~ Fifth Tasting ~
March 24th, 2005
(2 Years, 21 days)
Click on a photo for Tasting Notes

Steve Wagner
President & Brewmaster
Lee Chase
Head Brewer
Greg Koch
Chairman & CEO
Chris Cochran
Marketing & Promotions
John Egan
Guest Taster
Packaging Supervisor
('02 Vertical Epic also tasted during this session)





Steve Wagner
President & Brewmaster
Appearance:
Clear, light brown, with a tan head.
Aroma:
Belgian yeast, dark malt, and spices.
Flavor:
Abbey yeast flavors: strong with dark malt dryness and some spices (coriander). More malt complexity comes through as it warms up. The finish sweetens as well.
Palate:
Good carbonation, full bodied, and a nice rich mouthfeel.
Overall:
Shows well now…I look forward to some age-induced flavors working their magic.





Lee Chase
Head Brewer
Appearance:
A nice Light/medium brown, with average carbonation, and fairly clear in my sample (but with some haze in other samples).
Aroma:
Initial aroma was actually kinda hoppy (but that will change as it warms). A little roastiness, caramel, and a touch of yeast character…with some Earthiness too.
Flavor:
Dry, slightly roasty & toasty with some slight caramel notes. Not much spice character at the start, but comes through as it warms up.
Palate:
Dry and a little thin from the top of the bottle, but more body and more depth after yeasting it…too much yeast and it gets a bit chalky.
Overall:
Good now, better as it warms, and better with yeast in the sample. Was it better before? I didn’t get as much spice out of it. If an alligator pepper kernel falls into a beer and no one drinks it for nine years, was it there?




Greg Koch
Chairman & CEO
Appearance:
Slightly hazy, but only slightly.
Aroma:
Roasty. A more mellowed roastiness than what I recall. Slight honey. Dates. Saw John write “chocolate truffle” and would agree… rumball too.
Flavor:
A light roastiness, bread pudding, and cocoa.
Palate:
Warming. Effervescent yet bready (in a bread pudding way). Amazingly lingering late bitterness and roastiness, although not overly intense .
Overall:
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Chris Cochran
Marketing & Promotions
Appearance:
Good looking light brown color, nice and bright (clear), with very little head.
Aroma:
The nose is very subtle. Some caramel/malt notes are present but little hop character. As it warms alcohol comes forward with a hint of raisins or plums.
Flavor:
Toffee, caramel, and roastiness are all present with a tad bit of alcohol. Kinda dry with a little doughy character.
Palate:
Medium body with decent carbonation, but a little on the dry side. The warming effect (alcoholic) is more prevalent as it warms. Dances on the tongue.
Overall:
Interesting and complex and tough to describe. The flavors are melding, and it seems to be aging well, but it’s hard to pinpoint & decipher what’s happening in there.




John Egan
Packaging Supervisor, Stone Brewing Co.
Appearance:
Very bright, nice CO2, looks like dark rum with nice lace after the swirl of yeast.
Aroma:
Sweet, molasses, baked sugar, candy…chocolate truffle with coconut hints.
Flavor:
Like a good dessert / sweet bread. It has ever so slight hints of milk chocolate and nuts. Tastes great. Seems a bit spicy still – not overwhelming and easy to drink. Can still pick out some alligator pepper. Did we use it in this? I hope.
Palate:
Effervescent on the tongue; flavor explosion. Warming and alcohol as it warms.
Overall:
Great, aroma could’ve been a bit more intense but actually the huge flavor makes up for it. This is a damn fine ale!