Boutip (5950) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a reddish color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of sweet malt is pretty intense with some discernable hops on the top. Taste is dominated by huge sweet malt on the border of being disgustingly too sweet. Finish is hoppy but not overly so and provide a nice balance with the malt. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, this is a nice example of an American barleywine and something I would probably seek again.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Creamy off-white head. Reddish amber body.
Malty BW aroma, slightly aged caramel feel with light hop background.
Flavor is great and blended hops and sweet fruity malt. Pretty thick flavor, nice mouthfeel. Looks fizzy, but doesn’t taste it. Good BW overall, but still a little average in some ways. I like the vanilla fruit aspect though.
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good barleywine. It has a great complexity to it, but you have to let it age. I found this out the hard way. I bought 4 bottles and drank 2 immediately. I was not impressed. The flavors were not melded well. I let the other 2 age for 1 yr. and it was a completely different beer. It had a great complexity to it. It was what a barleywine should be.
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an amber color with a slight white head. Slight fruity aroma with a good bit of alcohol. The flavor manages to have some hop bitterness, some fruity notes, and a lot of alcohol. This is a good beer and it packs a mean punch but not exactly what I was looking for.
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 bottle, one aquaried from cbkschubert. Very odd appearance. Very pale/amber looking with thin head. Nice aroma with malt being present and slight cherry scent. First taste reminded me of burton baton and did not taste like a barley wine. Very heavy cherry taste and hardley enough character. As it warmed it changed a few times. Ending up as a decent barley wine. The problem was that I had to let it warm up for atleast a half an hour. Pretty good barley wine but not one of Stones best. I got another bottle that I’m aging for another 3 years at least.
Update: Smoother and a nice malty flavor to it. Long legs in the appearance. Hides the alcohol well. Another 2 years could really make this shine. Old rating - 3.1
Bartzilla (621) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A delicious barley wine, as I would expect Stone to pump out and put on the shelves. Very rich, but not overwhelming and just enough hop bite to remind you that this isn’t some english barley syrup stuff. I eagerly await the next batch.
PilsnerPeter (3045) - 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 (871) - 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