Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale

 
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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%
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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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3.5
TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Pours dark brown with some head, more than expected. Malt, dark fruit and caramel. Has held up well, not a style I love even when its in its prime.

3.5
BVery (10505) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bomber at RBSG . Clear reddish brown pour with a white head. Sweet, but not OJ sweet. Plum. Very good.

3.2
DalzAle (2037) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown pour, almost no carbonation and an aroma of a little dark cherry & malt. Flavor is slightly oxidized anise and heavy wheat.

3.7
RobertDale (6474) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Sample at Hopfest 2013. Comes dark brown with a decent biege head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and toffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark fruit, yeast, and caramel. Very good.

3.7
jandd1983 (4318) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Sampled at TWCP Beer Fest 2013. It poured a black color with a beige head. The aroma was a bit of roast, very sweet and nutty. The taste was some porter-like elements, spices, caramel, dry yeast, quite sweet but not cloying. A nice brew.

3.5
JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2013
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is toffee with not much else. Some malt sweetness, brown sugar and soy flavor. It's ok. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
zvikar (6172) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle sample at the Vertical Epic Tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours black to brown with a beige head, aroma of honey, dark bread, plums, vanilla, wood and brandy, flavor of dark bread,, plums, chocolate, alcohol and some spices, medium to full bodied

3.9
gorditoabd (636) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Bomber, purchased from Keg N Bottle (if I recall) near SDSU. Pours muddy dark brown with 2-3 fingers of nice foamy head that dissipates ever so slowly and laces decently. On the pour, and even through the foam, anise charges out with its usual strength. There are also notes of alcohol, butterscotch, and soy sauce. Taste is initially bittersweet, starting medium, then turning heavy, like a well-sweetened turkish or arabic coffee (no cream, of course). Is there a slightly sour note at the finish, perhaps contributed by the yeast? Maybe. My tongue thinks there is, so that’s what I’m writing here. For me it’s a medium bodied beer, with a oily-to-creamy mouthfeel, average carbonation and a long, bitter-to-funky finish. Really nice stuff. Subtle and strong at the same time, which I find really impressive. So glad I was able to stumble upon it.

3.9
portableparty (2350) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle from Tournament Liquor Blaine (I guess Stone delivered a few of these with 12.12.12. a few months back). Pours brown mahogany with a somewhat creamy sudsy off white head that fades and leaves a spotty film and sudsy collar. Aroma is awesome chocolate roasted malt and sugary fig and light dark fruit scents, but the chocolate is strong and surprising! Taste is light raisins chocolate and figs with some yeast and malt with a nice coffee flavor in the finish. Palate is medium and still holds good carbonation and finishes dry. Wow, this is really nice! And the only year that offered a different style other than Belgian Strong Ale!

3.4
mcberko (17823) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2013
22 oz. bottle, sent from St. Fun (thanks a lot, Josh), pours a deep dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, toffee and toasted nuts Flavour brings out similar notes of caramel malts, dark fruits and toasted nuts. Medium-bodied with a little bit thinner a body due to age most likely. Good stuff, but a little past its prime.


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