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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
80 88 70 5 18 9
06.06.06 Vertical Epic Ale by Stone Brewing Company
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
8.66 % ABV


 
Review by rhoadsrage on 04/23/13  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 9 13 3 7 2006
(Served in a tulip glass)
Drank on 3/31/13
A- This beer has a jet black body with a faint light of dark brown glowing at the base of the glass. There is a sticky light beige head that is made mostly of bubbles

S- The abbey yeast ester character blends with a roasted black malt aroma which turns into a brewer’s licorice and coffee quality in the finish.

T- The mellow licorice flavor blends with a nougat and abbey yeast taste with some prune and tootsie roll flavor underneath. There is a salty sweaty taste in the finish that lead to a bitter toffee and slightly inky flavor. The aftertaste has a slight smoky bitterness that lingers.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a slight slippery texture and no real alcohol heat.

O- The off flavors and smoky note don’t blend to well with the licorice but the soft yeasty profile is nice but buried a bit.

Served In: Tulip

Review by tavernjef on 08/26/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 9 18 5 9 2010
Licorice black with a medium cap of dirty frappuccino brown frothy foam. Intricate lacing in inky stretched and straggly strings.

Aroma is a bit light at first but agreeably grows and becomes nice to partake in the nose as its a bit like a fresh poppyseed muffin and some black malt mixed with black licorice, anise, cinnamon, dark sugary sweetness and some dark, herbal, spicy yeast.

Taste is one complex, tender display of leveled tastes and mixtures of dark spicy fun stuff. A ride of intricate little nuances of spices, dark, dryish malt, and sweet dark sugars really balance out and make for a pleasureable, palateable treat. The flavors aren't overly intense here, it all seems very well placed and perfectly displayed as it tugs here, pulls there; leaves here, enters there. A fun dance of flavors that are bready, sweet, dark, yeasty, and spicy. I find it to be quite nice. Perhaps not as bold or in your face as other Stone brews, but definately well crafted in the nature of what has become the growth of Stone's own brewing palate.
As in the smell, many alluring complexities await the spicy realm of dark yeasty breads with anise, clove, cinnamon, black licorice, dry black malt, rye, poppyseed, and pale woodyness. A wonderful palate full of dark spicey fun, and balanced in with with a uniquely tender little undertow of dark sugary sweetness. Oh my...

A treat to behold, no doubt; yes, sure, it's not quite the brute you'd think it would be, but in a way it has it's edge. Edge enough for me to absolutely drink the hell out of this beer. The medium, low set carbonation and smoother, dark malten body ooze an easy goin' flow. Yet the active spice and yeasty parts pep it up to the point of total balance and control. Plus the finish has some great little blackened banana, coffee, black malt dryness that is remarkably satisfying to the palate as it finishes slightly dry and powdery.

06.06.06 is one to savor in, even given it's impressively easy drinkability. 8.6%? I'm sure it's there somewhere waiting...but undetectable in most regards until the first bomber is nearly emptied. A very finely crafted brew by Stone. A true treat that I may need to seek more of...

Served In: Goblet

Review by James Kitchens on 09/21/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2008
Poured dark, with a decent amount of foam. Smell had caramel, mild chocolate, roasted malt and a very slight brandy quality. As Seaoflament mentioned, it had a slight toosie-roll quality. I think that captures it perfectly. I got almost no alochol either. Taste was right on from the smell with pretty much the same. Very little alcohol in the taste, just as the smell. It was a bit thinner than I expected, though.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 05/27/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2006
Opened a bomber with a couple of friends today. Poured a dark, stout-like, color with a good inch of foam. The aroma was mostly of caramel, chocolate, and some roasted malts. The combination of caramel and chocolate combined to a tootsie-roll candy-like aroma. My friends laughed at me at first with the comments but after I mentioned it they were able to pick it out in the aroma. The flavor was more of the same as the aroma; caramel, chocolate and roasted malts. The mouthfeel was a tad thin with a thin finish as well, some alcohol near the finish but I hoped for a stronger, lingering, flavor in the finish/after-taste. Good beer overall though and I wish I had more bottles to age (I opened this one by mistake thinking it was the 07).

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 0
This maybe the most original beer i’ve tried. Man, where to start. This thing pours about as black can get. The smell is good and reminded me a little of the smell of a campfire. The taste was weird. I can’t figure it our but it tasted like burnt caramel. The flavor was very strong also. The drinkability was ok. I had a hard time consistently taking swigs of it. I will let the other one i bought age and then re-review it. Re-rated 7-26-07 Very big difference in this brew, or in my tastes. Smell is still great, and the flavor blended a little better. 3.3 to 3.8

Served In: Pint Glass

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