2006 Stone Imperial Russian Stout

~ Initial Tasting ~
September 4th, 2008 (6 months)
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Steve Wagner
President & Brewmaster

Greg Koch
Chairman & CEO

Chris Cochran
Marketing & Promotions
Mitch Steele
Production Manager/Head Brewer


John Egan
Lead Brewer




Steve Wagner

President & Brewmaster

APPEARANCE:
Black with tan head.
AROMA:
Roastiness, alcohol, fruitiness.
FLAVOR:
Nicely balanced between roast/hop bittering and sweet maltiness.
PALATE:
Full bodied, coats the tongue and mouth. Low, but appropriate carbonation, roastiness lingers forever!
OVERALL:
One of our better Imperial Russian Stouts–Well balanced with complex flavor combinations. Should age splendidly.



Greg Koch
Chairman & CEO

APPEARANCE:
Black as sin.
AROMA:
Roasty, alcohol, dark fruits.
FLAVOR:
Comments going around with Steve, Mitch and John that this year's is not as sweet and they're happy about that. I agree. The body is not as thick to me, but I'm enjoying that right now.
PALATE:
Interesting to taste the Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout immediately proceeding. The differences were stunning–I had imagined them more similar than they actually are.
OVERALL:
Again, ultimately age able. We are loving this now.



Chris Cochran
Marketing & Promotions
APPEARANCE:
Pitch black (but seems bright), nice tan head, great co2 and very "good looking" beer.
AROMA:
Roasted coffee, caramel, and fruits . . . like a party at Grandma's house.
FLAVOR:
Balanced nicely between the malt roastiness a bit of bitterness, and the coffee/caramel/fruit notes.
PALATE:
Medium body, seems to be a bit dry (maybe compared to the Stone 12th), flavors linger wonderfully.
OVERALL:
This is an “ager" . . . hold on to it for sure!



Mitch Steele
Production Manager/Head Brewer
APPEARANCE:
Black, light tan head, low head retention.
AROMA:
Roasted malt, coffee, some cocoa, biscuity/toasted.
FLAVOR:
Roast-Barley, coffee, dark toffee flavors, trace alcohol heat slight sharpness on the finish. Some very light hop flavor. Some breadiness.
PALATE:
Full, bitter end. Slightly sharp.
OVERALL:
This beer is excellent right now!



John Egan

Lead Brewer
APPEARANCE:
Black, fluffy brown creamy head.
AROMA:
Roast barley, coffee.
FLAVOR:
Roast barley, coffee, toffee, caramel, milk chocolate fresh cookies. More roast barley. That's a nice hint of tobacco.
PALATE:
Bitter and roasty elegance.
OVERALL:
Dang, that's a great beer hands down. Wow.




Tastings from this session:
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine (7 months)
Stone 12th Anniversary (2 months)
Stone 08 Vertical Epic (28 days)