cbrixius (136) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep complex ale with sweet and hearty malts and just enough west coast hops to satisfy any hophead. Poured a amber with off-white head. Seemed to me to be more ion the American Strong Ale class than a barleywine, but after a big ole 22 oz draft, an early bedtime, and a relatively sleepness night brought on by the big ABV, I am convinced otherwise.
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 Bottle. Pours a light mahogany with a small head. Aroma of hops, grapefruit, caramel,sugar,and a hint of lemon. Taste starts out dry and sweet but quickly moves to a hops bitter and alcohol. The hops resin is really there in this one. Medium mouthfeel. I would almost say this is a dark DIPA more than a barleywine. Needs to cellar for sure. Not bad at all just was not expecting so much hops.
bigben873 (132) - Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong malty, buttery flavor with a little bite. Clear dark amber. A little too abrupt a finish. Really want to love it, but not quite there for me.
Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a deep brownish red color. Alcohol and hops very apparent in the aroma. Lots of hops and malt taste, bitter finish with a slight burn of the alcohol in this one.
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2004: Pours a deep pink with no real head. The aroma is thick and sugary with the funky sour smell of an aged beer. Some floral hops in there too. The flavor is surprisingly hoppy even after 5 years. The hops are bitter, with a slight malt background. There is a kind of soapy aftertaste that is a bit odd (no I donít wash my beer glasses with soap), but not entirely unpleasant. Funny as it may sound, this could probably use another few years of aging to take its hop profile down a little more and give it some more complexity, but it is still a fine beer.
gameface23 (131) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 bottle. Clear, light copper. Nose of toffee and other malty sweetness and that hoppy aroma that I love from Stone. The taste is a balanced explosion... Syrupy sweet malt giving way to pine/citrus hops. Full bodied, oily/syrupy thick. Great beer.
Bukowski9 (129) - Piqua, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pour.Medium amber color decent head.Tastes like an overhopped IPA?I couldnít really discern any other flavors just hops.I didnít really care for this at all.This was my first attempt at a barley wine.Iíve heard these are better with age and that they should be before drinking.Iíll get another bottle and sit on it for awhile and rerate later.
EamonTheGreat (129) - USA - MAR 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 Old Guardian on draft. Pours dark amber with a big head that laces well along the glass. The aroma is sweet and the taste is almost a honey flavor. Smooth for such a high alcohol percentage. A great sipping Barleywine.
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jackamackson (127) - USA - FEB 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle (aged 1 year) from whitesideís in Corvallis. I split a 22oz with my friend. Pours orangy-amber with a 1-2cm white head. Smells sweet with caramel and alcohol. Taste is fruity, with a nice bitter finish that lasts. It has a nice thick mouthfeel. iíll definitely drink this again
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005. Nice ruby brown color, reasonably full mouthfeel. Some citrus and strawberry characteristics, but sort of one dimensionally flat in the overall profile. Not as big or complex as expected.