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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: 624   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kerenmk (3807) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle sample at the Vertical Epic Tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours opaque and very dark brown, tan ring. Cocoa and dates aroma, sweet cocoa, chocolatey taste. Smooth texture, minimal carbonation, long, sweet wine-like finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hezron (613) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Banana, burnt popcorn and toasted malt aroma. Weird,..smells a bit like a dunkelweiss. Dark brown in color with a thin, brown head. Toasted chocolate malt with an aftertaste of burnt popcorn. Not a fan of roasted malt in a double. Medium body, lighter texture. Thanks again to 1FastSTi for bringing the dubbel!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2006
Thanks to kmweaver. Dark, brown body with small tan head. The aroma is clove, bubblegum and roast. The flavor is clove, banana, bubblegum, roast, candi sugar, slightly burnt. The mouthfeel is thin, dry and rough with a warm, astringent finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Beautiful rich pour releasing some pretty wild aromas...cloves, licorice, and alcohol. The let-down came for me with actually tasting it. Cough medicine, syrup-like texture, and an extremely harsh alcohol astringency ruined all that came before. Maybe the whole "epic vertical" is just too "high-concept" for me!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2006
RBSG DC 2006: Mostly clear dark brown colored body with a large tan colored head that sticks. The aroma is wheat, roasted wheat, mild alcohol, light phenols & esters, bubblegum, and clove. Taste is alochol, chocolate, roasted wheat, bubblegum, clove, pepper, very much like a weizen bock though itís much more dry and lighter bodied with a huge amount of alcohol showing through on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (9084) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2006
Dark brown with red highlights; dense but small yellow brown head. Malty and greenery/vegetable with some earthy nose. All very restrained, certainly for Stone, if I may say so. Warming up, orange zeste. Licorice in the taste, tons of the stuff. Roasted malts, of course, and quite some alcohol, both in MF as in taste. Retronasal some more wry, woody, near piney notes, whilst warming up - mint? Itís thin. It shows some possibillities for aging, but not much, I fear. When 12-12-12 appears, this is going to be dark dishwater. Disappointing, certainly from this brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phiconners (150) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Pours a dark brown, medium head. Mild spiciness, mild alcohol coming through. Flavor is ok but not my favorite from Stone. Have another one which Iíll let develop for a couple years to compare.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (11255) - SÝborg, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Phenolic and mildly spicy with a good initial mouthfeel that falls flat at mid palate. Caramel and toffee notes balancing on a very mild backbone of dark candies fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2007
This is it. Number 200. Iíll tell you what. I know a lot more about beer than I did 200 beers ago, but after getting to meet some great people in the beer industry, I realize just how little I know. I guess weíll just have to keep drinking more beer. Ah well, such is life. This years edition of the Vertical Epic pours a deep caramel color, but settles a dark brown color. Light brown fizzy head with no lacing. Aroma is of sweet, fruity malts, with a universally accepted nose of fig. Initial taste is light sweet, ramping up to a moderately sweet finish. Average duration. Light on the mouth, it has a watery feel with no distinguishable finish feel. It was noted that this ale has a signficant cinammon taste. The first glass that was poured smelled and tasted different from the rest, independently earning a 7 for an aroma score, opposed to a 6 for the rest of the pours. Reviewed on October 22, 2006.

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