~ Sixth Tasting ~
August 30th, 2005
(2 Years, 5 Months, 27 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
Matt Hanna
Guest Taster
Stone Fan
('02 Vertical Epic also tasted during this session)





Steve Wagner
President & Brewmaster
Appearance:
Clear, light brown, with a tan head.
Aroma:
Complex fruitiness with dark malt aromas. Beautiful.
Flavor:
Tasted a little dry at first but as it warms up, the malt flavors really open up – nice bottom of sweet toffee with dried burnt flavors.
Palate:
Good carbonation, full bodied with coating mouth feel.
Overall:
Coming along. I think a little oxidation in this will benefit it, and has been adding some additional sherry-like flavors and complexity.





Lee Chase
Head Brewer
Appearance:
Pours clear with some sediment at the bottom. Brown in color.
Aroma:
A little perfume sweetness, yeast aroma is subtle but present…did it die off a bit?
Flavor:
Some heat from alcohol, spicy pepperyness – really drinkable. Late (or acclimated) toasty, and some hops are detectable.
Palate:
Drinkably thin, but not watery. Nice, dry.
Overall:
Holding up nicely. Spiciness is not as present, but still really tasty!




Greg Koch
Chairman & CEO
Appearance:
Hazy reddish amber.
Aroma:
Light roastiness.
Flavor:
Amazingly light on the palate. A brown ale that next to most, would outshine them easily. Still, brown ales don’t excite me that much. I preferred it when it was spicier.
Palate:
This beer’s drinkability has shot up…almost disappointingly for me personally. Fascinating to experience the change over time though.
Overall:
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Arlan Arnsten
Vice President Sales
Appearance:
Deep amber nectar – slightly hazy (after the condensation was wiped away) because more hazy after I looked away.
Aroma:
Big malt nose.
Flavor:
Fruit flavors of apricot, cherries, and lemon.
Palate:
Big mouthful coating the palate – pleasantly appropriate.
Overall:
Great beer today – I’ll hang on to it for a long while.




Chris Cochran
Marketing & Promotions
Appearance:
Brownish-carmelly color, bright to begin before the yeast.
Aroma:
Fruity – yeasty, flowery? Not many spices in the nose.
Flavor:
Nutty, fruity, mild spice – perhaps pepper. The alcohol comes through at the finish.
Palate:
Medium – body, smoooooth beer. Nice CO2.
Overall:
2 ½ years, are you kidding me? This thing tastes great!




Matt Hanna
Stone Fan
Appearance:
Clear, little darker than ‘02.
Aroma:
Nice aroma.
Flavor:
Excellent – little more spicy than ‘02 but also seemed to mellow with age – very drinkable.
Palate:
Nice taste to the palate – smooth with a slight hop/spice.
Overall:
Very tasty – excellent aroma – nice hop and spice.