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.
eros47 (49) - Huntington Park, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle, looks gorgeous. Good head retention and carbonation. Aromas consist of cherries, plum, and licorice. Will definitely improve with aging.
dslam (48) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lovely copper red color with a little white head. Light aroma with a little hops and something sweet that I can not put my finger on. Taking the first sip, starts off very nice and smooth. It coats your entire mouth and feels great. But after a couple seconds I feel an overpowering bitterness take over my mouth, almost forcing me to take another sip. I think I feel the alcohol on this a lot more than regular. Maybe cause I am trying my best to avoid the after taste. I also feel a little burning sensation in my throat. I generally look forward to barley wines but I donít like this one too much.
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.
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.
thelizard (46) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - SEP 12, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Early 2009 Vintage, Bottle from Frugal Macís. Leave it to Stone to make a hoppy Barley Wine. Pours a beautiful, dark gold with a long-lasting head. Smell is part caramel, part hops. Taste is something else. When itís cold, hop flavors dominate to the point where it reminds me of Three Floydsí Apocalypse Cow. However, as it warms up, the barley, caramel flavors start to open up. Very good.
PumpkinBurger (46) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing barleywine.. hazy reddish amber pour with a thin offwhite head. aromas of raisins, caramel, dark fruit... Flavor follows with tons of sweet malt up front and a pretty hoppy finish but not overwhelming.