~ Second Tasting ~
November 19th, 2004 (7 Months, 15 Days)
Click on a photo for Tasting Notes

Steve Wagner
President & Brewmaster
Lee Chase
Head Brewer
Greg Koch
Chairman & CEO
Arlan Arnsten
Vice President of Sales
Chris Cochran
Marketing & Promotions
John Egan
Packaging Supervisor
Stone Brewing Co.
('03 Vertical Epic and '04 Double Bastard also tasted during this session)





Steve Wagner
President & Brewmaster
Appearance:
Straw gold, clear with white head and tight bubbles.
Aroma:
Big, fruity, spicy aroma!
Flavor:
Lime, slight astringency (yeast?) balances the malt, sugar sweetness.
Palate:
Medium-body, soft mouthfeel with perfect carbonation.
Overall:
More time for spices to recede and blend better.





Lee Chase
Head Brewer
Appearance:
CO2 is right on! Looks like it will be fun to drink. Small, active & tight bubbles…reminds me of something…
Aroma:
Lime leaf is really there. Some mix of Belgian yeastiness…I dig that citrus character.
Flavor:
Tangy tart lingering bitterness with citrus hints. Really pretty fresh tasting, some alcohol warmth and dryness --- I think it is getting better.
Palate:
Medium body, soft texture, and nice finish. Very drinkable. Could develop more depth --- it's flavorful but the 03.03.03 was more complex.
Overall:
Let's see what it is like in another…what…year?




Greg Koch
Chairman & CEO
Appearance:
Bright orangey-gold. Lingering head with good carbonation.
Aroma:
Citrusy, hoppy (not extreme, but present), hints of white pepper and coriander.
Flavor:
Hoppiness more subdued now than in the initial tasting…only natural. Citrusy and Belgian spiciness, lightly sweet, but not cloying --- could benefit from being dryer.
Palate:
Bright, crisp, delicious. Wow! This one is really coming along. A little too sweet before, but now starting to dry a little.
Overall:
Gimme more! Certainly on the right path in my opinion.




Arlan Arnsten
Vice President of Sales
Appearance:
Crystal golden in color with mucho bubbles. Big tight white head with lots of lace --- look of champagne!
Aroma:
Aroma of wheat and spice with a hoppy crispness on the nose!
Flavor:
Banana, clove and spice…yes spice, with a little crushed pepper! Nice. Slightly alcoholic daring me to drink more.
Palate:
Effervescent as all get out…light on the tongue and dances through my mouth. Medium bodied, but light feeling. It's a Big beer in disguise --- watch out!
Overall:
This is MY lawnmower beer!




Chris Cochran
Marketing & Promotions
Appearance:
Bright golden blonde straw-like color, decent CO2 and just the right amount of head.
Aroma:
Mmm spices! Really a tremendous welcoming aroma like walking into a bakery that is cranking out some seriously special bread!
Flavor:
A nice mix of citrus and spice, with a slightly sweet component. Like an interesting Thai soup…but WAY better!
Palate:
Lively and active on the tongue from the CO2 and I think that helps keep the spices from being too overwhelming.
Overall:
Another young beer, but seems to be aging nicely so far. If you didn't get the 02.02.02, this is a close “brother” that is worth seeking out!




John Egan
Packaging Supervisor, Stone Brewing Co.
Appearance:
Beautiful, bright, and nice CO2 bubbles.
Aroma:
Wow! Huge spicy lime, hints of banana and bubblegum.
Flavor:
Excellent. Citrusy and tart…a damn fine beer! Very complex and interesting.
Palate:
Light malt finish, huge, crisp and refreshing up front.
Overall:
Wow, this beer kicks ass. Tangy citrus character is wonderful and I like it a lot.