Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma makes the hair on my neck stand out. Big bold sour plum alcohol, its definitely hit and miss. Always a great light reddish-golden color. On and off flavor. Hints of caramel, dark fruits and bittersweet. The sweetness can be too overbearing, mouthfeel not as smooth and mellow as comes with aging. Ends with a nice finish though.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - grassy hops and alcohol in the aroma. Deep gold to pale amber. Not as red as last yearís. Thick, creamy beige head that left lacing nearly as thick as melted ice cream. Nice flavor! Caramel sweet, yet still bitter and alcoholic. Maybe a touch of vanilla? This is possibly a little thin and definitely young, but still enjoyable.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big bottle. Clear amber beer, thin head. A bit sweet and boozy, but overall malt and hops well blended and well balanced. Knocked me out for the night.
radiomgb (2249) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light orange-amber in colour. Aroma was quite hoppy, agressive alcohol, slightly sweet malt. The flavour had lots of alcohol, very hoppy, caramel, grapefruit. Large body, sticky mouthfeel, high carbonation. Finishes with a medium bitterness, very long with noticable alcohol. Quite good but still needs more time.
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. amber color, small white head with minimal lacing. very malty smell and taste with a strong alcohol flavor.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber color. Head is slow to form but musters up to make a small white head that diminishes to an edge ring. Decent lacing. Big sweet malt nose. Caramel aromas. Smooth mouthfeel, medium to full bodied. Very malty up front with a decent hop finish. Caramel seems to predominate the initial flavors. Very drinkable for being bottled in August.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was quite enjoyable but I think it was a little timid for a barleywine. Had the glowing amber body I have come to love in this style and immediate aromas of grapefruit, hops and caramel malts. I really liked how this beer was hopped and the grapefruit and caramel are there again in the flavours. Itís pretty quaffable although the alcohol is certainly evident in this still young brew.
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím only about 1/4 through the bottle by now, and itís starting to kick my ass. Doubtful I could give a totally objective review at this point. :-) This is something like the other Barley Wines Iíve had -- smooth, mellow, and overpowering, like some magic elixir for drunken serenity, without the alcohol burn of hard liquor. Itíll knock me flat, but in the meantime, it should enliven this silly presidential debate. Stone, as usual, knows how to make beer.
aracauna (3084) - Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An attractive, slightly hazed medium reddish amber body catches the light nicely so that it seems to glow a little. The head is reserved and fades relatively quickly. Raisins and dried apricots meld with firewood and creosote on the nose. The body is full and a bit cake-like. The bitterness isnít overblown, but balances the sweetness of the beer nicely. Nice barleywine.
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light amber with a very thick off white head. Aroma is very spicy, and loaded with hops. Thick, floral, estery. Flavor is exceptional for this style. Rich and sweet, spicy and strong. Thick and syrupy on the palate. Alcohol finish. This is excellent.