jefcon (1935) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2006
Limited Early 2006 Release. Maple syrup color and aroma, also smells of brown sugar, caramel malt, some hopcit and alcohol vapors. Flavor profile is not too aggressive, though the alcohol is apparent. Sweet malts, vanilla, dark fruit (plum, berry, fig). Long palate is a bit watery toward the end. Overall, a good, solid, not-so-woody barleywine, and lots of it in the 22 oz bombers. allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 16, 2006
Bottled, 2006 vintage. Poured copper with a tan head that dissipated quickly, leaving a bit of lacing to the sides of the glass. The aroma was fruity, with hints of raisin and vanilla, and the flavor was dominated by fruit notes as well. A nice, viscous mouthfeel, and an alcohol finish with a hint of hops bitterness made for a nice after-dinner beer. warriorx99 (85) - USA - APR 16, 2006
Bottled. This pours a deep copper color with a small amount of fizzy head. The aroma is sweet with a slight malt/hop mix that smells REALLY good. I only wish the taste matched. This is the same old over-hopped bitter beer from Stone with a sharp alcoholic bite to it. For some reason, it reminds me of sake, only bitter. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2007 22 oz. bottle 2006 release - Pours a deep copper color with a one finger thick off white head which faded quickly. Light fruity aroma. Flavor is also a little estery. Light alcohol warming. Initial bitterness is strong but fades quickly. Medium body. Good beer. Have to try it again after my other bottle has aged a year. Beaver (1853) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2006
Re-Rate (1/07) This beer has mellowed nicely. More toasty malt is noticeable. Very smooth on the palate. Has lost some of its hop and bitterness punch. Time has treated this bad boy well. (numbers are adjusted to the year old bottles tasting)
22 oz 2006 bottle. Pours a glowing reddish orange with a medium off white head that goes to a thin film.
ABUSEDGOAT (2869) - California, USA - APR 12, 2006
The aroma is sweet and spicy candy-like caramel with some hoppiness and a bit of watery DMS. It’s kind of metallic and phenolic as well.
The flavor is spicy caramel and a strong watery alcohol with a sharp and spicy bitter alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with light carbonation.
Overall, not so great. It’s too alcoholic and not very complex. I wonder if this bottle might be a little bad (especially from the smell). I’ve had it once before and remember not being impressed though.
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2007 After a long day at work I needed something to just finish the job fast... this was it. Orange body with a small head. Unique fruity aroma that cannot get away from the stone house character. Moderate hopping but overall this was syrupy sweet. Not bad, but it’s stone so it’s not really my thing. eboats (1115) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 11, 2006
Bottled 06. Poured dark amber with a tan head. Aroma was big malt, carmel, and some spices. Flavor was lush malts, bread, carmel, and hops. Good malt body with plesant hops. This beer let me down. It was good, but I was hoping for some spectacular. ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - APR 9, 2006
Limited Early 2006 Release Poured a deep cloudy amber/red with orangish hues in the light. Where’d the head go? It was the most minimal and left me quickly but was a light cream, the little layer that was there. Smells like the Holidays. Delicious to the nose. Not overly yeasty or anything, its pleasant. Some great spices. A distinct alcoholic bite up front with beginning bitterness, but this was quite complex as it changed quickly in my mouth to a smooth texture with various fruits. I like this bad boy and its definately got the punch with 11 and change percent alcohol. MrBunn (2849) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2006
Wonderful spicy aromas along with some brandy/wine alcoholic smells and a bit of grain and appley fruit. Color is a deep copper with a pretty lasting frothy head. Flavor is big. Has the brandy-like quality of good barley wines, along with the syrupy mouthfeel, nice sweetness and a warmth from the alcohol. Really nice! mrchug645 (71) - alb, New Mexico, USA - APR 3, 2006
very nice barley wine picked it up at ks liquors for 4.22 a bottle very drinkable for being 11.26ABV Hops are very strong tastes like india pale ale with chocolate,caramel and some fruit notes.