Stone 06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale

 
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Style: Abbey Dubbel
Escondido, California USA

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RATINGS: 618   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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Fordtech (4) - USA - APR 7, 2007 does not count
Mist beers either call themselves hopfiends or malt friends. This beer will bring an end to the malt/hop civil war. One word... PERFECT!

4.8
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2007 Re-rated after a little over a year in the cellar....i.e....closet. Pours caramel/coffee brown with a nice tan head. Fruit has calmed down in the aroma, revealing a much stronger roasted malt character, but there is still some cherry and cassis present. This beer still has an amazing balance of the aroma in it’s flavor. Fruitiness that I originally noticed in the flavor has also been slightly muted. Roasted chocolate and caramel malts and a much stronger alcohol presence is the forefront, with a hint of anise coming through the finish. A bit of hops spiciness and warming alcohol in the back of my throat on the medium chewy palate.

4.8
techdiver (22) - USA - DEC 27, 2006
Pours an opaque blackish brown with a decent head that dissipates quickly. Complex aroma with chocolate and malt. Taste is exquisite, well balanced, almost stout like with a smooth malt and chocolate toffee flavor and fruity notes. Mouthfeel is rich and makes for a very easy drinking brew.

4.7
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 1, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2007 (rerate from 12-25-07) This beer was damn impressive. I expected it to be with over a year of ageing. Ive had the 05’ and i dont really remember it being this good. Murky, and dark black in color, with a white laced head. Aroma is roast (but not in a coffee sense), chocolate, and grapefruit, vineous. Flavor is very much the same but i would describe it as more of a chocolate with a raspberry drizzle. Malty mouthfeel. A little bit of a hop bite, and a warm feeling afterwards. Damn good beer. but it definitely speaks more of a wine. Another winner for the boys at Stone.

4.7
robinvboyer (4736) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2009
Great aroma of dark malts, a little roasty, with some really nice deep earthy fruity aromas with a touch of yeast. The flavor is full bodied, and rich. Lots more of the earthy dark fruits, with a big dose of raisins, and plums. A superb example of the style, this has aged very very well.

4.6
kevie999 (3) - chino, California, USA - JUN 26, 2006 does not count
Very good beer. Taste of sweetness with a hint of saltlyness. One of the best beer I have tasted.

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.

4.6
ganache (6029) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Time for a holiday countdown! I’m very near to finishing clearing out my cellar and this is the first of my greedily hoarded Stone vertical. Bought this bomber for $6.66 (and paid a little extra to the taxman). Nose is sweet crystalline rock candy with darker Dubbel and brown sugar notes. Pours a sultry chestnut brown that darkens a bit with volume, soapy tan head. Moderately dry in the mouth, very nice brown malt dominance right up the middle with gentle roast and faint coffee, furloughed red fruits and a subtle vein of bitterness -- very unlike Stone on that last point, and it’s super classy. Faint mocha/cocoa, fainter anise, rich but straight-ahead malt, smooth woody character in the deep background that survives to enrich the aftertaste, and style-appropriate carbonation. Utterly minimal oxidation for this age. Very well-hidden alcohol, only a slight caress of warmth in the chest, none in the mouth or throat. Medium-full body, clean and balanced, smooth with latent nuttiness and slight velvety tang; it wants to pick up funky sour notes but can’t (or at least hasn’t). One nitpick: the phenolic character, while light, is a little bit crass. I love this yeast, which takes a star turn here. This is a wildly successful attempt in unfamiliar territory by a brewery I very much respect, and it has really held up well! Superlative Dubbel. [2013.12.12: 4.7]

4.5
hydros (7) - Riverside, California, USA - JUN 21, 2007 does not count
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with lighter head. Complex spiced aroma. Medium body with a complex flavor. Some hops, but well balanced. Overall one of my favorite brews.

4.5
Braudog (6803) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2007
I couldn’t stand it anymore and finally cracked this baby open as I enjoy my first night of football sprawled on my couch. Poured a deep stained mahogoney red-black with barely a whisper of carbonation or head. The aroma is strangely waxy, and a bit date-like ... I don’t know how else to describe it ... This drinks a lot mellower than I’d expected it to, and with much different of a flavor profile than I’d expecte, too. This has a rich dark fruity character, mostly raisin, hint of licorice, plum, blackberry, pinot noir. For all those rich flavors, this goes down far too easily, a nice sipper on this nice cool evening as I watch the Patriots smoke the Chargers.(#3097, 9/16/2007)


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