TonyDiUlio (643) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had at rattle and hum with James and andrew for the stone event. Pour is A medium copper with thin egg shell head. Nice lace. Aroma is mild Bourbon with hints of wine and barley seasoning. Flavor is alcohol and barley leaves with yeast.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 edition on tap at alewife for the stone total tap takeover. pours a hazy, orange-copper with hints of gold and a thick, creamy, off-white head. aroma is wonderful with massive vanilla, oak, and coconut with hints of orange creamsickles, lemon citrus, and big notes of toffee. flavor was absolutely fantastic with tons of vanilla, oak, and toasted coconut with fruity notes of oranges, peaches, and lemons backed by grassy hops and light pine esters. palate is full bodied, smooth as silk, with a hint of sticky sweetness and light warmth on the swallow. overall, an amazing bourbon barrel barleywine.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
@ Alewife for Stone Tap Takeover Tour 2010. This was the 2004 bourbon barrel aged version. This had vanilla notes and sweet malty flavors on the nose. The appearance is slightly cloudy and deep reddish gold. Taste is sweet, but not too much. Flavors of vanilla, alcohol, and malty notes all coming through. The toffee flavors linger and really make this beer shine. ABV is high, but really goes well with this beer. Palate is thick and mildly carbonated. Overall a really nicely aged and matured barleywine. The best barleywine I have had ever.
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Avenue Pub in New Orleans. Pours a light brick red with an extremely thin head. Aroma is very sweet. Flavor is not as sweet as I had expected, plenty of hops bitterness. This is extremely smooth and drinkable fo ra barley wine...very good.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love Stone brews. Stone IPA is one of the greatest beers available and likewise all beers Iíve tried from them have been way above par. For some reason, this beer disappointed me. I love barely wines (Bigfoot 2004 and Old Numbskull I would recommend) but this one was difficult to drink. It had no specific flavor. Perhaps my expectations were too high. They all canít be winners.
PKPMarine (37) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Initially the aroma is dominated by the alcohol. After getting past the alcohol, the toasted malt starts to come through and caramelized raisin comes to the forefront. A slight hint of banana (probably due to the high alcohol content) is present initiall, but dissipates quickly.
Poured a very clear deep amber with airy off-white head that deflates quickly.
The sweetness of the malt takes the forefront early followed by a slowly building bitterness from the hops. Predominant raisin flavor with a slight bit of earthiness and some astingency from the high alcohol content. The sweetness of the malt combined with a bit of a warming effect from the alcohol remind me of drinking a brandy or cognac.
Overall, not bad, but perhaps a little to "big" of a beer compared to the slighlty less bitter English style barley wines. Definitely in line with what you would expect from Stone and other west coast breweries.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From Bistro BA Fest 2009. Light amber with a loose white head. ARoma is red wine, malty, lightly hoppy, alcohol. Taste is hoppy, tannins, malty, light oak, alcohol.
johnnysmoke (101) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It is a white, wispy head; dark honey in color, alcohol, pine and citrus with a biscuity, light woody maltiness underneath.
JW32Hoops (70) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2012 2/18/2012 Updated rating. Looks like I wasnít into the 2012 as much. Deuce-deuce from Crest Liquor into pint glass. This thing pours like something straight outta Instagram...tones of reddish copper and molasses with a velvety off-white head. Aroma pleases my nostrils but ultimately isnít anything to write home about, Fisher Price, my first barley wine. Expectations ran a bit high I think, probably because I got caught up in the whole LIMITED 2012 RELEASE hysteria...itís undeniable. Anyhoo, I found myself just trying to get through this brew and get on to the next one, although itís not UN-delicious. Stone comes with the hops (shocker) but not in an over-the-top kinda way (actual not-sarcastic shocker) and lets the malt and straight up booze take center stage. Fine by me, lets get weird. I see where they were trying to go with the piney-ness, but I think it was better off in the old English style of yesteryear. Averyís Hog Heaven is better than this, but yíknow what Old Guardian...Iím an easy critic. I aint mad atcha.
4/4/2010 Trappist glass pint at The Tap Room in PB. Nose is very sweet, can tell this is going to be a heavy one with some malt backbone. Appearance is a deep, dark red with a slight cappuccino colored head, leaving behind plenty of lacing...gorgeous. Palate is classic Stone hops overload but it balances well with all the rich, malty, syrupy sweetness and nuttyness. Overall, its a little sweet, but doable. Rocks the 11.2% ABV very well. Iíll be drinking this one again.
DonKi11uminati (80) - , Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a powerful yet refined beer. It pours a dark cloudy amber color with a thin white head and good lacing. The aroma has fruit and bourbon. The flavor is assertive, with strong notes of fruit, caramel, malt, some bitter hops, spice and earthy tones. The high alcohol is almost unnoticeable until the thick and warming finish. An excellent beer for any occassion.