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. daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Early 2006 release: Medium amber in color with a small head. aroma is sweet and malty with almost no detectible hop. Flavor is plesant with tons of sweet maltiness without being sticky or cloying. The finish has just the slightest hint of citris. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Bottle at Enniskillen’s tasting HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Pours a thin but beautiful amber. Aroma is sweet and sour cotton candy. This is a barleywine??? More like a cotton-candy-infused amber with pineapple. Palate is slippery. A nice surprise; mellow, and the alcohol is hidden nicely.
tap at Toronado. probably the best BW I tasted there. Pours dark with a amedium head. Aromas of malt and even some cacao or such. Flavor of alcohol and malts but not overtly sweet. The palate was quite refreshing as far as Barleywines go. The finish was sweet and lasting. marcus (10227) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 23, 2006
On tap at Toronado. This dark amber ale poured with a small tan head, eliciting a malty aroma. The flavor was bitter, then sweet and fruity, then a long bitter finish.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2006
On tap at Collins Pub REAL Stong Beer Festival. 3 tasters/$6. ’04 vintage. Dark orange copper color with huge frothy head. Banana aroma. Toffee/banana taste. Good stuff, but I was expecting more. oldstock23 (11) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2006
Finally had a chance to open my 22oz ’04 bottle. Well worth the wait. This is my favorite barleywine. Small head, light color with a very bitter dominant profile. Very dense - it has an underlying dark cherry undertoe that meets a malty, burnt, cognac edge. Large beer that starts out very smooth and ends not as warming as one might expect. However its perfect in a snifter while watching a fire. Don’t forget to match it with a strong blue cheese. Take your time with this one. flemdawg (562) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2006
According to the bottle, this was a limited winter 2005 release, but it must have been the early part of 2005 because I know I got this bottle back in march of ’05 from Jsquire. I guess that makes this around a year old then. Reddish body with a light tan head that left just a trace of lacing. The aroma was like a fresh fruit stand. There were cherries, apples, and to my suprise a distinct orange. This must have been a roadside stand because I also got some earthy aromas along with the wooden wicker baskets the fruits were in. The flavors were right in line. The cherries and apples were there, but the oranges must have been bought, because I couldnt find them except for the bitter rinds. There was also a distinct woody taste that gave way to a harsh alcohol that almost ruined the whole thing. I think this could have used another season or two to mellow out a bit, but still pleasant. JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - FEB 1, 2006
(on bottle 2004 thamx Rasmus) Sligtly hay, dark orange, small beige head. Very mild aromas, surprice for me.Has some canesugar and tads of fat hops. Very sweet, almost cloyingly sweet tastes and and huge alcohol lash to the finish. Somewhat unbalanced, still. Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2006
So, the question of the evening is this: when you come home from a long day at the office, and you look in the cabinet that holds your precious beer glassware collection, and you notice that 7 of your pint glasses are gone-and you haven’t used them-and the only explanation of their untimely disappearance is your brother in law, who you gave a room to when he had nowhere to go, to whom you extended a helping hand both physically and financial, has broken them or stole them, what do you do? That’s right, America-pour barleywine on the situation. Thanks a whole fucking lot, Phil. Bottle-2005. Pour is kind of hollow-dark honey with a wispy ring of bubbles that cries out to be more than what it is. Nose-husky, cereal, sweet like warm honey, thick. Taste-initial taste takes me back: as a child, my family raised honeybees. We had hundreds of hives, millions of bees. Honey flowed in my house like water, and I ate it everyday. One day, I wondered what would happen if I cooked the honey in a skillet on the stovetop. The honey quickly boiled and became a solid dark glass like substance. I ate a piece to see what it tasted lie. It tasted like this. Very burned. Very bitter back end that is surprisingly unbalanced by the malts. Incredibly unbalanced-this is all bittering hops and burnt malt. It isn’t all bad. There are some saving graces-the light dancing sweetness, and the muted aroma hops add to the drink, but they are hidden behind this mountain of burn. Seriously you fuck. I realize that to you they are just drinking glasses, but to me they are a collection. Respect that, you fuck. And find somewhere else to live. This beer, much like my in laws, is a huge let down.