DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 Dark coppery amber, smallish tan head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, molasses, all with a roasted undertone. Rich full feel that is smooth with very light carbonation. The alcohol is apparent. Citrus hops begin to come through as the bitterness begins to balance the sweet malt for a satisfying finish. Very easy to drink, maybe a little too easy.
2006 bottle on 2/14/2008 - This had more of a spicy hop aroma and flavor, with definite peppery, bitter finish. Rather harsh when first poured as it came from the fridge, but improves dramatically as it warms.
GregClow (3217) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, tupalev & jerc - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Early 2006 vintage. Orange-amber with a small head some some little floaties. Aroma is very warm and sweet - definately some booze in there. Flavour starts sweet and candyish, with hops creeping up in the finish. Quite easy to drink - the booze does start to come through as it warms, but you feel it more in the chest than in the mouth. It didn’t rock me quite as much as I’d expected, but it was still pretty damn good.
Aurelius (5094) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A stiff brew. On tap, Ginger Man NYC, Segal trip. Sweet, candied, boozy, cherry initial impression. Mouthy, woody, alcohol bitter, grew on me as it extended its tentacles into my good judgment. Technically very good. Dougy, cherry aftertaste. Volatile fruit extract aroma.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Jerc, GregClow, and Blankboy, Harry’s bottle. I’ve been looking forward to trying this one, even if it is a young 2006 version! Deep orange, small white head. Lots of alcohol in sweet aroma. Full mouthfeel - nice first impression. Very easy to drink - surprisingly. Wonderfully balanced alcohol and malt. Nice hops in middle and end. Lots of sweet bread notes. I really enjoyed drinking it, but as a barleywine, it was simple and straightforward - likely to age quite nicely. Thanks for sharing Harry!
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (650ml - 2006 vintage). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and tupalev - my bottle. Clear ruby with a large foamy off-white head. Simple, almost mild aroma of toasty malt, alcohol, woody and yeasty, perhaps a hint of soapiness, even citrus and a hint of lactic tang - pretty nice. Taste is somewhat boozy and bitter, citrusy and neither over-hopped nor too boozy-hot, although it snuck up on all of us, wow we felt it after; at the time, I thought "pleasant." A little light-bodied, astringent and alcoholic, I liked the mild citrus and woodiness - this one’s ready now, we didn’t think aging would really improve this brew greatly - consensus is it’s scarily easy to drink, I could have downed the whole bomber - I would have been face-down in the gutter later, but I could have done it.
rederic (3257) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 edition, bright dark amber color, with a frothy beige head, nice sweet caramelized malt, with a candied orange peels fruitiness, hint of pine, butterscotch and toffeee accents, with a brandy note in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a sweet caramelized character, notes of toffee and crème brulée, candied oranges and apricots fruitiness, with a piney floral hops accent coat in a caramel english pudding , leading towards a well hidden alcoholic punch and a piney floral hops bitterness finish.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2007 I had never had barely before I had this one just the other night. Was definitely an experience. I was definitely thrown a bit off guard by this beer and will have to try again. Was a lot heavier than expected, even though it’s clearly marked as 11.6 abv... Has some bitter smoothness in it. Was pretty good, but not fantastic.
After a year of aging, the taste is very nice. This is very smooth now, tasting like candy. Awesome with some age.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy oh hippie4beer. Thanks Seth. Honey, alcohol, oak flavor w/ a bitter hop finish. Good, but not excellent.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours orange apricot gold with a white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is caramel, toffee, and mango. Flavor is pretty complex and sticky: mango, caramel, wheat, apricot. Has a bitter kick, partially alcohol, partially hops? Wow.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Made a good appearance, poured a reddish orange hued amber with a foamy beige head that settled into a thin lacing, very minimal amount of sticking, good barley wine catbonation.
Had a nose of caramel and toffee, herbal, pine resins and orange zesty with whiffs of alcohol, not in your face alcohol, but tamed and subdued.
A crisp, hop slick, chewy and creamy smooth medium bodied mouth feel, very good sipping barley wine drinkability.
Delicious tasting, caramel, toffee and bready malts, orange juicy with a little citric rind, herbal and pine resins, a smooth rolling bitterness, a nice, slow alcohol warmth in the palate, for 11.2 ABV, quite tamed, dangerously quaffable, and a sweetish caramel, bready and hop oily and resiny finish with a mixture of spicy alcohol, caramel and toffee lingering in the aftertaste.
I’m a fan of IPA’s, but this is the best brew I’ve had so far from Stone Brewery, you can call it complex while at the same time simple, as in simply luscious and mouthwatering, just plain marvelous.