~ Sixth Tasting ~
March 24th, 2005
(3 Years, 1 Month, 22 Days)
Click on a photo for Tasting Notes

Steve Wagner
President & Brewmaster
Lee Chase
Head Brewer
Greg Koch
Chairman & CEO
Chris Cochran
Marketing & Promotions
Guest Taster:
John Egan
Brewing Facilities Manager, Stone Brewing Co.
('03 Vertical Epic also tasted during this session)





Steve Wagner

President & Brewmaster
Appearance:
Still clear with a deep straw color (is the color darkening a bit?).
Aroma:
Spices and yeast with a little malt & wheat. .
Flavor:
Spices: coriander, orange, and still strong pepper! Some yeast flavor and wheat tart/dryness. A little sweetness is developing in the finish.
Palate:
Carbonation a little low, medium body, and the mouthfeel is a little dry.
Overall:
Still needs time to meld flavors into more than sum of parts.




Lee Chase

Head Brewer
Appearance:
Super clear, but with some haze if you swirl it at the end. A “hazy IPA” look after swirling in the yeast sediment.
Aroma:
Fruity & spicy with a little pepper and some seasalt air…better as it warms a bit.
Flavor:
Peachy/apricot cream with more bitterness as it warms up. The spiciness is still there but seems to be blending in with the rest of the beers character (orange peel, hops, wheat, yeast) but still pretty strong.
Palate:
Soft at start with lingering medium body texture. A little bit astringent, but a pleasant almost dry mouthfeel.
Overall:
I like where this is going, but I don’t like that so much is gone!




Greg Koch

Chairman & CEO
Appearance:
Bright!
Aroma:
Spicy… orange…
Flavor:
Starting to mellow. Some of the hop and spicy character easing off, yet still pretty bright and clear on the palate (i.e. not musty).
Palate:
Carbonation is a little on the light side in this sample.
Overall:
Flavors melding and not layered as they were. As such, they are harder to pick out individually. Tasty.




Chris Cochran

Marketing & Promotions
Appearance:
Super-duper bright and golden yellow (before yeast sediment poured in). Very little head.
Aroma:
Yeast-doughy and spices. Citrus notes are present too.
Flavor:
Very little hop bittereness, but wonderful spice, yeast and orangey character.
Palate:
Seems that the carbonation is diminishing a little. Medium body. Coats the tongue nicely.
Overall:
Still seems to be in the process of evolving, but the distinct spice character is predominant and hard to miss. Excellent!




Guest Taster:

John Egan
Packaging Supervisor
Stone Brewing Co.
Appearance:
Looks great…nice, bright and golden .
Aroma:
Nice citrus, spiciness character with a clean pastry maltiness.
Flavor:
Orangish, tart, sweet malt / biscuity, very drinkable.
Palate:
Spicy bite, bitterness from coriander? Orange peel? Smooth but not much CO2 bite.
Overall:
Very nice beer. A bit more bitter than expected but very enjoyable. Should have no problem holding up for another, oh say…7 years!