AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2009 What a nose! Huge aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak and dried fruits. The flavor tags right along with the nose in complexity and fullness. A bit hot and biting, but coating on the palate. Finish is a bit hot.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Stone Bistro for RBSG, 2006 vintage. My pour was a deep brown, much darker than the regular OG. Aroma of rich malts, vanilla, and oak. Flavor of dark caramel, molasses and vanilla countered by a nicely balance bitterness. Finish has a hint of wood, and is not too hot or bitey. Nice use of the barrel and has aged well.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted at brewery for RBSG. This was a really amazing beer. Nice copper red with creamy tan head. Bourbon, spice, and caramel aroma. Smooth buttery palate. Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, spice, toffee, and oak taste.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stone RBSG luncheon. Pours orange with an off white head. Nose is sweet and amazing with a lot of sweet bourbon. Taste is really good very sweet and very nice.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Stone’s RBSG incredible luncheon. Cloudy orange amber color. Nice small bubble head. Medium carbonation. Malty sweet aroma. Mellow flavor. Sweet. Tiny bit of alcohol bite. Delicious.
brigg (501) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) This barley wine has an orange copper body with a small beige head. The aroma is very sweet and spicy that somehow seems to fill the room with its floral bouquet. The alcohol and bourbon notes as there, as well. The first thing I notice when taking a sip is how creamy, soft, and full bodied the beer feels. Sweetness and alcohol are apparent upfront, but it finishes very dry with some hop bitterness and some alcohol burn.
Don’t have much experience with barley wine, but this was really quite good and much better than which ever barley wines I have had before.
kassner (1342) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this beer on draft at Mad Mex in Oakland. Excellent spicy version versus my standard Old Horizontal. Very modest head, cloudy, sweet but nice balance with salittle Stone finish. The alcohol does not dominate and carbonation is just right.
blackmurder (226) - sadf, Hawaii, USA - MAR 19, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
An easy going barley wine. Feels about 10% alcohol and hides it well. Tasty esters and dark fruits, peaches and berry inhibit the body.
riversideAK (5595) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 On tap at Stone. 2006 vintage. Pours a burnt orange copper color with a disappearing head. I get lots of bourbon in the nose along with candy sweet malt, perhaps candy apples. Notes say, "Wow"! Flavor is straight bourbon up front followed by a nice super sweet fruitiness. Some hops do peak through on the backside, but are subdued, but there still is bitterness. Also, I get a little oak in the flavor as well. Full bodied and hot alcohol, but still pleasant. Lingering bourbon flavor. Damn fine nightcap.