2006 Stone Imperial Russian Stout

~ Initial Tasting ~
April 21th , 2006
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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:
A lighter shade of black – nightshade – with a dark tan head.
AROMA:
More fruitiness in the aroma after aging a year and less roast character.
FLAVOR:
Although less roasty, it still has some roastiness but is sweeter and more balanced now.
PALATE:
A massive, overwhelming body.
OVERALL:
Certainly drinkable now, but more age will help the complexity.



Greg Koch

Chairman & CEO

APPEARANCE:
As in other years – deep, deep, black.
AROMA:
The aroma is much more muted than one of the aged versions. A little more burnt malt, but not heavy in the aroma.
FLAVOR:
Dark roasted malts…lots and lots…
PALATE:
Lighter bodied (yet, hardly light bodied!) and more drinkable than the 2005 version.
OVERALL:
Will this “catch up” in complexity to the 2005? This is a slightly different recipe, and brewed at the new brewery. Time will tell…can’t wait!



Chris Cochran

Marketing & Promotions
APPEARANCE:
Decadently black, opaque, with a lovely camel colored head.
AROMA:
A subdued smokiness mixed with burnt sugar, coffee, and fruit.
FLAVOR:
Tastes similar to a port or sherry with the fruit-like qualities; has an amazing, sweet malt character, hints of chocolate, coffee, and caramel.
PALATE:
Huge body and one that leaves your tongue reminiscing for quite some time.
OVERALL:
Mellow and young, and should age as expected into an amazing beer.



Arlan Arnsten

Vice President of Sales
APPEARANCE:
Black as night and opaque as can be with a tan head.
AROMA:
Licorice, roasted malt, and chocolate.
FLAVOR:
Big, big upfront malt; thick, full flavors of robust coffee and deep dark chocolate.
PALATE:
Viscous black fullness – thick and rich mouthful…one of the biggest beers I’ve had.
OVERALL:
Wonderful full, rich beer ideal for sipping in the hot tub or on the lawn baking in the summer sun.



Bill Sherwood

Brewing Facilities Manager
APPEARANCE:
Dark, with a thin dark brown head.
AROMA:
Smoky burnt toast.  
FLAVOR:
Very smoky, burnt, with a pleasant spicy bite at the finish.
PALATE:
A weird “unctuous” texture with a little hint of coconut.
OVERALL:
I think this beer will age very well and improve for some time…a Monster beer!




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)
2005 Stone Imperial Russian Stout (1 Year)