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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 years edition.

In this years edition, youll 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 its part of the Stone family. This ale was brewed with a specialty Belgian yeast that were really liking here at Stone...its 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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2007 Rerate, 1 yr+ old and served in my NB worthy glass: The nose is still the same except for a slight oxidition. Displays fruity, smoky, grassy, and spicy vapours. No change for Apperance or Aroma. The flavor profile again has not changed much with a spicy frontend joined by some fruit and overall malty sweetness. The finish is getting even more dry but the alcohol and carbonation has seemed to die down a bit. I increased the Flavor +1, Palate +1 and overall score +1. This could be at peak right now. I cant imagine how dry this will be by 2012! (3.8)<P> Bottle and served in my Stone IRS snifter: Displays a deep brown hue topped by a large frothy beige head and moderate lacing. The aroma is quite fruity with notes of fig, prune, and currant. Additionally I discovered some smoky and chocolate malts, clove, grassy and earthy estery character. Finally a tip of the hat to some Belgian sugar components.

The flavor profile is initially spicy (clove, anise and pepper) touched by a healthy dose of bitter fruit. Depth is added by a smoked and toasty malt background, even a bit of developing yeast tone rounds out the palate. The finish is part woody dryness and moderate alcoholic astringent feel (despite what the description states). Quite lively and somewhat aggressive at this stage of development, a warming beer but never overly dominate.

The overall dryness added a complexity but I think it could end up becoming to much with aging. I gather it will peak at about one year old, will re-rate in six months, seems like a perfect beer for around Christmas time. (3.5)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2006
Pour is deep dark brown with a thin dense and sticky tan head...smell is yeast, roasted cocoa, something smokey...not woody or meaty, just smokey...taste is spicy and slightly bitter and the bitterness builds throughout...some earthy dirty wood flavor...subtle sweetness is creeping around too...nice thick yet fizzy mouthfeel...I dont think Im digging the burnt bitter flavor, but Im not really too sure, and I just finished a bottle and I still dont know...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2006
Dark brown, very little head. Funky Belgian aroma. Big on the yeast. Very tasty stuff, some slight roasty, chocolate, spice, big malts, good stuff. Im not gonna try to describe this any better, its really good. Get some.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2006 Definitely one to try. Very complex with a lot of spice to it...but still very drinkable. Almost tastes like a Christmas ale or something with the clovey/pine kick they throw in, but it is still very good indeed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCJack (185) - Alabama, USA - JUN 30, 2006
Pigfoot said this about the 05 05 05 version. It still applies: "Dark ruby color, bright at sides, with a long-lasting, creamy tan head. Nice. in the nose: ah...warm, soft, fruity, rich, malty, toffeeish, enticing...delicious...alive and invigorating...much appreciated. ...and smooth and tasty on the tongue, as well. Big, fat malty taste, nary a squeak out of hops...molasses, hint of anise, caramel...richness at play on the palate. Damnably tasty! And the high abv keeps quiet, at least, so far... Id love it if this were a regular brew, that I could down anytime I felt. It straddles a special place between abbey dubbel and baltic porter, with a kiss of coffee/chocolate/oatmeal/nut brown stout...if you know what I mean...yummy!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2006
Bottle poured black with a thick head and lacing. Aroma is sweet roast chocolate as is the flavor. Finish is roasty and a bit tart. Good beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 Wow! It looked like a porter at first, and then when I held it up to light it looked like a really dark amber. It has a really sweet hoppy aroma and tasted like gold! This is without a doubt the best beer I have drank in a long long time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
freekyp (1982) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Looks like a porter with a thick tan head, lacing to spare, and an almost opaque reddish brown body. One whiff, and you know its something altogether different. Redolent of soy sauce and clove, this brew takes a nod from the Beligians with its complex aroma and flavor. Full bodied and tart with a solid malt roasty backbone, Vertical epic tells a tale of dark fruit, soy, and sweetness, ending in a long tart chapter that finishes unlike many other stories of its ilk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2006
22 oz bomber. Pours Dark brown with a very nice off white head. Aromas are banana and clove. Fruity and spicy for sure. Sugary with a touch of alcohol. Flavors were very malt drivin. Still a ton of spice. Not as fruity as the aroma, but definitly still plenty of fruit. Alcohol is not as evideint as I thought it would be from the aroma. Very Good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (11889) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Pours a pretty dark brown color with ruby around the edges. Thick light beige head with very good retention, and a decent sheet of lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, spices and yeast. There is also a touch of peppery alcohol in the nose. Medium, spicy body with malt, clove and grassy hops flavors. Bittersweet finish of sweet malt and spicy hops. Pretty enjoyable as is, and I wonder what it will taste like in 6 years.

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