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 (23012) - 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 (1410) - 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 (8159) - 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.
henrikb (1262) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Early 2006 - Amber body with golden edge, yellow head; Very beautiful nose, needs a bit more fill to be perfect to me, lots of overripe tangerine, earthy dry/dry soil, dry pepper as well as some toffee as aromas, the alcohol is shining trough just a bit; The body is almost flat, soft textured, a bit thin, a little sweet together with a very little salt; Medium long finish with some aromas, simpler then nose though: Tangerine, toffee, it is a little bitter and a little harsh, the texture and fill is again a little to thin. Another well made beer from Stone. Thanks Numenor!
rjulian24 (18) - USA - OCT 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Early 2006 release. One of the better Barleywines I have tried in a while. Pours rich amber color. Nice aroma citrusy, yet not overpowering. Large carmel toffey character in the nose with understated alcohol for the size. Flavor is rich, maybe a little hot but not bad. Carmel characters and malt blend nicely in the flavor. Sweetness is detectable, but not "sugary". Bitterness still quite detectable, but altogether very pleasant. Nice head and lacing preasant, thick in in the mouth. Really good beer that will only get better with age. I wonder though, shouldn’t this beer be bottle conditioned to handle the aging?
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours clear amber. Dark fruits, strawberrys, citrus, alcohol, toffee, caramell, vanilla, Creamy and extremely complex aroma. Grean leaves. Nuts, allmond. Bitter, hoppy and oily mouthfeel. Butterscotch, caramell malt, sweet flavour with piney/citrusy hops. Fiery and peppery. Big afterbitterness.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Limited Early 2006 Release, 22oz. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a one finger light yellow head. Aroma of brown sugar, ETOH, light smoke, grain malts--though not the crappy pale lager type--some resiny and earthy hops. Some caramel malt and dark fruity notes, light tinge of leather noticeable. Most apparent flavors are the grains, fruits, and then caramel malts. Hops show up in the finish--resiny with moderate bitterness. Chewy. Full bodied, moderate smooth carbonation, alcohol well covered til the finish--isn’t necessarily bad, just is. I don’t think I have a bad thing to say about this, but nothing really stands out as fantastic to me.
wxman (1744) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2007 Pours a golden orange with a pale yellow/brown head. Licorice aroma. Sweet malt flavor along with toffee and fruitiness. Very good stuff. The 11.26% ABV goes virtually unnoticed in the taste, but presents itself in the post-swallow warmth.