Bradbalk (9) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a fresh bottle of 2012 old Guardian reviewed fresh.
Poured into the very cool stone old guardian snifter a nice bright and clean copper with a thick and long lasting tan head, some light lacing and good head retention.
The smell is light and bready, with a bit of sweet toffee and some light herbal and medicinal hop notes.
While the nose seems to be more malt focused, the flavor is definitly hop centric, waves of big piney bitterness wash over my tongue all but drowning out the light underpinnings of brown sugar and caramel. Big lingering bitterness with a heavy pine last long after each sip. Just a touch of sweetness and sourdough manage to sneak through the hop assault a bit after it warms.
Very thick and resiny, leaving an oily hop coating on my tongue.
This is a solid west coast style hop bomb barleywine, a bit one dimensional, and by the time you finish a bomber of this it starts to get monotonous.
mariuspoenari (1104) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at CBC 2016 - second day. Deep caramel pour with a thin beige head. Tons of hops in this barley wine, making it quite delicious. Notes of caramel, grapefruit, pine resin.
mkel07 (4880) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2016 vintage on tap at Brewski 140516. This is a beer that is all about the hops and malt. Looks very good in the glass with an inviting toffee colour and an aroma that drags you in. You immediately get the sense from the very first sip that this beer will bite you if you mess with it - best to sip and savour.
DWestrick (607) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 14, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2016 release bottle. Great barley wine - well balance malt and hops with some uniqueness. Very good
commonmac (985) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bottle consumed in bowling spring session finale. Pours an attractive copper/almost amber color. Full finger of head...off white. Caramel and toffee aroma with elements of peat and bourbon. Taste is malty and biscuity with the caramel, toffee, and burnt sugars. Alcohol presence felt and grows with further consumption. The hoppy bitterness waits until the end to come into play. Oily and resiny mouthfeel. The galaxy can feel comfortable drinking this one.
jaymobrown (1814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Super great and sweet pour with rich caramel, oat, malt, yeast, and sugar textures. The nose was balanced with hops as well as candied sweetness with an earthiness.
oldrtybastrd (4888) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy reddish brown. Aromas of hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is to strong for me, big alcohol taste, malty with a citrus taste.
markducommun (822) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep reddish brown, very clear, small tan head. Vanilla, molasses, caramel. A some of pine resin. Bitter, some sweetness. Quite upfront alcohol, oily, acidity. Longish finish. Good.
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zacgillbanks (4077) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
660ml 2013 Classic Release Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. Hazy copper coloured with a rich orange marmalade and burnt toffee flavour followed by a spicy, earthy bitter pineapple and pine finish. Superb!
JFParnell (61) - Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2016
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a very difficult beer to rate, since they keep changing the recipe year to year. I felt the last vintage I had tasted like ass, but this Pekko Hops version 2016 is the bomb.
MetalNHopHead (1208) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 1, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Leave it to Stone to craft one of the most aggressive and unapologetically West Coast style Barleywines Iíve ever tried. To be fair, there is a decent amount of caramel malt in here, but the hops are the main smelling/tasting point. Piney resin and orange (peel and juice) all the way through. Feel is creamy and the hops elevate the large malt bill to keep it from becoming heavy. Iíll need to have some of the other variants. You know, strictly for scientific purposes.