thirstyrabbit (1740) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle. Very nice bottle design, the image here doesn’t show it but the backside has a long rambling blog post-styled piece printed on it (in a tiny font). The content of it doesn’t make much sense to me but I appreciate the effort. The beer pours a clear copper body with a medium off-white head. Aroma has sweet darkened caramel and lots of piney American hops. Big malty taste with plenty of semi-sweet caramel and high level of piney hops. Finish adds some mildly salty butterscotch and more dry hops. The alcohol is totally covered, appearing only in the form of a faint warming afterglow. Doesn’t get hot or cloying. This is a very nice barley wine - although not super complex, it’s rich, hoppy and extremely well rounded.
Muggus69 (2100) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650mL bottle. Vintage 2013
Nice looking hazy orange-copper body, holds a small creamy beige head.
Aroma is punchy, intense - lots of pine/cedar, resiny, leafy, citrus rind hops, rich caramel & biscuity malts.
Smoooth body, plenty of body without being overtly huge for is strength, subdued creamy carbonation.
Resiny hops continue on the body - lots of pine & bitter citrus, counterbalanced with copious quantities of burnt caramel, toast & biscuit malt. Bitterness is all conquering, as you’d expect from a big Stone beer, finish is very long.
Almost predictable - knew it was going to be delciously aggressive, and it didn’t disappoint.
davidtjm (1074) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour is amber with a thin head, aroma is fruity, sweet. Taste is fruity, pine, resin, sweet, bitter. Wonderful
Beerhunter111 (16991) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JUN 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Leicht trübes orange goldenes Bier mit einer ordentlichen leicht beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch holzig, Vanille, süß, kräftig malzig. Geschmack sehr malzig, reifes Obst, holzig, alkoholisch.
alkolord (377) - - JUN 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dunkel Kupfer im Glas, leichter gelber Schaum, extrem süßlich in der Nase, voller Körper, schön süßlich, könnte noch etwas lagern (2015)
Obfuscate (472) - Minneapolis, - JUN 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge beer. Get brandy, vanilla, some sweet tropical fruit. Sweet malt up front and get the boozy heat on the back. A sipper for sure.
monk191 (1749) - Portland, Oregon, 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 (1614) - 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 (6336) - 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 (609) - 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.