taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Part of April Dayton Beertasting event.
Pours dark amber with large tan head. Aromas of toasted malt, toffee and hops.
Excellent barley wine with slightly bitter finish. Love the Stonies.
scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Copper. Aroma: Dark fruits, raisins, some alcohol. Flavor: malt, malt and malt. Warming and vinous.
gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange/brown hue. Smells of hops and sweet malt. Well balanced with the hops subsiding into the maltinesss. The bitterness lingers on the lips. Very light for 11%.
Zakoon (187) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle enjoyed @ home, 2010 vintage. Pours hazy copper/orange brown with a white head. Aroma is malty, pine, citrus, caramel, grapes, overripe apples, alcohol and some earthiness. Flavour is spices, earthy hops and bittersweet. Medium bodied, sticky texture, soft carbonation. Finish is surprisingly bitter and boozy,
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005. Cellar Temp. Orange red with and effervescent tan head. Big aroma of candy apples and fresh raspberry. Full frontal assault on the first sip. Super bitterness crawls into the middle and tears #$@& up. Feel like the flavors are getting a bit bullied, they are there but I can’t pick them out of the bitterness. Very surprising after the gentle and enticing aroma. Now, the bitterness is very strong, but strangely not out of balance. As this beer rounds over time I would guess it will improve.
mrhopsbeertalk (185) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2014 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.
reverendj (185) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Stone never ceases to amaze me......awesome brew after awesome brew! Sweet malt with hnts of apple and orange flavored citrus hops turn this potent brew into a fruity punch with a kick. With a high ABV, this brew will kick you in the teeth if abused. Thanks to Peggy for introducing me to this style of ale.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Overall a good barleywine, but it wasn't particularly unique. Maybe I was expecting too much. It is pretty hoppy...
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange beer with a minimal head. Lacing isn’t anything to write home about. Aroma is of grapefruit hops. Flavor is cascade dominated as well, with the malt supplying a nice caramel note to it. Palate is almost perfect. Soft full body, with the right amount of carbonation. With the hops supplying a dry, bitter end, you wouldn’t think this is a 10%+ beer. Very good.
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - APR 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 Vintage on tap at Sunset Grill, Copper body with tall frothy white head. Very sweet sugary aroma, like hard candy and rum. White rum, and lots of it. Flavors were very muted and sublte, dried cherries, blueberries, dates and sticky almost funky malts. Very heavy sugar, and really strong carbonation still. Quite nice.