kev1001 (67) - Montana, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. Pours deep orange and amber. Very hoppy. Caramel, grapefruit, citrus, pine.
eachnotesecure (66) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(2009 Vintage) I think this actually smells better than it tastes, but still tastes quite good. I was pleased overall though I think it could stand another year in the cellar.
MakeItDrinkIt (66) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(2008 Spring Release) Slightly coppery golden color with a medium to thin off-white head. Aromas of caramel - just a touch nutty and bits of orange. Very creamy mouthfeel, somewhat viscous with inital flavors of toffee and caramel, lightly roasty, moving toward a more bitter finish toward the end. Finish is not crisp but with a lingering bittering. This is still a very young barley wine - it should mooth out in another 6-12 months. Maybe will revisit it in a year or so...
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I was expecting a lot out of this 2005 OG (the only OG Iíve had as of this review) Now I like barleywines just as much as the next beer geek, but this one was pretty... gross. It looks great, smells decent (a bit of cherries and quite fruity) but when I drank it, it tasted a lot like Robitussin cough syrup. Towards the end it had the same moutfeel as Robitussin as well, which turned my stomach a bit. Perhaps I should have aged this one a bit more. As a fresh brew itís not so hot.
ludhaber (62) - 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.
FuntonBunton (61) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
drank this baby on my 21st birthday, yesterday. had no idea that it was 11.26% and blacked out a quick bit. pesky little guy snuck up on me. When I got to the last portion of the beer it tasted like I was drinking some str8 liquor or somethin. color was a magnifigant red. good brew.
mystiksc (60) - los angeles, California, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice reddish amber pour. Tastes of malts, caramel, candy fruit, and hops. Very smooth mouthfeel. Makes a great sipping beer. Overall a pretty solid barley wine.
Oregon_butcher (60) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark golden in color. Smells of sweet malts, fruity aroma. Light carbonation. Malty taste with a slightly hoppy aftertaste. A good not so sweet barley wine. Little bit hoppier than your average barley wine, which I prefer.
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mandaritto (59) - LATVIA - JUL 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet, intense caramel aroma, spices, fruits, hopps all together makes nice ballance. Oily, sticky mouthfeel, nice carbonation level. Too sweet for my time, but I liked the quality of this brew.
exparte (59) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle. 2010 vintage. Aroma is primarily sweet caramel malt and citrus hops with doughy yeast and a bit of alcohol. Maybe just a touch of plums or raisins as well. Really very nice. Reddish orange with just the slightest white head. Taste is readily identifiable as Stone. The lovely sweet crystal malt that isnít overly cloying balances nicely with that signature hop bitterness. Very similar malt and hop profile to Arrogant Bastard but sweeter, less bitter, and significantly more noticeable alcohol. Medium full bodied with a slick texture and fairly low carbonation. This is a lovely barley wine thatís much more accessible than many of the others out there. Not too extreme in any aspect just very, very enjoyable. Highly recommended.