Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange amber colour with a thick head and a great aroma. Strong spicy caramel flavour that’s a bit earthy.
WeeHeavySD (3365) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2008 Taster at Stone’s new beer garden and bistro. 2005 Vintage. Pours Amber with a small head. The aroma is sweet and full of dried fruit. The taste is pure yum (I know very deScriptive). Sweet dried fruite with a nice full mouth feeling.
MiP (14738) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 11.26%. Quite malty aroma, some bonbon/caramel. Red amber colour. Very bonbony flavour and aftertaste, caramellized sugar, quite sweet. Nice, but a bit too bitter.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I look at the picture and wonder how did they get that head on this beer? For me and the bottle I had ; no way it is not happening, no head. Aroma and taste are mostly malts, caramel with not much hops, a sweet taste. Not bad but the alcohol is dominate in taste, for me.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cloudy with minimal head; hoppier than I expected. Love the writings on the bottle--so much fun for a beer that lacks every where else. Not my favorite Stone.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, "limited early 2006 release," whatever that means. Hazelnut color with a bubbly off-white head. Aroma of hops, vanilla, oak, citrus, caramely malts, bitter almond, alcohol, complex and nice. Big malts in the flavor, light hops, caramel, toffee, alcohol, vanilla again, sweet. Much thicker on the palate than I expected, nice carbonation. I love barley wines, and this is a nice take on one. Not as hoppy as an old horizontal, but much richer, I think I just found a new staple.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In the bottle at my 2006 Barleywine tasting. This was the 2005 vintage. Pours reddish amber with a copious beige head. The head stays thinly coated over the entire surface of the beer. Just beautiful. Super big alcohol nose. Very dry and has a great balancing bitterness with the medium sweetness. The finishing hops remain on the tongue and it has a backup chocolate flavor.
anders37 (21693) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber colour with a small off-white head. Sweet malty hoppy aroma with some hints of dark fruits. Sweet malty hoppy bitter flavor with some hints of dark fruits. Long warming malty hoppy finish.
DragonStout (1409) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours that nice copper color with an orange hue.Aroma is sweet as is the flavor.Definately a good barley wine when you can taste the dark fruits of raisin, figs , etc.Nice and clean the whole ride with the warming of the belly.
Ibrew2or3 (7930) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap @ O’Brien’s. 2004 vintage. Clear orange color with chunks of creamy tan head floating along the viscous barrier between air and elixir. Sweet malt and dark fruit aroma punctuated by some hop nose. Full Barleywine malt and fruitiness with thick smooth peanut butter mouthfeel. The hops have really evened out. Delicious. The 2005 I sampled next, here at O’Brien’s, had no head. The aroma was very light. The flavors are similar to the ’04 but a bit brighter. There was malt, molasses, a hint of toffee and a full dark fruitiness flavor. Wow, good stuff.