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%
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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 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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (558) - California, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Dark brown ruby color. Syrupy malty molasses roasted aroma. Very chewy palate. Malty taste with spicy complexity followed by roasted hopiness and subtle hops. High alcohol content very well hidden.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (8656) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
@ Falling Rock 12/15/2012. Clear dark dark brown, nearly black, with a laceful khaki head. Earthy nose with a little touch of smoked meat, classy tobacco, and bleu cheese. Nice smoked jerky flavor on the initial wave, like right after you swallow, then it gets creamy and sweet with toffee and earthy raisins, with a touch of oak and toast. Pretty sweet overall, with a big palate, and kinda boozy warm, yet complex and lovely.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UncleKorm (1268) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle poured a deep brown w/ small beige head. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish from both hop and roast. Tastes are malt, barley, molasses, dark roast, licorice, anise, dark breads, and a light citrus. Full bodied, average carbonation, and a balanced mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2008 pours dark with a small bubbly head. aroma of raisons and dried fruit with a little bit of spice. mouthful continues the dried fruit theme with some prune followed by some spice, yeast, and a little alcohol in the finish. tapped the cellar in April 08, this stuff ages sooooooo well. all the dried fruit is huge and no alcohol in finnish. I will bump the score to the great aging of this.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
22oz. bomber. Pours a very dark brown with very little yellowish brown head. Smells of toasty smokey malts, maybe a little coffee in there as well. Tastes of smokey malts, a touch woody, with some coffee and an alcohol finish. Thinnishon the palate, good carbonation. Very smooth for being such a dark beer. One of the darkest Belgians that Ive had but very, very drinkable. At 8.66% it packs a good punch as well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (7694) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2008
22 oz Bottle from the Brickskeller. Pours an almost black color. Aroma is roasted malts with touches of chocolates, cherry, and other dried fruits. The flavor was of dark fruits, malts, with touches of vanilla in there with some alcohol in there as well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 15, 2008
22oz bottle. Poured a clear dark brown color with red light shining through. Head was thick, light tan, and had a yellow tint. Head retention and lacing were good. Aroma was of clove, banana, subdued chocolate, and light molasses. There was also an occasional whiff of old school pencil lead. Medium bodied with a creamy mouth feel. The flavor profile included the likes of molasses, roasted malt, clove, light banana, and a hint of smoke. I liked this one a lot and preferred it over the 05 Vertical.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2008
~RBSG ’08~

On draft at Stone. Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights, with a creamy tan head and creamy wet lacing. Smells of sweet apricot, some chocolate, and applesauce. Flavor is sweet with some dark candy, brown sugar, and light caramel. And pretty spicy overall. Full-bodied, sticky and drinkable. Looks like this could be even better in a few years.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9706) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 21, 2008
Another big thanks to Travis (Dunedin Brewery) for this bottle. Pours copper, with beige head. Aroma is fruity, notes of vanilla and dark fruits (cherry) malts. Taste was amazingly nice, well aged. A lot more complex than the vertical ’05. Loads of nice dark fruits (cherry / prune) and sweet candi sugar.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kathouse (1752) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Clear and brown with red highlights. Caramel and yeast on the nose. Lita of spice and herbs in this one. Great flavor with a toasty finish. Sweet and complex makes this one of the Vertical best.


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