Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - APR 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2007 Copper with a medium, persistant, pale yellow head and coarse lace. Very heavy mouth feel and strong alcohol taste with a trace of burn afterwards. Shades of cotton candy (!) and whiskey, without any yeastiness. Hops are present, but not anywhere near the levels of, for example, Bigfoot.
MaliMisho (215) - East Meadow, New York, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It had an amber body and a taste of fruity alcohol with a bit of bitterness.
mrhopsbeertalk (215) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2015 My first time trying a barley wine in at least ten years. Stone’s version is loaded to the gills with barley aromas with just a hint of hops. Superbly bitter but balanced by the enormous malt flavors and mouthfeel. A bit dangerous as the ABV is very high but well hidden in the various flavors.
FlagstoneHill (214) - Erie, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber - thanks Josh. Clear amber with a light white head.. .. Big malty aroma with some hints of hops. .. Very bitter flavor, especially in the finish. Malty, carmelly to lend a little balance. .. Medium body, light carbonation. .. Very nice Barleywine -smooth in spite of the bitterness.
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 16, 2005
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
I sipped some of this from my fiance’s glass. It has a really nice dark red color and only a trace of foam, limited to the edges of the glass. This beer smells and tastes like a horse. Not the shiningly clean show-horse variety, but the smelly, dirty, unkempt ones that are always swatting away flies. That kind of horse.
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle. Clear copper, thin off-white head. caramel, citrus, floral, bread, lots of alcohol. medium sweetness, very bitter. full body, creamy, thick feel, astringent finish. Overwhelmingly bitter at the temperature I’d normally serve it at, but it balances out some after a while.
vlan1 (213) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 VIntage on Draft @ Stone Tap Takeover.
Nose is toffee and caramel. Taste follows the same notes. Very little hop presence but this is likely due to the aging. Very sweet and smooth. Delicious.
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good. I don’t drink barley wines much, so I was expecting it to be very, very strong...but it was suprisingly smooth and easy to casually drink. Despite the other posts here, I think it hides its high alcohol content very well. It’s only drawback?...you can’t drink a lot of it and still remember what you did that night.
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle, 2009 release. Pours golden amber with a small head. Smell of malts and alcohol. Flavor is characteristically malty at first, but then the bitter hops dominate on the way down. Spicy with dark and citrus fruit. Alcohol is well hidden. Some aging would balance the bitter flavor profile, but it’s very good fresh.
vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is bitter and fruity. The flavor has less fruit and more of the hop bitterness. Flavors mix well.