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: 618   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 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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3.5
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 15, 2007
’06 GABF RB tasting Dark fruit, yeast, vanilla, pepper/spice aroma. Taste is prunes/plums and yeast.

3.5
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
On tap at Stone 2/1/08. Deep mahogony with aroma of dark fruits and sweet malts. Flavor is roasted malt with a crap load of sweet fruits, sugar and beligian yeast character. Enjoyable but not really by style.

3.5
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Copying from my tasting notes. Bottle. Dark brown pour with a tiny brown head. Fruit and spices on the nose. Taste of old fruit and lots of malt.

3.5
rallison (116) - USA - JUL 11, 2008
Relatively malty in the aroma with a fair amount of fruity esters. Slight hints of molasses. Decent but not great smell. Decent head that diminishes to basically nothingness. Brown body with a reddish tint. Fruity taste with some toffee/molasses/brown sugar notes. Slightly spicy on the back-end. Slight alcohol presence. Some roast and bitterness. Odd mixture of flavors. I don’t think this meshes all that well. Medium carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Slightly alcoholic and spicy finish. Ok. Overall, meh. For the price I paid, not bad. Will this stand up until 2012? Definitely not convinced of that.

3.5
dogfish120love (1364) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 21, 2008
tasted fruity yet slightly funky. I definitly tasted the clove and spiciness noted in the beers description. Not a ersonal favorite.

3.5
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2008
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with some frothy tan edging. Nose is caramel, banana, anise and wood with fairly prominent alcohol. Medium-ish body with a tingle. Tatse is smoky raisin with an alcohol bitterness.

3.4
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Pours a russet black; opaque with a brownish head that contains some blood read highlights. The aroma is hugely roasted malts (carafa?) with enough fruity esters and alcohol to balance it out. The body is thick to say the least. The flavor is heavily of chocolate with some serious spicing; anise and cocoa. Either could be from the yeast. The finish is slightly bitter and somewhat dry but long and malty. This is a belgian ale for stout and porter fanatics. The lack of adjuncts makes this beer somewhat of a chore. This is the major downfall of all of these Stone beers. There is only room for one Belgian style brewery that only uses malts for their fermentables and that is Brasserie Des Rocs. Make this 10% caramelized sugar and lower the roasted grains and you have a perfect dubbel.

3.4
Ernest (7886) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted bread, caramel, roasted grain), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of clove and alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Nice enough but pretty unremarkable and simple.

3.4
Ratman197 (15608) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Bomber poured a clear sark reddish brown with a small diminishing tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, spices and a hint of roastiness. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of clove, brown sugar, a hint of chocolate and some roastiness with a lingering bittersweet finish. Smells much better than it tastes!

3.4
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Dark brown. Yeasty aroma with roasted malts. Interesting spice flavors...with a good sweetness from the malts.


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