jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark caramel with a half inch head that fades to a thin broken layer. Aroma of dough, and resiny piney hops. Flavor is of sweet malts, piney hops, and a little bit of citrusy hops. Flavor is a little bit more blended then most American barleywines which tend to have very divided flavors. It is a rich barleywine but mild enough that you can take a full mouthful without being overpowered, which lets you drink it a bit to fast. Very nice.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The only things I didnt like about this beer is that it was not quite as full bodied as I had expected for such a strong beer, the color was a little too light, and the head didnt last as long as I had expected. Otherwise- this is an excellent barleywine. Malt and hops are balanced very well throughout the beer. The alcohol is also hidden nicely. I’ll buy more to save for next winter.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5521) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2012 This is my favorite Stone product. +++Coming in the typical 22 oz bottle from Stone. As always I loved the art/write up. It pours an opaque orange-red color. Small tan-orange head. Really a very pretty beer. The aroma is grapefruit and sugary sweet. The texture is thick and sweet. The flavor is sweet, malty and very hoppy. Far better balanced than most of Stone’s beers. The hop presence dominates but does not overwhelm. There is enough sweet maltiness to balance the beer quite well. Another hophead’s delight!
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gentle alcohol in the aroma. Pine, earthy, sweaty, spicy, citrus hops in the aroma with an underlying malt sweetness. Clear orange colouation with off-white head that recedes to thin cover and a nice ring around the glass. Assertively hoppy. Very alcoholic. Strongly malty with a very bitter finish. Medium body. Good carbonation. Lively mouthfeel. Flavours don’t play well together. Will probably be much more integrated in a year or two. Needs to grow up. Bottle (enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT and Rastacouere). Thanks for this trade from eyedrinkale.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden-amber color, head that surprised me that stuck around. Tastes warm from esters and alcohol, but also has a hop lingering flavor. Not bad, but not my favorite.
savannah (37) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gold-amber color, little to no head. Sweet, non fruit aroma. Thicker, light syrup mouth feel, but not chewey. Slight alcohol flavor, but balanced well with malt. Low to medium carbonation. Overall, good, but not my favorite barley wine.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bomber. 05.24.04 Bright orange-gold. aroma has what seems to be the typical Stone signature. Sweet. Taste is appropriately sweet, but the beer is terribly hoppy for a barley wine. Not much alcohol presence or depth as I’d expect for the style. Tasty, but I can’t figure what about this beer actually makes it a ’barley wine’ as it is not at all about malts except briefly at the start, there is little depth, nothing lingering except hop burn, crazy astringency.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium brown color. Large foamy white head. Aroma is malty and fruity. A medium to full bodied barley wine. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and spicy. Hints of an alcohol bite, but pretty smooth for a 10% alcohol beer. Nice touches of orange, cherries and citrus in there as well. Seems a little hoppier than the older versions. Still very nice barley wine and well age well. As usual a nice etched beer bottle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 Boozed-up pine trees treading on wet earth...Dried apricots and plentiful pale fruit falling like leaves and grabbed by hop bitterness and alcohol...At this point in its young life, it feels agressive and not cohesive...I’ll have to come back in a year or two...3.5/5
1-year-old bottle : Hops have wonderfully laid back and let the rich malts shine...Superb unity of flavors, balance is achieved and the smooth and nourishing mouthfeel warms the body...4/5
Young 2007 vintage: This newly-bottled vintage was quite disappointing to me...None of the complex maltiness required to develop with age, none of the blooming hops to seduce the nostrils and tastebuds, this is just a smooth, überclean barley wine for those in search of a thoughtless evening sipper...Not what I usually expect from Stone...3.2/5
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber body with a low off-white head. Aroma is mostly resinous hoppy, but has an alcohol extravagance that is hard to tolerate. I find the hops profile to approach soap at times, I wonder if it’s all amarillow, but I know I don’t particularly enjoy that breed. Taste is citric, very bitter, slightly oily, not too pleasant for me and just too alcoholic. There’s a good floral character going on, but it’s annihilated by the almost fuelic counterpart. Thin-medium bodied with medium carbonation. I prefered the 2003 I must say and I can see why some people like this, but you’ve got to be in the mood for hoppy alcohol.