kevinator (667) - The Colony, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not what I was expecting. Sweet and sour smelling with alcohol. Cool cloudy copper color with paper thin head. No lacing. Slight fruit sourness with heavy malt. There’s no mistaking this is a barley wine. The alcohol was hidden well. I’m all for hoppy BW’s, but the hops presence didn’t seem to blend as well as it should. It left a very dry and lingering finish.
HogTownHarry (5973) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber shared by blankboy with me and biegaman. Hazy very deep amber with a decent frothy beige head. Classic fruity/light resin american barleywine, alcohol and that floral/sweet Belgian thing - intriguing. Taste - yep, more Belgian, less malt body, quite clean and balanced - dangerous. Slightly light body, good carbonation, increasing sweet floral bitterness - oh yes. Damned good. How old??
mverity (218) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured into a snifter. Great reddish-amber-brown color with thick tan head that held pretty well. Good lacing and legs. Full body and medium carbonation. Aroma is of toffee, some mahogany, medium roasted malt sweetness. Taste is funky. The big thing that throws me off is that it tastes like burnt marshmallows. That burtn flavor is front and center and I’m glad I was splitting this bottle because I would’ve drain poured it if I tried to finish it myself.
brewballs (141) - USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stone is always hit or miss for me. They tend to play it safe by doing IPA’s. With their barleywine there is sense this is where they need to go. It has an amber hue. Lacy head. A little boozy but the hops override it. It has a smooth wash down maybe too clean. It needs a bit more bitterness but overall it is a balanced beer. I’d like to try on tap definitely next time.
Svesse (5786) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Hazy reddish amber colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of orange marmalade, dried apricots, rye bread, honey, citrus peel, red fruit, caramel and hints of spices. Malty, fruity taste with caramel, apricots, rye bread, orange peel, marmalade, hints of liquorice and spices (clove?) and a certain sweetness and alcohol bite in a finish with a good citric bitterness. Almost full body, soft and chewy mouthfeel. Quite sweet. Solid and well made barley wine with a spicy touch. Very nice.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Commercial Taphouse on 04/14/2011. Clear copper amber body with a small creamy tan head. Sweet banana, clove, belgian yeast and caramel aroma. Sweet banana, clove, belgian yeast, fruit, caramel, and slight alcohol flavor. Medium full body with moderately high carbonation.
Sunni05 (13) - Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very thick like a Barley Wine should be. Hint of figs and apricots. Nice bitter aftertaste...love the hoppiness! The aroma of apricots mixed with the piny scent of the hops makes your nose come alive.
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jtclockwork (6877) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with off white head. Nose and taste of sweet caramel, sticky orange candy, Belgian yeast, toffee, light oxidation/sherry, fruity esters and touch of banana bubblegum. Medium body.
PriorL (1134) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
TAP at Chez Moeder Lambic during "Moeder Lambic Vs. Stone".
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blklab2007 (1856) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft cole house pizza. Pour has a deep burnt caramel color and a thin coating of off white head. Aroma has belgian yeast, light oxidation, sweet sticky malt, and light aged hops. Mouth feel is hefty with low carbonation. Flavor is rich on the malt, dark fruit, Belgian yeast, caramel, mild oxidation, and a bit of heat into a lingering finish.
shigadeyo (2959) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 Odd Year Release
3/09/2011: Stone Old Guardian Belgo Barley Wine Style
Ale... Aroma: Strong, yeasty, lots of ripe, fleshy fruits (peach,
apricot, plum, orange, grapefruit); sharp, metallic alcohol (like
rubbing alcohol at times). Appearance: Orange color (leaning toward
amber), cloudy; dense, thick, and lasting ivory-colored head. Flavor:
Lots of esters - very fruity with some banana, yeasty, Hawaiian
bread, lots of bubblegum; plenty of alcohol shines through along with
some burn. Palate: Overall: Definitely drinks like a Belgian
Barleywine! Good, but I’ll take the "standard" Old Guardian over
Belgo since this one is just quite a mouthful and shows every bit of
12% alcohol and maybe more...
1 Pint 6 Fl. Oz. bottle (12% Alc/Vol) from Marty’s Hops & Vines in
Cincinnati, OH. Rating #431 for this beer.