pinkzambia (1931) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 21, 2006
2004 Bottle: Murky soft brown color with a tan dense head. Sweet aromas, almost like a sweeter barley wine. Brown sugar, alcohol, something similar to a lot of the brews that were aged in bourbon barrels. WOW!! Ok, the flavor is great and then it expands throughout your mouth and into the nasal cavities, yea, all the way into the brain. It is a virtual "Hello Dolly" to the oral region. Sweet flavors abound in the midst of this high alcohol fest. It has a great finish -- smooth and leaves much flavor lingering and eventually . . . a slight burning sensation in the back of the throat. Thanks Indiana_Red for sharing this treasure. piscator34 (2534) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 19, 2006
Rating #500! 2005 vintage. Tap sample from The Freakin’ Frog. Brown in colour with hints of amber. Low carbonation. Powerful sweet malt aroma with a nice light hoppy citrus fruit (although not Cascade or Centennial, from what I could tell) overlay. More of the same in the mouth with a bit of an alcohol presence, but what surprised me was the lighter than expected body of this beer. Solid bitterness that kept everything in check too. A very drinkable beer for its size. Well done Stone! Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2006 Marketing 101: “The customer must identify with the product”. Works for me, this beer is twice what I am. Cloudy red-wine color with a medium white head. Smells barley-wine-ish. Brutal taste of earthy malts, liquorice, burning alcohol, out-of-this-world hops. Extreme!! Sampled from a 2 year old impressive 3L bottle that made it look even more scary. OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Poured from a bomber a brownish orange with a smal tan head and great lacing. Aroma was of malts and caramel with hop rising in the background. Syrupy body worked well with the taste buds. Flavor started out as brown sugar and malt but just as the tastebuds were getting used to that, the hops kick in and take over. As this brew goes down the alcohol kicks in a bit just to let you know it’s there. Another winner for Stone. sbaz040 (38) - phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2006
This stuff will mess you up.Tastes great and cant taste the alcohol too much. Much better than Arrogant Bastard ale.
But not even close to IPA
User37895 (3042) - - JUN 9, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 Bottled in 2003. Poured a nice ruby orange to brown color with a very nice head that sustained itself well. The lacing provided was very nice. Aroma was resinous and citrusey, no alcohol at all. The flavor was excellent, probably all the better that it was aged. No pine trees to kill things. Just caramel malts, resinous hops, and citrus fruits (grapefruits probably most prominent). This aged barleywine became a very nice double IPA, my favorite of the "hoppy" styles. Mouthfeel was moderate, not too thick, not too heavy. The dog LOVED the few teaspoons he got and rolled around on his back, while wagging his tail. Re-rate on drafts in Arizona and at SL provided similar experiences. This is perhaps my favorite barleywine out there. thedindaniel (6) - Chula Vista, California, USA - JUN 8, 2006 does not count
This beer was a bit confusing for my palate as it had an initially sweet taste to it with a bitter kick at the end. Had a very nice clear caramel color to it and a strong aroma giving a hint of the flavors to come. As one rater mentioned before, it does leave the mouth feeling quite dehydrated but thats not surprising with a 10% alcohol beer. Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2008 22oz bomber 2004 Release-An aroma of alcohol, malt and hops. Brown reddish with a small head that dissipates even quicker. A heavy body with an alcohol taste and malt. A complex brew that is very tasty.
22oz bottle "06 Release-An aroma of hops and malt on a reddish body with a small tan head. Tast of this big boddied brew is og hops, malt, and alcohol. Very tasty and drinkable. 8/4/8/4/17
Quevillon (3096) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
Post-mondial Tasting (3 litres). Rousse délissieuse, très beau collet. Arome super de fruit sucré cuite. Goût réchaufant prèsque parfait. timtheenchanta (70) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Reddish brown liquid with large light tan head. Plenty of thick lacing.
Complex smells of caramel malt, honey, apples, and alcohol balanced well with some citrusy hops.
The fun continues with some light fruit taste maybe pineapple and a little apple. Lots more caramel malt taste followed by a roasted malt taste. The transitions continue from sweet to spicy. Good spicy hops with plenty of pleasant alcohol warming.
Smooth thick syrupy feel. The only thing that keeps this beer from being a perfect five is the overly dry spicy feel left ten minutes later that leaves my mouth feeling like I just woke up (yeah you know that feeling). Other than that, this is one of the most complex and delicious beers I’ve had. Thank you again Greg Koch/Stone Brewing.