~ Seventh Tasting ~
August 30th, 2005
(3 Years, 6 Months, 28 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:
Matt Hanna
Stone Fan
('03 Vertical Epic also tasted during this session)





Steve Wagner

President & Brewmaster
Appearance:
Good clarity, golden color, not much head.
Aroma:
Spices still prominent, alcohol.
Flavor:
Crisp wheat, malt flavors, peppery with coriander, still spicy but mellowing nicely.
Palate:
More carbonation would be nice for lightening it on the palate.
Overall:
Starting to come into its own, as spices mellow the balance improves. Should get even better.




Lee Chase

Head Brewer
Appearance:
Pours clear – same straw color.
Aroma:
Spicy coriander, apricot, jam aromas.
Flavor:
Very fruity, apricot, (plus another fruit I can’t place, maybe plum), Belgian, not such a spicy attack. As earlier samples – delicious, if I do say so myself. Bitterness is present in long finish.
Palate:
Soft, light color bite, very drinkable.




Greg Koch

Chairman & CEO
Appearance:
Lightly hazy golden.
Aroma:
Muted a bit from what I last recall.
Flavor:
Spiciness is substantially muted. Tastes bright.
Palate:
Low carbonation, extremely drinkable. Complexity has diminished.
Overall:
Mellowed. I preferred it spicier and more aggressive (no surprise there!), yet there is little to complain about in the flavor.




Arlan Arnsten

Vice President of Sales
Appearance:
Clear golden color, low white head.
Aroma:
Malt character – fruity and spicy nose.
Flavor:
Crisp malt flavor, low hop aroma and light hop bitterness – spiciness muted.
Palate:
Medium mouth full, bigger than expected.
Overall:
“Crisp and clean – no caffeine” – fresh and tasty. Malt stronger than spiciness but still good for today and tomorrow.




Chris Cochran

Marketing & Promotions
Appearance:
Bright golden yellowy straw color: hazy after the yeast was swirled. Nice CO2 bubbles.
Aroma:
Mild spice, mild yeast-doughy maybe, and fruit like too. A little hint of grass-like character. Not much hop character.
Flavor:
Spices seem to be mellowing and meshing. The actual hoppiness is diminishing, but that fruity character is there.
Palate:
Smooth, medium body, wraps around the tongue nicely with excellent lingering spiciness.
Overall:
It used to be REALLY spicy, but that is mellowing. Tastes really fresh and super drinkable now.




Guest Taster:

Matt Hanna
Stone fan.
Appearance:
Clear, nice color, on lighter side.
Aroma:
Nice aroma, smooth, very slight hop aroma.
Flavor:
Excellent taste – smooth and very drinkable.
Palate:
Nice and smooth.
Overall:
Great taste, mellow – not very spicy or hoppy.