~ Third Tasting ~
March 15th, 2004 (1 Year, 12 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
Chad Tomich
Brewer
Don Feinberg
Guest Taster
(photos taken during the 03.15.04 tasting session)





Steve Wagner
President & Brewmaster
Appearance:
Clear, dark amber, well carbonated.
Aroma:
Sweet malt with a tart phenolic character. A little sharp overall... spicy too!
Flavor:
Good candied malt sweetness balanced by spices and sourness. Long, spicy/sweet finish.
Palate:
Full and soft, with tiny bubbles.
Overall:
Very complex, dark malt sweetness balanced by spicy bitterness. Has dried out quite a bit.





Lee Chase
Head Brewer
Appearance:
Nice pressure in bottle. Off white foam on a deep red/brown base. Nice bubble nucleation.
Aroma:
Real fruity and rich aroma like chocolate covered cherries (the kind that have the booze in them). A little alcoholic with some herbalness as well.
Flavor:
A little tame on the front, dry, a little cinnamon like chocolate in the finish.
Palate:
Dry and drinkable... a little too drinkable, but you have to have that taste coming back sooner than later.
Overall:
I'd recommend a larger glass so you can keep drinking it and let it warm a bit.




Greg Koch
Chairman & CEO
Appearance:
Roasty brown.
Aroma:
Burgundian nose and lightly earthy.
Flavor:
Roasty, but not too much. A lot of the aggressive spice seems to be mellowing out a bit... still nicely hopped.
Palate:
Starting to thin out a bit... I seem to recall more body than this has. That's OK, as I was looking forward to this drying up a bit.
Overall:
I'm liking this more each time I drink it.




Arlan Arnsten
Vice President of Sales
Appearance:
Turbid. A deep brownish amber.
Aroma:
Malt aroma and toasty on the nose.
Flavor:
Dry malt flavor with a hoppy finish. Flavor of dry fruit... but very subtle.
Palate:
Full body with good carbonation. Nice warming effect from the alcohol (Adds a little coziness to the experience).
Overall:
This beer has dried out a bit and will start to develop a unique sherry-like character with time.




Chad Tomich
Brewer
Appearance:
Brown but golden.
Aroma:
Hazelnut, marzipan, coriander and spicy but soft. Slight alcohol notes.
Flavor:
Less flavor than aroma leads to believe. Very floral and soft.
Palate:
Clean, soft with a fading bitterness.




Don Feinberg
Belgian beer expert, co-founder of New York's famous Belgian-style brewery Ommegang and co-owner of specialty Belgian beer importer Vanberg & DeWolf
Appearance:
Chestnut
Aroma:
Roasted fruit. Maraschino cherries.
Flavor:
Horehound lozenge and a little sour bitterness.
Palate:
Dry/short.
Overall:
Good flavor. Needs a bit more sweetness on the finish.