BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
frothy head with dark gold/orange transluscent ale. hoppy aroma is present with a nice malty element as well. bitterness is forward which surprised me. i haven’t had an aged barley wine, but can only assume this would mellow with time. alcohol is well hidden until i stand up. i liked it, but expected a little more.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2006 orange/amber body with not much head.smells of cherries,citurs,and cotton candy.flavors of grapefruit,sweet malts,and some hops at the end.pretty good but i bet some aging would help.
2005 BOTTLE RE-RATE:same color with a bit more alcohol in the smell.much of the same taste,again,this needs aging.
2006 LIMITED EARLY RELEASE:orange amber body with a nice creamy off white head.aroma was prunes,bubblegum,and grapefruit.first sip was very balanced with hops/malts.then an aftertaste of grapefruit,and bubblegum.the alcohol is more hidden in this years release.this is pretty good fresh but i bet a year and it would be superb.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004 bottle...Mostly clear copper pour with a medium white head. Aroma is vineous, malty and hoppy...kinda complex. Sweet to start, also get a quick kick of hops. middle mellows a little, the end holds a lot of hop presence. Not surprising from Stone, however, if this was able to sit in the cellar a couple of years, it may be volumes better.
ClarkVV (4005) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2007 2004 bottle. Pours a warm toned orange/light marmalade color. Hint of sediment in there and a good white head. Aroma of dry nutty hops, lightly bitter. Damp forest soil, some very dry toffee. Dough and grainy malt. Flavor is dry, nutty, bitter and thick. Even though I didnt have the patience to age this, it quite clearly needs it as this one is just a bittersweet monster right now which has had no time to let any complexities emerge. This is like a super-amped up version of their pale ale. Good potential, though I must admit, I miss the caramelly sweetness and tons of munich malt dosent a great barleywine make, but that’s just my preference. Rerate 04 draught A bit more lively mouthfeel than I remember and even some light tropical fruits and juicy citrus. Not nearly as malt heavy and purely bitter hops burn, but it still needs a lot more time.
Way too much for me still. Heavy, heavy bittersweet malt, with a fair amount of acidity and alcohol showing through. No relief in sight, especially as highly bitter hops hit the palate. Pleasant texture, but that’s not going to do much when it’s mountains of sugar, breadiness, bitterness and alcohol on top.
giarcsr (103) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had 2004 edition of this at O’Brians in SD. Aroma wasn’t anything amazing, and it seemed pretty opaque for a 10% barleywine, but it has a solid flavor to it, all the barleywines I’ve had have been improperly balanced between flavor and the taste of the alcohol, this one seems to get the formula right and has a solid balance of flavor balanced by the alcohol taste. I would say it’s one of the better barleywines available.
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 year’s. 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 (2463) - 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.