Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light amber with a very thick off white head. Aroma is very spicy, and loaded with hops. Thick, floral, estery. Flavor is exceptional for this style. Rich and sweet, spicy and strong. Thick and syrupy on the palate. Alcohol finish. This is excellent.
dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a amber color with a thin white head. Aroma of malt and caramel. This is good! Nice alcohol taste throughout the beer. Not overly hopped, with great malt flavors. Everything I expect in a good barley wine.
BluePhish (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark, hazy amber with a medium off-white head that falls quickly but not completely.
Nose is hoppier than I would expect, but in a good way, pine, citrus, and some floral notes over malty toast, hay, hazelnuts, and a somewhat odd sugary aroma, almost like bubblegum.
Taste is a nice balance of malt and hops, with the hops finishing strong and long. Very bitter finish, but the malt character on the front end is nice. Still, perhaps a tad bitter for my tastes within the style.
Palate is definitely strong alcohol, full bodied. Alcohol is a bit heavy, but Iím sure would mellow with age. Iíd actually much like to age one to see if the hops mellow as well.
Overall a bit hot and hoppy for my tastes, but those characteristics could change with age and reveal an excellent brew.
Petkus331 (88) - Redford, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An aroma of raisins, apple juice, citrus, and a touch of cilantro; this almost smells like a wheat beer. The taste is of citrus, lightly roasted malt, grapefruit, and mostly mid brewing hop bitterness. The head isnít much to speak of, and the color is a bit light, a reddish amber. This beer is better than most other beers, but when compared to the high quality of most stone brewing beers, it is mediocre at most. Itís good to try, but I would pick a different stone brew over this one. In regard to barley-wine style beers, this is a little plain.
jcdsmack (88) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours adeep copper to amber color has an unfiltered appearance thick tan head strong alcohol burn sweet malt flavor good hop bitterness not as much aroma as BIgfoot still nice fruity malty aromas and flavors a little light on the bite chocolate flavors emerge upon warming, good solid malt lacks depth in the hops but still a good barley wine.
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well this beer had little head, but such a pretty copper color, strong smell, taste was strong as well. aftertaste left you wanting some more. Really did not remind me of a barleywine..... but worth drinking!
robzilla (86) - - JUN 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Carmel, toasty, molases and licorice on the nose. Pours a reddish hue with a surprisingly small head. Taste is a punch in the face but still pretty balanced, both very malty and hoppy. Body is full. I enjoyed this one more than I expected.
bostondoug1981 (85) - fort worth, Alabama, USA - MAR 19, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
HUGE in taste a blast of hops and malt this may be true ruination on taste buds as nothing after this will compare very pretty dark redish orange huge malt scent from goblet no head damn one bottle is more than enough i recomend sharing
warriorx99 (85) - USA - APR 16, 2006
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled. This pours a deep copper color with a small amount of fizzy head. The aroma is sweet with a slight malt/hop mix that smells REALLY good. I only wish the taste matched. This is the same old over-hopped bitter beer from Stone with a sharp alcoholic bite to it. For some reason, it reminds me of sake, only bitter.
hiphop (84) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brassy colour with minimal white head. Aroma hints at banana, caramel/toffee, nuts and hops. Suprisingly syrupy and pushing towards sweet. hop bitterness is present, but not as strong as iíd have first expected... esp. in a beer from Stone. the 11.26% abv is well hidden in this beer with the exception of the syrupiness. Excellent.