Dogbrick (8813) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not quite as good as last yearís version but I liked it well enough. Pours golden orange with a thick off-white head. Nice lacing through the entire glass. The aroma is big on malt, along with some hops, butter and alcohol. Rich-bodied and smooth despite the bitter hops and borderline harsh alcohol. There are also malt and grapefuit flavors in the mix. Despite being a little rough this is a good Barley Wine.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle-In the vaults of HI International. Super hoppy and intense, as expected. Some caramelly malts, huge pine orange hops in here, and pretty bitter. Some lychee. Very noticable alcohol in the finish, tasty, but a bit raw.
igneous1 (1506) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUN 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
deep cloudy golden color, minimal but mostly lasting head. aroma is very heavy on buttery toffee and earthy hops, and for some reason a little bit of canteloupe. flavor is lightly sweet, tongue numbing alcohol, hops not really all that assertive in the flavor. finish is moderately sweet. I was hoping this would be better.
pineypower (2588) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours out an amber color with basically no head. It has a very strong aroma of alcohol. The taste is somewhat bitter with an overwhelming amount of alcohol taste. Iíd reccoment Old Horizontal instead, much better barley wine.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber color with a thin head. Dominating hops aroma with sugar. Strong flavors of hops, maybe some malt too. Bitter finish. The hops are too strong for this barley wine to be very good, itís too unbalanced. The beer is probably too young.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2004
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2004 a bit to srong/bitter tasting for me,made me pucker up at each mouthfull.
not for me!
the more i drink of this the better it gets,just got in from mowing the lawn and this glass is awsone,,getting better.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark caramel with a half inch head that fades to a thin broken layer. Aroma of dough, and resiny piney hops. Flavor is of sweet malts, piney hops, and a little bit of citrusy hops. Flavor is a little bit more blended then most American barleywines which tend to have very divided flavors. It is a rich barleywine but mild enough that you can take a full mouthful without being overpowered, which lets you drink it a bit to fast. Very nice.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The only things I didnt like about this beer is that it was not quite as full bodied as I had expected for such a strong beer, the color was a little too light, and the head didnt last as long as I had expected. Otherwise- this is an excellent barleywine. Malt and hops are balanced very well throughout the beer. The alcohol is also hidden nicely. Iíll buy more to save for next winter.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5140) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2012 This is my favorite Stone product. +++Coming in the typical 22 oz bottle from Stone. As always I loved the art/write up. It pours an opaque orange-red color. Small tan-orange head. Really a very pretty beer. The aroma is grapefruit and sugary sweet. The texture is thick and sweet. The flavor is sweet, malty and very hoppy. Far better balanced than most of Stoneís beers. The hop presence dominates but does not overwhelm. There is enough sweet maltiness to balance the beer quite well. Another hopheadís delight!
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gentle alcohol in the aroma. Pine, earthy, sweaty, spicy, citrus hops in the aroma with an underlying malt sweetness. Clear orange colouation with off-white head that recedes to thin cover and a nice ring around the glass. Assertively hoppy. Very alcoholic. Strongly malty with a very bitter finish. Medium body. Good carbonation. Lively mouthfeel. Flavours donít play well together. Will probably be much more integrated in a year or two. Needs to grow up. Bottle (enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT and Rastacouere). Thanks for this trade from eyedrinkale.