craftbeerdesign (2205) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sample at GABF on 9/20/11. dark orange pour with small off white head. light bourbon nose with caramel malts. full body with layers of bourbon, dark fruits and light oak. sweet warming finish with more bourbon notes. very smooth throughout.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at Stone 15th Anny party. Golden orange color. Aromas of bourbon and sweet malt.OG flavors of caramel malt, butterscotch, along with some alcohol burn. The bourbon barrel influence readily apparent and interesting mix. Not so sure how much I dig the two together. Happy to sample it.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 vintage served on tap at the Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration. The appearance is a clear boded golden brown without much head. The nose has a good oak/wood thing with some bourbon. The flavors have a lovely mild chard lighter oak, bourbon laced with vanilla, and aged hops. The mouth is medium to full boded and really smooth. A fine beer that has a nice union between the bourbon barrel and base beer.
phillya1 (3) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2011 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good, reasonably priced barley wine style ale ($5.49 or so for 22oz at upscale grocery chain). Small, diminishing off-white head; fair lacing. Cloudy amber appearance. Aroma is of bourbon and faint molasses. A full bodied beer with a good amount of alcohol heat, long flavor duration, mild sweetness and moderate bitter finish. Enjoyable experience.
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep orange/amber colour with no head. Aroma of bourbon, some citrus but not much else. The bourbon aroma is overwhelming. Flavour of bourbon, citrus, malt.
jrallen34 (3488) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Small bar as part of the Stone event. Drank side by side with the red wine version. 2005 batch...Pours a medium mostly transparent copper, looks watery with a light tan head. Looks exactly like the red wine...A really nice and smooth aroma that is almost a perfect strength because if it was any stronger it would overpower you. Vanilla, oak and bourbon come through, however the oak shows off a little harsh...The smoothness of he bourbon comes over on the taste but after that its pretty dead and boring. Not a ton of hops or vanilla and not as all smooth as the red wine.
Slightly below the red wine but try it if you can.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at RNH. Amber-ruddy pour with a tight white head. The nose is quite sweet and just lightly accented with vanilla and bourbon. Still smells quite resinous and piny so something makes me think this didn’t spend a ton of time in oak. Spicy/fruity hoppiness. Sticky palate - quite rich and chewy and very, very tasty. Amazing balance between the brawny barleywine and the soft kiss of complexity added by the barrel. Awesome - beer of the day for me.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Churchkey.
Pours a nice copper color with a bit of a mahogany hue. Off white head that leaves a few traces of lacing on the way down. Nose brings a strong bourbon character along with some nice wood and vanilla notes. A bit boozy, but not distractingly so. Taste brings the bourbon forward atop caramel, vanilla, oak, some sugar, and a bit of alcohol. Feel is quite nice and lively with a touch of creaminess. Drinks quite well and is a good example of one of my more preferred styles.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-06-2010
cpetrone84 (1600) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2011
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Had on tap at the Stone Total Tap Takeover in Baltimore (06 Vintage)
A-pours a lightly hazed brownish copper with an extremely thin and barely around tan head.
S-notes of oak and vanilla are very faint as there is a touch of caramel as cardboard and oxidation takes over with a faint burn of alcohol in the back.
T-follows the nose, extremely oxidized with tons of cardboard flavors and just a hint of caramel and vanilla as the only thing really around other than oxidation is heat in the finish.
M-syrupy and rough on the palate with a messy finish and a burning carbonation.
D-extremely oxidized offering little in the place of a base beer and the barrel aging adds minimal wood and vanilla.
zdk (1822) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at RnH for Stone tap takeover: ’06 version. Very sweet, fruity peaches, toasty, bready malts, toffee malts. Intense oakiness, throat tingly peppery. Tasty with a bit of oxidation.