BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber bottle. Pours a translucent amber-brown color with a nice foamy white head. Nose is big caramel malts, great hops, and fruitiness. Flavor is very toffee-malt...nice sweet malts balanced with piney, citric hoppiness. On draught or bottle...donít matter...itís all great. Alcohol is there, but the full bodied nature of this ale helps level it out. Big hop bitterness in the end. If this one ages like previous years then itís gonna be even better next year. Another Stone triumph.
mephisto (1284) - TAIWAN - APR 30, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
amber color and small head. caramel aroma full bodied. very hoppy and malty.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours reddish/bronze with a quickly receding, off white head. Some nice deep fruitiness in the nose - plum and over ripe banana really standing out. The high ABV is present in the nose as well. Loads of spice overwhelm the subtle hints of bakerís chocolate in the body. A good barleywine.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 21, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper/bronze in color, thin head, some lace. Deep malty aroma, alcohol vapors hit sinuses, hop resins and more. Full, thicky chewy body. Caramelly, orange like sweetness, extremley rich malt flavors followed by the hop and alcohol onslaught but the brew is soo smooth, it hides it. Well at least until the end when the bitterness makes the sides of the tounge bleed. Not really cloying considering the body, and the pine resin burps after rock. Stone, nice job.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
woody aroma with a warm alcohol finish. Some sweet malt notes with a bitter hop edge. alcohol is presence and gives it a warm feeling. Mohagany in color with a thinslightly off white head.
liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap, OrgeFest at the B.K. so it was a rough nite. i do remember it was good, extremely good. a fine example of a barley wine with a helluva a smoooth kick.
punkpie (19) - Covina, California, USA - APR 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Winter 2005 11.26% Alc. Vol.
Pours a red-orange... with the sweet smell of brown sugar and maybe caramel... at a first taste reminds me of maple syrup... the alcohol makes itís presence known... it has a bit of a bitter taste then becomes sweet again... with a lingering aftertaste... itís like dessert only better... Iím loving it!
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful red amber color, full beige head, sticky lace. Aroma is full of sweetness, mostly maple and fig, plenty of booze and some hops. Flavor is pretty sweet, maple again, boozy alcohol and some bitter hops on the tail end. I liked the body but the alcohol was pretty overwhelming. Give this one a couple years and hopefully it will mellow out a bit.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - APR 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2005 22oz, winter í04 release. Served in my NB worthy glass at 41.8į. Pours reddish orange with an off white, 1/4" head. The beer coats the glass as it is swirled. The aroma is malty with orangish, floral, and herbal hops. The flavor is pure maple syrup at first that are blindsided by the hops before they could get cloying. The hops are herbal and piney and somewhat bitter, but still fall short of harsh. The mouthfeel is good. The alcohol is there in the background and the hops are a big componet. I am scared that the hops and alcohol might jump from out behind a bush and kick my ass, but so far, the malt is keeping that from happening. Nice full body, I have another one that I will put some age on, I bet that will be awesome!
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I was expecting a lot out of this 2005 OG (the only OG Iíve had as of this review) Now I like barleywines just as much as the next beer geek, but this one was pretty... gross. It looks great, smells decent (a bit of cherries and quite fruity) but when I drank it, it tasted a lot like Robitussin cough syrup. Towards the end it had the same moutfeel as Robitussin as well, which turned my stomach a bit. Perhaps I should have aged this one a bit more. As a fresh brew itís not so hot.