bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Kook, tried at homebrew club night. Clear tawny brown body with a short lasting light tan head. Big malt aroma but with strong notes of pine and then the alcohol. The palate is easy drinking but not as promising as the nose, burnt caramel, toasted and some more dried fruit. Don’t pick up the alcohol as much in the taste as in the nose.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle enjoyed New Years Eve. Pours orange-amber with a light hazy. Big malt aroma with a nice crispness to it. Lots of alcohol, strong hops, and definite notes of citrus, minerals, and pine. The flavor was wonderful. Big malts with lots of caramel and great big pine hops. Some fruit presence. This thing has really started to blend and mellow. Full bodied and creamy with a semi-dry finish. I really like this. I wish I would have saved more than one bottle. If you have any 2004 give it a try!
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 (3379) - 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 (15253) - 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 (22720) - 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.