Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale

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


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RATINGS: 617   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 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’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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slowrunner77 (12157) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"i’ve come to be a huge fan of the hoppy, almost ipa-like belgians, so i didn’t like this one quite as much as the 08, but it’s quite good. deep, complex, spicy. ready to break out a 2 1/2 year old bottle, and i’ll amend this review."

madsberg (11773) - Søborg, 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.

deyholla (11759) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle shared by Tim, thanks! Pours a clear deep amber with a tan head that starts and remains at the edges. Aroma has a bit of soy sauce with dark musty grains. Flavor has dark grain and musty roasted malt with a hint of soy sauce.

hopscotch (11161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Bottle... Clear, crimson ale with a mid-sized, creamy, lightly tanned head. Good retention. The complex aroma is a swirl of chocolaty, vinous notes with a touch of burnt rubber, port, soy sauce, anise, clove and smoke. The flavor is chocolaty and toasted with dark fruits, molasses and alcohol. Decently-balanced by the hops and booziness. Full-bodied and creamy with lively carbonation. Finishes toasted and medium bitter. Pretty hot. Should age well, but I enjoyed it straight out of the Brickskeller’s cooler.

daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Brown pour. Raisins, honey, spice, caramel and some yeast. Not much hops here. Flavor is ok, but I think time has already started this one down hill a bit...still its pretty good.

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 08/04/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Roadtrip

clear dark blood red, thin fine tan head that comes and grows upon demand, sweet fruity malt aroma, creamy body, hot fruity flavor, nice rich sweetness, the definitive rich ripe fruit dark Belgian
-------- /> Date: 07/14/2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Score: 3.4

picking up a lot of spicyness in the aroma with the ripe fruits, the hot alcohol character has faded but is replaced with a big earthy presence that is drying it out too much and obscuring the ripe fruits, dark caramel is the only thing to stand up to the spicy and earthy bitterness, not sure where this beer is headed but I liked it better fresh

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

DocLock (10731) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. Dark brown pour with 1-finger khaki head. Aromas of roasty malts, nuts, brown sugar, black licorice, spicy banana, and yeasty funk notes. The flavor, to me, is rather weizenbockish, with notes on the palate of malt, figgy fruits, some molasses, licorice, brown sugar, banana, and cacao. As with all Stone beers, this one has a sizable palate heft and marvelous complexity.

cubs (10639) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle @ Dan’s house, courtesy of steve_0. Thanks a bunch, Steve. Clear, dark brown appearance with a tiny, light brown head. Tangy, candy sugar, dark fruity, toasty caramel aroma. Rich, caramel, candy sugar, some cardboard, a bit papery, dark fruity flavor with fairly flat carbonation. Not all bad for the age but there is some age notes to it. Held up pretty decently.

BVery (10609) - 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.

jercraigs (10591) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2006
Black body with a moderate tan head (3+). Sweet malt aroma sort of anise like notes, very light woody chocolate and a touch of light alcohol. Dry spice in the flavour, some malt, finish is surprisingly bitter, covering up a light anise character. Average palate is lighter than I would like for this. Pleasant but a bit underwhelming. 7/3+/6-7/3/14

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