TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Winter 2005 bottle aged over a year. Pours a translucent golden/orange/amber with a creamy off white lacing head that had hints of orange. Aroma of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, hints of oxidation and vanilla. Flavor of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, hints of alcohol but overall smooth and creamy. Hints of hop bitterness, some toasted malts and vanilla. What a fine Barley Wine. The year plus aging has done this one well. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2007
early 2007 release...more like an amped pale ale or IIPA...amber body with medium head...aroma of floral and bitter hops, light malt, grain, and alcohol...flavor is mostly hoppy, little malt to talk about here (some sugars, but very little)...could have been aged a lot longer.... bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Draft at Dilly Deli in Cincinnati. Only the fourth barleywine I have sampled, so don’t take my word for it. The image I have of what a barleywine should be is Old Numbskull. This is much differnt than Old Numb. I felt as though this beer could have been lumped into a few other categories, other than barleywine, whereas, Old Numb was definately uniquely barleywine. This was a good beer and I really enjoyed it. Deep rich amber coloring and a fluffy off-white head. Alcohol was ver present - astringent and resinous. Sugary sweet, dark fruit, yet a touch of bitter hops close to the finish. Not terribly heavy and with a rather smooth, velvety feel in the mouth. I will try again next year. jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2007
2006 Amber pour with a nice creamy tan head. Strong aroma of caramel, fermenting fruit, and vanilla oak. This is most certainly too young to drink. Strong alcohol prescence and not much else. A bit of caramel and orange zest, but mostly rum/sherry like alcohol. Palate is medium/full, bitter, and has lots of alcoholic astringency. Great (and wierd) complexity (certainly more going on than I described here), but definatley way too young. I think this one is bound to round out nicely in a year or so. jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2007
22oz Bottle, bought 2007 early release. Very strange, i almost think this was meant to be Ruination IPA. Very Hoppy at the first sip.. very much like an IIPA.. after it warmed a tad become more like a Barley wine but still alot of hops, good beer, but not what i was looking for.. Def. a good choice for aging, with high alcohol and bottle conditioned. all in all a good beer, will need to try an older aged one to see how it is... still a good brew from Stone.
thornecb (5912) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2007
2006 vintage - aged one year. Pours bright amber into a snifter. Head quiclkly subsides with no lacing. Caramel and alcohol armoas. Rum, creme caramel with a lasting bittersweet finish. Nice. patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2007
2006 bottle - This barley wine has a great malt, oak, and hop aroma. All three blend together nicely in the flavor with some alcohol presence, but not too much. I think a year of aging has been good for it. It’s another great brew from Stone. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Courtesy SoLan. Pours a hazy orange amber with a light white head. Alot of toffee malts and molasses in the smell. Very rich. Tastes of citrus hops and caramel. Slight bitterness in the finish. Hops pretty present in the finish as well. Alcohol is definitely present in the taste and I believe its 11 %. Another solid brew from a great brewery. Cant wait to bring some back to Fla from Cali! padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - FEB 3, 2007
My first Barley Wine, and I loved it. Great start and a fantastic finish. I could taste all different types of fruits and spices. Yummy untill the last drop. MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Amber body with a foamy white head. Srtong aroma that generally accompanies a barley wine. Could have aged a bit more, but still boasts a dense and fruity boquet. Complex with a pretty good bite at the end, a fine example of a barley wine. For the price though, I won’t have this one again until next year.