dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2008 Pours a hazy copper with nice cream head. Aroma is light with slight hint of pineapple. Flavor is big on hops and citrus with cherry in the finish. Alcohol is pronounced as you would expect. Nice mouthfeel. I thought this was actually less aggressive than I would expect from Stone...not a bad thing...very well balanced.
After about a year in the cellar this one has really mellowed. Aroma is honey and pineapple. Alcohol and hops have both been tamed as the sweeter maltier flavors have really come to the forefront. Still a very nice and well balanced barley wine. I believe the extra time in the cellar improved an already excellent ale.
omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Angry red, amber beer with butterscotch head. Aromas of savoury hay, marmite, some strawberry maybe? Flavours are intense - plum brandy, malt liquor, it’s like arrogant bastard times 4. Strong alcohol burn.
Sathorael (151) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 vintage on draft at Stone Oceanside. Pours amber brown with small, quickly dissipating, off white head. Aromas of sweet caramel, toffee, a bit of doughiness, alcohol, pine, chlorophil, and a little bit of woodiness. Taste is rich salty caramel, toffee, bread, grassy, chlorophil, still a bit of woodiness but a bit more oxidation/ cardboard than in the aroma(not overwhelmingly so). Finish is a bright alcohol warmth followed by sweetness and further moves into a dull bitter acidity. Would love to do a vertical tasting of this beer.
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
mmm, bottle- warm, spicey, lightly buttery, slightly sour, and a touch of bitter hop. This one went down easily...very nice brew.
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is very malty. Thick on the palate as expected for a beer of this style. The flavor is slightly sweet with a touch of alcohol on the finish. I like barley wines and this is a fine example of the style.
Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 Release from a 22oz bottle purchased locally at original time of release. Aroma is rich and malty with some hop spice. Color is amber with a small beige head, slightly hazy. Flavor is fairly bitter but balances with the malt. Not too sweet. Hops are piney. Some alcohol present. Thick but not too viscous. Finish lingers but dries in the end which is nice for a beer this big.
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange coloured with a fine off-white head. Very strong vinious aroma of raisins, plums and alcohol. The flavor is rather sweet and malty with a strong, warm taste of alcohol and fruit. Very full-bodied with notes of hops and spices.
apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark copper in color, nice thin head with small bubbles. Very sweet, big malty aroma. Tastes of malt and citrus, bitter finish with hops. Nice carbonation, very good mouthfeel. Good barley wine, you need to be ready for this one.
foosnbrews (145) - Parker, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aged beer for 2 years. Beer poor somewhat hazy and pale with a solid white head. Aroma is dominated with a strong raisin quality, however, I recall the fresh version I had was dominated with a hop aroma. Beer taste is excellent with a slight sweetness, bitterness which balances the alchol content and overall raisin, roasty flavor. Overall beer is excellent. Best barley wine I’ve had.
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
’09 bomber. Pours golden amber with very thin ivory head. Mellow nose of vanilla, alcohol, and malt. Thin body. Alcohol is present in the middle. Taste of floral, malt, spice, honey and butterscotch. Hoppy warm finish. Meh.