pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 bottle. Pours rather clear with a rather substantial head for a barleywine. Red-brown with a creamy head and not many visible bubbles. The aroma is very "Stone" with big alcohol, big malt, and big hops. A bubble gum fruitiness sort of idealized barelywine smell, supercharged. Despite the clarity, this brew has some substance to it. Almost syrupy thickness in the mouth, with very little CO2 and a touch of alcohol burn. The flavor is everything I expect from a good barelywine and then some. A sweet creamy malty backbone with subtle fruit, alcohol (of course), and then the hops. Maybe molasses, and then something just a litte bit almost oaky, though it might be the strength of this beast making it bear a resemblence to bourbon. Thereís something mildly lactic about this too, though it might just be the way it is coating my mouth. This one reminds me a lot of the 2005 Bigfoot, which I also really enjoyed for many of the same reasons. The big difference is the lingering hoppy bitterness here.
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle. Clear copper/red beer, small white head. Hoppy, malty aroma and a bit fruity (banana, raisins). Palate is great, very little carbonation and smooth. Flavour is very sweet/sugary, caramel, bitter. Hoppy and fruity aftertaste.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 Surprisingly light colored for a barley wine, but still had the same flavor you would expect. A nice brew but not super amazing.
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2007 Update 4.3.07 Bottle shared with Adamskillin. Much better than before. Yum
2.22.06 Tap at Andyís for Stone Promo night. Strong, powerful, vinuous, slippery, caramelizations, smoky. Thatís all you need to know
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
You sure do know there is alcohol in this, but it really does not offend in the slightest. Malty, smokey and sweet to a point.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[2006 bottle] Clear red/orance color. Aroma is floral hops and some malty background. Flavors are huge hops, caramel sweetness, some earthy/light smoky tones as well. This is a very complex barleywine, and the alcohol is very well hidden among these flavors. I need to try this one after it has mellowed out a little.
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
on tap. good barleywine fruity as well as a good amout of hoppiness a pleasure to drink alcohol was easily hidden. very nice i wish i could have picked up a bottle
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2006. Pours a light amber/orange color with a quick fading white head. Aroma is lightly fruity with a mixture of alcohol. There are notes of prunes, syrup, and light bready aromas. Flavor is very malty and sweet, alcohol is pretty well hidden here. Finish is lasting and smokey. There are notes of carmelized sugars, caramel, and a slight vineous flavor. slightly bittering. Mouthfeel is huge and chewey. This beer was to celebrate my first teaching job!! I would like to see this one smooth out in a few years.
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lets just say I have been anticipating this one for quite some time, and while I did not drink my 2004 bottle, I settled for a more recently found 2006 one. Pours out almost red in color with a head that goes away really quick. Upon opening the hops come out of the bottle but it is not as bitter as first smell lets you think it would be. Taste is sweet, malty, and just really good. I drank this before dinner, and I really donít even feel like having any other beers. This is a really good one to drink if you want to just relax. Acutally it took me about 2 hours to drink a 22 of this. Damn good, seriously.
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bomber. Copper-hued, stunningly clear with warp-drive bubbles. Subdued yet lasting beige head. Aromas of syrupy malt, hemp, tarragon, canned fruit salad, candycane, licorice, and complex aclohols. Initial cedary and nutty flavor becomes herbal, barbecuey, grapey, leathery. Hints at grilled tropical fruits and expensive shoe store. Ethanol superbly integrated. Full mouthfeel is just shy of cloying. Perfectly carbonated for the style. Longlasting aftertaste showcases smokey/bitter hop flavor, fig, and bitter-apple, yet has a pronounced carbon/burnt sugar quality that is almost bilous. Outstanding in most repects, yet off-centered in some way I canít readily identify. Like nasty sex; flaws quickly forgotten at 11+ abv.