BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Poured from bottle and shared with husband. Poured a pretty, clear, red/copper color. Very little head for me. Sweet, cidery smell. Taste sweet up front, citrus, caramel, malts, with a nice slightly bitter finish. Was very surprised by previous rater saying this was tart. I did not taste that at all, nor was the bitterness up front in my batch. (2007 bottle). My husband and I both enjoyed this barley wine very much. Barley wines are quickly becoming my favorite! This is a well blended, easily drinkable barley wine... waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2007
04 on tap at Falling Rock Tap House. I was super dissappointed in this brew. So much so that i picked up a bottle at the store convinced that I had a bad batch. Will rerate when I try again. hazy peach/amber pour iwth thick creamy head. big malt aroma, fruity, cardboard, sugar, appricot, musky, and mild earthy hops. very tart(makes you pucker), rediculous bitterness that hits immediately. earthy, musky maltiness, wet paper, dark fruit. Couldn’t finish the pint. bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Poured a clear reddish brown color with a small white head. Aroma was very malty with a little hop bitterness to it. It did smell a little vegetable like. This started off pretty good but it got really hot at the, lay it down for awhile. drunkenemperor (12) - sincinnasti, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Amber-red color, smells like salad tomatoes and caramel.malty sweet at first with a touch of croutons then drifts down the gullet with good ibu balance, I prefer a much more over the top hop intensity in a bwine, but my tongue may be numbed from drinking oldcrusty and fresh bigfoot before this....I do enjoy the abv however:) brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Stunning redish clear pour. Aroma deep with hops and malt as well as some fruit. Taste was huge with malt and a nice bitterness. The subtle hints of breads and barley came about mid swallow and the brew finished bitter and slightly sweet. Good stuff from the boys down in Escondido.
Doctormirk (100) - USA - FEB 16, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2007 Bottled. Red tinted amber with small but stiff head. Smells of fruits (mostly apricot) and hops. A bit syrupy, a little sticky, but not too sweet. Tastes of toffee dried fruit; apricot, papaya and a bit of plum. I think you can feel the alcohol in your mouth and nose more than you can taste it. Definitely warms as it goes down. I really enjoyed the short story on the back of the bottle. One could write an entire literary review on it. I haven’t had a chance to go to the brewery yet, but it sounds like it is fast growing and Greg is having some trouble dealing with the change. Lots of nostalgia with a hint of regret. You rarely get an insight into what goes on or what the brewers think of their beer. Anyway, the beer was great, thanks Greg! golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 16, 2007
2007 Bottle. Strong aroma of caramel malt and some fruit. Smooth mouthfeel with only a little carbonation. Taste was mainly of malt, some bitterness, a little too much alcohol in the aftertaste. jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2007
bottle from siciliano’s market, GR. Aroma is pleasing, amber color, taste is lasting and pleasant, malty with some hops. another great offering from stone that may be !0% ABV or more but doesnt overpower. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Amber syrup pour, lightly hazy with a thin head. Very floral, very fruity aroma with toasted cracker and caramel. Big body, warming alcohol, fruity flavor with a big bitter finish. Fairly straightforward but nice. milewide (2332) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2007 Amber color. Mostly malt aroma and taste. Light hops for a Stone brew. Nice body---and not too sweet!