Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale

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


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RATINGS: 616   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 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’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!

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Klimaet (3433) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2017
Bottle shared. Pours clearish dark reddish with a small offwhite head. Aromas of dust, malt, dark fruits, toffee. Taste is malty, sweet, dark fruits, belgian fruity esters, light bitter.

nickd717 (5449) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 19, 2017
Somehow missed reviewing this the other times I ticked it. Dark brown pour with a large light beige head. Aroma is roast, wheat, anise, molasses. Flavor is medium sweet, wheaty, roasty, touch of bitterness. Medium bodied, well carbonated. Not bad.

walleye (1100) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2016
just found my notes on this, had it a few years ago. poured dark brown with a beige head. aroma anise, dark cherry, roasted malts, chocolate. flavor dark fruits, anise, honey, and the roasted malts

Hoprider (1044) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Pours dark brown with a small beige foamring on the curb of the glass N: yeasty phenols and prunes. T: sweet and smoky, caramel and spices. Light hints of anise. Aftertaste is dry and has Christmas spices. The yeasty phenols put me off a little bit.

Enjoyit (3808) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Black of color with a beige head. An aroma of chocolate, dark malt, prunes and weak liqurice. A flavor of liqurice, chocolate, prunes and roasted malt.

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DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didn’t happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go. 3.0 A: Black color. Not much of a head formed. 2.5 S: Smells like a spicy, well diluted nail polish. Despite this deScription, it’s not that horrible. Caramel, toast, light roastiness, and chocolate. 2.0 T: Like the nose, but more boring. Toasty, caramel, roast. Less nail polish, but just boring. 3.0 M: Medium body. Lighter carbonation, but decent here. 2.5 D: Not horrible, but not good or even decent. ★ 658 characters DavoleBomb, Jan 17, 2015

jonno (2750) - WESTERN SAHARA - JAN 4, 2016
Oxidized to hell, but this reminded me of a junior Samiclaus. Prunes, stewed ripe fruit, deep ashy finish. Pretty good, although probably at its peak 2 years ago or so.

biirusaikou (2704) - - JAN 3, 2016
Bottle shared, thanks Arturo! Lovely milky chocolate character with a silky body, notes of almond and pepper, does have a little dusty edge as an old wine coming our of a treasure chest. A quite unique experience, might be past its prime but still greatly enjoyable brew.

tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Much better than the previous "lake water" taste that it had in '06. Can't smell it very well. Has a cola flavor, not yeasty, raisins. Slightly sweet but mild. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Pours a slightly viscous, dark chestnut brown color that appears jet black and opaque in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind. Surprisingly hop forward aroma with an earthy, resinous character followed by roasted malt, dark fruit and zesty spice. Slightly herbal with grassy pine notes followed by pepper, clove, anise and licorice. Sweet, slightly toasted malt backbone with hints of cocoa, caramel, toffee and alcohol. A lot of these notes are faded but they have at least held up, unlike many other entires in this series. Medium bodies and more complex than expected with a nice balance of sweet malts, zesty spice, resinous hop, dark frui and alcohol. Like the aroma, the flavor retains a lot of hop flavor. Not as complex as when fresh but there is some earthy grass as well as some herbal pine flavor followed by sweet chocolate malt, toffee and caramel. As it warms, dark fruit sweetness comes forward with hints of grape, raisin, currant and other dark berries followed by some alcohol sweetness in the finish. High ABV is well masked though making it easy to drink. It’s a bit watered down and the flavors havent completely held up but this is still one of the better beers in this series.

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