RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange pour with little head. Lots of malt, hops, and fruity aromas. Excellent balance. Slightly woody.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark caramel aroma leads to a fruity, hoppy wonder on the palate. Bitter finish. I’d like to try this again in a year.
hopdog (9856) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark amber color with a smaller off white head. Aromas of malts, caramel, and light hops. Tastes of fruits, malts and hops.
heemer77 (5174) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 13, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2005 Slightly chilled. Very large off white head that goes to a medium sized head as it sits. Body isi a light amber with a fair amount of carbonation. Aroma is deep caramel and toffee. It also has some rich buttery notes. I am having trouble describing the rich and delicious the sweet aroma. The taste is not as sweet as I would have expected. Notes of soap, pine and some caramel. Also some hints of toast and peanuts. This is subtle and not fruity, but actually fairly dry. A very nice barleywine. I wonder how this beauty would age.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JAN 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Cloudy amber colour, almost no head. Malty, caramelly aroma with that maple-syrupiness I find typical for Stone beers. Taste is caramelly, toffeish and vineous. As the beer warms up, chocolate comes to surface. The finish is hoppy, bitter and lasting. Thanks to saarlander for this one.
JPDIPSO (5109) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly hazed amber color with a smaller dense beige head. Sweet grapefruit and pale malts dance above the glass and urge my to stick my proboscis a bit farther in the glass. Light sweet malt and rather biting hops with a grapefruit acidity. Nice warming finish. Better than the earlier vintage I have had - at least IMO.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark orange with a light head and lacing. Rich hop and malt aroma. Flavour is malt, hops, hops and spice. Delicious, chewy and yummy. Thick body.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy amber with no head. Yeasty bread and malt aroma. Initial malt taste fades to bitter hops quickly. Very gritty mouthfeel. Not very well balanced. Sittng on one for next year.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy amber with almost no head. Floral, caramel aroma. Sharp malt taste with hop kick. Sweet bitter aftertaste. Not the smoothest one around, but enjoyable.
Pailhead (5685) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Excellent aroma of caramel, banana bread, cookie dough, alcohol, and slight hops. Pours a transparent reddish-orange with a white head that diminishes quickly. Pretty much tastes like it smells with more hops in the finish. Real nice caramel and banana bread flavors up front. Alcohol is covered up very well. Moderate hop finish that balances very well with the initial maltiness. This is a very good barley wine. If letting it sit depresses the hop finish, then drink it now because it has a very nice balance to it.