PilsnerPeter (3034) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flowery and perfumy aroma. The flavor is a bit earthy, candyish malt aspect and maybe a touch of peppermint flavor. The finish is dry and has a long alcohol warmth. Nicely balanced.
undsioux7 (869) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper/dark amber with a medium off white head that dissapates. Aroma of sugar candy and sweet malts. Illinismitty did a great job of explaning it. Look at his a few down.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, and some alcohol comes through. Taste is pretty much the same but with an alchohol burn, some sweetness. Just doesn’t do much for me.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Honey malt aroma, some fruit sweetness comes through, taste is big time sweet,maple honey and then carmel,that carmel becomes dominant along with a little alcohol in the aftertaste,a little bit of hop shows up occasionally,somewhat one dimensional,needs a little more complexity to get into the higher 4’s
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2006 Early 2006 early release. Pours copper with a diminishing head. Malty aroma with notes of sugary dried fruit and caramel, but as it warms, the alcohol comes out in the aroma. Some earthy, tea, and caramel flavors that get squashed by the peppery hops. The finish is a tad hot and boozy. Nice mouthfeel though. This should get WAY better with age. I think this is too young. Good thing I bought two.
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2007 Aroma is fantastic. Smooth flavor and texture, you can feel the alcohol a bit. Very enjoyable.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at fff brewpub - pretty carbonated, massive head. not very stone-ish. pretty barleywine-ish. classic barleywine, in fact. not very hoppy, pretty strong malt backbone. alcohol reasonably well hidden. actually not very complex, which i liked a lot. a pretty simple barleywine, i could see people not liking it for that reason. oh yeah, tasted really soapy at first. which is weird, given that it wasn’t super hoppy.
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2006 2006 early release. Pours a clear, medium red with a small white head. Fruit and malt in the aroma. Same in the taste. Not as vineous as an English barley wine, but not as hoppy as I would expect from stone. Bitter but no hop flavor or aroma. Some plum, raisin, pear. Aftertaste fades moderately quickly. Pretty smooth overall. Just a little alcohol burn. Heavy mouthfull but not sticky or too sweet. By my calculations a 22 oz bomber of this stuff has the same alcohol as 4 buds...definately leaves you with a buzz.
I’m deducting a point from overall for the story on the back of the bottle. Its long, completely pointless, in tiny letters, and each line is so long you have to turn the bottle to read it so you lose your place when you go to the next line.
fiulijn (17458) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber color; small but persistent head. Malty nose, and sweet caramel. Medium thickness, quite oily mouthfeel; round; malty, but with more caramel than other examples; the alcohol is too warming; some hop resins. At the end the bitterness is well blended with the malt. Solid and well brewed, without thrills.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUL 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber of the ’06. Pours reddish copper with thin beige head. The aroma is light and smooth with raisins, some candy sweetness, some caramel, some leaves, and pine needles. The flavor is pine sap, sugar, and alcohol at first. Then wood, earth, and toasty malt. The finish is smoke and alcohol. The whole brew gets slightly spicy as it nears room temperature. It’s a little on the sugary sweet side for me, and the alcohol could be masked better, but still decent.