MiP (15920) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2006
Bottle, 11.26%. Quite malty aroma, some bonbon/caramel. Red amber colour. Very bonbony flavour and aftertaste, caramellized sugar, quite sweet. Nice, but a bit too bitter. bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2007
Thanks to Kook, tried at homebrew club night. Clear tawny brown body with a short lasting light tan head. Big malt aroma but with strong notes of pine and then the alcohol. The palate is easy drinking but not as promising as the nose, burnt caramel, toasted and some more dried fruit. Don’t pick up the alcohol as much in the taste as in the nose. hotstuff (5175) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2007
2006 version. Poured a small ivory head that mostly diminished, minimal carbonation, transparent, and a reddish brown hue. Malty, caramel, piney hops, and some raisin notes for the nose. Flavor was sweet, hops, caramel, brown sugar, dry, lightly bitter, and mildly acidic. Tingly mouthfeel. Medium body. Definitely a nice barley wine and worthy of a try. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2008 2007 Bottle. Pours a very clear amber-copper color with a mostly full, off-white, creamy, and tight head; head settles to a small frothy bit leaving minimal lacing. Nose sweet with potent alcohol; also noting raisin, date, candi sugar, and some yeasty bread with some citrus and resin in the background. Similar flavor, sweet, candy-like, and fairly warming; notes of candi sugar, raisin, date, light bready notes, a touch of rich caramel, FAINT citrus. Palate is medium, soft to lively, and chewy with significant alcohol presence; this young brew really does not hide it’s potency well. Finishes with some drying out with the candi sugar still remaining, but some bitterness finally presenting itself with notes of light citrus and slight herbal. This being Stone, I was expecting more. IMHO, this one is far from optimal age; many months would help greatly. Surprising from Stone, being so incredibly sweet and almost hot (for 11%), this one just did not live up to the standards of the normal Stone curve. Not bad by any means, but something from Stone that I was hoping that would be much better. I find myself not wanting to try another BW for a while after this one. The 2008 version is a bit better with less heat but still not much better. My least favorite Stone brew. jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2007
2006 Amber pour with a nice creamy tan head. Strong aroma of caramel, fermenting fruit, and vanilla oak. This is most certainly too young to drink. Strong alcohol prescence and not much else. A bit of caramel and orange zest, but mostly rum/sherry like alcohol. Palate is medium/full, bitter, and has lots of alcoholic astringency. Great (and wierd) complexity (certainly more going on than I described here), but definatley way too young. I think this one is bound to round out nicely in a year or so.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2007
early 2007 release...more like an amped pale ale or IIPA...amber body with medium head...aroma of floral and bitter hops, light malt, grain, and alcohol...flavor is mostly hoppy, little malt to talk about here (some sugars, but very little)...could have been aged a lot longer.... Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Pours dark amber with a fluffy, medium-sized head. No lacing. Smells pretty heavily of hops and citrus. Thickish mouth feel with caramel, citrus, and hop qualities. Warm alcohol qualities follow it up. drunkenemperor (12) - sincinnasti, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Amber-red color, smells like salad tomatoes and caramel.malty sweet at first with a touch of croutons then drifts down the gullet with good ibu balance, I prefer a much more over the top hop intensity in a bwine, but my tongue may be numbed from drinking oldcrusty and fresh bigfoot before this....I do enjoy the abv however:) nimbleprop (8474) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Poured an impressive bronze color with a creamy white head. Smells of fruit, grain, and hops. Syrupy sweet, exotic fruits, toffee, caramel, grain, citrus etc. Has that thick, barleywine mouthfeel, with a bit of heat on the end to show off the high alcohol. shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Pours a golden amber color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is of caramel and of bitter hops. Flavor is nice caramel malts with a bitter grassy hop finish.