~ Seventh Tasting ~
April 21st, 2006
(3 Years, 1 Month)
Click on a photo for Tasting Notes

Steve Wagner
President & Brewmaster
Greg Koch
Chairman & CEO
Chris Cochran
Marketing & Promotions
Arlan Arnsten
Vice President of Sales
Bill Sherwood
Brewing Facilities Manager
('04 Vertical Epic also tasted during this session)





Steve Wagner
President & Brewmaster
Appearance:
Light brown and slight haze with a tan head.
Aroma:
Dark caramel toasty malt notes with coriander and fruit.
Flavor:
Complex dark malt and yeast flavors with coriander spiciness in the finish…and a grains of paradise wallop.
Palate:
Full bodied with good carbonation.
Overall:
Very good and drinkable now – not sure how it can improve with time.





Greg Koch
Chairman & CEO
Appearance:
A light reddish brown and a little hazy.
Aroma:
Smoky and phenolic.
Flavor:
Roasty, Earthy, and nicely dry --- it’s like complex brown ale.
Palate:
Really not suggestive of the abv…went down really easy.
Overall:

Showing no signs of age.





Chris Cochran
Marketing & Promotions
Appearance:
Caramel-like brown, rather bright (slight haze after the yeast was swirled) and a minute camel/tan head.
Aroma:
Sweet and malty followed up with citrus-like notes and a hint of burnt sugar.
Flavor:
Plums, raisins, and a nice malt character (sweet) with a Belgian yeast aftertaste that is pleasant. 
Palate:
Vibrant and tangy, medium-to-full-bodied, with decent CO2 that rounds out the mouthfeel nicely.
Overall:
Wow, this is a tasty beer…especially after 3+ years!




Arlan Arnsten
Vice President Sales
Appearance:
Deep amber-brown and completely bright and clear. Very low, almost non-existent white head.
Aroma:
Toasted malt and a light spiciness on the nose.
Flavor:
Rich sweet malt with hints of dried apricot and plum.
Palate:
Big body. Coats the palate but not cloying…low carbonation.
Overall:
I love this beer. Perhaps my favorite Epic yet and if anyone disagrees save your bottles for me!




Bill Sherwood
Brewing Facilities Manager
Appearance:
Beautiful toffee / caramel color with light foam head.
Aroma:
Caramel, malt, a little “leathery” or “aged” character…not quite stale. Still interesting and pleasant.
Flavor:

Intense caramel. Sweet at first, rolling nicely through chocolate notes with nice clean gently bitter finish.

Palate:
Very smooth with a lingering chewy finish.
Overall:
Really nice – aroma is showing a little age but in a positive way…adding interest and complexity.


Tastings from this session:

Stone 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale (2 Years, 1 Month, 6 Days)
2005 Stone Imperial Russian Stout (1 Year)
2006 Stone Imperial Russian Stout Initial Tasting