Stone 9th
Anniversary Ale

~ 2nd Tasting ~
March 9th , 2006
(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:
Clear golden, beautiful white head and nice retention.
AROMA:
Still a big hop aroma with alcohol and fruit…orangy.
FLAVOR:
A little sweet, but with wheat balance – hop flavor still present.
PALATE:
Medium-body, very drinkable, and good carbonation.
OVERALL:
I would drink now, not sure how it is going to get better!



Lee Chase

Head Brewer

APPEARANCE:
Clear with a medium foam head.
AROMA:
Nice hoppy aroma. Citrusy like some sweet juicy fruit and slightly reminiscent of the 04.04.04 Vertical Epic Ale: faint tart/acidic aroma.
FLAVOR:
Nice balance, big hops, and almost too drinkable. Noticeable alcohol (7.8%), slight peppery, nice bitterness now, but that is soon to fade I think. Complex.
PALATE:
Medium-bodied, nice and soft.
OVERALL:
Tasty – I agree with the notes I copied from Steve…drink it now!



Greg Koch

Chairman & CEO

APPEARANCE:
Light golden and clear with the ever-so-slightest haze.  
AROMA:
Fresh and lightly piney.
FLAVOR:
Still nice and punchy. Forward hoppy bitterness that lingers nicely. Slightly metallic and rather complex. 
PALATE:
Well carbonated. I don’t get that wheat softness on the palate, but then the wheat content was only modest to begin with.
OVERALL:
I really can’t say how I think this will age. It’s hoppy flavor characteristics are difficult to predict…will they mellow nicely, or just get “old”?



Chris Cochran

Marketing & Promotions
APPEARANCE:
Bright and gold, nice CO2 resulted in exquisite lace on the glass.
AROMA:
Hoppy (wet) with a perfumy/flowery mixed with citrus note.
FLAVOR:
Same as aroma – refreshing hop notes with pleasant malt balance on the aftertaste.  
PALATE:
The hop presence brings forth  a nice citrus character that is crisp from the carbonation.
OVERALL:
Nice – still “young” in my opinion but if you like ‘em hoppy and crisp go ahead and drink now because that hop character is going to fade.



John Egan

Packaging Supervisor
APPEARANCE:
Beautiful, great head, with a nice orangey color.
AROMA:
Some piney hop aroma, alcohol --- smells nice.   
FLAVOR:
Nice hop character and very balanced. There is some peppery, fruity, bubble gum thing going on…very interesting and delicious. Great malt character finishes it up.
PALATE:
Can I say “spritzy?” Nah, effervescent sounds more manly and sophisticated. This beer is different on the palate and has a refreshing characteristic --- good stuff.
OVERALL:
For as much hops as it has, it’s maintained a high degree of freshness. Great brew --- I’ll take another!



Bill Sherwood

Brewing Facilities Manager
APPEARANCE:
This beer just looked brilliant while being poured; is it possible to tell that a beer is going to be awesome  just by the way it pours?!
AROMA:
HOPS with a background of pleasant fresh malt.
FLAVOR:
Grapefruit candy, honey, and spicy-herby hops.  Bitter finish is pleasant and not harsh.
PALATE:
Very soft and tingly – effervescent – and very nice.
OVERALL:
Wow, this beer really kicks ass. It is improving with age and reminds me of a Triple on steroids.


 
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)