dret (22) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big and strong. Sweet, sticky, malty. Better balanced than what I’ve heard. Pleasant. Tastes great. Dry hop sweet aftertaste. I accually enjoy the outragious alcohol flavor.
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 vintage. Clear and reddish brown pour - almost no head but it lasts throughout. Just a little sweet and very strong on the alcohol aftertaste but certainly expected.
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - MAY 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 Vintage. 22 oz. Bottle and draft at Dilly Deli. Pours just a tad cloudy, deep orangish amber. ~1cm. off white, tannish head. Dissipates quickly to a layer of foam that ends up going away completely. Not much lacing. Huge, fruity hops and big sweet malt aroma. Citrusy, grapefruity, carmelly, grapes, cherries, fruit punch. Flavor is nice and bitter, then really sweet with a big malt backbone that carries a ton of complexity. It’s hard to pick out individual flavors. Really florally and grapefruity after the swallow. Mellows as it warms. Palate - high level of carbonation. Really nicely balanced between a ton of bitterness and a big, thick, chewy, but smooth malty mouthfeel. Feels light for how big it is. Little bit of alcohol warmth, but hides 11% really well. Great Barley wine. Not as sweet as some others. Right now it has a ton of hop flavor and aroma. Really nicely balanced, ton of hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma with a big, thick malty backbone. I bought a case and look forward to re-rating as it ages.
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear dark red-brown with a large pale yellow-brown head. Strong aroma of malts, fruit, butterscotch, caramel, and nuts. Some hops too. Strong hoppy bitter taste with a lovely alcohol burn. Sweet, sugary aftertaste with a very nice smooth finish. The body could be thicker and less agressive on the hops, but otherwise perfect.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spring 2006 bottle. Slightly hazy orange body, head is well retained, thin with small bubbles. Strong WC hop aroma, lots of citrus, pine, resin, sweetness and alcohol noticable. Taste is lively hops, balanced sweet malts, alcohol well masked. Malts are pretty sweet but balanced for a barleywine, some caramel flavor in there, slightly buttery. Body is very soft and approachable, but probably a little thin for the style. Solid stuff.
Crit (3775) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 Hazy orange amber, small lasting tan head.Alcoholic butterscotch nose.Taste is mostly alcohol and butterscotch, lots of hops. Thin and lacks body. The hoppiest,thinnest barleywine I have ever had. Don’t see what all the fuss is, the alcohol kills all the other tastes.6,3,5,2,11
Rerate Sept 14/06:
Tap at the Archer. Wow what a difference!!.Hazy amber,lasting beige head.Toffee,brown sugar nose.Well blended and complex molasses.brown sugar flavor, decently hopped,with medium alcohol heat
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
this was second barley wine i had .it was ok i have had better .the only other BW i ever had was FFF behemoth so i really have nothing to compare it to Still overall it was a good beer and everybody likes stone beer so you can not go wrong
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a hazy deep dark red brown color with a nice amount of froathy white head. Aroma is sweet caramel, pine, alcohol, and some citrus. Flavor is very very malty and sweet, almost syrupy, then swtiches quickly to a sharp citric abrasive hop finish. Overall, a nice cold night warmer upper.
can8ianben (1465) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderfully aromatic and sweet essence coming off of this on the pour. It is thick, syrupy, and sticky sweet. There is some alcohol present, but then again, it’s over 11%, so it should be! Deep dark red in colour, nicely different than a golden colour from other barley wines.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2011 Bottle 2006. Pours a deep amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades. Aroma is loads of sweet caramels, cookie dough and toffee, tons of pine and a heathy dose of alcohol. The flavor is very sweet and very bitter, lots of piney hops and caramel. Very warm and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is big and chewy.