Stone 6th Anniversary Porter
~ Initial Tasting ~
March 9th, 2006
(3 Years, 7 Months)
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Steve Wagner
President & Brewmaster

Lee Chase
Head Brewer

Greg Koch
Chairman & CEO

Chris Cochran
Marketing & Promotions

John Egan
Packaging Supervisor

Bill Sherwood
Brewing Facilities Manager

Steve Wagner

President & Brewmaster
APPEARANCE:
Dark, but with an opaque tan head.
AROMA:
Dark malts, smoke, still low hop aroma…slight oxidation.
FLAVOR:
VERY smoky, more than I remember. Roastines with some malt sweetness and some hop bitterness detected. However little if any hop flavor.
PALATE:
Smoky, phenolic dryness lingers. Full bodied, good mouthfeel and carbonation.
OVERALL:
Still very smoky, age will do it good!?!


Lee Chase

Head Brewer

APPEARANCE:
Black…like my soul.
AROMA:
A little smoke, soy sauce, campfire, wood, and wet dog. Like I went camping with my dog, Lester, in the desert, spilled soy sauce on him, then lit a fire of oakwood to dry him out. There is also a little plum in the nose.
FLAVOR:
Mmm, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and some vanilla with the smoke deep fruityness like cherry or dried berries on the back.
PALATE:
Nice and sturdy
OVERALL:
Really good…


Greg Koch

Chairman & CEO
APPEARANCE:
Deep, dark, not black…clear.
AROMA:
I love this beer: coffee and light smokiness. 
FLAVOR:
I love, love, love it! Brilliant, just brilliant. This beer has the “roasty” character perfected. Still sharp bitterness (not too sharp) that is accentuated by the smokiness.
PALATE:
Rich yet really drinkable to my tastes. Dry enough to look forward to the next sip immediately after the end of the previous.
OVERALL:
Aging like a gem. I predict this will age beautifully for years and years and years. This competes for my favorite of any beer we’ve ever produced.


Chris Cochran

Marketing & Promotions
APPEARANCE:
Dark brownish-black, nice camel head, and decent CO2.
AROMA:
Smoke, currants, coffee, and malt. Plums and/or raisins with no hop presence. 
FLAVOR:
Burnt molasses: sweet and smoky…roasted-over-the-fire grain-like tastes.
PALATE:
Medium to full-bodied, good carbonation on the tongue, but smooth.
OVERALL:
Haven’t had this in a while…and wish I did. Nice beer for 3.5+ years and I’m regretting only having one left in my ‘fridge!


John Egan

Packaging Supervisor
APPEARANCE:
Dark, looks like a good brew with nice head retention.
AROMA:
Wow, smoke chocolate, oak, and scotch – the aroma on this beer will knock your socks off! Hints of single malt scotch, wood….man now I need to get some Islay whiskey on my way home tonight! 
FLAVOR:
There are not enough words to describe how good this beer is…Dude, I can’t believe I only have one bottle left!! Anyone want to sell me one?
PALATE:
Silky smooth, creamy, and delicious.
OVERALL:
This is SO GOOD…my favorite on today’s tasting panel…Thank you!


Bill Sherwood

Brewing Facilities Manager
APPEARANCE:
Looks like coffee with a head.
AROMA:
Toffee, chocolate, toasted malt, and rich damp loam like the floor of a rainforest (that’s a good thing!).
FLAVOR:
Acidic, very burnt barley, black peppery bitterness with resinous hops that add to the long bitter finish. 
PALATE:
Reminds me of fresh asphalt mixed with a good bitter Imperial Stout.
OVERALL:
Really good. Very complex…a whole world of flavor in this sucker!

Tastings from this session:
Stone 6th Anniversary Porter (3 Years, 7 Months)
Stone 7th Anniversary Ale (2 Years, 6 Months)
Stone 8th Anniversary Ale (1 Years, 6 Months)
Stone 9th Anniversary Ale (6 Months)