MarinaMarket (254) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer tastes more hoppy, lik ean IPA than a barley wine. A bit disappointing for me to be honest, but still a decent beer. Seems more bitter than I would expect from a barley wine.
1guywith_aboat (254) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - JUL 23, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Right off the bad this beer pours a gorgeous dark copper color with a thick, dense khaki head. Loads of lacing after every sip. Aroma is very much full of earthy and grapefruit hop, has a rich malt profile, and fairly strong booze. Flavor changes after the initial shock. At first it is very intensely bitter and strong alcohol. Then it turns to a great balance between intense bitterness from the hops and a heavy malt presentation. A little raisiny, a little fruity, mostly just too intense to really drscribe, in a good way. This one has me flabbergasted. Very great beer.
Kroney (254) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler to snifter. Appearance: unfiltered apple cider. Aroma: honey, burnt sugar, alcohol, musty hardwood, raisins, dried apricot, hints of floral hops. Taste: dried fruit sweetness, honey, sweet malt, alcohol, good hoppy finish to balance. Palate: minimal carbonation, dry, warm. Great beer.
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My head just exploded of flavour overload. This is a big BIG beer. Orange amber in the glass with a beige head which persists surprisingly well for such a high abv beer. The aroma is an assault but a pleasant one. Hard to know where the malt ends and the hops begin, as the hops are woody and spicy rather than the usual USA citrus attack. Similar on the palate, with a ton of woody and vanilla notes - almost like a bourbon. Tasty resinous hops cut through the massive malt with a surgical precision, leaving a streak of bitterness which prevents this hugely malty beast becoming cloying. Not a bad achievement. Warming alcohol makes itself felt but doesn’t stick out at all. An excellent beer and a great one to bring up the 150 ratings.
Melker (253) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013, about 6 months old. Clear amber, beige medium head. Fruity aroma, also toffee, caramel and tobacco. Taste is very bitter, fruity and bitter. Almost too bitter. Waiting for the 2012 bottle to age in my cellar.
Koyo (251) - SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Early 2010 release. Aroma is rich, almost fills the entire room. Lots of caramel and a slight grassy smell. Pours a dark amber with a thick head that leaves a lot of lacing. Taste is sweet and a little sour paired with a slight bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is dry and slightly carbonated.
Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 vintag. Pours golden amber with a medium offwhite head. Aroma of alcohol, sugar and sweet dark fruits. Taste starts off with pine, and turns into caramel. Bitterness from the hops all the way through. Very enjoyable.
BrewingFan (251) - Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Release; Very nice sweet, malty aroma with a blast of alcohol, pours a very distinct reddish amber, with minimal head. Pretty strong up front, mellows a bit. Very smooth, full bodied, with some serious IBUs that kick in pretty hard. Finish is a little rough and lose some points, probably will do much better with age.
ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 Limited Release...An amber-orange pour with a small disappearing head. The aroma is of alcohol and tangerine. The flavor has strong notes of peach and the alcohol presence is strong. Finishes very dry and bitter. Barley wines are not my favorite but this one is enjoyable because Stone (as always) does it right.
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big Strong Bold Assertive. All words that could be adequately used to describe this sum business from Stone. Smells of alcoholic vanilla mint mouthwash and ripe bananas. Flavor is a burning alcoholic rush with bitter piney hops and a softer toffee malt sweetness on the side of the tongue that salvages this beast from being in the cellar on flavor. Palate is substantial throughout temp range with a sugary fullness that leaves the lips smack-a-lackin. I don’t know why, but I like this bruiser. The bottle is best shared in my opinion due to the severe alcohol punchiness. Thanks Stone. 2009 22 oz.