ericnixon (746) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Limited winter 2005 release! Perfect mahogany color with almost no head. Sharp fruity/alcohol aroma. Smoothness. The aroma pervades into the taste, but not nearly as sharp as the smell. The taste is like raisins or other darker fruits with an alcoholic edge (but in a smooth way). I think it would taste better if aged for a year or two. mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2005
bottle. 2004 vintage. orange-copper body with a small white bready head. aroma is funky yeast and sweet malt. flavour is sweet and sugary, yeasty, and boozy. Huge malt component, perhaps lacking in hop presence. Flavourful. jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 Early 2006 Release Rated June 2006. Brown body with a small beige head. (3+) Boozey sweet caramel malt in the aroma. Alcohol is prominent in the flavour but not harshly so. Light malt, hop bitterness is blended with the moderately hot alcohol. Quite drinkable really considering, simplistic but nice. Average to medium palate. (3+) 7/3+/7-8/3+/15 - 3.7
<P>RBSG 2005. Vintage 2004 Orange amber with a small creamy off white head. Moderate hoppy aroma, surprisingly muted. Pleasant malt and a moderate hoppy bitterness. Quite drinkable for the octane. Average palate. Nice but not exceptional. Well balanced and quaffable but lacks the gravitas for the next level. Thanks to Crockett for the heads up, I have been waiting to try this one. 6/4/7/3/14 - 3.4 Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2005
Bottled. Slightly hazy orange coloured. Aroma of fruits, raisins and prunes. Very sweet and fruity flavour with an alcoholic touch. Not very hoppy. Medium bodied. trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Stone must have changed something this time around. This is still a great beer, but not as smooth as the last go-around. More alcohol, but also more alcoholc-tasting. Hoppy again, but not as malty sweet. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll have one of these anytime I can get a hold of one. Just wish things could have stayed the same.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Dull orangy rusted murk. Slimming medium yellowed beige top of slippery smooth soft foam. Gets thin drippy rings of tiny stringy lace along with some slight clear glazed residue.
Aroma has a nice blend of caramel, pine sap, and floral hops. Fairly sweet overall and resinous with a some tender orange slices, pear, and pineapple.
Simple, rich, lasting, and blended flavors of soft candyish caramel, well rounded piney hops, dullishly deep tropical fruits of pineapple, orange, and nectarine keep a sweeter complexion along with high ended resinous floral perks and light heat underneath on the finish.
Fantastic barleywine feel with a bold medium body taking on a sweet smoothness wrapped in delicate carbonation, creamyness, ruggedness, and alcoholic warmth. Nice finish of soft caramel mixed with leftover floral pine hops mixed in with the warmth.
Super swift on the drinkable scale. Goes down far too fast and easy to be 10%. A fine tasten’, easy drinkin’ barleywine that no doubt a bit of age has suited it well.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2005
2004 Vintage. Slight hazy golden amber w/ creamy finger of pale tan foam. Big, hoppy aroma of grapefruit & pine w/ sold malts (toffee, caramel) in the background. Full-bodied, extremely resiny feel. Big, hoppy & very bitter flavour but still enough malt to support. Very long finish. FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2005
Hazy orange coloured with a fine off-white head. Very strong vinious aroma of raisins, plums and alcohol. The flavor is rather sweet and malty with a strong, warm taste of alcohol and fruit. Very full-bodied with notes of hops and spices. Ungstrup (37583) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2005
An orange beer with a small disappearing off-white head. The aroma is of alcohol, peaches, and other fruits. The flavor has strong notes of peach, and the alcohol burns the mouth, but at the same time the mouthfeel is smooth, and the end dry. Nice one. Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JUN 12, 2005
My rating no. 2000 is for a great beer from a great brewery poured to me by a great person, Greg Koch of Stone, at a Stone tasting session last sunday at Nørrebro Bryghus (home of North Bridge Extreme!).
2005 version (11,26%).
A hazy orange golden beer with a fine tan head. Very full and somewhat sticky aroma of malt and caramel with bitter hoppy notes. Powerful and well balanced with a bit of alcohol present.
Dominating caramel flavor with a lot of malt and hop. Bittersweet with notes of nut and spices. Extreme and very nice! Now on to the next 1000.....