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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.26%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2015
Pours a dark ruby red/chestnut brown color with a minimal off-white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind. Prominent vinous red wine barrel presence in the aroma with subtle oak/toothpick, vanilla bean and vinous dark fruit sweetness. Strawberry and cream with grape, sour cherry, currant and other dark berries. Strong wine character that sort of overpowers there barleywine notes. Underneath, thereís some leathery malt, caramel, toffee and muted hops along with hints of date, fig, raisin and port. Very nice! Medium body with soft carbonation and perfectly integrated vinous red wine barrel flavors that linger over the leathery malts, sweeter notes and resinous hop bitterness into a slightly dry finish. Some dry roasted oak but itís not overpowering or heavily charred. Some vanilla bean and damp wood followed by vinous fruit sweetness, notably grape, strawberry, tart cherry and blueberry. Similar to a barbera wine. Under the heavy barrel presence, thereís some leathery malt along with toffee, biscuit, fig and raisin. Really nice beer with complex flavors that are very well balanced. High ABV is excellently masked making this complex beer very easy to drink. Never would have guessed it was 11.2%. This series of barrel aged beers from Stone can be hit or miss, but this might be the best one Iíve tried up to this point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (2133) - Lille, FRANCE - MAR 1, 2015
On tap @ Stone Brewery, Escondido - CA. Color: orange brown beer with velvet purple reflection, no carbonation and white foam. Smell : malt and sugar domination. Barrel notes but not extrem red vine presence and raisin. Taste: amazing complexity very great work on malt and hops with great sugar and very strong notes of caramel and alcohol. Oily sensation. Aftertaste: alcohol finish and malt! Very great!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (10229) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Not an improvement over the base beer, but an odd and intriguing combo of flavors and aroma that I was still glad to have tried. Ripe fruit and a little acidity, oak, more malty than hoppy anymore. Covers the heat almost completely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RussianDragon (574) - - MAY 12, 2014
Draft vintage is 2008. Pours a hazy golden copper with hue of red on glass when backlit. Rocky thin head. Aroma is a mild vinous complexity. Flavor is merlot, dark fruits and very complex. *Each batch sits 1.5 years in red wine barrels. From Stone event Brickskeller 6/1/09.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2013
500 mL bottle from the brewery, served in a stem glass next to the 2012 standard vintage and the oak smoked variant. Pours clear mahogany with a small tan head that mostly fades and leaves trace lacing. The nose has beautiful notes of oak, red wine, molasses, dark fruit, apples and cherries. The flavour is perfectly balanced between fruity, red winey notes on the one hand and huge toasted oak along with biscuity malts and complex hoppy notes. The finish is long and fruity, hoppy, complex, beautiful. On the palate, it is light-medium in body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is an amazingly complex, beautiful barley wine. Red wine barrels provide an unexpected degree of complexity that perfectly complements this barley wine. Toasty and delicious, I wish I had another bottle. 2013-11-07

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bergstaden (2448) - RÝros, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2013
Brown with an off white head - Good malt aromas with some wood - Good malt body with some caramel, dark fruits , vanilla and wood - Good sweet malt finish wirth caramel and vailla from the wood - This was very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 31, 2013
500mL silk screen bottle shared at Congregation Azusa. Clear amber pour with minimal foam. Nose is excellent vanilla, toasted marshmallow, flambeed cherry. Nice. Taste is tomato paste, sugar, tannic wood, astringent bark. Dusty, old mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle... Poured murky, ruby/reddish with a mild, light tan head. Some oxidation and tannins on the nose. Good amount of tannins in the flavor with a big brown sugar note to move it along. Mild fruity notes and vinous oak. Toasted grains and a big alcohol warmth. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beertholomeus (1723) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Pours a cloudy dark brown with tan head. Hop, dark fruit, malt, oak and nutty aromas. Hop, raisin, fig, malt, alcohol and nutty flavors.Very complex with a medium body. Malt and fruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Cloudy orange amber pour with a wispy sandy tan head. Oxidized malt in the nose, lots of rich and dark dried fruits. Prune and raisin upfront. Some burnt sugar and caramel as well. Malty flavor with lots of dried fruits. Dry fruit and burnt sugar. Full/rich body with a tannic feel and some heat on the finish.

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