WLG423 (201) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark orange color with a really small head. The aroma is slightly toasty and citrus-like although a little muted. Flavor is rather bitter and sweet with a nice thick mouth feel. Finish is comfortably bitter and long lasting. Flavor becomes more complex and tasty with each sip. Overall an enjoyable and different brew.
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2012 22 oz bottle. Pours rubywith off-white foamy head. Initial aroma of honey, sugar, dark fruits; booze as it warms. Taste evolves nicely as it warms: a very bitter sweetness to a malty sweetness (caramel, vanilla, wood, alcohol, dark fruits). Very sticky mouthfeel. Quite dry with a hint of bitter at the end.
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - APR 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Limited Early 2006 Release Poured a deep cloudy amber/red with orangish hues in the light. Whereíd the head go? It was the most minimal and left me quickly but was a light cream, the little layer that was there. Smells like the Holidays. Delicious to the nose. Not overly yeasty or anything, its pleasant. Some great spices. A distinct alcoholic bite up front with beginning bitterness, but this was quite complex as it changed quickly in my mouth to a smooth texture with various fruits. I like this bad boy and its definately got the punch with 11 and change percent alcohol.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - MAY 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2009 re-rate: Had rated this higher. I like the beer, but I think it is too heavy with the hops and light on the malty candy flavors for the style. I prefer a thicker, more contemplative barley wine.
This is a style I like a lot. I drink mostly wine, but this is why I like beer. The aroma is "noble." I donít know what that means, but itís the best way I can say to describe it. Itís a profound beer. The heavy maltiness is matched by hoppiness. There are no gimmicks. Itís not a game of how much hops can you put in--the more the better. This beer is perfectly balanced. Itís a bit more heavy than complex, but thatís a criticism of the style, not the beer.
Andresvendsen (199) - - AUG 5, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ingen jättefavorit men den smakar rätt bra. Till det priset så hade jag önskat mer.
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surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Early 2007 vintage 22 oz. bomber bottle. Pours cloudy peach-amber, with a small yellowish tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves some light lace when present. Sweet, malty, bready aroma with strong fruity esters (think apricot brandy). Flavor is still fairly hoppy, though now mostly bittering. Sweet, fruity, and boozy with some bready notes. Dry and warm on the finish. Medium full mouthfeel. Great, creamy palate with moderate very fine carbonation, and nice warmth in the finish. Real nice barleywine that has aged well.
lliams (196) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
an amazing beer. so much to enjoy but it feels like a bit of a bully. Bully wine. itís huge. enjoyable all over, huge bitterness balances the huge malt body but, man, its firm as. its roughing me up! Probably a benchmark if youíre looking for the biggest barley wine around...
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
í07 edtition. The pour was beautiful wtih a small fading white head. It was a light copper in color. The malt nose was there and it was strong. An almost perfect balance of hops and malt. An oak-like caramel flavor. These guys know what they are doing. I do get an off tastes at the end, and I canít quite explain it. It almost taste like grass or fresh hay. But the alcohol is there but not in your face. This is green, but no worries, I have two more to cellar.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 Vintage-I donít think Iíve given many 10ís for flavor before, but this beer hit it for me. Just a nice, well hopped b-wine. I wish I had a few more to age and see how it matures. Next time Iíll buy a case. One of the best beers Stone makes.
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice light amber orange ,white head dissapears quickly leaving a slight film that the bubbles seek as I sip.Nice citrus hop aroma.Taste is sweet malt balanced with a lot of hops.. orange and grapefruit
when you swallow.A little more refined than bigfoot