Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light amber with a very thick off white head. Aroma is very spicy, and loaded with hops. Thick, floral, estery. Flavor is exceptional for this style. Rich and sweet, spicy and strong. Thick and syrupy on the palate. Alcohol finish. This is excellent.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I hate to reiterate but this beer is pretty light for the style and much lighter in color than last years version. The head: white and creamy and the lace: intricate in its falling. Quite the handsome beer for sure.
The nose is quite alcoholic but also quite tropical. Dripping juicy hops, caramel, melon and pineapple are all over the nose.
This tastes odd. It is quite tasty but this doesnít taste even close to any other barley wines I have had before. The so called "tropical notes" that I experienced in the nose appear old in the flavor and smashed with a hammer. Strong and very pleasant citrus notes in the mid-palate with mandarin oranges, caramel and lemons. The finish is long, quite alcoholic and very bitter.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2005 Great red color with a thick head. Smells like thereís alcohol in there, tastes the same. Also quite malty. A little bit fruity, too...a very good beer.
On second taste, thereís not much to it but hops and alcohol. Still nice and thick and a good warmer, though.
SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gloomy copper colored with thick fluffy head. Getting a smell of this stuff made my eyes feel like they got watery. Has some ruby red grapefruit or a splash of pineapple juice along with dark black cherry presence. Gives the impression of a warm alcohol sensation just like a wine or cognac does. A bit to strong for my liking but if age is what will make this brew simmer down then iíd like to try it at a later time.
Shag (2501) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2005 The aroma is oak and some cherries. The apperance is copper colored with a nice lacing. The flavor is citrusy with some cherry and orange. It has a nice alcohol warming effect. The aftertaste leaves an almost buttery coat. Its like a Double Bastard Lite. Good stuff.
3fourths (7514) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - SEP 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2009 Intensely hoppy nose, dark roasted plums, wood, butterscotch and maple syrup. The flavor is pleasent: big and hoppy, like Bigfoot, with a nice musty malt sweetness that really scores points. Really good for being so young.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an absolutely beautiful dark clear ruby red amber with a thick off-white head. Aroma is is malty with a hint of whiskey and bourbon. Taste is extremely malty with a ton of hops and notes of caramel, butterscotch, honey, dark fruit, plums and vanilla. Sticky, sweet and syrupy - just glorious on the palate. Bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very full, round and creamy. Has a prominent, yet, not overpowering presence of alcohol. Great lacing and head retention. A world class barleywine. Highly recommended!
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2004 Rich amber colouring with minimal head. Aroma is of grapefruit. Palate is smooth with minimal bitterness. Taste is of malt and grapefruit with a definite taste of hops, but not overwhelmingly so. A little harsh and unbalanced, seems a bit young. Will have to retry with some years behind it.
gsteph (320) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 Winter 04. Burnt orange color with minimal off white head. Enticing sweet caramel aroma. Complex sweet malt flavor, vanilla, caramel and a little grapefruit bite. Burning, vodka like, alcohol with a hoppy, pine finish. Big, thick and syrupy. An array of flavors. Beautiful brew. Definitely worth aging.
Winter 08 release. Orange, amber hue with a decent two finger off-white head. Receded quickly to thin topper with sticky lacing. Sweet creme brulee nose, brown sugar and vanilla but faint. Piney up front but not as much as expected from a young brew. Sweet and sticky, caramel, brown sugar and pancake syrup. Medium density with a short alcohol burn and mildly bitter finish. I have waited 4 years to get my hands on some of this. I was very disappointed. Aroma and flavor are not as pronounced as I remember or what I was expecting. I donít know if aging would help this at all. Definitely not what I was expecting from Stone.
Suttree (4734) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Winter 04 release. Orange/copper, tiny white head. Big grapefruit and plum aroma. Nicley bitter grapefruit flavor up front, with notes of smoke and pine. finally a resiny, thick finish. Big aftertaste. As good as it now, I wonder how some age will treat it.