argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - APR 5, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2008 (3/2/08, 22oz bottle, vintage 2007) Creamy off-white head that leaves nice lacing atop hazy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, raisin/plum, grapefruit/pine/earthy, some alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, grapefruit, pine/earthy, some raisin, orange, alcohol, light vinous. Very smooth medium-full body with light chewiness. (7/4/8/4/16)
(12/6/05, draft) Never had this in draft before, and the biggest difference appears in the intensity of the nose. Clear deep amber body with off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, candied orange, prune, caramel, grapefruit, cherry, butterscotch, some alcohol. Taste is sweet, caramel, orange, grapefruit, pine, dark fruit, some alcohol. Smooth full body, great for sipping on a cold night. (9/4/8/4/16)
(4/5/04, bottle) Hazy amber body with large beige head. Aroma is relatively mild -- grapefruit, light caramel. Taste is sweet, grapefruit, caramel, pine, light vinous. Finishes with medium alcohol burn. Full body, some syrup and chewiness. (6/4/8/4/15)
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A really nice color, but too thin a head for top marks. Nose is a little underdeveloped on this one, but still has nice characteristics. Flavor is full, hoppy, and quite nice. This one would age pretty well, I'm guessing.
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice body! Deep red to very light brown in color with minimal head (just right for a Barley Wine). Nose is extremely sweet (first whiff reminded me of cotton candy), with hints of fruit (definitely put in a snifter as recommended). Taste is quite surprising. A lot dryer then expected with a kick of liquor as it warms its way down the throat. Creates a great moutfeel as it softly caresses the palate (not to strong in any particular area). Wish I had this one when it was colder. Gotta love Stone! I know I do.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear copper color with a frothy tan head. The aroma is of thick chewy crystal malts and hops, though the malt character seems to surprisingly dominate. The beer itself is thick and chewy, with lots of malt character. There is hop flavor in the finish with notes of orange and a grassiness. A bitterness then kicks in at the very end. This beer is surprisingly malty, though with definite hop character, it is quite subdued for Stone. I much prefer the regular Stone lineup to this one.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Very bitter beer. Really good though. Thanks Tchrome. Clear orange in color with a tan head. Malty hoppy flavor. Smooth brew. Yum.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2004 Hot damn! Pours clear orange with a tan head. Nice hoppy BW aroma. Big malt hoppy flavor with a lingering hop bitterness and flavor. This is one smooth brew! Yum Yum!!!!!
jester (1) - USA - MAR 25, 2004 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
a bit of sting, but overall an amazing balance for such strong flavors.... can't wait to try in 6 months...
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This barley wine pours with an amber body topped by a thick, off-white head with lots of lacing. The aroma is slighlty sweet and grapefruity from the hops with a slight pineapple note and a touch of pine and malt. The flavor is sweet, malty and fruity(grapefruit) with a pronounced piney bitterness. A great flavor. Full bodied, relatively smooth and warming.
Kinz (3292) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2006 Pretty copper, very clear, good head. Aroma is hop oriented around boiled grapefruit. Maple syrup malts greet you initially, followed by a peppery bitterness and more grapefruit. The alcohol is also clearly evident. I think I preferred the 2003, although I can’t put my finger on exactly why. NOTE: Rerate of the early 2006 release. Notes match almost identically, but alcohol not as evident as previously. Adjusted score accordingly, much higher now (previous 3.7), probably an indicator of my growing love for barley wines.
rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2009 2004 Vintage
The body was pale golden to amber colored with some copper tones. The head was about an inch thick and was fed by medium carbonation from beneath. This is my first barley wine, so I could be wrong, but I was anticipating a darker colored and thicker brew. The aroma was floral, perfumey hops with medicinal alcohol. The first sips also revealed an insane level of hops. This comes across as flirting pretty close to being a double/imperial IPA. The underlying malts are really sweet, with notes of toffee, pear, bubble gum, and banana being quite pronounced, along with a fair bit of grain.
Being very young, this brew had a bit of a harsh mouthfeel with flavors flying rapidly past each other and having not quite melded together. The tender age also made the alcohol too much up front with a warm burning sensation detracting from drinkability, and making this quite difficult to quaff. As I finish the 22 oz bomber, this beer is kicking my ass. I like my beers to have a more subtle punch than this. I will be cellaring my second bottle at least for an year, for it to come together better. I can see that the ingredients for an exceptional brew are all in here; they just need some more time.
For those of you stuck in 6% ABV Georgia (for now at least), Liquid Solutions ships here, and that’s how I got this one.
This is my second year of trying the locally unavailable Stone barleywine, and having gotten through several more beers of this style over the past year, I feel much more qualified this year.
The 22 oz. brown bomber looks identical to the 2004 version, except it has Winter 2005 release in the painted on artwork, and the musings on the back seem even longer. The beer pored out deep reddish amber and clear, with a cascade of bubbles making up a half inch thick foamy head which does not last long. The aroma seems muted at first with a hint of citric hops,