Aurelius (5294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2006
A stiff brew. On tap, Ginger Man NYC, Segal trip. Sweet, candied, boozy, cherry initial impression. Mouthy, woody, alcohol bitter, grew on me as it extended its tentacles into my good judgment. Technically very good. Dougy, cherry aftertaste. Volatile fruit extract aroma. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Jerc, GregClow, and Blankboy, Harry’s bottle. I’ve been looking forward to trying this one, even if it is a young 2006 version! Deep orange, small white head. Lots of alcohol in sweet aroma. Full mouthfeel - nice first impression. Very easy to drink - surprisingly. Wonderfully balanced alcohol and malt. Nice hops in middle and end. Lots of sweet bread notes. I really enjoyed drinking it, but as a barleywine, it was simple and straightforward - likely to age quite nicely. Thanks for sharing Harry! HogTownHarry (6622) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2006
Bottle (650ml - 2006 vintage). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and tupalev - my bottle. Clear ruby with a large foamy off-white head. Simple, almost mild aroma of toasty malt, alcohol, woody and yeasty, perhaps a hint of soapiness, even citrus and a hint of lactic tang - pretty nice. Taste is somewhat boozy and bitter, citrusy and neither over-hopped nor too boozy-hot, although it snuck up on all of us, wow we felt it after; at the time, I thought "pleasant." A little light-bodied, astringent and alcoholic, I liked the mild citrus and woodiness - this one’s ready now, we didn’t think aging would really improve this brew greatly - consensus is it’s scarily easy to drink, I could have downed the whole bomber - I would have been face-down in the gutter later, but I could have done it. rederic (3335) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2006
2006 edition, bright dark amber color, with a frothy beige head, nice sweet caramelized malt, with a candied orange peels fruitiness, hint of pine, butterscotch and toffeee accents, with a brandy note in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a sweet caramelized character, notes of toffee and crème brulée, candied oranges and apricots fruitiness, with a piney floral hops accent coat in a caramel english pudding , leading towards a well hidden alcoholic punch and a piney floral hops bitterness finish. cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2007 I had never had barely before I had this one just the other night. Was definitely an experience. I was definitely thrown a bit off guard by this beer and will have to try again. Was a lot heavier than expected, even though it’s clearly marked as 11.6 abv... Has some bitter smoothness in it. Was pretty good, but not fantastic.
After a year of aging, the taste is very nice. This is very smooth now, tasting like candy. Awesome with some age.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Bottle courtesy oh hippie4beer. Thanks Seth. Honey, alcohol, oak flavor w/ a bitter hop finish. Good, but not excellent.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Bottle. Pours orange apricot gold with a white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is caramel, toffee, and mango. Flavor is pretty complex and sticky: mango, caramel, wheat, apricot. Has a bitter kick, partially alcohol, partially hops? Wow. jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Made a good appearance, poured a reddish orange hued amber with a foamy beige head that settled into a thin lacing, very minimal amount of sticking, good barley wine catbonation.
Had a nose of caramel and toffee, herbal, pine resins and orange zesty with whiffs of alcohol, not in your face alcohol, but tamed and subdued.
A crisp, hop slick, chewy and creamy smooth medium bodied mouth feel, very good sipping barley wine drinkability.
Delicious tasting, caramel, toffee and bready malts, orange juicy with a little citric rind, herbal and pine resins, a smooth rolling bitterness, a nice, slow alcohol warmth in the palate, for 11.2 ABV, quite tamed, dangerously quaffable, and a sweetish caramel, bready and hop oily and resiny finish with a mixture of spicy alcohol, caramel and toffee lingering in the aftertaste.
I’m a fan of IPA’s, but this is the best brew I’ve had so far from Stone Brewery, you can call it complex while at the same time simple, as in simply luscious and mouthwatering, just plain marvelous.
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 15, 2006
"Poured a nice red color, small head good lacing. Aroma was of fruity hops and some caramel malts there. Flavor was much the same very malty and smooth. Solid beer." fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 13, 2006
This beer was a monster, as expected, but it was still a bit of a letdown. I found that there was not enough hoppiness to balance all that malt. The beer had a strong sweet flavor from the malts, reminiscent of honey and caramel. But there was barely any fruit presence, which would have made it more interesting. Basically it’s just a very malty, almost syrupy beer, with not a whole lot else going on.