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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale



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RATINGS: 619   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Nice mahogany color with a rich creamy tan head. Good malty aroma with bread dough and sweet port. Somewhat overbearing hops mute the tropical fruit complexity lurking somewhere in the background. Nice hint of anise at the end. I like the smooth richness of the beer, but thought the hops were just a little too dominant and overwhelmed some of the more delicate notes I would have enjoyed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
On tap at Stone for RBSG. Very citrusy aroma with a bright belgian yeast aroma. Very dark in appearance with a white head. Spectacular belgian yeast but not too sweet; rather musty and slightly aged (but still tasted fantastic!) Extremely easy to drink. I really liked this Epic!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nijuro (63) - USA - OCT 16, 2006
very dark with little head to speak of. Bubblegum and caramel on the nose and a definite roasted quality. Round and sticky mouthfeel with a pleasant sweetness. Nice bitterness on the finish to round it all out. Not as great as it was described to me, but a nice glass nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ohnoitskristin (62) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Bottle. Poured into a glass a dark, rich brown with a thin tan head. Aroma was very caramelly with hints of malt and spice. The taste was very malty with caramel and spice--- I was right on the money! Very smooth ale, no bitter aftertaste... great on the palate. Overall a VERY enjoyable beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
calivania (62) - USA - JUN 7, 2006
Thanks to my wife who brought this home on the unholy day so I could be the first to review it. Melty and sweet-- like pricey rugulach, a swirl of raisin and burnt sugar-- right down to the color, which deeply darkly amber and an almost ruby opaque at its thickest point. There is something thick and buttery to itís mouthfeel even. Head fades fast as does the backend -- one must wonder what this one might develop into when it is not, say, 37 minutes old. .Let me be first to say to hell with the devil and hooray for this beer!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pfhyde (57) - Davis, California, USA - JUL 27, 2006
For those with a predilection for imperial stouts, pleasure will ensue from this edition of the Vertical Epic line. For those like myself, however--those who find imperial stouts favorable only on certain occasions and moods--the response will vary. I find it rather typical of the imperial stout genre. Given its similarity to the likes of Old Rasputin and other microbrew styled imperial stouts, thereís not much that significantly differentiates it from other offerings. Of course thereís a perceptible difference, but to what end? Any difference is nominal, at best. To me, it seems like an inferior version of Old Rasputin, slightly watered down with excess toasted malts. The flavor is reminiscent of the scrapings from burnt toast; the only difference is that the alcohol goads one into consuming the entirety of the offering, despite the initial distaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yeahitsnolan (51) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Poured nice and dark into a glass. A lot of bubble action that kept up till i finished drinking my share. The head was thin but did not vanish after a few mintues. The aroma had a nice complex of a sweetness and nice roasted malts. The taste was a mix of a fruity/hoppy/spicy taste. It was very smooth, while it is low on my favorite types of beers, this one pulled through and kicked ass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deltamarik (50) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2006
Yeah, I know that I"m jumping the gun on this one. Really, really dark for a dubbel- not that thatís a bad thing. Like victory says, lots of cloves in it. A bit unbalanced for my taste- hopefully itíll be better in a few years. Rating may change then. Weíll see.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
victory (45) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2006
I know iím not supposed to drink it now, so we got a second to save. Lots of clove in the flavor roasted malt gives it is smooth flavor and color, which is very dark for a dubbel.. Love to see how the second one does.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrideOfFrankenkitty (44) - Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2006
Approprately enough, this poured a deep dark blood red. The aromas were carmel, scotch, and peaty. The alcohol was very noticeable in the flavor, which reminded me a bit of cough syrup. The palate was syrupy, unless you accidently inhaled it. In that case it started out fizzy, but would burn your nostrils for the next couple hours.

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