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Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale

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%
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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Poured a dark brown to black with a lasting tan head and good lacing. Aroma is of chocolate and spice, most notably clove. Flavors are similar to what the aroma would lead you to, especially with an overpowering clove character. The clove really dominates the entire flavor profile from beginning to end. Some sweet roastiness and hop flavor try to compete. I must say that I am a little disappointed with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2006
bomber. Aroma: Strong banana, roasted nuts, port wine, yeast, cloves, and wood (doesnít smell like the cedar that the bottle proclaims). Very appetizing aroma. Appearance: Poured a very dark brown, almost black. Reddish brown highlights when held to the light. Light tan head was full and rocky, but dissipated quickly into a small ring around the edge of the glass.Decent lacing. Flavor: Malt sweetness and dark fruits, bananas and yeast, and then a spicy/floral hop flavor that ends in a nice cleansing bitterness. Alcohol very noticeable as well. Also got a definate taste of butterscotch. Palate: Medium bodied. A little slick in the texture. Alcohol warming was pronounced throughout. Overall: This is good right now, but I think this needs to sit and rest for a couple years to be really good. Also, butterscotch flavor and slickness in palate makes me wonder if this beer is not flawed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Iím glad that our hosts of the afternoon broke out this bottle. It prompts me to lay the bottle that Iíd purchased down for a while to gain some equilibrium. Nice look to it, a deep mahogany with ruby highlights and a creamy off-white head. The aroma is interesting - so interesting in fact, that a nameless person was tempted to pour some down his or her nose! To me, the anise took the forefront, trailed by a sweet roasted malt, some chocolate, alcohol, and fruity spices. Same with the flavor, solid but with a licorice taste taking over. Other than that, a nice spicing to the sweet roasted malt base. I will be trying this some months down the road to see if itís more akilter.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Deep cola-like appearance with a quick-to-fade, fizzy head. Sharp nose with anise, clove and smoky alcohol notes. Thick mouthfeel, a little dirty, with a spiciness that both lifts the flavor and dries out the mouth. Flavors are a bit hot. Clay and caramel with a fruity, Belgian character, but an overall confusing flavor profile. My associates and I agree that this really needs to age, and I hope we are all still around six years from now to enjoy one of my other bottles at maturity. (The beerís maturity, not mine.)

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2006
Bottle @ Kookfest. Some slightly roasty malts with liquoricey edge and yeastiness (as in yeast rather than yeast produced flavours). Mild piney hops and toffee in the mouth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
vtafro (6666) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Draft @ Blind Tiger VSK. Black pour with a iight tan head. Sugar dark fruits and roasted aromas. Flavor is of dark fruits, hop bitterness, roasted malts, sugar isnít there, and etoh is obvi. Would have like to try this either new or perhaps with more time?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5677) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Super dark brown body with a dense thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, light spices, pungent caramel and alcohol. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong roasty flavours with the malt and spices coming out first, tucked away with some cherries and fruity characters. Aftertaste shows alcohol, light spices, a decently fresh hop flavour and ending with alcohol and sugars. Overall, a good beer - perhaps a bit too deep and dark for a dubbel, but still a good offering. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Kybecca in Fredericksburg, Virginia on 12-June-2010 in a quadruple vertical tasting (06-09) of Vertical Epics with Phil (haddon90) at home in Manassas, VA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1870) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Tap at RnH for Stone tap takeover: lots of tartness, chocolate malts weird acetic, kind of strange with a bile sourness. This one didnít hold up well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2012 Bottle @ The BeerMongers for 12-12-12... Poured dark, near black with a thin, light khaki head. This certainly showed its age. A decent amount of oxidation. However a thick malt sweetness created some complexity and worthwhile flavors. Also, some Tootsie Roll or cocoa character that was pleasant too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tcane7 (1670) - 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.

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