nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Tasted at Stone 15th Anny party. Golden orange color. Aromas of bourbon and sweet malt.OG flavors of caramel malt, butterscotch, along with some alcohol burn. The bourbon barrel influence readily apparent and interesting mix. Not so sure how much I dig the two together. Happy to sample it. danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2011
2006 vintage served on tap at the Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration. The appearance is a clear boded golden brown without much head. The nose has a good oak/wood thing with some bourbon. The flavors have a lovely mild chard lighter oak, bourbon laced with vanilla, and aged hops. The mouth is medium to full boded and really smooth. A fine beer that has a nice union between the bourbon barrel and base beer. phillya1 (3) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2011 does not count
Very good, reasonably priced barley wine style ale ($5.49 or so for 22oz at upscale grocery chain). Small, diminishing off-white head; fair lacing. Cloudy amber appearance. Aroma is of bourbon and faint molasses. A full bodied beer with a good amount of alcohol heat, long flavor duration, mild sweetness and moderate bitter finish. Enjoyable experience. Beerapprentice (208) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2011
Pours a deep orange/amber colour with no head. Aroma of bourbon, some citrus but not much else. The bourbon aroma is overwhelming. Flavour of bourbon, citrus, malt. chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
On tap at Small bar as part of the Stone event. Drank side by side with the red wine version. 2005 batch...Pours a medium mostly transparent copper, looks watery with a light tan head. Looks exactly like the red wine...A really nice and smooth aroma that is almost a perfect strength because if it was any stronger it would overpower you. Vanilla, oak and bourbon come through, however the oak shows off a little harsh...The smoothness of he bourbon comes over on the taste but after that its pretty dead and boring. Not a ton of hops or vanilla and not as all smooth as the red wine.
Slightly below the red wine but try it if you can.
JoeMcPhee (10137) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2011
Tap at RNH. Amber-ruddy pour with a tight white head. The nose is quite sweet and just lightly accented with vanilla and bourbon. Still smells quite resinous and piny so something makes me think this didn’t spend a ton of time in oak. Spicy/fruity hoppiness. Sticky palate - quite rich and chewy and very, very tasty. Amazing balance between the brawny barleywine and the soft kiss of complexity added by the barrel. Awesome - beer of the day for me. Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
On tap at Churchkey.
Pours a nice copper color with a bit of a mahogany hue. Off white head that leaves a few traces of lacing on the way down. Nose brings a strong bourbon character along with some nice wood and vanilla notes. A bit boozy, but not distractingly so. Taste brings the bourbon forward atop caramel, vanilla, oak, some sugar, and a bit of alcohol. Feel is quite nice and lively with a touch of creaminess. Drinks quite well and is a good example of one of my more preferred styles.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-06-2010 cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Had on tap at the Stone Total Tap Takeover in Baltimore (06 Vintage)
A-pours a lightly hazed brownish copper with an extremely thin and barely around tan head.
S-notes of oak and vanilla are very faint as there is a touch of caramel as cardboard and oxidation takes over with a faint burn of alcohol in the back.
T-follows the nose, extremely oxidized with tons of cardboard flavors and just a hint of caramel and vanilla as the only thing really around other than oxidation is heat in the finish.
M-syrupy and rough on the palate with a messy finish and a burning carbonation.
D-extremely oxidized offering little in the place of a base beer and the barrel aging adds minimal wood and vanilla. zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Tap at RnH for Stone tap takeover: ’06 version. Very sweet, fruity peaches, toasty, bready malts, toffee malts. Intense oakiness, throat tingly peppery. Tasty with a bit of oxidation. MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2010
On tap at Stone-40 Baltimore event. tepid tan pour, no sign of a head. Nose of Cardboard, Flavor of severe oxidation, sickly pale bourbon barely surviving through the hot, Cardboard finish. Very oxidized compared to 06 brandy, not as Much barrel surviving, though the heat Is there.