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 (2139) - 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.
jrob21 (3395) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet aromas. Some baked bread in there as well. Pours a cloudy golden color. Went well with some baked hoisin chicken I had. Full bodied and sweet fruit flavors. Awesome brew.
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 14, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz Bottles. 03/2006). Initial, estery nose gives way quickly to sweet, bready aromas. Pours clear and deep amber. Yellowish, medium-sized head that lasts pretty nicely but does dissipate to a thin yellow film. Some metalic notes up-front. Hot. Balanced toward bitterness, medium-full to full bodied. Skewed toward hops the maltiness is barely perceptible but does reveal some bready, caramel notes. Some dried fruit in the aftertaste. With some time and oxidation, this could probably develop into a nicer beer.
coolshmo (18) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - MAR 14, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Another solid brew from Stone Brewing Co. Aroma has a bit of alcohol, fairly mellow. Tastes quite hoppy, but very tame compared to a ruination or something like that. heavier mouthfeel. Iím generally not a big fan of the alcohol flavors, but this finishes very warm, and even the high alcohol% is not a problem with all the hops involved.