Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale

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

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RATINGS: 618   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 260   ABV: 8.66%
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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!

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3.8
drfabulous (8224) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 18, 2015
22 ounce bottle shared by Chris. Chocolate dark medium body tasty chocolate notes throughout.

3.7
chinchill (5175) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2015
Shared bottle in Atlanta. This has held up surprisingly well. Carbonation indicates the seal was good. Very smooth and nicely balanced. Good complexity, especially in the aroma. Dark red brown body with exceptional clarity.

3.9
tcon25 (911) - Duvall, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Bottle pour at home, pick this up in CA a last year, at the store store, awesome beer to try and still in pretty good condition, dark pour, still with some head, nice flavor smoke, thin coffee little sweet and full of flavor. Nice beer. However just past its prime, but has held up well.

3.8
wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2015
From notes. Tasted on 12/12/12 from a capped 22oz bottle with Curtis, and the Nashville crew. Pours dark cola brown with an average tan head that leaves a thin collar of lace. The nose is cocoa nibs, chocolate malt, and spicy Belgian yeast. The flavor is the same chocolate malt and spicy yeast, with some toasted cocoa nib bitterness. The body is medium with average stinging carbonation and a long malty cocoa nib finish.

2.5
jackl (8271) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle pour @ the 21st Richmond Gathering. Deep brown with a small head. Nose is soy, cocoa, cardboard. Knackered. Taste is sort of salty. Old leather bag. Belgian yeast. Cocoa. Apples. Medium body, soft carbonation. The wheels are coming off.

3.2
tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle @ RG 21. Auburn. Smells a little boozy and astringent and roasty. Tastes a little roasty too. Dry.

3.9
slowrunner77 (12471) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"i’ve come to be a huge fan of the hoppy, almost ipa-like belgians, so i didn’t like this one quite as much as the 08, but it’s quite good. deep, complex, spicy. ready to break out a 2 1/2 year old bottle, and i’ll amend this review."

3.3
Suttree (6466) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 31, 2014
So, I was cleaning out my cellar and found this - I didn’t realize I hadn’t rated it. It might be a little off peak, but still pretty good. Pours a muddy brown, thin head. Smells like chocolate covered raisins, plus some oak. Taste is winey, fruity, and some chocolate. Maybe some balsamic vinegar, as well.

3.7
Wombata (625) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2014
Aroma: Smooth, dark chocolate all day long, "pear," bread, yeast Palate: Medium bodied Flavor: Like the nose with some lift from the carbonation. Finishes bready, yeasty and nutty. Comment: Well-carbonated, which lightens the perceived body.

3.3
Travlr (25556) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draft on 12/12/12. Brown color. Aroma of cloves, chocolate, coffee. Lots of cloves in the taste as well. Not bad


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