ScottB (73) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2009
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Overwhelmingly bitter. Lots of hoppy citrus. Malt characteristics are overpowered. Not at all what I expected from a barley wine and not one Iíll buy again.
Toadvine (72) - Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, 2012 release. Pours an opaque amber with quickly receding tan head. Aroma is boozy with pitted fruits and citrus hops. Not surprisingly (since it is a Stone beer), the taste is boldly hopped. Silky mouth feel. Delicious.
Brewchacho4 (71) - Vancouver, WA, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2011 Vintage out of a 22oz. bomber. Pours a dark amber color with a very thin, quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is very hoppy, with a light fruitiness and a sweet caramel undertone. On the forefront of the palate, there is a sweet malty character with large notes of hoppy bitterness. About midway through, their is a light caramel sweetness. The finish is a very piney hop bitterness. After warming up a bit, the malty characters start to come through more. Mouthfeel is fairly light, but has that smoothness associated with most barleywines. Overall, much more hoppy than I expected, but a smooth drinker nonetheless. Almost too hoppy for me to consider it an amazing barleywine right now. Seriously drinks more like a dark imperial IPA. But I think a few years in the cellar would really round this out into a nice barleywine!
eachnotesecure (71) - 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.
kaiho (71) - - AUG 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg into a half pint chalice at the White Horse, sw6.
Intense is the word for this beer. It has amped-up levels of everything. A beautiful ruddy brownish in the glass that glows with an infernal red when viewed against a light. Bitter, sweet and thick all at once in the mouth. Delicious booziness wafts through the mouth into the nose on a swallow. Likening this to port wine is perhaps most appropriate. Best enjoyed as a rare after dinner treat.
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2004 22 oz bottle: the aroma really grabs you at first. Smells floraly, hoppy, malty, fruity, and wonderful. The head is small, but itís extremely creamy and swirly. beautiful deep, deep golden color. The alcohol is hidden behind a multi facited of hops, fruits, malts and buttery goodness. I like this brew because itís quite, quite hoppy and malty. I feel similar tastes, aromas, and finishes from both IPAs and american strong ales... quite an experience.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful. Cannot believe this beer is not opaque for all the malt they must use to obtain double-digit alcohol content. Dark orange-brown with a tight head, this brew smells of pine oil, limey esters, slight banana, and malt. Rich, very hoppy with a rather noticable amount of alcohol, this is a strong ale drinkerís barleywine.
mrchug645 (71) - alb, New Mexico, USA - APR 3, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very nice barley wine picked it up at ks liquors for 4.22 a bottle very drinkable for being 11.26ABV Hops are very strong tastes like india pale ale with chocolate,caramel and some fruit notes.
altehkiller (71) - , California, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Massively malty with a good amounts of hops too. Not the best barley wine, but it is well made. Lots of alcohol and puts you on your ass pretty quick!
NateBarnett (69) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy brown color. Aroma is caramel, raisins, spices. Taste is caramel, alcohol, grapes, nuts, and spice. Though a slight alcohol burn can be felt, it remains very smooth. This being my first barley wine, I was pleasantly surprised.