aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Biscuits and caramel nose with some hop oil. Mild citrus with some slight dark fruit and marzipan. Some sherry and brany notes with good vanilla. Mild bitterness with good resin on the palate. Some residual sweetness and mild roasted nuts at the finish with a final bitterness. Would like it to be much bigger.
bu11zeye (12757) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2009 (Bottle, 2004 vintage) Pours an orange body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel and citrus. Flavor of rich malt, hops, and caramel.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2005 Very hoppy in true Stone fashion, not surprisingly, for a barley wine which balances out the alcohol very well. Not nearly as dark as I was expecting--deep bronze--along with a lighter mouth feel too. Great offering from Stone--will warm you up to be sure.
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap. nice orange and amber with a tan head. aroma of sweet syrup and malt with a strong citrus. alcohol notes. syrupy mouthfeel. alcohol flavors with a strong vanilla raspberry hint. woody malt with a potent strong hop finish. lingering pepper notes. chocolate and caramel mingle nicely, very warming.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 22 oz bomber: No head w/a lightly hazy medium amber body. Thin lacing of white around the top of the beer, and wells up light beige when swirled, but it doesnít last. Piney & citrusy(lemon) hop aromas. Also seems a little woody w/ hints of alcohol; Light bready malts w/ hints of caramel and fruity citrusy hops. Very well balanced w/ toasty malt flavor, caramel, and piney flavored hops. Sweet up front, but the finish is lightly bitter and aftertaste that is citrusy, resiny, hop. A little alcohol sweetness, but overall not noticeable. Full bodied, well hidden, slightly warming alcohol. Low carbonation and overall very smooth & thick. This one seems more well balanced than O.G.ís in the past. Well made and drinkable now, and it seems like it will age very well.
mjg74 (3029) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005. Pours a reddish orange color. Aroma is a little sweet and fairly malty. Some citric aroma is present. Flavor is quite hoppy. With a maltiness to mellow it out a little. Alcohol seems to be masked quite well as I canít taste any. Bottle reads 11.26%. Very ready to drink.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2006 Winter 2005 release one year later 22oz - Aroma is alcohol and hops with a touch of carmel. Appreance hasnít changed from original rating. Flavor is the opposite of aroma with the carmel being dominate, alcohol follows, then the hops. It is very smooth with a warming effect but not the burn I remember from the freshy. A year has been nice to this one.
Original rate date 3/1/05 score: 7/4/7/4/16=3.8
Winter 2005 release 22oz bottle - This is a sharp and hoppy barleywine with an aroma to match. Hops, malt, carmel with an alcohol bite. Great looking reddish brown with quickly dissipating off-white head and spotty lacing. Flavor is lasting bite of hops, alcohol, and carmel malts. Iím sure a year or two will make this an awesome brew.
Gachupines (1251) - USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty aggressive flavor for this barleywine. Strong hop flavor persists from first taste. Malt balances it out a little bit, but that bitterness lasts. Gets a little sweeter as I continue drinking, but overall for someone who wants a pretty bitter taste. Personally, Iíd try this one again.
highalphafan (18) - albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005. Comparitive analysis: By recent yearsí standards, Iím not as happy with this one. But then thatís why we age I suppose. The pour was flatter than recent vintages and the aromamuch less hoppy. Palate thick and oily as usual, but not as complex in the flavor department. Sort of candylike like an Avery brew. Weíll see, Iíll go back for more.
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2005 22oz, 2005 bottle. Smells heavily of butterscotch and hops. Sweet and malty start. Really thick, oily hop taste. Definitely needs time to age and blend flavor. Right now itís a little harsh and not as complex as I imagine it will be eventually. Still, the balance of both intense sweet and biter taste makes it drinkable and worthwhile. Will try to age a bottle and rerate.