dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 18, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005. Aroma of butterscotch, toffee, pinepple, watermelon, tangerine. Appears orange-reddish-brown with good clarity, slight and slow effervescence of small bubbles, and a little frothy wisp of a cream-colored head. Flavor starts suprisingly bitter and hoppy, but quickly gives way to a raisins and molasses; its way out of balance right now, but age will mellow the hops and this should be super in years to come. Palate is appropriately chewy with slight bubbliness. Overall, this beer is greater than the sum of its parts; and I expect it to come into its own in the future.
nmoskop (79) - Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Limited winter í04 release, 10.06% alc...evidently they vary. This is the second barleywine Iíve tried and they seem to keep getting better. Caramel, citrus, and malt maybe roasted malt flavor with a surprising dry hop finish. Medium white head with a caramel hop aroma. Iíd love to try it on tap some day, maybe my next trip to San Diego. Anywho, great beer...Itís really starting to kick in now so Iíll enjoy whatís left of it.
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005. Cellar Temp. Orange red with and effervescent tan head. Big aroma of candy apples and fresh raspberry. Full frontal assault on the first sip. Super bitterness crawls into the middle and tears #$@& up. Feel like the flavors are getting a bit bullied, they are there but I canít pick them out of the bitterness. Very surprising after the gentle and enticing aroma. Now, the bitterness is very strong, but strangely not out of balance. As this beer rounds over time I would guess it will improve.
djstatik (1) - USA - MAR 14, 2005 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
great robust flavor, nice brown sugar nose. i love the tint of rose color it has.
donít know if it will hold up too long in your cellar. I think it is best after 3 or 4 months in the bottle.great cold sunday barlywine, sit back and enjoy the complex spices that will keep you guessing. When you see one of these, GRAB the case. They are hard to come bye and well worth the hunt.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy amber with medium carbonation and a thin white head. Smells very malty with caramel notes. Complex sweet flavor with caramel and sweet "light" fruit. Some spiciness in the backend along with some bitterness. Not as thick as I was expecting which was a good thing for this beer.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Biscuits and caramel nose with some hop oil. Mild citrus with some slight dark fruit and marzipan. Some sherry and brany notes with good vanilla. Mild bitterness with good resin on the palate. Some residual sweetness and mild roasted nuts at the finish with a final bitterness. Would like it to be much bigger.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2009 (Bottle, 2004 vintage) Pours an orange body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel and citrus. Flavor of rich malt, hops, and caramel.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2005 Very hoppy in true Stone fashion, not surprisingly, for a barley wine which balances out the alcohol very well. Not nearly as dark as I was expecting--deep bronze--along with a lighter mouth feel too. Great offering from Stone--will warm you up to be sure.
Kevin (2160) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap. nice orange and amber with a tan head. aroma of sweet syrup and malt with a strong citrus. alcohol notes. syrupy mouthfeel. alcohol flavors with a strong vanilla raspberry hint. woody malt with a potent strong hop finish. lingering pepper notes. chocolate and caramel mingle nicely, very warming.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 22 oz bomber: No head w/a lightly hazy medium amber body. Thin lacing of white around the top of the beer, and wells up light beige when swirled, but it doesnít last. Piney & citrusy(lemon) hop aromas. Also seems a little woody w/ hints of alcohol; Light bready malts w/ hints of caramel and fruity citrusy hops. Very well balanced w/ toasty malt flavor, caramel, and piney flavored hops. Sweet up front, but the finish is lightly bitter and aftertaste that is citrusy, resiny, hop. A little alcohol sweetness, but overall not noticeable. Full bodied, well hidden, slightly warming alcohol. Low carbonation and overall very smooth & thick. This one seems more well balanced than O.G.ís in the past. Well made and drinkable now, and it seems like it will age very well.