heemer77 (5060) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 13, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2005 Slightly chilled. Very large off white head that goes to a medium sized head as it sits. Body isi a light amber with a fair amount of carbonation. Aroma is deep caramel and toffee. It also has some rich buttery notes. I am having trouble describing the rich and delicious the sweet aroma. The taste is not as sweet as I would have expected. Notes of soap, pine and some caramel. Also some hints of toast and peanuts. This is subtle and not fruity, but actually fairly dry. A very nice barleywine. I wonder how this beauty would age.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JAN 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Cloudy amber colour, almost no head. Malty, caramelly aroma with that maple-syrupiness I find typical for Stone beers. Taste is caramelly, toffeish and vineous. As the beer warms up, chocolate comes to surface. The finish is hoppy, bitter and lasting. Thanks to saarlander for this one.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly hazed amber color with a smaller dense beige head. Sweet grapefruit and pale malts dance above the glass and urge my to stick my proboscis a bit farther in the glass. Light sweet malt and rather biting hops with a grapefruit acidity. Nice warming finish. Better than the earlier vintage I have had - at least IMO.
presario (4432) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark orange with a light head and lacing. Rich hop and malt aroma. Flavour is malt, hops, hops and spice. Delicious, chewy and yummy. Thick body.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy amber with no head. Yeasty bread and malt aroma. Initial malt taste fades to bitter hops quickly. Very gritty mouthfeel. Not very well balanced. Sittng on one for next year.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy amber with almost no head. Floral, caramel aroma. Sharp malt taste with hop kick. Sweet bitter aftertaste. Not the smoothest one around, but enjoyable.
Pailhead (4236) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Excellent aroma of caramel, banana bread, cookie dough, alcohol, and slight hops. Pours a transparent reddish-orange with a white head that diminishes quickly. Pretty much tastes like it smells with more hops in the finish. Real nice caramel and banana bread flavors up front. Alcohol is covered up very well. Moderate hop finish that balances very well with the initial maltiness. This is a very good barley wine. If letting it sit depresses the hop finish, then drink it now because it has a very nice balance to it.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gorgeous hazy peachy appearance, with a slimmish layer of foam on top.
Exhilirating nose...yeasty and citric at first, toasty and potent, from the top of it...wide open citric fruit character, not what Iíd expected...serious smell, leaking in the alcoholic content, slowly, tingling with further fruitiness, begging me to finally taste...
mmmm...this is a new kind of yumminess, one I donít remember from other versions...citric sweetness, a delicious oxymoron, is chief among the flavor contributions..peach and apricot, mix with honey and spice, while the booze facts stands tall above it all, as well. Very happy, humming, brilliant brew, this is...lands gladly on the palate, too, though it makes no considerable impact. Sits there comfortably, imparting juicy, jubilant flavor ...very interesting, and not what I expected, less like a typical American barleywine, and more like some English old ales, or even like certain Belgian brews, certainly in an exclusive class...this is a tangy thing, a powerfully flavored ale, confident and kind,it delivers itís goodness, assured in itís mission, it drops this delicacy and moves on, like all good soldiers should...
zathrus13 (1662) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber/otrange color, with a faoirly large head. Aromas are sweet malt, fruit, and bread dough. Taste is sweet and fruity at first, then turns sharp and bitter. Aging a while should help this one. Thanks to Sick_boy282 for including this as an extra in our last trade.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a golden orange color. Aroma is doughy/yeasty, with creamy malts and a little alcohol. Flavor is similar, sharp alcohol flavor, mixed with enormous malts. Palate is smooth. A bit too much alcohol in the flavor.Thanks to HerftyDrF for this one!