bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2005
UPDATED: APR 29, 2009 (Bottle, 2004 vintage) Pours an orange body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel and citrus. Flavor of rich malt, hops, and caramel. Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2005 Very hoppy in true Stone fashion, not surprisingly, for a barley wine which balances out the alcohol very well. Not nearly as dark as I was expecting--deep bronze--along with a lighter mouth feel too. Great offering from Stone--will warm you up to be sure. Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - MAR 9, 2005
tap. nice orange and amber with a tan head. aroma of sweet syrup and malt with a strong citrus. alcohol notes. syrupy mouthfeel. alcohol flavors with a strong vanilla raspberry hint. woody malt with a potent strong hop finish. lingering pepper notes. chocolate and caramel mingle nicely, very warming. kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2005
2005 22 oz bomber: No head w/a lightly hazy medium amber body. Thin lacing of white around the top of the beer, and wells up light beige when swirled, but it doesn’t last. Piney & citrusy(lemon) hop aromas. Also seems a little woody w/ hints of alcohol; Light bready malts w/ hints of caramel and fruity citrusy hops. Very well balanced w/ toasty malt flavor, caramel, and piney flavored hops. Sweet up front, but the finish is lightly bitter and aftertaste that is citrusy, resiny, hop. A little alcohol sweetness, but overall not noticeable. Full bodied, well hidden, slightly warming alcohol. Low carbonation and overall very smooth & thick. This one seems more well balanced than O.G.’s in the past. Well made and drinkable now, and it seems like it will age very well. mjg74 (3106) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 2, 2005
2005. Pours a reddish orange color. Aroma is a little sweet and fairly malty. Some citric aroma is present. Flavor is quite hoppy. With a maltiness to mellow it out a little. Alcohol seems to be masked quite well as I can’t taste any. Bottle reads 11.26%. Very ready to drink.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2006 Winter 2005 release one year later 22oz - Aroma is alcohol and hops with a touch of carmel. Appreance hasn’t changed from original rating. Flavor is the opposite of aroma with the carmel being dominate, alcohol follows, then the hops. It is very smooth with a warming effect but not the burn I remember from the freshy. A year has been nice to this one.
Gachupines (1252) - USA - FEB 25, 2005
Original rate date 3/1/05 score: 7/4/7/4/16=3.8
Winter 2005 release 22oz bottle - This is a sharp and hoppy barleywine with an aroma to match. Hops, malt, carmel with an alcohol bite. Great looking reddish brown with quickly dissipating off-white head and spotty lacing. Flavor is lasting bite of hops, alcohol, and carmel malts. I’m sure a year or two will make this an awesome brew.
Pretty aggressive flavor for this barleywine. Strong hop flavor persists from first taste. Malt balances it out a little bit, but that bitterness lasts. Gets a little sweeter as I continue drinking, but overall for someone who wants a pretty bitter taste. Personally, I’d try this one again. highalphafan (18) - albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 21, 2005
2005. Comparitive analysis: By recent years’ standards, I’m not as happy with this one. But then that’s why we age I suppose. The pour was flatter than recent vintages and the aromamuch less hoppy. Palate thick and oily as usual, but not as complex in the flavor department. Sort of candylike like an Avery brew. We’ll see, I’ll go back for more. johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - FEB 20, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2005 22oz, 2005 bottle. Smells heavily of butterscotch and hops. Sweet and malty start. Really thick, oily hop taste. Definitely needs time to age and blend flavor. Right now it’s a little harsh and not as complex as I imagine it will be eventually. Still, the balance of both intense sweet and biter taste makes it drinkable and worthwhile. Will try to age a bottle and rerate. frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2005
2005 Vintage 11.26% ABV: Bright redish brown with a medium sized off-white head. Malty, caramel aroma with a hint of tart cherries. Caramel and toasty malts, followed by a good dose of hops, some pine notes. Rather bitter finish.