Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 17, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a growler I picked up at Stone W.B. Very interesting - Pretty much standard Old Guardian, with a slight touch of oak and a good amount of red wine. Actually, the wine was so present, it was almost as if a mix of Old Guardian and a cabarnet. Would have liked to taste a tad more oak, but that’s a minor complaint. A tad bit boozy, as well. Overall, this was really tasty.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from naven. Very nice brew. Red wine barrel aging definitely adds depth. Sweet, caramel, peppery. Some Cabernet notes. Love it.
VikingHammer (493) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Sunset Grill. Poured a brown with a small off white ring. Aroma was vinous with some caramel and dark fruits peaking through. Nice hop bite with a lingering malt finish. Very Nice Beer.
dalekliz (776) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Stone. Pours a hazy orange-amber with a small white head and lacing. Aroma of wine, wood, and malt. Taste is sharp and quite bitter, of malt, citrus, wood, and wine. The hops are pretty much gone. Lingering sharpness. Odd, but very nice.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Sunset Grill. 2009 vintage. Poured a hazy dark orange color. The head was off white with good retention and lacing. Smelled of dark fruits, toffee, and subdued cinnamon. Full bodied and sweet with a warming alcohol effect and mild bitterness. I tasted oak, toffee, dark fruit (fig), and booze. Not overly red wine-ish in my opinion, but good.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on tap at Stone in an 8oz glass.
Smells of "C" hops and thats about it, a little bit of caramel. Smells delicious.
Looks very light for a barleywine, a nice deep caramel color.
Small head that dissipates into a halo rather quickly.
Taste is lots of C hops up front, very crisp and bitter, and then finishes with a sweet lightly malted back, and that’s where you really taste the red wine. Its not over the top, but compliments it very well. Red Wine esters trail off the end notes to what is a fantastic barleywine.
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Sunset. Enjoyable. Red wine tannins come through in this brew. Not so much in the aroma, but in the taste. Fruity notes make this almost have sangria-like qualities.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Sunset Grill. This is a pretty tasty beer. I’ve been shying away from barleywines of late, but just had to try this one when I saw it on the menu. Not much wine in the aroma, but it actually does a pretty good job of mellowing out the body of the beer. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.
puzzl (3172) - New York, New York, USA - APR 27, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at DLD. I honestly don’t even remember drinking this, but the words on the paper don’t lie. I really should avoid barrel aged Stone beers next time around. Very sweet, piney, strong and rough barleywine aroma, with no noticeable red wine barrel notes at all. Bittersweet flavor, typical barleywine and typical Stone, just brutish and brash with no interesting/unique characteristics at all. Very bitter and hard to drink. What’s the point?
NobleSquirrel (3313) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at DLD ’09. Pours a dark brown red color with nearly no head. Nose is a bit fruity and clean. I don’t get a lot of wine in the nose, but on taste, some of the tannins do come through and help to hold up the rich, big body. A nice and robust beer with some mild wine notes, though nothing too memorable. Kind of a letdown, really. I couldn’t quite get what the final product was, but I could tell how hard they tried. Meh.