desurfer (1219) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a lucid mahogany with a quickly dissipating beige head. Aroma is big on malt and alcohol, very caramely, with a slight hoppy bite. Flavor is quite astringent and alcoholic, with a sticky sweet, full-feeling body. Lots of hops in there. A hint of orange rind. Again, more alcohol in the finish. Itís quite in-your-face, but then again, it is from Stone.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2005
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber body with dense off-white head, sweet nose with a hint of citrus and maraschino cherries, malts and solvent. Medicinal flavor, bitter finish.
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber bottle. Pours a translucent amber-brown color with a nice foamy white head. Nose is big caramel malts, great hops, and fruitiness. Flavor is very toffee-malt...nice sweet malts balanced with piney, citric hoppiness. On draught or bottle...donít matter...itís all great. Alcohol is there, but the full bodied nature of this ale helps level it out. Big hop bitterness in the end. If this one ages like previous years then itís gonna be even better next year. Another Stone triumph.
mephisto (1269) - TAIWAN - APR 30, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
amber color and small head. caramel aroma full bodied. very hoppy and malty.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours reddish/bronze with a quickly receding, off white head. Some nice deep fruitiness in the nose - plum and over ripe banana really standing out. The high ABV is present in the nose as well. Loads of spice overwhelm the subtle hints of bakerís chocolate in the body. A good barleywine.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 21, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper/bronze in color, thin head, some lace. Deep malty aroma, alcohol vapors hit sinuses, hop resins and more. Full, thicky chewy body. Caramelly, orange like sweetness, extremley rich malt flavors followed by the hop and alcohol onslaught but the brew is soo smooth, it hides it. Well at least until the end when the bitterness makes the sides of the tounge bleed. Not really cloying considering the body, and the pine resin burps after rock. Stone, nice job.
crazyvin (1942) - New York, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
woody aroma with a warm alcohol finish. Some sweet malt notes with a bitter hop edge. alcohol is presence and gives it a warm feeling. Mohagany in color with a thinslightly off white head.
liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap, OrgeFest at the B.K. so it was a rough nite. i do remember it was good, extremely good. a fine example of a barley wine with a helluva a smoooth kick.
punkpie (19) - Covina, California, USA - APR 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Winter 2005 11.26% Alc. Vol.
Pours a red-orange... with the sweet smell of brown sugar and maybe caramel... at a first taste reminds me of maple syrup... the alcohol makes itís presence known... it has a bit of a bitter taste then becomes sweet again... with a lingering aftertaste... itís like dessert only better... Iím loving it!
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful red amber color, full beige head, sticky lace. Aroma is full of sweetness, mostly maple and fig, plenty of booze and some hops. Flavor is pretty sweet, maple again, boozy alcohol and some bitter hops on the tail end. I liked the body but the alcohol was pretty overwhelming. Give this one a couple years and hopefully it will mellow out a bit.