chribban (166) - SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013 Classic Release. Released in Sweden june 2:nd 2013 and bought the same day. Managed to save a few bottles in my beercellar until today jan 18-2014 when I opened this one.
Hazy, copper beer with a biege-yellow big head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.
Nose: Caramel, cream, milk, orange, butter, banana, syrup, hops, malt and grass.
Taste: Burned malt, coffee, burned christmas candy, dark syrup, grapefruitcest and orange.
Body: Medium to full body. Oily. Little carbonation. The seven months in my cellar has only made this beer even better. A little bit more hazy and soft taste. WTF! This is sooo good! I just love Stone! How the h*** do they always deliver?
posikyle (165) - Alabama, USA - FEB 15, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 bottle. Aroma is very malty. Pours a reddish brown color, almost like rust. Starts off a bit sweet, gets maltier in the middle and has a big hoppy finish. A very good barley wine.
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love this stuff!
Pours a rather cloudy orange with a rather thin head and practically no lace.
First sip was sorta malty and i at first thought mellow...
Whew what happens! the bite comes on!
Its great! but it’s a build up.
It’s like the bitterness layers on your tongue and sticks around or something
one of the best barley wines around! Bitter style!
natedoggkc (164) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Early 2008 release. Pours a nice, mostly transparent red with a medium off white head. A nice aroma that is full of malt and some hops and honey. Lots of hops and some malt and got some honey on the taste too. Pretty good.
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours golden brown with a large off white head. aroma is fruity apples mostly, and hoppy, with pine needles. flavor is hoppy, and of grapefruit with a strong alcohol flavor. this beer is strong though not sticky like many other barley wines. however I prefer the previous old guardians to this one. maybe aging will do this one well.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an excellent beer. The color is brown with a nice head. The beer is very full. The taste is initially of nice malt similar to their IPAs. The finish is nice and hoppy. Overall excellent beer. Not overwhelming like some barley wines.
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2006. Pours a light amber/orange color with a quick fading white head. Aroma is lightly fruity with a mixture of alcohol. There are notes of prunes, syrup, and light bready aromas. Flavor is very malty and sweet, alcohol is pretty well hidden here. Finish is lasting and smokey. There are notes of carmelized sugars, caramel, and a slight vineous flavor. slightly bittering. Mouthfeel is huge and chewey. This beer was to celebrate my first teaching job!! I would like to see this one smooth out in a few years.
jameswolfe (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really like barley wne, but one thing that can let me down with a beer is too much alcohol taste. IMO, it ruins the flavor. This is a good beer that could have been a great beer.
elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 19, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Holy hell, is this strong. 2005 that just came out, I’ll be buying more and storing it for a long time because one can tell how it would benefit from more aging. This year’s is 12.26% so beware the strength, after the first sip my stomach started burning. Sweet but exquisitely balanced with just the right amount of hops, and despite the intensity it still goes down well. Taste doesn’t linger in my mouth as long as some other barleywines, but this is still probably the best I’ve had.
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2005 22oz, 2005 bottle. Smells heavily of butterscotch and hops. Sweet and malty start. Really thick, oily hop taste. Definitely needs time to age and blend flavor. Right now it’s a little harsh and not as complex as I imagine it will be eventually. Still, the balance of both intense sweet and biter taste makes it drinkable and worthwhile. Will try to age a bottle and rerate.