~ Ninth Tasting~
February 2, 2007
(5 Years)

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Steve Wagner
President & Brewmaster

Mitch Steele
Head Brewer

Greg Koch
Chairman & CEO

Chris Cochran
Marketing & Promotions

Tom Garcia
Brewer

Art Hogarth
eBay Auction Winner From AZ
 



Steve Wagner

President & Brewmaster

APPEARANCE:
Light gold
AROMA:
Spice, yeast in nose, some good funk notes!
FLAVOR:
Lots of dueling spices, yeast flavors, balanced with wheat tartness.
PALATE:
Medium bodied, finishes dry and refreshing.
OVERALL:
Five years and still getting better!



Mitch Steele

Head Brewer

APPEARANCE:
Deep golden, bright, white head --- very appealing
AROMA:
Cloves, citrus peel, and spicy along with a trace graininess. The coriander starts coming out as the beer warms.
FLAVOR:
Malty (a really nice malt character), more clove, spice, and fruit…complex. A bit sweet with some graininess on the finish.
PALATE:
Full, very smooth, a nice lingering bitterness on the end.
OVERALL:
Very nice and holding up fantastically!



Greg Koch

Chairman & CEO

APPEARANCE:
Bright and clear.
AROMA:
It’s amazing how pungent it still is…not muted at all!
FLAVOR:
Still really hoppy. Backnote of bubblegum, but without the bubblegum sweetness.
PALATE:
Fresh and really zingy on the palate. Flavors approach all areas of the tongue simultaneously.
OVERALL:
I still think this is one of the best beers we have ever brewed.



Chris Cochran

Marketing & Promotions
APPEARANCE:
Golden yellow, small dense white head, light and bright.
AROMA:
Yeast, clove, spices, bubblegum, pepper, and banana.
FLAVOR:
Spicy but it’s hard to nail down the specific spice…very complex with a nice tartness.
PALATE:
Medium bodied, crisp, and very vibrant on the tongue. Great lingering taste that makes you want more!
OVERALL:
Five years? Wow! Still one of my favorites we’ve ever brewed, and it seems to only be getting better!!



Tom Garcia

Brewer

APPEARANCE:
Clear golden straw
AROMA:
Touch of O2 (not bad), somewhat perfumy, clove, light citrus/grapefruit rind, and ever so slight caramelized bananas
FLAVOR:
Light coriander and clove.
PALATE:
Dry with a nice malt balance.
OVERALL:
Very nice, the spice is holding up well but not overpowering.



Art Hogarth

eBay Auction Winner From AZ
APPEARANCE:
Clear and light yellow.
AROMA:
Very light floral notes.
FLAVOR:
Crisp, clean smooth, not too sweet.  Hard to pick any one flavor out, some citrus…very complete.
PALATE:
Very dry and a bit sharp.
OVERALL:
Excellent and aging well.  Certainly improving over time!!


'03 Vertical Epic, '04 Double Bastard Ale, and '05 Double Bastard Ale were also included in this tasting session.

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