~ Fourth Tasting ~
November 19th, 2004 (1 Year, 8 Months, 16 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
Guest Taster
Packaging Supervisor
('04 Vertical Epic and '04 Double Bastard also tasted during this session)





Steve Wagner
President & Brewmaster
Appearance:
Dark copper color, clear, nice white head and lace.
Aroma:
Spices and malt aroma are prominent.
Flavor:
Spice still prominent, nice tart dryness, but the spices overshadow the malt and yeast flavors.
Palate:
Medium body with excellent carbonation to keep it from being too heavily spiced.
Overall:
Less than 8 years to go!





Lee Chase
Head Brewer
Appearance:
Light brown/dark amber color, nice foam, and tight bubble nucleation (small, fine carbonation).
Aroma:
Light yeastiness, some characteristic Belgian esters, and a fair amount of balanced spiciness --- like sweet bread.
Flavor:
Bright, flavorful, alcoholic. Long finish with some roastiness, the toasted malt shows through.
Palate:
Pleasantly light and lively, nice CO2 and spice/malt playfulness.
Overall:
Tasty and easy to drink (strange for a dark, strong beer), except there isn't too much around.




Greg Koch
Chairman & CEO
Appearance:
Deep amber/brown with a slight haze.
Aroma:
Modest alcohol, spicy with Belgian-esque burgundian malt aromas.
Flavor:
Holding up strong and could still call this “young.” Round burgundian-roasty flavors combined with crisp light hoppiness.
Palate:
Delicious. Lingering bitterness is modest and very pleasing.
Overall:
Amazing how hoppy it still is. Still also quite crisp and bright --- will no doubt be rounding in coming years, but not for a while yet at this rate.




Arlan Arnsten
Vice President of Sales
Appearance:
Deep caramel color…chestnut-like and slightly hazy.
Aroma:
Phenolic, Earthy, and spicy.
Flavor:
Crisp with malt and sweet-like flavors…earthy and spicy…little hop flavor and bitterness.
Palate:
Carbonation is holding well. Has a full mouthfeel with a warm alcohol dry finish.
Overall:
Deceivingly easy --- watch out, it'll get you with the alcohol. Still my personal favorite Epic and perhaps my favorite of all our beers!




Chris Cochran
Marketing & Promotions
Appearance:
Medium brown (like a pale rootbeer) with nice CO2, bright and good head retention.
Aroma:
Typical spices seem to dominate, but also has a earthy, grainy, bread-like aroma. The malty, sweet character seems to come out as it warms.
Flavor:
The spices speak loudest, but there is noticeable alcohol, yeastiness, and a malt presence that is nice.
Palate:
Clean and medium-bodied. The CO2 dances on the tongue nicely which I think helps balance the beer.
Overall:
Deceivingly easy --- watch out, it'll get you with the alcohol. Still my personal favorite Epic and perhaps my favorite of all our beers!




John Egan
Packaging Supervisor, Stone Brewing Co.
Appearance:
Effervescent with some slight chunks.
Aroma:
Nutty, with hints of chocolate or very mild sweet bread. It has a mild sherry-like fruit aroma like cooked raisins.
Flavor:
Delicious, nutty, nice matliness with wheat characteristics. Rich and burgundy-like.
Palate:
Nice CO2, bubbly and crisp.
Overall:
Aged extremely well. Wonderful and complex.