2006 Stone Imperial Russian Stout

~ Second Tasting ~
April 21th , 2006
(10 Months)
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Steve Wagner
President & Brewmaster

Greg Koch
Chairman & CEO

Chris Cochran
Marketing & Promotions
Arlan Arnsten
Vice President of Sales


Bill Sherwood
Brewing Facilities Manager




Steve Wagner

President & Brewmaster

APPEARANCE:
Opaque with a dark tan head.
AROMA:
Very roasty with some currant/raisin and licorice notes.
FLAVOR:
As you might guess – very roasty and bitter from roasted barley – smoky black roastiness! (In a good way)
PALATE:
Very full-bodied, long lingering finish of roast and dark candied fruit with alcohol.
OVERALL:
Needs more time….



Greg Koch

Chairman & CEO

APPEARANCE:
Deep, deep, deep.
AROMA:
Big aroma: HUGE chocolate roasty aroma with a dark rich fruit quality (holiday fruitcake without the spices).
FLAVOR:
Rich with very deep and dark roasted malts and slight metallic notes.
PALATE:
Time has given this beer more complexity and it is SO deep.
OVERALL:
N/A



Chris Cochran

Marketing & Promotions
APPEARANCE:
Black as night (although bright) with a nice tan head with a tinge of purple in it…yes purple…
AROMA:
Burnt toast, coffee, caramel, and molasses
FLAVOR:
Very complex: hints of chocolate, with plums and raisins.
PALATE:
Full, huge body that wraps your tongue like a warm, wet, sweet, malty, burnt blanket.
OVERALL:
Just a kick-ass beer…stunning in looks and tastes.



Arlan Arnsten

Vice President of Sales
APPEARANCE:
Deep, black, and opaque with a tight tan head.
AROMA:
More chocolate than the 2006 version
FLAVOR:
Flavors come on strong: big chocolate, roastiness, and a lingering complex fruit palate…Oh My God!
PALATE:
Thick mouthfeel and big alcohol – I love it.
OVERALL:
Serve with chocolate covered cherries or anything like that…great beer!



Bill Sherwood

Brewing Facilities Manager
APPEARANCE:
Really nice creamy head on an opaque black brew.
AROMA:
Lots of grain, malt, hops and vanilla. Seems stale after open a few minutes?  
FLAVOR:
Chocolate ice cream with coffee caramel.
PALATE:
Very soft, full round mouthfeel.
OVERALL:
This beer is aging very nicely – rounding out – softening the burnt edges with caramel character.




Tastings from this session:
Stone 03.03.03 Vertical Epic Ale (3 Years, 1 Month)
Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale (2 Years, 1 Month, 6 Days)
2006 Stone Imperial Russian Stout Initial Tasting