monk191 (1379) - California, USA - JUN 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A quite nice barley wine overall. Pours a beautiful bright cloudy orange with a thick tan head. Smells amazing, orange creme, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla. Taste is not as malty as the smell suggests, with lots of orange and lemon, as well as some maple syrup, a hint of vanilla, and a bit of hoppiness in the finish. Well-balanced. Had in the bottle.
GoufCustom (1160) - HONG KONG - MAY 30, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Celebrating my RB rating #1,000 during a hot and humid weekend afternoon!
651 ml bomber “2014 Vintage” at abv 11.6% bought at Q Club in SoHo, Central.
Serving temperature: at 10°C (less than 13°C as suggested on the bottle)
Looks: Cloudy hazy ruby brown colour with a clust of yeast sediments One finger head and light beige foam which lasts for 1 minute; Good sticky lacing and notable very smallish carbonation.
Aroma: Very fragrant rich ale malt, with strong Port wines, light brandy, strong wood barrels , alcohol, cherry, red fruits, pine, strong resin, biscuits, strong yeast, light lemon and light grass.
Taste: Wow! A blistering strong taste of rich ale malt, with brandy, strong liquor-like alcohol, wood barrel, very thick molasses, liquored cherry, pine, strong resin, earth, strong yeast, lemon, strong bitter hops and sharp grass.
Body: Full body. Very rich and oily oozy palate.
Mouth Feel: Insanely rich Ale maltyness in a strong body and very slick. Taste a lot like Bush de Ambrée but without the syrupy palate. The brandy-like liquor is strong, which raise up the cherry and red fruits with strong liquor influence. Strong pine and oozy resin. Looks like Chinook and Columbus at work here! Very yeasty and lemony hoppy to round. Actually the bitter hops and liquor never really ends without the dreaded sugar. Excellent!
Hoppiness: IIPA-like: Strong wood, strong pine, strong resin, light lemon and grass in nose. Woody barrels, earth, pine, strong ooze, lemon and strong grass in taste. Bitterness is strong but subtle. Come in well in the end for a lasting, high astringent malty-bitter finish.
After Taste: Fairly dry. Rich, brandy-like and pleasantly hoppy to mouth.
Comments: Knowing that the hops varies each year, and mines are dominated by IIPA-like Chinook and Columbus, and perhaps Northern Brewer - very piney, oozy, and very woody, almost barrel-ish. Its taste is on par with any heavyweight barley wines or BSAs for that nice, brandy-like nose and taste, complemented by strong, if a bit straight-forward, IIPA-ish hoppiness. Liquor disgusted as beer? I always love that idea and this one serves as a fine example. Glad I choose thios one for my rating #. 1,000 ! Cheers!
BlackHaddock (5091) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
26th May 2015: part of a four glass flight at the Stone Oceanside outlet. Lovely sweet and tasty brew (2014 brew I believe). Red hue to the brown body, off-white topping. Rich and malty from the start, mild hop notes come later, but this is mostly sweet malts and alcohol.
Shark_Pants (477) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice deep red in my tulip glass, small beige head. Toffee malt aromas, with piney hops, earthy yeast. The taste, as expected, is very much in line with the very hoppy american style barley wines, particularly like the Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. Huge caramel and toffee malt backbone, big whack of grassy hops, really full and creamy body. Exactly what one would expect of a barley wine by Stone - big and brash but high quality.
coyforce (684) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Too sweet of a brew for my tastes. Barleywine is expected to be sweet, but Stone attempted to masque the alcohol too much.
AgentAle (1167) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is a light earthiness, pine cone, and yeast. Light but deep roasty maltiness with slight honey. Taste is deep malts with caramel and carried by a medium full hop profile that is pretty potent and complex with lemon grass , passionfruit and grapefruit. Appearance is a clear amber with a medium frothy head that retains quite well.
Dacrza (664) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
DATE TASTED: May 20, 2015... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... OCCASION: Cavs begin the Eastern Conference Finals in Atlanta--as good a time as any for the Old Guardian! APPEARANCE: Dark ruby body that is almost opaque; sports a fortified, thick, creamy off-white head that laces in equally thick webbing... AROMA: a blast of hops--Cascade, centennial, and Amarillo, by estimate--elicits a welcome interest; some earthy, damp tree-like tones; malts are dark and intense... PALATE: gloriously and uncompromisingly full-bodied; thick and creamy, with a long-lasting finish that warms the throat--a pleasantly irrepressible presence...TASTE: A potpourri of hops crunch in the teeth--citrus, mango, apple, berry, licorice, liquor, and cinnamon; the malts are the size of a horse blanket and approximate the taste--a raw, full tete-a-tete between hop and malt; slight medicinal undertones... OVERALL: as I remember it--a force of nature, repressed alcohol nonetheless driving a bold, balanced barley wine that smashes the senses--am I speaking in too much hyperbole?--and strikes a vinous similarity with a lighter red; a champion of the genre...supersedes the Bigfoot....
badhack (434) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A barleywine that is not overdone in prunes and sugar. Very drinkable, well masked. Dark brown, typical carbonation. Seemed to have typical west coast hops, but bitterness was muted.
gam (3681) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich brown pour soft carbonation and head that soft snowy look like aromas syrup apricot earthy caramel fruits the flavours pine caramel toffee grapefruit apricot woody touch medium bitter a crisp Barley Wine the finish hop strong Barley wine good tastes some lovely rich malt a lasting pine bitter mix very tasty rich Barley Wine
Shot (291) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2015 2015 bottle. Pours hazy copper with a thick creamy ivory head. Beautiful cling. Aromas of caramel, candy apple, dark fruit and earthy tones. Flavors are caramel, toffee, chocolate, plum, toasty grains, deep earthy tones. Substantial booziness. Peppery on the palate, but otherwise a clean finish for such a huge beer. Beautiful barley wine. This is one of the best I’ve ever had.