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. It’s pretty quaffable although the alcohol is certainly evident in this still young brew.
cathcacr (636) - Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m only about 1/4 through the bottle by now, and it’s starting to kick my ass. Doubtful I could give a totally objective review at this point. :-) This is something like the other Barley Wines I’ve had -- smooth, mellow, and overpowering, like some magic elixir for drunken serenity, without the alcohol burn of hard liquor. It’ll knock me flat, but in the meantime, it should enliven this silly presidential debate. Stone, as usual, knows how to make beer.
aracauna (3145) - 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 isn’t 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.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I hate to reiterate but this beer is pretty light for the style and much lighter in color than last years version. The head: white and creamy and the lace: intricate in its falling. Quite the handsome beer for sure.
The nose is quite alcoholic but also quite tropical. Dripping juicy hops, caramel, melon and pineapple are all over the nose.
This tastes odd. It is quite tasty but this doesn’t taste even close to any other barley wines I have had before. The so called "tropical notes" that I experienced in the nose appear old in the flavor and smashed with a hammer. Strong and very pleasant citrus notes in the mid-palate with mandarin oranges, caramel and lemons. The finish is long, quite alcoholic and very bitter.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2005 Great red color with a thick head. Smells like there’s alcohol in there, tastes the same. Also quite malty. A little bit fruity, too...a very good beer.
On second taste, there’s not much to it but hops and alcohol. Still nice and thick and a good warmer, though.
SDalkoholic (2179) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gloomy copper colored with thick fluffy head. Getting a smell of this stuff made my eyes feel like they got watery. Has some ruby red grapefruit or a splash of pineapple juice along with dark black cherry presence. Gives the impression of a warm alcohol sensation just like a wine or cognac does. A bit to strong for my liking but if age is what will make this brew simmer down then i’d like to try it at a later time.
Shag (2638) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2005 The aroma is oak and some cherries. The apperance is copper colored with a nice lacing. The flavor is citrusy with some cherry and orange. It has a nice alcohol warming effect. The aftertaste leaves an almost buttery coat. Its like a Double Bastard Lite. Good stuff.
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2009 Intensely hoppy nose, dark roasted plums, wood, butterscotch and maple syrup. The flavor is pleasent: big and hoppy, like Bigfoot, with a nice musty malt sweetness that really scores points. Really good for being so young.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an absolutely beautiful dark clear ruby red amber with a thick off-white head. Aroma is is malty with a hint of whiskey and bourbon. Taste is extremely malty with a ton of hops and notes of caramel, butterscotch, honey, dark fruit, plums and vanilla. Sticky, sweet and syrupy - just glorious on the palate. Bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very full, round and creamy. Has a prominent, yet, not overpowering presence of alcohol. Great lacing and head retention. A world class barleywine. Highly recommended!