~ Eighth Tasting~
February 14, 2006
(4 Years, 12 Days)

Click on a photo for Tasting Notes


Steve Wagner
President & Brewmaster

Lee Chase
Head Brewer

Greg Koch
Chairman & CEO

Chris Cochran
Marketing & Promotions

Dan Carey
New Glarus Brewing Company

Floris Delee
New Glarus Brewing Company
 
Wolfgang Roth
Rolec
 
 



Steve Wagner

President & Brewmaster

APPEARANCE:
Hazy, gold.
AROMA:
Still spicy, with good belgian yeast character in the aroma. Maybe first hints of oxidation, some alcohol later.
FLAVOR:
Coriander still prominent with wheat tartness starting to finish smoother.
PALATE:
Full bodied, lacking a little carbonation but very nice mouthfull.
OVERALL:
This beer is really starting to age gracefully. Spices mellowing and nice malt, wheat, yeast complexity looming through in a very drinkable way.



Lee Chase

Head Brewer

APPEARANCE:
Cloudy, golden, low foam. Although, some samples are clear.
AROMA:
Fruity, apricot/peach aroma with coriander. I love this aroma.
FLAVOR:
Really tasty. Some big upfront fruity characters with a touch of hops. Spicyness is complex. A lot of winey characters in the aftertaste.
PALATE:
Drinkable (but not for $4/22 oz!). Soft, sweetness is nice and
balanced by the hops, which are still pretty nicely there.......tasty.
OVERALL:
Delicious. I would like to have more, please. Oh wait....I have the recipe on the web! I'll make some.



Greg Koch

Chairman & CEO

APPEARANCE:
Clear, deep golden...until the yeast from the bottom of the
bottle got poured in. Just a touch in everyone's glass.
AROMA:
Light honeyed, spicy nose. Sweet alcohol notes.
FLAVOR:
Still some hops in there! Sweet triple-style alcohol.
PALATE:
As Dan said on the vBlog (at least I'm not reading his notes as I write)- it's really drinkable.
OVERALL:
I've heard that some people's experiences with this beer have not
been this good. I suspect that it's not been stored well under those
circumstances.



Chris Cochran

Marketing & Promotions
APPEARANCE:
A nice golden-yellow like the sun with a mild cloudiness from the yeast. Nice tight bubbles with very little head.
AROMA:
Fruit and spices…specifically peaches & apricots mixed with pepper. Perhaps a hint of vanilla…?
FLAVOR:
Bready-doughy, spicy (although mellowing since last tasting). Subtle alcohol yet a tad bit warming…yummy!
PALATE:
Certainly rounding out; nice and smooth on the tongue: CO2 seems less than before…not quite as crisp.
OVERALL:
Really mellowing out (the spices) and becoming a well rounded beer. For the age it is exceptional and seems to be getting better. I believe this is my all time favorite Stone beer!



Dan Carey

New Glarus Brewing Company

APPEARANCE:
Apricot, honey
AROMA:
Strong fruit, peach. Mouth watering!
FLAVOR:
Oaky, sweet, but balanced with hops in background. I get cinnomon/clove. Age shows through with sherry character but no cardboard!
PALATE:
Balanced, leaning towards sweet, but not full.
OVERALL:
Very smooth for strength, drinkable. Strong fruit, vine-like due to age and spicy notes. Slight oak. Well blended. Fresh considering age.



Floris Delee

New Glarus Brewing Company
APPEARANCE:
Pretty, deep golden color. Foam poured ok, before bottle Conditioned added.
AROMA:
Light nose with cherry...oaky note (very mild). Fruit, no spice.
FLAVOR:
Slight pear, nice body, alcohol not harsh - but smooth. Not very Spicy.
PALATE:
N/A
OVERALL:
Good beer! Surprised about the carbonation = nice. Aging good, no dominant spices. Drinkability quite ok. Surprised about remaining fruitiness (pear-apricot).



Wolfgang Roth

Rolec
APPEARANCE:
Slightly hazy with addition of protein breakdown added.
AROMA:
Fruity
FLAVOR:
Esters, Fruity flavor, slight oakiness with alcoholic touch.
PALATE:
N/A
OVERALL:
Balanced between maltiness, earthiness, bitterness. Aging wonderfully.

2006 Stone Old Guardian was also included in this tasting session.

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