waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This thing is amazing. It actually tastes more like an Imperial or Double IPA than a BarleyWine. The pour is a golden red with a little of a white head. The nose is powerful; full of pine from the hops and a very sweet malt from the barley. There are hints of caramel, and citrus as well. The flavor is wonderful, sweet malts and then huge hops. I tasted licorice and cognac??? The palate was oily and stuck around awhile. Great one Stone! I need to cellar one of these...
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle: Pours an orange/honey color with a small white head. Aroma is also very strong of honey, some caramel malts and light piney hops. Wow, definitely a hoppy barley wine. The start is smooth and sweet like a light clover honey, with some more herbal stuff going on there in the middle, but the end is all hops. Very plant-like dry flavor and then a long bitter finish. Maybe a little hop heavy for a barley wine but I love hops.
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - JUN 21, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A reddish-amber without much haze. Smokey sweet malts with some dark fruits and a small pinch of hops. Very warming and satisfying.
donandres (276) - , Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2016
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From growler to wine glass
Appearance: Brown hazy no head/lacing
Aroma: Strong aroma of toasted grains, not boozy even at 11 ABV
Taste: excellent, Bitter with strong sweetness
Mouthfeel: very good
Overall: Excellent beer, something to look forward to
Drank February 12, 2016
Enwiebe (275) - - OCT 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10/2/15. 2013 bomber. Pours classic dark hazy amber. Last few drops were even darker viscous spots on top of the foam. Still big boozy and bold. Wonderful complexity. Still very challenging.
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MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber body with a foamy white head. Srtong aroma that generally accompanies a barley wine. Could have aged a bit more, but still boasts a dense and fruity boquet. Complex with a pretty good bite at the end, a fine example of a barley wine. For the price though, I won’t have this one again until next year.
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Dilly Deli in Cincinnati. Only the fourth barleywine I have sampled, so don’t take my word for it. The image I have of what a barleywine should be is Old Numbskull. This is much differnt than Old Numb. I felt as though this beer could have been lumped into a few other categories, other than barleywine, whereas, Old Numb was definately uniquely barleywine. This was a good beer and I really enjoyed it. Deep rich amber coloring and a fluffy off-white head. Alcohol was ver present - astringent and resinous. Sugary sweet, dark fruit, yet a touch of bitter hops close to the finish. Not terribly heavy and with a rather smooth, velvety feel in the mouth. I will try again next year.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish colored with a small foamy head. Candy aromas/flavors of a Belgian and sweet malts but turns towards a hoppy bitter taste. The 11+% alcohol is well hidden. I love Stone brewing.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2007 I had never had barely before I had this one just the other night. Was definitely an experience. I was definitely thrown a bit off guard by this beer and will have to try again. Was a lot heavier than expected, even though it’s clearly marked as 11.6 abv... Has some bitter smoothness in it. Was pretty good, but not fantastic.
After a year of aging, the taste is very nice. This is very smooth now, tasting like candy. Awesome with some age.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle pours a ruby red color thin almost nonexistant head. aroma of port malt barley some darker fruits. taste is very smooth malt hops leaves a dry mouthfeel very good. i wish i had more.