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%
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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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3.3
vtafro (7451) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Draft @ Blind Tiger VSK. Black pour with a iight tan head. Sugar dark fruits and roasted aromas. Flavor is of dark fruits, hop bitterness, roasted malts, sugar isn’t there, and etoh is obvi. Would have like to try this either new or perhaps with more time?

3.3
jgb9348 (6579) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Super dark brown body with a dense thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, light spices, pungent caramel and alcohol. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong roasty flavours with the malt and spices coming out first, tucked away with some cherries and fruity characters. Aftertaste shows alcohol, light spices, a decently fresh hop flavour and ending with alcohol and sugars. Overall, a good beer - perhaps a bit too deep and dark for a dubbel, but still a good offering. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Kybecca in Fredericksburg, Virginia on 12-June-2010 in a quadruple vertical tasting (06-09) of Vertical Epics with Phil (haddon90) at home in Manassas, VA.

3.3
zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Tap at RnH for Stone tap takeover: lots of tartness, chocolate malts weird acetic, kind of strange with a bile sourness. This one didn’t hold up well.

3.3
boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2012 Bottle @ The BeerMongers for 12-12-12... Poured dark, near black with a thin, light khaki head. This certainly showed its age. A decent amount of oxidation. However a thick malt sweetness created some complexity and worthwhile flavors. Also, some Tootsie Roll or cocoa character that was pleasant too.

3.3
tcane7 (1674) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Draft at Stone. Pours a plum color with no head. Smells of dark roasted malts, mild smoked wood. More smokiness in the taste but fairly astringent.

3.3
kerenmk (5357) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle sample at the Vertical Epic Tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours opaque and very dark brown, tan ring. Cocoa and dates aroma, sweet cocoa, chocolatey taste. Smooth texture, minimal carbonation, long, sweet wine-like finish.

3.2
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Banana, burnt popcorn and toasted malt aroma. Weird,..smells a bit like a dunkelweiss. Dark brown in color with a thin, brown head. Toasted chocolate malt with an aftertaste of burnt popcorn. Not a fan of roasted malt in a double. Medium body, lighter texture. Thanks again to 1FastSTi for bringing the dubbel!

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ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2006
Thanks to kmweaver. Dark, brown body with small tan head. The aroma is clove, bubblegum and roast. The flavor is clove, banana, bubblegum, roast, candi sugar, slightly burnt. The mouthfeel is thin, dry and rough with a warm, astringent finish.

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RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Beautiful rich pour releasing some pretty wild aromas...cloves, licorice, and alcohol. The let-down came for me with actually tasting it. Cough medicine, syrup-like texture, and an extremely harsh alcohol astringency ruined all that came before. Maybe the whole "epic vertical" is just too "high-concept" for me!

3.2
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2006
RBSG DC 2006: Mostly clear dark brown colored body with a large tan colored head that sticks. The aroma is wheat, roasted wheat, mild alcohol, light phenols & esters, bubblegum, and clove. Taste is alochol, chocolate, roasted wheat, bubblegum, clove, pepper, very much like a weizen bock though it’s much more dry and lighter bodied with a huge amount of alcohol showing through on the palate.


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