Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks more like an IPA in the glass than a barley wine. More golden than amber and fairly hazy with a nice thick head. Lots of sweet malts, toffee and caramel. Nice hoppy finish.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. This is a gorgeous looking brew. It pours viscous and ever so slightly hazy red-amber color, with a creamy off-white head that diminishes leisurely and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is sweet with lots of malts, plentiful hops and abundant alcohol. This smelled a bit of pineapple, molasses and orange cough syrup. Flavor is bold, sweet and thick, assertive hoppiness and a brash alcohol finsh with a lingering syrup and pine finish. Full body and creamy carbonation. Good now, and I look forward to trying it in a year or two when it's mellowed a bit.
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date seen, but then again, none needed. Poured out a clear copper color, with a decent, but short lived head. Aromas are of citrus, piney hops, malts, and bready yeast.
Alcohol is not prevalent in either aromas or tastes. In fact the alcohol is rather well hidden. Hoppy aftertaste to it, along with a rich mouthfeel. Not exactly creamy, but rich all the same. Overall, another winner from Stone Brewing.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 Copper in colour with t a thin quickly discipating white head. Nose is first hoppy and crisp later kinda malty, the tastet is wow malty and sweet very vapourish alcohol too. Overall, just great.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear copper with a frothy beige head. Aroma is hops, fruity, malty, note of alcohol. Rich and full in the mouth. Spicy and acidic. Good barley wine.
1more4dessert (315) - Upstate, New York, USA - APR 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark apricot color, decent foamy head, dried fruit, young malts, medium sweet, alcohol not too overt.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 9, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful glowing orange color with a creamy medium sized off-white head. Sweet candy grape, brown sugar, light floral hops and alcohol aroma. Sweet malt, brown sugar, floral hops, citrus and alcohol flavors. Thick but crisp feel. Very good!
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - APR 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Absolutely beautiful glowing deep orange color with a perfect creamy off-white head. The aroma was not what I expected. I didn't get a lot of hops here. Instead, I got some great brown sugar, molasses, grape candy, and alcohol tones. The flavor was very sweet...brown sugar, grapefruit, and alcohol. Thick, yet crisp feel...creamy! Very nice.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Peachy brown. Strong nose, sweet and quite hoppy, a bit of pine. Flavor is strong and hoppy, some woodiness. Richness is akin to maple syrup, maybe a bit of dry fruit like apricots in the background. Alcohol is a bit strong and overnoticeable. Tastes like it's trying to be Bigfoot's older brother, but doesn't have the malt heft to back up its strength. Certainly good, but still one of the least impressive things I've had from Stone (which, to be fair, is usually spectacular).
oakagedstout (1) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Overall a good barleywine, but it wasn't particularly unique. Maybe I was expecting too much. It is pretty hoppy...