Krej (149) - USA - JAN 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good. Very malty. Almost like a barely wine. Probably one of my favorite strong ales.
SG111 (401) - New York, USA - JAN 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 10/16/14. Pours a hazy chestnut color with a thick cream-colored head. Aroma is malt, honey, fig, toffee, and notable hops in the background. Flavor is caramel, toffee, little bit of fig, and a nice long hoppy finish. Drinks a lot like a Barleywine. Wow this is phenomenal. Way better than the regular arrogant bastard.
Sarlacc83 (1153) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from cellar stash sale at Corvallis Brew & Supply. 2008 vintage.A: Mahogany color with a foamy creme color head. Legs.N: Pine, licorice, star anise, toffee, leather and tobacco, some hop residuals - mostly pineapple, earth and peppercorn. Raisin, fig, woodiness, clove. T: Gigantic bitterness and sweetness. M: Medium body, fuzzy carbonation, alcohol is restrained actually. Much different than the fresh bottles I have had.O: An assertive beer. Fresh, it?s a bit of a hoppy, alcoholic mess, but at 6 years old, it?s like a bigger Bigfoot. Almost an exact comp, actually
FatPhil (9977) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2015 660ml bottle (BierKompass.de) 2012 release, drunk 2015/01
Very nice barley wine aroma, sweet caramelly malts. Perfumey, but nice. Full smooth sweet palate. Massive malty palate. Nice bitter hops. Dang, this is a good barleywine. Love the balance of the hops and the malts, both components are very assertive, but not over-the-top. Drying palate makes me thirsty for more, which is a good sign.
Marduk (3476) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
660ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Hazy dark copper color. Medium size, yellow head, stays. Sweet, malty, citrus, raisins, mild alcohol in aroma. Caramel, raisins, plum stones, chocolate, malts in taste. Slight fizzy carbonation which adds character to that beer. Sweet malty aftertaste. Spicy hops hopping on my tongue in aftertaste. Beautiful. Where is that 11% of alcohol? Nowhere! Fantastic!
snoworsummer (2919) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 at Monkey Paw. Pours hazy reddish brown with a thin, fizzy off white head. Tastes like rich raisin, booze, and very sweet malt. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like alcohol, woody, and sugary sweet malt, very faint hops.
Jamesonpatz (23) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. A - Woah! Big aromas in this beer. Smells very floral and boozy. Plenty of hop bitterness present as well A - Deep amber hue--just a tad darker than the standard ABA. The lightly tanned head receded down to a thin layer of bubbles that hung out atop the brew throughout the drink. T - The attack features an array of floral notes and plenty of malty sweetness which continues through the middle of the sip. The finish features that Stone signature blast of bitter which crescendos until it comes full circle and returns to the malty and caramely sweetness. Wow. P - Such a full and rich mouthfeel. I can feel my tongue counting up the calories. The bitter finish cuts right through the richness and gives it a nice balance. O - This is a BIG beer. Very full in maltiness and extremely bitter. But it, no doubt, creates an amazing drinking experience. This beer has such large range of flavors and aromas: malty, floral, bitter, and boozy. It is extraordinarily balanced for such an intense drink. Beers this bitter may not be for everyone, but i couldn’t recommend it more. This is a supreme brew.
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BadAprilia1000 (340) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 - 11% ABV. Pours a nice dark reddish amber brown with a weak head. Aroma is fruity, apricot, hoppy, caramel, oak, wood, boozey, spice, malt richness. Taste is caramel, cereal, biscuit, oak, vanilla, malt, spice, boozy, with a bitter finish. Overall a very good beer, not huge considering the 11%, very good.
ZacM612 (270) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from Big Hops. Deep reddish amber color, minimal head. Aroma is a little boozy, malty, not especially hoppy. A bit woody, smooth, good all around strong ale.
smroush (97) - Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma - a touch of oak along with the malt? A touch of caramel. Hops are staying in the background. Some alcohol though not as prominent as I would expect given the ABV.
Appearance- a fairly dark copper with very little head. Pretty clear. Mild to moderate carbonation.
Taste- not as sweet as I would expect given the ABV. Some fairly distinct bitterness.
Palate - medium to full body, finish has that wood flavor on it.
Overall a good enjoyable beer. Not quite complex enough to be a great beer.