Stone 7th
Anniversary Ale

~ 3rd Tasting ~
March 9th , 2006
(2 Years, 6 Months)
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
Packaging Supervisor


Bill Sherwood
Brewing Facilities Manager




Steve Wagner

President & Brewmaster

APPEARANCE:
Hazy, amber gold.
AROMA:
Very fruity with some malt and hops. Sherry notes – oxidation?
FLAVOR:
Sweet, candied fruit, hop bitterness is moderate with some staling and alcohol.
PALATE:
Full-bodied, lacking a little carbonation with lingering sweetness.
OVERALL:
Drink it now!



Lee Chase

Head Brewer

APPEARANCE:
Nice and clean with some slight haze noticeable. Mild nucleation (bubble formation).
AROMA:
Smells like it has had some age…sweetness in the aroma. Caramel, low hops, clean, with some yeast complexity and some fruit.
FLAVOR:
Big caramel with soft texture, mild toasty malt tones. Alcoholic with a bit of bitterness to balance.
PALATE:
Nice rounded texture.
OVERALL:
Pleasant – couldn’t drink too much but enjoyable.



Greg Koch

Chairman & CEO

APPEARANCE:
Deep golden and rich looking. A little hazy.  
AROMA:
Showing some oxidation and not as vibrant as it once was.
FLAVOR:
Also some oxidation, but still quite nice. Orange citrus, hoppy bitterness, and alcohol.
PALATE:
Very good carbonation but the oxidation gets in the way of full enjoyment.
OVERALL:
If you have any I would suggest opening one up and determining for yourself that maybe you should open and share the rest of what you have…I think I will.



Chris Cochran

Marketing & Promotions
APPEARANCE:
Brilliant gold, a tad hazy, with minimal head. 
AROMA:
Sweet, straw-like; meadowy with mild citrus notes. 
FLAVOR:
Sweet and a little buttery, oxidized?
PALATE:
Lingering bitterness is barely there but the sweetness carries across. 
OVERALL:
The 7.7% abv seems subtle at this point and it is showing it’s age…drink now in my opinion.



John Egan

Packaging Supervisor
APPEARANCE:
Looks great: nice CO2 and bright.  
AROMA:
Caramel, sweet candy, burnt sugar, and some vague fruitiness.  
FLAVOR:
Some age, but very tasty. Reminds me of Old Guardian only a bit on the lighter side as far as alcohol and body go, but definitely not flavor!
PALATE:
Nice CO2 bite, and warming alcohol.
OVERALL:
Nice brew, I like it. For a beer with so much hops, it’s very good for how old it is.



Bill Sherwood

Brewing Facilities Manager
APPEARANCE:
Copper-honey color with a slight haze.
AROMA:
Cardboard, straw, apricots, and honey.
FLAVOR:
Dried fruit, whole wheat toast, with a bitter finish.
PALATE:
Coarse, bitter, and rough on the tongue.
OVERALL:
Not bad. Really stale but some interesting fruity characters and the finish is a little coarse and rough.


 
Tastings from this session:
Stone 6th Anniversary Porter (3 Years, 7 Months)
Stone 7th Anniversary Ale (2 Years, 6 Months)
Stone 8th Anniversary Ale (1 Years, 6 Months)
Stone 9th Anniversary Ale (6 Months)