nearbeer (5600) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2008
650 ml, early 2008 release. Clear orange-copper with a small, but enduring head that leaves a slight soapy lace behind. Aromas of resin, orange, earthy molasses and honeycomb. Flavor starts with orange and molasses, turns more to resin-citrus and shows flavors of oak, peppery evergreen, alcohol, cherries, berries and citrus-honeycomb. Medium-heavy body is smooth with a nice balance between thin and syrupy, and is warming and dryish. Quality and complexity are evident already, but a bit harsh with hops at this stage; probably should cellar a year or two. ChainGangGuy (4925) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Appearance: Pours a dark, obscured, rich amber body with a thin, beige head.
Smell: A far lighter aroma when compared with earlier vintages (’02, ’03). Faint, far off caramel malts and fruit and well, that’s about it. The 2005 rebounds in fruitiness, smelling of strawberry-scented cotton candy.
Taste: Vague caramel maltiness with a medium sweetness. Far less fruitiness present than the 2002 and 2003. The hops aren’t nearly as citrusy, but they do have a ramped up wooden quality to them. Medium-plus bitterness throughout. Finishes bittersweet with a touch of heat at the very end. The 2005 delivers the forgotten fruits of the 2004 and has a fuller residual sweetness within. Also, as we progress through the vertical, things are getting hotter and more bitter. The 2006 is rather similar to the 2005, but without that wild strawberry character. Sadly, the 2007 dials down the various components again. Plus, being younger it’s all heat and hops -- might be where the 2004 was at one point.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: Enjoyed as part of a vertical spanning the vintages between 2002 and 2007. The 2004 really was the letdown of the group, displaying a weak aroma, a far less punchy malt character, even a dead hop profile. It certainly was no 2003! The 2005 has some interesting complexities, but the 2006 and 2007 become a bit more vanilla. KimJohansen (10497) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2008
Clear amber with large beige head. Sweet aroma with notes of toffee, caramel, toasted malt and hops. Sweet flavour with alcohol, caramel, citric hops and toasted malt. Bitter finish with warming alcohol. larsniclas (7210) - Billdal, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2008
Sweet and malty aroma with nutty notes and some hoppiness.
A lot of dry bitterness. Grassy and vinous.
jhagmar (114) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2008
Bottle 65 cl. Hazy amber with a small off-white head. Lots of malt - caramel, bread and some raisins. Fruity notes of peach. Quite some hops as well. Grapefruit aroma revealed on tasting. The flavor is initally sweet, leaving way to a long-lingering, subtle bitterness. The mouthfeel is burning with stinging carbonation.
gnoff (10891) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2011 First ratingfredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2008
65 cl bottle thanks to deft. BB March 2010.
Hazy copper color, orange head. Milky, alcohol, malty, grainy, fat, sweet scent. Bitter alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness. Not good.
On May 30, 2009
Hazy copper color, tan head. Lactic, alcohol, sweet scent; same goes for taste, though with a good amount of bitterness. Thick mouthfeel. Like it better than last time. Warming alcohol.
Bottle thanks to thomat! January 15, 2011
Cloudy copper color, small white head. Sweet, hoppy, cheese scent. Sweet, hoppy, bitter, alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.
Bottle from Systembolaget. Sampled on Feb 26, 2011
Hazy copper color, yellow head. Fresh, citrus, hoppy, alcohol, hrash scent. Hoppy, citrus, bitter taste. Medium mouthfeel, high bitterness.
Draught at Moeder Lambic, Brussels, for the Moeder vs Stone beer festival. Sampled on September 16, 2011
Clear copper color, off-white head. Sweet. lemon, acidic scent. Sweet, malty, acidic, lemon, hoppy taste. Hoppy aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.
Bottle, 2008. Aroma of prunes, plums, raisins, rich malt, vanilla, alcohol. Flavor brings no surprises. Still a monster nearly a year into its life, and the malt could certainly develop (and eventually overtake the alcohol that remains) for quite a while longer. Although I dont believe this beer has reached its peak, still not bad at all right now. coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Bomber. Rather antiseptic with hints of rubber bands. Alcohol isnt hidden at all. I expect this from Stone. About halfway through it isnt too bad with notes of dark fruit, hops and malt.I bought two, and Im thinking that aging will do this one wonders. mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2009
08 bottle poured copper and brown in color with an smallish off white head. Sweet aroma with apricots, brandy and ginger. Medium body with a big amount of flavor. Caramel, toffee, and breadlike body. Some plums are in there too. What I needed on a cold winter night. DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Bottle. (2008 vintage). Powerful fruity malt aroma. Cloudy deep orange amber body, off-white head. Flavor is moderately sweet, fruity, malt and caramel, some alcohol presence. Not my favorite style, but overall the best barley wine I’ve sampled to date.