licorice, spicy banana, and yeasty funk notes. The flavor, to me, is rather weizenbockish, with notes on the palate of malt, figgy fruits, some molasses, licorice, brown sugar, banana, and cacao. As with all Stone beers, this one has a sizable palate heft and marvelous complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8485) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2006
Black body with a moderate tan head (3+). Sweet malt aroma sort of anise like notes, very light woody chocolate and a touch of light alcohol. Dry spice in the flavour, some malt, finish is surprisingly bitter, covering up a light anise character. Average palate is lighter than I would like for this. Pleasant but a bit underwhelming. 7/3+/6-7/3/14

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