~ Fifth Tasting ~
August 4th, 2004
(2 Years, 6 Months, 2 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
Guest Taster:
Bill Sherwood
Brewing Facilities Manager, Stone Brewing Co.
(photos taken during the 08.04.03 tasting session)





Steve Wagner

President & Brewmaster
Appearance:
Very clear, pale gold with tight bubbles and a white head.
Aroma:
Peppery and spicy, perhaps a mild phenolic note.
Flavor:
The spices are starting to balance nicely, though still up front. Finishes dry.
Palate:
Medium body with the carbonation being a little light.
Overall:
7-8 years it will be perfect!




Lee Chase

Head Brewer
Appearance:
Clear pale color with some yeast sediment in the bottle, which gives a little cloudiness with agitation (similar to previous tastings).
Aroma:
Spicy…coriander…apricot/wheat/yeast. Perhaps showing a little age, but hasn't detracted from the character much, if at all.
Flavor:
A bit sweet & fruity up front, but gives way to a creamy texture. The wheat, spice, and lingering bitterness (hoppy, citrus, dried apricot flavors) are interesting and enjoyable.
Palate:
Soft with a low amount of CO2.
Overall:
I like it a lot…this beer is certainly good times!




Greg Koch

Chairman & CEO
Appearance:
Clear, deep golden with a slightly foggy, orange halo.
Aroma:
Lightly sweet, with light alcohol aromas. Hints of orange peel off in the distance.
Flavor:
Wow, absolutely delicious! Refreshing, complex, and a late hoppiness that crisps up the end. Spiciness is there, but not as evident today.
Palate:
Dynamite. Damn I love this beer!
Overall:
This is getting better and better IMO. How long will it continue to get better? Stay tuned…that's what I'll be doing!




Arlan Arnsten

Vice President of Sales
Appearance:
Crystal clear golden color, with a low, pure white head.
Aroma:
The aroma has softened over the last 6 months. Still has wheat, spice, and citrus (maybe lemon) overtones.
Flavor:
The aroma has softened over the last 6 months. Still has wheat, spice, and citrus (maybe lemon) overtones.
Palate:
Surprisingly a full body for a light colored beer. Alcoholic hints are evident and wonderful.
Overall:
It is a great taster today --- I expect it to continue to blend over the next couple of years…two thumbs up!




Chris Cochran

Marketing & Promotions
Appearance:
Nice clear, bright (before the yeast sediment) gold/straw color.
Aroma:
The spices (pepper?, clove?, coriander?) seem to dominate once again.
Flavor:
Overall the flavor seems to match the aroma, but not too overpowering. There is a sweetness that meshes nicely with the spiciness.
Palate:
Medium body, an alcohol sweetness coats the tongue…spices linger.
Overall:
This brew certainly seems to be holding it's own after 2 1/2 years…big time!




Guest Taster:
Bill Sherwood
Brewing Facilities Manager
Stone Brewing Co.
Appearance:
Very bright, light golden color…no foam, no lace.
Aroma:
Banana, alcohol, and earthy aromas.
Flavor:
Chewy bitterness throughout with a fleeting sweetness and spicy notes. Lightly fruity but finishes harsh.
Palate:
Soft mouthfeel with a tongue-coating bitterness.
Overall:
Very interesting and complex --- more bitterness than I normally enjoy. But absolutely flawless…especially considering the age!