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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (17997) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2006
Bottle at Kookfest 06. Black with ruby edges, beige head. Slightly herby, nice hop. Dark malts. Love the aroma on this. Some sourness. Bit of toffee. Hop is ok. Pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (16952) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 23, 2006
Dark brown body with light brown head. Plummy aroma with milk chocolate, raisins and lots of sugars. Sweet flavour shows raisins, dates and plums. Full-bodied, very sweet finish with lots of brown sugar character. Definitely built for the cellar, this isnt bad now but its definitely too sweet for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (16597) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16347) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 15, 2011
A: The beer pours a dark brown sort of color, maybe "chestnut", with a creamy khaki colored head. S: Starts off less than stellar with a bit of metal, but that goes away shortly. Theres a strange woodiness to the beer, but it works alright with the caramel, toffee, mild chocolate, and bubblegum notes that make up the rest of the aroma. T: Sweet caramel and toffee open this one up. Theres a big bubblegum and cotton candy flavor that follows. Toward the back end I get a lot of chocolate and vanilla with some subtle dark fruit flavors. M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation that feels sort of creamy on the tongue. D: One of the better of the VE series beers. Pretty complex and very easy to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2007
Bottle - Thanks to Bager. Dark dark brown - offwhite head. Licorice, raisins, berries, plums, yeasty, burned, roasted, dusty, light soya. A bit strange - but not bad !!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14885) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Thanks to Schultsc for this bomber. Pours very dark brown/black with a few beige bubbles. Aromas of roasted dark malt and plum/raisin. Near full in body. The malt is sufficient to initially suggest cola. Then the fruit comes and goes, leaving a very roasty dark malt flavor. So its malt, fruit, spice, malt. Every time. Its very smooth. Theres a bitterness off setting the malt sweetness, but it may be from the roast rather than hop. The alcohol is very subdued. Certainly suffered no harm from aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (14364) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Bomber poured a clear sark reddish brown with a small diminishing tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, spices and a hint of roastiness. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of clove, brown sugar, a hint of chocolate and some roastiness with a lingering bittersweet finish. Smells much better than it tastes!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (14192) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Bottle. Poured black color with a large off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate caramel malty and tart citrus aroma. Medium bodywith soft carbonation. Medium balanced flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is another Stone standout beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (14012) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 23, 2006
(22oz bottle, thanks kmweaver) Clear dark red-brown body with small tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, candi sugar, some Belgian yeast, caramel, banana, raisin. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, some banana, light Belgian yeast. Medium body with some alcohol roughness. Seems more like a Weizenbock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (13906) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Brown-colored. Aroma of chocolate, a bit of plums and raisins notes and a bit of alcohol. Sweetish flavor with chocolate, a bit of cocoa, some dark fruits and a bit of spiciness in a drier finish. Medium-bodied. Decent.

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