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: 625   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 260   ABV: 8.66%
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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 Stone...it’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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fbm115 (187) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2010
on tap at Rattle n Hum pours a dark carmel color with a small head. the smell is dark carmel with some sour lactic notes. the taste is bland oxidized dark carmel with some fruity esters mouthfeel is medium body with moderate carbonation. no alcohol to feel i could not drink more than 2 sips of this pint. thanks for the opportunity though

4.1
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... I’d 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!"

3.9
KAME (160) - California, USA - AUG 18, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2006 Pours a translucent mahogany with an off-white head. Aroma is full of spice, figs, caramel, and a hint of alcohol. Drinks well with good carbonation and long lasting flavors of bananas and cloves. Fairly metallic in both aroma and taste. A great beer that leaves you wanting more.

3.6
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2010
This one is great. Big stout taste without a strong alcohol burn. Very smooth and tasty. Drink this if you can find it

3.2
phiconners (151) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Pours a dark brown, medium head. Mild spiciness, mild alcohol coming through. Flavor is ok but not my favorite from Stone. Have another one which I’ll let develop for a couple years to compare.

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beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2006
dark brown with fairly thin head. Lots of roasted malt aroma with some spice and fruit. didn’t taste the cedar but maybe some banana. good complex flavors. I need to find some to cellar.

3.7
jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Bomber. Aroma is malty sweetness, some dark malts, licorice. Some bubblegum notes. Clear, dark, ruby notes, thick tan head that last. Flavor - very interesting beer. Sweet, malty, but dominated by the belgian characteristics, especially bubblegum and clove. Overall, a very different and interesting brew--like a brown porter with belgian yeast. Sweetness might be a little much, but I enjoyed the brew.

3.7
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 30, 2007
Nice and dark with a thick viscosity that lets you know right away you’re in for an alcohol bomb. Nice complexity. Roasty, and a little smoky. If someone gave this to me and told me this was barrel aged, I’d probably believe them. Sometimes dubbels are a bit too sweet and thick in the mouth, this was not. Very tasty esters from the yeast - plum, dried fruits, a little fig and some moderate clove/phenolics. Very digestable. Nice dubbel. I think I’ll keep the other bottle for a few more years.

4.2
DuffLover (126) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2006
From a 22 oz. Aroma is malt and spice. Appearance is a dark reddish brown with a moderate light tan head. smooth - Flavor is malt with some caramel and mild spice. Palate is very smooth and thick with fairly mild carbination, which I like. An excellent beer. Stone puts out some great brews!

4.6
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.


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