Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale

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


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RATINGS: 626   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (43362) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2008
From tap at Stone Bistro. Pours dark brown with an orange glare and a small lacing tan head. Spiced and slight roasted malt aroma. Fruity and mailty flavour - goes into a smooth chocolate flavour. Remains smooth and is joined by a mild spice note into the finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (36537) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2006
A red-brown beer with a slight haze under a brown head. The aroma is sweet malty with primary notes of caramel. The flavor is sweet malty again with primary notes of caramel, but also a light roasted malt note. In the beginning it seem thin, but then the 8.7% ABV creeps up on You. It leaves a note of soy sauce on the lips. I dont find it complex enough, but still a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (27375) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2006
Bottle. Clear red brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of caramel, dried fruits and spices. Flavour of dried fruits, spices, fruits and liquorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (26430) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 15, 2008
Bottled. Rubyish amber colour, small brown head. Aroma is sweet malts, raisins and some slight licorice and roast. Flavour is sweet mcaramel malts, alcohol, licorice and some mild smoky/roasted notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (25630) - Malm, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish colour with a small off-white head. Malty yeasty, spicy aroma. Sweet malty flavor with some yeasty hints. Also some spicy hints in the flavor. Malty finish with a bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2006
(Bottle 65 cl) Clear, dark brown with a warm, reddish hue and a beige head. Aroma of yeast and dried fruit. Fairly full-bodied, sweet and very fruity with some accents of dried fruits shining through in particular. Lightly vinous notes and a touch of oak. 061006

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (24645) - Tyres, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2008
Bottled at Petalax Beer Festival. Dark ruby with small head. Fruity, lightly yeasty nose with some coffee. Fruity and phenolic, slimmer than expected. A vast array of flavour is on offer, but aside from medicinal none demand much attention, so the flavour stay streamlined and without much depth. Perfectly correct, but as it does not offer something extra in either complexity, intensity nor drinkability it gets no real love from me. Just my acceptance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (24187) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2012
24th November 2010
Hazy dark brown - amber beer. Short lived tan head. Semi soft palate. Smooth malt with a little coca cola and a sublte pinch of spice. Finishes semi dry. Simple but drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (23631) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koelschtrinker (19514) - Kln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 6, 2011
Dunkelmalziger Antrunk mit hohem Hefanteil, gleichzeitig frisch und hell zwischen den vielen dunkelmalzigen Noten. Dann konzentruert sich das Bier wieder eher auf das dunkle und nun weich rstige Malz, dazu ist eine gewisse Se unbestreitbar. Sffig, gleichzeitig vollmundig, absolut gelungen. Gut! 10/11/12/12/11/12

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