DYCSoccer17 (3490) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 26, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2013 Draft. Fruity aroma. Lots of berry--esp cherries. Malty ans sweet aroma. Didnt ask the bartender what vintage this was. Pours a transparent copper/amber color. I wasnt expecteing transparentcy ): It has a small off-white head. Start is sweet and very malty with a definitely alcohol burn. Hoppiness to finish, but quite bitter. This is kind of harsh. Prolly best off being aged. Sampled at Blue Tusk in Syracuse. (7/3/6/4/12) ~~~~~~RE-RATE~~~~~~~2013 Vintage. 22 ounce bottle from Nugget in Woodland, CA. The aroma on this is a bit hoppy with more of an herbal and grassy character present. Lightly floral and light caramel. Not much else here. Transparent ruby-amber body with a medium, somewhat quickly dissipating light yellow head that leaves good lacing. This starts extremely sweet, sugary, and cloying. I donít remember this beer ever being this out of balance. Finishes with a little spicy and herbal hop flavor, before a large amount of booziness follows. Holy shit, what happened to this beer?
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy, golden red body with a creamy, white head. Fruity sweet aroma full of citrus, tart berries, pine sap, caramel, a touch of toffee and a little warming alcohol. The body is fairly moderate in thickness but has small, tight bubbles that stick to the glass. Good flavors that start sweet with the malt before becoming intensely bitter. Hoppy as hell that finishes with a bitterness that really makes the tongue curl. Alcohol makes its way into the finish to warm the ming, body and soul. Another strong Barley Wine from the folks in San Marcos.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very nice. Poured a deep, rich ruby red with nice subdued carbonation. Aroma is wonderful: raisiny, sweet. Syrupy on the palate with a sweet, rich flavor. Iím a sucker for barleywines, but this is definitely one of the best Iíve had.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAY 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby-amber body with just a tinge of cloudiness. Medium head of white froth. Smells wonderful, but unusual for a barleywine; it is much like the stone IPAís and Arrogant Bastards - pineapple juice, raisins, sweet ruby red grapefruit and sugars. Taste is huge, syrupy and sweet. Begins rather bitingly, alcohol is present throughout. Sweet malt (pineapple, pitfruit), bitter hops (roasted coffee) work and transition in lockstep. Normally a barleywine goes sweet to bitter, this flavor is all at once - genuine, crafty and delicious. Aftertaste is sweet and bitter, fades into a yeasty, dough-like ending.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper pour with medium lacing. Very hoppy aroma immediately present. Alcohol very noticeable in the taste. Hops, grapefruit rind, slight malt come through strong. Slight malt/alcohol finish. This one needs to rest for some time, a little too raw at this point in its life.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2014 Bottle pours a light copper with a large off white head and plenty of lace. The aroma is of fresh smelling hops and sweet white grape and apple juice. The flavor is grapefruit, malt sweetness, pine, ale fruit notes, and very nice. The palate does not overwhelm, but holds up to the strong flavor profile. Overall, this is a very nice Barley Wine. Update 2014/11/7 - increased flavor as Iím really enjoying a 2014 vintage this afternoon.
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours golden brown with a large off white head. aroma is fruity apples mostly, and hoppy, with pine needles. flavor is hoppy, and of grapefruit with a strong alcohol flavor. this beer is strong though not sticky like many other barley wines. however I prefer the previous old guardians to this one. maybe aging will do this one well.
Darkover (1527) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear amber color with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, fruit and hops. Flavor of caramel malt and hops. Finish is long with a tangy hop bitterness.
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2004 22 oz bottle: the aroma really grabs you at first. Smells floraly, hoppy, malty, fruity, and wonderful. The head is small, but itís extremely creamy and swirly. beautiful deep, deep golden color. The alcohol is hidden behind a multi facited of hops, fruits, malts and buttery goodness. I like this brew because itís quite, quite hoppy and malty. I feel similar tastes, aromas, and finishes from both IPAs and american strong ales... quite an experience.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2007 2007 vintage sampled on 6/17/07: Pours a hazy dark copper bronze with a frothy thin light tan head. Aroma of fresh citrusy grapefruit hops and sweet caramel malt. Body starts sticky sweet and caramely with a big, biggering hoppy presence toward a drier, warming bittersweet finish. Iíd prefer this with a little more aroma and flavor hops and not as many bittering hops, but then Iíd probably taste the alcohol more.
2005 vintage sampled on 9/28/05: Pours a dark copper with orange tiint and a big, frothy off-white head with greenish hues. Aroma has a very nice balance of sweet caramel malt and piney hops. Body has a good, sweet malty and hoppy balance, but doesnít hide the alcohol anywhere near as well as the Old Horizontal I just had. This will probably be pretty good after a few years of aging, but even six months has little effect right now. Needs more of a silky smooth, viscous palate as well.
2004 vintage sampled on 5/6/04: Pours a rich copper bronze with a thick and well-lacing white head. Aroma is a bounty of sweet caramel malt and floral hops. Body starts syrupy sweet, turning more bitter and lightly fruity toward a finish that masks the alcohol very well. All the flavors of a great barleywine are there, but they just donít seem to mesh together as well as they could. A little more balance and more subtle bitterness, and this could be improved. Still a nice barleywine, but I expect a little more from Stone.