ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAR 9, 2006
Had a bottle of the early limited 2006 release. The aroma is of fruit. Pours a reddish golden. The flavor is fruity and very hoppy with a slight cloying finish. temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2007 Bottled, 2006 release. Superb appearance. Beautiful orange-red with elegant, slow rising carbonation, and a good sized and lasting white head. The beer is hoppy, itís fruity, ya know, itís the barley wine I would expect Stone to brew. Which is a good thing. Tastes kinda like an amped up Arrogant Bastard to be honest, thicker and slightly syrupy. It does have a little alcohol heat to it, but nothing you wouldnít expect from a beer of this ABV. Itís not too hot. Itís pretty damn good all told.FuntonBunton (61) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2006
2004 drank Jan 2007. Malts are really taking over. It has that BW taste to it... Strong, old malts, a little rustic, cellar like. Itís not all that sweet. Flavor is similar to Third Coast, with less sweetness and syrupy mouthfeel, also less fruity. Very good at 3 years.
drank this baby on my 21st birthday, yesterday. had no idea that it was 11.26% and blacked out a quick bit. pesky little guy snuck up on me. When I got to the last portion of the beer it tasted like I was drinking some str8 liquor or somethin. color was a magnifigant red. good brew. Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Holy crap this kicked my ass. 22oz bottle, copper pour with a nice long lasting head. Iím gonna buy a case of this stuff and cellar it for a while.......a long while. A great brew..oh yeah marked earyl 2006, 11.26 % hayduke (5188) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 6, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2007 22 oz bottle marked early 2006. Poured reddish copper wtih a medium but long lasting head A powerful fruity aroma of vanilla, maple, an maybe grapes greets you. Tons of flavor. Does not taste like it is 11.26 % alcohol. Which is a danger, because you could drink a lot of this...it is that good. If fact this is so wonderful I am going go back to my local COOP where I purchased this and lay in a supply. Like a fine wine you discover, you want to have this on hand to impress friends on just how good a brewed drink can get.
Update 1/31/07. : I bought a bunch back in March and put them in my wine cellar. No one has ever told me how to store beer, so I kept the bottles upright amd at 55 degrees just as it says on the bottle... I decided to do a comparison of the aged bottles and a brand new bottle dated Early 2007 puchased today. I could barelly tell them apart though the aged one was slightly smoother. As I had already given this a five for palate it did not change the overall score. . Aging might be a good idea but it appeared nine months did not make that much difference. I have a few more bottles left, and will check back in another nine months and see if I can tell if 18 monthis improves it any more.
wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 6, 2006
2006 vintage in 22oz bottle. brassy color with minimal whitish head. aroma gives samples of banana, caramel/toffee, nuts and hops. suprisingly syrupy and pushing towards sweet. hop bitterness is present, but not as strong as iíd have first expected... esp. in a beer from Stone. the 11.26% abv is well hidden in this beer w/ the exception of the syrupiness. yet another first rate brew from Stone. raphael (1240) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2011 Had a 2010 in the basement over a year, Incredible big flowery. Yes a light grainy-ness like bread dough in mid ground but upfront pineapple. bourbon, lemon peel, caramel. so silky in the mouth. khaki head on lear amber with a pinkish tinge. Yes the bitterís out front, trailing orange, pine,, very little sweetness but not over-the-edge bitter, & alcohol. Bitter finish with sticky lips and alcohol fumes coming from my mouth
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2006
2006 bottle. Pours a deep orange with small floaties, a thick off white head and decent lacing. Lovely malts and alcohol esters fill the nose. Taste is dominated by alcohol. Some malt is present. Huge alcohol burn in the finish. I have another bottle cellaring, will post final judgement later. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2006
2006 Vintage. Lovely reddish copper coloring with a thin, even, lightly roasted head. Describing the sweet aromas as cotton candy really nails this one on the head initially. Some vinous aromas of cherry and red grape skins also waft from my snifter. A bit of varnish like alcohol noted in the nose as well. Flavor is quite malty with a touch of bitter, piney hops saved for the last smack. Clean finishing, multi-layered beer with a carefully hidden wallop of alcohol. Iím looking forward to trying this again in another couple of years. wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2006
from a 22oz 2006 vintage. copper in color with a small white head that disappears fast. aroma of bananas cinnamon toffee and nuts. flavor sweet and malty with some hoppy bitterness. full bodied with a long smooth bittersweet finish. very smooth and mellow for 11% alcohol is hidden well. one of the more mild barley wines i have had but still a good solid beer. i never expected to say mild or mellow when talking about a brew from stone.