brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is bright reddish-copper color with a slight haze and a small white head.
S: The Belgian yeast is more noticeable here than it was in the IRS. Some coriander notes along with fruity esters. Nowhere near as intense as the regular thing, however, both in sweetness and hoppiness.
T: Sweet dark fruits and mild spice esters are much more noticeable than the usual barleywine flavors. Bits of toffee and sugar, but not the intense caramel character of Old Guardian and a real lacking bitterness.
M: The body is medium, maybe a little thin, with a moderate carbonation.
D: Much more of just a Belgian Strong Ale than a barleywine. I am not sure if I like this quite as much as Old Guardian, which is one of my favorite barleywines.
Slipstream (2381) - USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2011 On tap at 2010 Stone/Rattle’n’Hum event, also had some in a bottle. A sharp, fresh barleywine, with plenty of honey malt flavor. Yeasty, sweet, some brown sugar, well hopped, with a warm aftertaste. Doesn’t Stone ever make a bad beer? It wasn’t this one.
Travlr (19903) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Churchkey. Great nose, nice taste that really lasts. Malts dominate everything, pretty straightforward stuff.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours with a hazed amber body and a lasting barley off-white head. Aroma of grapes (yes?!), caramel, alcohol, toffee, and brandy. Flavors are strongly alcoholic, belgian and boozy. Burnt toffee. Lively and sweeter than normal. Interesting for sure.
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Drafts. Pours dark gold with an off-white head. Flavors of yeast, mocha, dark fruits, hops.
radagast83 (6786) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap Takeover at Churchkey. Poured a dark amber color with a small light-tan head. Aroma was yeasty, hoppy, touch of alcohol, slight sweet notes. Flavor was yeasty and hoppy, Tad heavy, but actually pretty darn good.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler at RBWG. The pour yields a hazy, dark golden-orange amber body with a small, swirly head of off-white foam. There’s some wet sheeting that shows on the glass, leaving behind small, rounded spots of runny lace. The nose is a little grainy, strongly suggesting cereal in the malt base, with notes of caramelized biscuit, gummy fruit, and faded citrus hops. Belgian yeast adds some estery, airy spice elements. Flavors are primarily sweet up front, again showing caramelized grain, biscuit malt, bread, and various stewed orchard fruits. Hints of sherry-like oxidation seem out of place, and hops again seem somewhat faded and lacking juiciness, despite the bitter finish. Yeast mostly lends bready tendencies and some fruity spice. Medium-full in body, the palate sports moderate carbonation and a smooth consistency that is slightly drier than the standard version of the beer. Still, alcohol is too apparent. I found this one to be a little strange overall. I’m not a big fan of the Belgian yeast in this recipe.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Alewife Baltimore for Stone Total Tap Takeover. Poured a clear deep amber with a massive, off-white rocky head with excellent retention and giant lacing. Nose is thyme, sage, white pepper, sweat, old hops, toffee, malt husk. Taste is spicy, perfumey, bitter. Dry moving to oily mouthfeel.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at alewife for the stone total tap takeover. pours a clear copper with a creamy, off-white head and great lacing. aroma is awesome with cool juxtaposition of belgian tripel notes of citrus, banana esters, clove, and cinnamon with the heavy, sweet barley wine notes of toffee, piney hops, caramel malts, and orange pulp. flavor is a definite "wow" with great complexity provided by the sweet belgian yeast, spicey clove, cedar, and pine esters with citrusy hops, toffee malts, and warm booze on the back end. palate is full bodied, dry, yeasty, and slightly spicy with a bitter, mildly sweet finish. overall, a great, unique, barley that i went back for seconds for because it was so deliciously different.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Rattle N Hum.
Amber/brown with some haze and a medium head. Aroma of dark fruit, some spiciness. Medium bodied with a bitter, musty finish.