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: 626   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 260   ABV: 8.66%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (13689) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle thanks to Rick. Pours a cloudy brown with no head. The aroma is strong figs, cedar, dark fruits. Thin mouthfeel with strong booze, caramel, dark fruits, cedar, good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (13548) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
Dark brown ale with a thin off white head. A bit sweeter in aroma than 05. In mouth, more malty with definite chocolate notes, less licorice and less alcohol in mouth, still a very smooth ale. Enjoyed on tap at BCTC 2006.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (13303) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Bomber shared by maniac at the 13th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 1/15/11. Pours a clear dark red color with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of big toffee notes, chocolate, fruity notes, a dark almost molasses like note. The taste is chocolate, toffee, leafy hops, caramel, bitter leafy hops, brown sugar. Medium bodied. Nice.,

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (13020) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2007 (Bottle) Pours a dark burgundy body with a moderate beige head. Aroma of toasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, and clove. Flavor of malt, tobacco, caramel, and spices. Should mature well with some age.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (12841) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 7, 2006
Pours an opaque dark brown, black notes, molasses, some small frothy tan head that quickly fizzes away. Aroma is yeast (dark warm dough, wheat, cellar), malt (meal, toast), clove notes, fruit in the background (peach, apricot, plum), faint smokiness. Moderately acidity attempts to burn the tongue, scraping your taste buds away but leaving enough to sample the roasty and toasty dark malts, clove, wheat and fruits, smoke and banana notes way at the end. Dark bodied, fizzy, spicy and dry palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (12612) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (12347) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2011 22oz bottle-pours an offwhite head with red color. Aroma is sweet, malt, dark fruit. Taste follows, dry. 110319- [email protected] 3.7

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (12113) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2006
22oz bottle. Poured a dark, dark brown, with red edges and a large sized off white head. Aromas of plums, raisins, bananas, roasted malts, and spices. Tastes of plums, raisins, chocolate, caramel, and spices. Light alcohol in the finish. Lacing left on the glass.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11845) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2010
Bottle at Volo, Stone Appreciation Day. Pours slick black, with nice white head. Good aromas of anise, chocolate. Taste is rich but only average, was expecting thicker. A delivery of anise, after 3.5 years the yeast "she has gone away"

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (11655) - Sborg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2006
Bottled. Dark reddish brown coloured. Light brown head. Sweetness, fruits, caramel, liqourice and ligth spice. Flavour has alcohol, fruits, spices and light caramel. Light bodied and quite watery. Sweet alcoholdense end.


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