henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2006
Early 2006 - Amber body with golden edge, yellow head; Very beautiful nose, needs a bit more fill to be perfect to me, lots of overripe tangerine, earthy dry/dry soil, dry pepper as well as some toffee as aromas, the alcohol is shining trough just a bit; The body is almost flat, soft textured, a bit thin, a little sweet together with a very little salt; Medium long finish with some aromas, simpler then nose though: Tangerine, toffee, it is a little bitter and a little harsh, the texture and fill is again a little to thin. Another well made beer from Stone. Thanks Numenor! rjulian24 (18) - USA - OCT 24, 2006
Early 2006 release. One of the better Barleywines I have tried in a while. Pours rich amber color. Nice aroma citrusy, yet not overpowering. Large carmel toffey character in the nose with understated alcohol for the size. Flavor is rich, maybe a little hot but not bad. Carmel characters and malt blend nicely in the flavor. Sweetness is detectable, but not "sugary". Bitterness still quite detectable, but altogether very pleasant. Nice head and lacing preasant, thick in in the mouth. Really good beer that will only get better with age. I wonder though, shouldn’t this beer be bottle conditioned to handle the aging? Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2006
(Bottle) Pours clear amber. Dark fruits, strawberrys, citrus, alcohol, toffee, caramell, vanilla, Creamy and extremely complex aroma. Grean leaves. Nuts, allmond. Bitter, hoppy and oily mouthfeel. Butterscotch, caramell malt, sweet flavour with piney/citrusy hops. Fiery and peppery. Big afterbitterness. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Limited Early 2006 Release, 22oz. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a one finger light yellow head. Aroma of brown sugar, ETOH, light smoke, grain malts--though not the crappy pale lager type--some resiny and earthy hops. Some caramel malt and dark fruity notes, light tinge of leather noticeable. Most apparent flavors are the grains, fruits, and then caramel malts. Hops show up in the finish--resiny with moderate bitterness. Chewy. Full bodied, moderate smooth carbonation, alcohol well covered til the finish--isn’t necessarily bad, just is. I don’t think I have a bad thing to say about this, but nothing really stands out as fantastic to me. wxman (1841) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2007 Pours a golden orange with a pale yellow/brown head. Licorice aroma. Sweet malt flavor along with toffee and fruitiness. Very good stuff. The 11.26% ABV goes virtually unnoticed in the taste, but presents itself in the post-swallow warmth.
omhper (25564) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2006
Bottled. Clear amber. Caramelly nose. Full bodied. Dominated by it’s powerful rich malt. Butterscotch mixes with sugar and grapefruity hops. Very bitter finish. Packed with flavour. bhensonb (15617) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 7, 2006
Early 2006 release. Sweet hoppy aroma. Bright orangey color, with bubbles but little head. Starts sweet, continues sweet, then some malty character comes along, and suddenly the hop that was always there actually arrives. Might need some maturity. Too late for this one. Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2006
2006 vintage. poured a much lighter color than i was expecting. aroma of hops and slight alcohol. first impression was not very good. very thick, resiny with too much sweetness. sweetness overpowered the hops. still hoppy, but i was expecting the keystone light face. nice hoppy aftertaste, but the sweetness was a little much. rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2006
[Bottled, thanks to Kramer]
Dark amber-orange colour, small white head. Heavy almondy nose, along with hops. Oily body, rich hoppy with lots of alcohol. Sugary, toffee-butterscotch notes. Very very concentrated flavour loaded with caramel, alcohol and hops. oh6gdx (26487) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2006
Bottled. Dark orange colour, small white head. Aroma is alcohol, malts and strawish hops. Also has some caramel and sugar in it. Flavour is quite the same but is even sweeter than the aroma, and has some rye and burnt notes in it also.