awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 Vintage. Lovely reddish copper coloring with a thin, even, lightly roasted head. Describing the sweet aromas as cotton candy really nails this one on the head initially. Some vinous aromas of cherry and red grape skins also waft from my snifter. A bit of varnish like alcohol noted in the nose as well. Flavor is quite malty with a touch of bitter, piney hops saved for the last smack. Clean finishing, multi-layered beer with a carefully hidden wallop of alcohol. I’m looking forward to trying this again in another couple of years.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
from a 22oz 2006 vintage. copper in color with a small white head that disappears fast. aroma of bananas cinnamon toffee and nuts. flavor sweet and malty with some hoppy bitterness. full bodied with a long smooth bittersweet finish. very smooth and mellow for 11% alcohol is hidden well. one of the more mild barley wines i have had but still a good solid beer. i never expected to say mild or mellow when talking about a brew from stone.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Early 2006 release: Medium amber in color with a small head. aroma is sweet and malty with almost no detectible hop. Flavor is plesant with tons of sweet maltiness without being sticky or cloying. The finish has just the slightest hint of citris.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Enniskillen’s tasting
Pours a thin but beautiful amber. Aroma is sweet and sour cotton candy. This is a barleywine??? More like a cotton-candy-infused amber with pineapple. Palate is slippery. A nice surprise; mellow, and the alcohol is hidden nicely.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap at Toronado. probably the best BW I tasted there. Pours dark with a amedium head. Aromas of malt and even some cacao or such. Flavor of alcohol and malts but not overtly sweet. The palate was quite refreshing as far as Barleywines go. The finish was sweet and lasting.
marcus (7235) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Toronado. This dark amber ale poured with a small tan head, eliciting a malty aroma. The flavor was bitter, then sweet and fruity, then a long bitter finish.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Collins Pub REAL Stong Beer Festival. 3 tasters/$6. ’04 vintage. Dark orange copper color with huge frothy head. Banana aroma. Toffee/banana taste. Good stuff, but I was expecting more.
oldstock23 (11) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally had a chance to open my 22oz ’04 bottle. Well worth the wait. This is my favorite barleywine. Small head, light color with a very bitter dominant profile. Very dense - it has an underlying dark cherry undertoe that meets a malty, burnt, cognac edge. Large beer that starts out very smooth and ends not as warming as one might expect. However its perfect in a snifter while watching a fire. Don’t forget to match it with a strong blue cheese. Take your time with this one.
flemdawg (540) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
According to the bottle, this was a limited winter 2005 release, but it must have been the early part of 2005 because I know I got this bottle back in march of ’05 from Jsquire. I guess that makes this around a year old then. Reddish body with a light tan head that left just a trace of lacing. The aroma was like a fresh fruit stand. There were cherries, apples, and to my suprise a distinct orange. This must have been a roadside stand because I also got some earthy aromas along with the wooden wicker baskets the fruits were in. The flavors were right in line. The cherries and apples were there, but the oranges must have been bought, because I couldnt find them except for the bitter rinds. There was also a distinct woody taste that gave way to a harsh alcohol that almost ruined the whole thing. I think this could have used another season or two to mellow out a bit, but still pleasant.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - FEB 1, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(on bottle 2004 thamx Rasmus) Sligtly hay, dark orange, small beige head. Very mild aromas, surprice for me.Has some canesugar and tads of fat hops. Very sweet, almost cloyingly sweet tastes and and huge alcohol lash to the finish. Somewhat unbalanced, still.