beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2004
This is a decent Barley Wine. Hoppy, fruity, and sweet flavors. Finishes Bitter, crisp, and dry. MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2004
Peachy brown. Strong nose, sweet and quite hoppy, a bit of pine. Flavor is strong and hoppy, some woodiness. Richness is akin to maple syrup, maybe a bit of dry fruit like apricots in the background. Alcohol is a bit strong and overnoticeable. Tastes like it's trying to be Bigfoot's older brother, but doesn't have the malt heft to back up its strength. Certainly good, but still one of the least impressive things I've had from Stone (which, to be fair, is usually spectacular). tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2004
Gentle alcohol in the aroma. Pine, earthy, sweaty, spicy, citrus hops in the aroma with an underlying malt sweetness. Clear orange colouation with off-white head that recedes to thin cover and a nice ring around the glass. Assertively hoppy. Very alcoholic. Strongly malty with a very bitter finish. Medium body. Good carbonation. Lively mouthfeel. Flavours don’t play well together. Will probably be much more integrated in a year or two. Needs to grow up. Bottle (enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT and Rastacouere). Thanks for this trade from eyedrinkale. pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Big bottle. Clear amber beer, thin head. A bit sweet and boozy, but overall malt and hops well blended and well balanced. Knocked me out for the night. ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2004
2004 bottle...Mostly clear copper pour with a medium white head. Aroma is vineous, malty and hoppy...kinda complex. Sweet to start, also get a quick kick of hops. middle mellows a little, the end holds a lot of hop presence. Not surprising from Stone, however, if this was able to sit in the cellar a couple of years, it may be volumes better.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2005
2005 Bomber: It poured a deep copper color with a modest creamy, cream-colored head. Some tiny bubbles continually crawl upward through the brew at a snail’s pace. The aroma is a very sweet malt with some floral, herbal, and orange hop smells squeezing their way out at random intervals. The ale is thick and chewy with an alcohol bite. The flavor is mainly sweet malt balanced with an earthy hop taste. The latter’s bitterness, along with alcohol, kick in for a long dry finish. Not bad or overbearing for a 11.26% ABV (as opposed to 2004’s 10.06%) barley wine. I’d like to try this when aged a year or two. Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2006
So, the question of the evening is this: when you come home from a long day at the office, and you look in the cabinet that holds your precious beer glassware collection, and you notice that 7 of your pint glasses are gone-and you haven’t used them-and the only explanation of their untimely disappearance is your brother in law, who you gave a room to when he had nowhere to go, to whom you extended a helping hand both physically and financial, has broken them or stole them, what do you do? That’s right, America-pour barleywine on the situation. Thanks a whole fucking lot, Phil. Bottle-2005. Pour is kind of hollow-dark honey with a wispy ring of bubbles that cries out to be more than what it is. Nose-husky, cereal, sweet like warm honey, thick. Taste-initial taste takes me back: as a child, my family raised honeybees. We had hundreds of hives, millions of bees. Honey flowed in my house like water, and I ate it everyday. One day, I wondered what would happen if I cooked the honey in a skillet on the stovetop. The honey quickly boiled and became a solid dark glass like substance. I ate a piece to see what it tasted lie. It tasted like this. Very burned. Very bitter back end that is surprisingly unbalanced by the malts. Incredibly unbalanced-this is all bittering hops and burnt malt. It isn’t all bad. There are some saving graces-the light dancing sweetness, and the muted aroma hops add to the drink, but they are hidden behind this mountain of burn. Seriously you fuck. I realize that to you they are just drinking glasses, but to me they are a collection. Respect that, you fuck. And find somewhere else to live. This beer, much like my in laws, is a huge let down. glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2006
On tap at Collins Pub REAL Stong Beer Festival. 3 tasters/$6. ’04 vintage. Dark orange copper color with huge frothy head. Banana aroma. Toffee/banana taste. Good stuff, but I was expecting more. fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 13, 2006
This beer was a monster, as expected, but it was still a bit of a letdown. I found that there was not enough hoppiness to balance all that malt. The beer had a strong sweet flavor from the malts, reminiscent of honey and caramel. But there was barely any fruit presence, which would have made it more interesting. Basically it’s just a very malty, almost syrupy beer, with not a whole lot else going on. grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Pours a dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, and some alcohol comes through. Taste is pretty much the same but with an alchohol burn, some sweetness. Just doesn’t do much for me.