Zach Diesel (905) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2004
a lot of candy coming through and fairly balanced, very sticky but unsatisfying body, perhaps a tad young, not a great barleywine but very distincitvely stone xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Overall a good barleywine, but it wasn't particularly unique. Maybe I was expecting too much. It is pretty hoppy... HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Well this beer had little head, but such a pretty copper color, strong smell, taste was strong as well. aftertaste left you wanting some more. Really did not remind me of a barleywine..... but worth drinking! VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Has an orange/copper body with a cream colored head. Aroma is strong, sweet, hoppy(pine), and mildly yeasty. The flavor is overflowing with piney hops that dominates a mild sweet malt and mild yeastiness. Has a strong warming sensation as it goes down. Finishes dry and moderately bitter(from both the alcohol and the hops). In general this is barley wine is over-hopped, but still of excellent quality. atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2005 04’ Sampled in unison with the ’03 vintage. This one is a very clean looking light gold color with an army of slowly rising bubbles that feed the head for quite a long time. Aroma leans toward a hoppy smell. The first taste is dominated by a piney hop flavor with a saltiness that lingers. It is not as full as it’s ’03 companion but hides the hint of alcohol better than the ’03, even though it is slightly higher in volume. It’s not as good as ’03, but is still a great beer.
’04 again (March 2005)- Very distinct grapfruit bitterness was the one thing that stood out in my mind this time, and there was also a somewhat salty character. In addition, when the alcohol kicked in and started to mix with the hops, I got a taste similar to gin... there seemed to be juniper character.
2005 Quick thoughts on my first sample of the ’05. Standard look and a fairly strong hop aroma. Full of malt but lots of bitterness dominates at this point. No score change.
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2004
suprisingly minimal nose for the amount of hops tasted in the first sip. after half a glass, the intensity had me dizzy. still to me, more palatable than the bigfoot, which i think is overhopped. worth having, if you don't pay through the nose, and sharing is a must. Padron4KM (810) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2006 2004 bomber.SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 14, 2004
pour was a burnt orange, with a thick orange/white head. Heavy lacing left on the glass.
Initial aromas were predominantly floral, hoppy, with a little maltiness in the background.
as it sat in the glass, the hops toned down a bit to reveal some sweet candied fruit. That weird stuff you put in fruit cake :P.
flavor was much sweeter than I anticipated, almost velvety mouthfeel with a nice lingering, mildly bitter finish.
I plan on buying a few and setting them down for a while
Re-Rate 12/04 After sitting in the chiller for 9 months (yeh I wanted to let it sit till the next release but I couldn’t wait :) )
Aroma took on a little carmely notes and the candied fruit toned down a bunch.
flavor was much more balanced. creamy, velvety sweet, bitter all still there but more of a rounded flavor now.
Imagine this.... A malted milk chocolate ball like a whopper (my favorite candy), with a blast of ruby red grapefruit and a dash of raw sugar in the center
2005 edition. 2/26/05.
Hops are more dominant than in years past. Alcohol shows up more too.
Needs more time.
’06 release sampled nov 06.
big toffee nose, sweet orangy flavor, with some malt.
Lost a lot of points on complexity. not as good as past versions IMO. Also didn’t hold up as well as previous releases
Orange/copper tint with a minimal head and good lacing. Sweet in the front, party in the back. Malty, with lots of caramel/butterscotch qualities, and a stronger hop presence on the end. Slightly spicy. More subtle than the old recipe, and better balanced. But not as complex or interesting. More drinkable. I prefer the older recipe but this is really good. jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2005 Great red color with a thick head. Smells like there’s alcohol in there, tastes the same. Also quite malty. A little bit fruity, too...a very good beer.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 16, 2004
On second taste, there’s not much to it but hops and alcohol. Still nice and thick and a good warmer, though.
Bottle. Amber color. Head is slow to form but musters up to make a small white head that diminishes to an edge ring. Decent lacing. Big sweet malt nose. Caramel aromas. Smooth mouthfeel, medium to full bodied. Very malty up front with a decent hop finish. Caramel seems to predominate the initial flavors. Very drinkable for being bottled in August.