j12601 (7955) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Rattle N Hum during their Stone event. Pours a ruby orange with a thin white head. Bourbon - tons of it, malt. Super sweet, very smooth. Delicate balance of barleywine and bourbon. Warm alcohol, smooth caramel and vanilla. Subtle and well done.
argo0 (12120) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, 2005 vintage. Minimal off-white head with clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, Bourbon, some grapefruit, light burn. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some Bourbon, alcohol burn. Sticky medium-full body.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005. Nice big vanilla-y oak aroma comes on strong. Still a good amount of hops in this, but they have been rounded off beautifully by time and the oaky vanilla barrel influence.
fbm115 (184) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap at Rattle n Hum. 2006 version
pours a light carmel yellow color. mostly clear with a touch of haze. small head cap.
smell is rich in light carmel and toffee notes. the bourbon flows smoothly with a dry tannic to clean up the malty sweetness. some alcohol to smell
the taste is rich with bourbon vanilla alcohol and carmel malt. some toffee comes though. the woodiness is low overall but the bourbon is rich. overall clean taste.
mouthfeel is rich and full bodied. low carbonation with small bubbles. creamy feel. some alcohol to feel.
overall i would love to have the opportunity to have this one again sometime.
GT2 (9347) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap 2004 ed. at Alewife Baltimore for Stone Total Tap Takeover. Poured a hazy, deep amber with a not much head and little lace. Amazing bourbon nose comes through with toasted coconut, vanilla, baked peaches. Taste is outstanding: fireside cordial qualities bring sweet booziness, warming spicy alcohol, subtle bourbon, vanilla, chewy caramel and toffee. All around outstanding.
Body is soft, powerful, lovely.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Rattle N Hum.
Gold with some cloudiness and creamy off-white head. Has a sweet aroma with some dark fruit, grapes, and a hint of vanilla/alcohol. Fairly sweet and full bodied with a light bitterness, and a bite from the alcohol.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at rattle n hum during the stone event with James and big T. Sweet and brutal barley wine. Bourbon adds a lot to this already epic brew. Vanilla, caramel, spice, bourbon.
TonyDiUlio (655) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had at rattle and hum with James and andrew for the stone event. Pour is A medium copper with thin egg shell head. Nice lace. Aroma is mild Bourbon with hints of wine and barley seasoning. Flavor is alcohol and barley leaves with yeast.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 edition on tap at alewife for the stone total tap takeover. pours a hazy, orange-copper with hints of gold and a thick, creamy, off-white head. aroma is wonderful with massive vanilla, oak, and coconut with hints of orange creamsickles, lemon citrus, and big notes of toffee. flavor was absolutely fantastic with tons of vanilla, oak, and toasted coconut with fruity notes of oranges, peaches, and lemons backed by grassy hops and light pine esters. palate is full bodied, smooth as silk, with a hint of sticky sweetness and light warmth on the swallow. overall, an amazing bourbon barrel barleywine.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
@ Alewife for Stone Tap Takeover Tour 2010. This was the 2004 bourbon barrel aged version. This had vanilla notes and sweet malty flavors on the nose. The appearance is slightly cloudy and deep reddish gold. Taste is sweet, but not too much. Flavors of vanilla, alcohol, and malty notes all coming through. The toffee flavors linger and really make this beer shine. ABV is high, but really goes well with this beer. Palate is thick and mildly carbonated. Overall a really nicely aged and matured barleywine. The best barleywine I have had ever.