Stone 8th
Anniversary Ale

~ 3rd Tasting ~
March 9th, 2006
(1Year, 6 Months)
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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:
Very hazy, dark, amber brown with a cream/tad head. Some solids too…
AROMA:
Malty (dark malts) with fruitiness and some hop aroma still present.
FLAVOR:
Prominent roasty/burnt flavors from the malt but not unpleasant dryness. Some hop bitterness comes through.
PALATE:
A little thin and lighter bodied.
OVERALL:
Age will do it good…let it ride…



Lee Chase

Head Brewer

APPEARANCE:
Like a well-worn pub: dark-stained wood – clean but gets chunky as the bottle goes around the table. No bubble nucleation…weird…
AROMA:
Toffee, toast, roasty, vanilla, with a hint of caramel --- delicious character.
FLAVOR:
Mmm, I really dig this stuff…vanilla mocha with toffee…like an Almond Roca (love it but haven’t had it in 15 years…it’s not vegan).
PALATE:
Low CO2 but not flat feeling – nice and drinkable.
OVERALL:
I REALLY like it now, and I expect to REALLY like it later.



Greg Koch

Chairman & CEO
APPEARANCE:
Light reddish-brown. Clearer than the others got as mine was the first pour from the bottle.
AROMA:
Roasty and toasty.
FLAVOR:
Hoppy and some alcohol with that roasty, toasty character  
PALATE:
No comment
OVERALL:
Frankly, still my least favorite of the Stone Anniversary Ales. My tastes don’t run towards that big, roasty character, even though I can see how it might be pleasing to others. I will probably like this better in…many…years.



Chris Cochran

Marketing & Promotions
APPEARANCE:
Deep brown like my eyes with an amber-red hue…like my eyes…
AROMA:
Chocolate, toffee, caramel and burnt sugar --- liquid decadence!
FLAVOR:
Sweet and rich, coffee with toasted malt mixed with roasted-like chocolate. 
PALATE:
Medium-body with decent CO2 and just an amazing rich aftertaste. This is one of those beers that you don’t want to eat or drink anything afterward.
OVERALL:
Really good! Love it…age it…enjoy it…


John Egan

Packaging Supervisor
APPEARANCE:
Beautiful color like mahogany and looks like brandy. Head retention is not that great.
AROMA:
Hints of chocolate, a little smoke, wood, oak, caramel, etc…This is  complex and delicious, and should be enjoyed by a fire with a nice cigar.
FLAVOR:
Amazing, like a well-crafted dessert! Wow what a beer…fantastic malt character, some coconut, and dried fruit. 
PALATE:
Smooth and warming…I want more!
OVERALL:
Outstanding. This beer should age extremely well, and it is one of my all-time favorites!


Bill Sherwood

Brewing Facilities Manager
APPEARANCE:
Brilliant deep amber, low foam head, and not much lace.  
AROMA:
Toffee & spice cake with a hint of coffee.
FLAVOR:
Toffee, currants, caramel --- burnt currants with chocolate & espresso background notes. 
PALATE:
Very pleasant, worthy of slow sipping…
OVERALL:
This sucker should age well!!


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)