greco (41) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2009
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
I was excited to find this on tap at the Hopcat in Grand Rapids but when I actually had it I was severely disspointed and really had a hard time finishing it.The appearance was a nice amber and had a great head with good retention. The mouthfeel was good overall but had some astringency and flavor was not good to me at all. The finish left an aftertaste that was not positive.
tmgiddings (41) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle - Hazy, opague amber with a thin white head and sparce white lacing. Aroma is resin hops and sweet bready malt. Sweet bready malt dominates the flavor with subtle resin on the front. Mouthfeel is both oily and creamy.
ironprog (41) - - JUL 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 release. 22 oz. bottle. Aroma is sweet with strong caramel overtones, and a very slight hint of vanilla. Appearance is a deep reddish brown. Head is light-tan, frothy, and full. Flavor is very strong and smooth. Caramel and toffee are the main flavors. Medium body that is creamy with a smooth, but somewhat "sticky", finish.
This is a very strong tasting beer, and as such, makes it difficult to pair with any particular food. If you just want to sit down and relish a beer, then this would be a perfect beer for that. However, due to its strong taste, it is difficult to enjoy more than one of these at a time. Definitely, one of my most favorite beers.
JesusPooped (40) - Bay View, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006. On tap at 3 floyds. Had a orange caramel color. No presence of red. Nose was mostly barley, caramel and raisin. Taste was extremely smooth and drinkable for a barleywine, caramel and hints of dark fruit. For 11% abv, hides alcohol extremely well. Very enjoyable paired with my trout sandwich. Very grateful 3 floyds has the heart to serve other breweries beers on tap. Delicious.
shawn14505 (39) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 22oz bomber; This beer is perhaps the best offering from Stone. I dare to say that it is in fact better than the Double Bastard, if only slightly. People are saying that the hops overpower the malt, but I feel that it is almost perfectly balanced. More akin to a East Coast DIPA than a Barleywine. Heck of a deal at $4.20 a bottle. Drink and enjoy, this is a masterpiece by any measure.
Zbong (38) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours amber with the head vanishing so quickly I was amazed. Tastes like alcohol and barley. Pretty good chilled, just don’t let this baby get warm or you will be sorry.
ludhaber (38) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice malty initial taste. Good balance initially with hop bitterness. Hop aroma is weak however and beer finish is a little harsh. This beer may actually just need a little age. It is vintage 2013.
savannah (37) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gold-amber color, little to no head. Sweet, non fruit aroma. Thicker, light syrup mouth feel, but not chewey. Slight alcohol flavor, but balanced well with malt. Low to medium carbonation. Overall, good, but not my favorite barley wine.
fg8080 (37) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Barley wine style ale. Pours copper in color with an off white, yellowish dissapearing head, smells sweet like berry or fruit with madness of barley. Loved it, drink two or three and youll probably never wake up.
albinotron (36) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 14, 2013
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is not a barley wine. An over-hopped mess of a beer if the intention was to make an actual barley wine style ale. Alcohol is harsh, bitterness cloying. The sweet fruit notes that usually ease the alcohol taste are completely overpowered by hops. I bought this expecting a barley wine and got a double IPA. I can drink this, itís not awful, but Iím disappointed.