maddmatt639 (55) - Belmont, California, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: A beautiful dark amber with a 3/4 inch head of foam. Decent retention with great lacing.
S: Very sweet and malty smelling. I smell some hop character in there too.
T: Very hoppy and malty at the same time. Biter from the beginning to the end.
M: Not heavy, but very bitter. Can taste the bitterness for a long time after.
O: A great looking beer and the aromas are nice. But the taste is to bland and bitterness doesn't match up with the taste for some reason, because I love bitterness.
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beerme420 (50) - Corona, California, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
beautiful amber red color. Creamy white head with bitter taste. taste of fruit and alcohol.
hoptimus (50) - Grand Island, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2008 08...22oz bottle. pours a golden hue with a floral, citrus aroma. Piney, hoppy, fruity citrus flavor and feels almost sticky on the palate. Despite the alcohol content, it was very well hidden in this multi-dimensional brew. Definitely one of my favorites!
wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 vintage in 22oz bottle. brassy color with minimal whitish head. aroma gives samples of 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 w/ the exception of the syrupiness. yet another first rate brew from Stone.
WildTurkey (49) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark bronze w/ amber color. Thin head. Smells of Big bready malts. Maybe some dark fruit. Noticeable hops. Malt tastes like bread, some caramel, some raisins. Big hop kick for a barley wine - it kind of overpowers any sweetness coming through on the malts. Tart, bitter, a little piney. Some alcohol is also coming through. Fuller body. Pretty dry.
ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 12, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, 2006 edition. Poured crystal clear deep copper into a tulip with a moderately lasting 1-finger beige foamy head. Body is mostly still. Looks absolutely beautiful. Fantastic nose with alcohol and dark fruits (mostly raisin & prune), big sweet malts. First taste is kick-in-the-face hops and alcohol. Hop character is somewhat indistinct, very bitter. The bitterness seems well controlled at first but becomes less so as I keep drinking. Malt is strongly present but very mellow, a little bit sweet. The finish starts out with brief sweetness and then becomes quite bitter lasting quite a while. The body is massive, befitting a barleywine, not quite syrupy, great mouthfeel on the whole with a little nose-tingling alcohol sensation as well. Iím impressed, but this could use some time in the cellar to sort out the hop profile.
MHOSKINS (48) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 5, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Stone is how I came to know and enjoy Barley wine. This will not disappoint. Stone Rocks again with a quality product!
MKH---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
dwh50 (47) - Clay, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A new favorite in the Barley Wine category. Pours clear amber with small cream colored head which fades quickly leaving little to no lacing. Excellent combination of sweet malt with hoppy bitterness; hides the alcohol very well.
tarc (47) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, Limited Early 2008 Release
Pours like motor oil, pleasing, sweet aroma that i rich and complex hops. Minimal head. A little spice, some alcohol kick and a slight hoppy finish. Excellent and that’s without cellering... I need to put one away for next year.
ajbitt (47) - , Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just drank the bottle and assumed I had already written a review. Guess not so Iíll have to do a "review light" until I drink again.
Aroma: wonderful, full hops. Appearance: slightly cloudy dark golden, off amber. Flavor: Simply wonderful. I would put this close to Behemoth and my dark horse candidate, Big Foot. Palate: nice balance. Overall: Love it will but it again.