bmurray (20) - Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 Limited 22oz into a snifter. Dark red-orange, very small off-white head. The hops hit you right away like most Stone beers, but has a nice, tart warming finish, unlike the others. An excelent, drinkable barelywine with solid fruit and pine flavors. The alcohol is almost non-existant until the warming finish. Very good.
beer4mencc1701 (20) - Irving, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2009, bottle from Central Market Plano. Dark gold, thick lingering head & lacing. Fine brandy, alcohol & hops on the nose with caramel & sticky dark fruit. Bold blast of alcohol on the tongue, rum soaked raisins & cedar, nice bitterness. Smells sweeter than it tastes. A very sophisticated representative of barley wine. Gasp...after taste lingers with a nice brandy-like warming sensation. Would order again- a great beer for a special occassion or as a winter-food companion.
bigrobman (20) - Knox-Vegas, Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Honey comb, berry, grapes, slight tart, candi sugar influence (whether itís there or not), great upfront accompaniment, finishing with the light port/ warm finish on the back of the tongue. Excellent rep of what a "Barley Wine" means. Follow the yeast around a fragrant and flavorful expedition.
punkpie (19) - Covina, California, USA - APR 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Winter 2005 11.26% Alc. Vol.
Pours a red-orange... with the sweet smell of brown sugar and maybe caramel... at a first taste reminds me of maple syrup... the alcohol makes itís presence known... it has a bit of a bitter taste then becomes sweet again... with a lingering aftertaste... itís like dessert only better... Iím loving it!
coolshmo (18) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - MAR 14, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Another solid brew from Stone Brewing Co. Aroma has a bit of alcohol, fairly mellow. Tastes quite hoppy, but very tame compared to a ruination or something like that. heavier mouthfeel. Iím generally not a big fan of the alcohol flavors, but this finishes very warm, and even the high alcohol% is not a problem with all the hops involved.
highalphafan (18) - albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005. Comparitive analysis: By recent yearsí standards, Iím not as happy with this one. But then thatís why we age I suppose. The pour was flatter than recent vintages and the aromamuch less hoppy. Palate thick and oily as usual, but not as complex in the flavor department. Sort of candylike like an Avery brew. Weíll see, Iíll go back for more.
rjulian24 (18) - USA - OCT 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Early 2006 release. One of the better Barleywines I have tried in a while. Pours rich amber color. Nice aroma citrusy, yet not overpowering. Large carmel toffey character in the nose with understated alcohol for the size. Flavor is rich, maybe a little hot but not bad. Carmel characters and malt blend nicely in the flavor. Sweetness is detectable, but not "sugary". Bitterness still quite detectable, but altogether very pleasant. Nice head and lacing preasant, thick in in the mouth. Really good beer that will only get better with age. I wonder though, shouldnít this beer be bottle conditioned to handle the aging?
KyleMac5 (17) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark heavy beer, incredible taste, flavor and palate. Not as hoppy as I expected. Good with a big meal.
believeUme (17) - California, USA - MAY 22, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear light amber with a thin head. Aroma has notes of caramel/toffee butter, sherry, resin, and fruity esters. Sweet malty flavor with a smooth hop finnish. Medium-light flavor with residual alcohol warming. Great barley wine.
danhitch (17) - USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Deep amber color with an off white head. Aroma is of grape, caramelized sugar, and alcohol. The taste is VERY full bodied. Vanilla, woody, dark fruit (grape, apricot, etc.), and brown sugar flavors are all coming through as well as a bitter hop flavor that lingers along. I really canít say enough about this beer. Highly recommended for anyone who like barley wine.