GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2007
2007 Limited Early Release. Pours amber with a light quickly disapting head. Light aromas with a bitter sweet flavorand finish. Definitly one to age for a while. Shows alot of potential. Will revisit this one next year. VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Thin Amber color with a small white head. Fruit and alchohol notes. Thin in the palate. Tastes of raisons, spices, and candy sugars. Good Barley Wine. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2008 2007 Bottle. Pours a very clear amber-copper color with a mostly full, off-white, creamy, and tight head; head settles to a small frothy bit leaving minimal lacing. Nose sweet with potent alcohol; also noting raisin, date, candi sugar, and some yeasty bread with some citrus and resin in the background. Similar flavor, sweet, candy-like, and fairly warming; notes of candi sugar, raisin, date, light bready notes, a touch of rich caramel, FAINT citrus. Palate is medium, soft to lively, and chewy with significant alcohol presence; this young brew really does not hide it’s potency well. Finishes with some drying out with the candi sugar still remaining, but some bitterness finally presenting itself with notes of light citrus and slight herbal. This being Stone, I was expecting more. IMHO, this one is far from optimal age; many months would help greatly. Surprising from Stone, being so incredibly sweet and almost hot (for 11%), this one just did not live up to the standards of the normal Stone curve. Not bad by any means, but something from Stone that I was hoping that would be much better. I find myself not wanting to try another BW for a while after this one. The 2008 version is a bit better with less heat but still not much better. My least favorite Stone brew. hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Clear amber colour, thin disappearing head. Caramel and alcohol on the nose. The taste is...different. I get some grapefruit like hops with a weird butterscotch middle. There’s a bit of alcohol and some yeastiness as well. It is quite sticky and candy like. Finishes dry with a bit of bitterness. Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2007
2007 version. Not much aroma out of this one, pours a clear red amber, no cloudiness. Very small head that quickly fades. This beer starts sweet, finishes bitter, but with a drying effect on the mouth. This is most likely due to the high alcohol content. Tossing several bottles of this into the celler to see how it ages.
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2007
2007 version from the bottle. Pours with a limited light biege head that quickly disappears. Carbonation appears limited. The color is reddish orange and clear. Aroma is llmited but the beer is still a little cold. Hints of caramel and raisin are notable on the nose. The flavor was sweet with brown sugar and a strong astringent hop finish. The mouthfeel is strangely mixed, it’s briefly medium to heavy but quickly dissappears. The alcohol is very noticeable but might mellow after the beer warms up. Although the alcohol keeps going up the overall product doesn’t hold up to earlier examples. hotstuff (5281) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2007
2006 version. Poured a small ivory head that mostly diminished, minimal carbonation, transparent, and a reddish brown hue. Malty, caramel, piney hops, and some raisin notes for the nose. Flavor was sweet, hops, caramel, brown sugar, dry, lightly bitter, and mildly acidic. Tingly mouthfeel. Medium body. Definitely a nice barley wine and worthy of a try. muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2007
22 ounce bottle, early 2006 batch, from Table and Vine in Northampton, MA (September 2006), quaffed at cellar temperature from a Maudite glass. A smallish thick, creamy off-white head forms slowly and dies similarly leaving a thick ring atop the dirty caramel-copper body, faint unstable lacing....resinous, piney hops expectedly dominate the aroma, but some creamy caramel notes liven things up and soften the acrid notes, a hint or two of raisins also add pleasure; with some warmth, cookie-sweet bready malts show up and start to block out the more interesting stuff.....on the tongue, a powerful, grainy brown sugar sweetness whallops you immediately, moderate alcohol presence following on its heels, slowly those resinous hops make their presence known and by midpalate it’s a hopmonster, getting very bitter, acidic and dry at the finish though touches of that cloying sugariness continue on, offsetting to some extent the harshness but not in a balanced or well-blended way. In fact, this whole affair is a mess of vaguely interesting concepts thrown together with lots of alcohol in the hopes that something brilliant will magically appear, but it’s instead an incoherent swirl of uncoalesced promises. Low to moderate carbonation, sticky, and quite hard for me to get down. UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JAN 26, 2007
2007 release. Sweet. Very very very very sweet, almost on the virge of being undrinkable. I’ll let this age, then do a rerate later. It was still good, just not ready yet. scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2007
Bottle. Copper. Aroma: Dark fruits, raisins, some alcohol. Flavor: malt, malt and malt. Warming and vinous.