1more4dessert (336) - Upstate, New York, USA - APR 13, 2004
dark apricot color, decent foamy head, dried fruit, young malts, medium sweet, alcohol not too overt. aenima (335) - Askim, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
Aroma of hops and caramel. Taste of nuts, caramel and american hops. A little to bitter. stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - FEB 10, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2006 This year’s 2006 is a bit different than I remember last years. I think last years was a bit more bitter. Perhaps my taste buds are numbing. Does not need much age, if you ask me. Great right now. BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Tons of hops, bridged by taffy-like sweetness, give this barley wine, released in early 2009, a tart and bitter taste. A frothy head forms over an amber colored, thickly rich, complexion. There is almost a muddy mouthfeel that wraps around the tongue. A citrus aftertaste highlights a premiere beer, in the style of barley wine, that boast a high alcohol ratio (over 11%). A fine brew, indeed. wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Definitely will put hair on your chest. Extremely bitter. Sunset orange in color. Citrus-like in flavor, like a pink grapefruit. Worth trying for barleywine enthusiasts.
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Orangish/ amber in color. Head was pretty white, but not quite. Really fruity smell, sweet with a little earthiness to it. Alcohol taste is disguised well, it comes out in the aftertaste slightly...Not that that is bad. Mostly sweet to begin with then it gets thicker and warmer as time goes by. Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - FEB 13, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2012 2012 bottle. looks great in the glass, big off white head. big malt backbone, some woodiness and maple going on, very balanced for being such a big beer. big thick mouthfeel. lots of caramel in the flavor. mouthfeel is more prickly and zingy than some other barley wine examples. bitterness is very big and welcomed. this one just kind of does it all right, but something about it doesn’t grab me the way that green flash BW or anchor old stock ale does. petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
The color was cloudy, peachy, brass. The head was thin, creamy, and off-white. The aroma was apricot, hoppy, sweet, and alcohol. The flavor was hoppy, sweet, waxy/bitter hollardustin (330) - Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Pours medium amber with small white head. Aroma is rich caramel and earthy citrus hops. Taste is sweet and hoppy with lots of caramel and a bitter hop finish. Great beer. theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2006 2006 early release. Pours a clear, medium red with a small white head. Fruit and malt in the aroma. Same in the taste. Not as vineous as an English barley wine, but not as hoppy as I would expect from stone. Bitter but no hop flavor or aroma. Some plum, raisin, pear. Aftertaste fades moderately quickly. Pretty smooth overall. Just a little alcohol burn. Heavy mouthfull but not sticky or too sweet. By my calculations a 22 oz bomber of this stuff has the same alcohol as 4 buds...definately leaves you with a buzz.
I’m deducting a point from overall for the story on the back of the bottle. Its long, completely pointless, in tiny letters, and each line is so long you have to turn the bottle to read it so you lose your place when you go to the next line.