dret (22) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big and strong. Sweet, sticky, malty. Better balanced than what Iíve heard. Pleasant. Tastes great. Dry hop sweet aftertaste. I accually enjoy the outragious alcohol flavor.
beerlud (22) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 vintage @ the porter. Nose: white grapes and pomegranits! Flavor: alcohol, candy, very sweet yet smooth!! Very smooth! Hops hit you at the end and linger.
route9 (21) - milford, Connecticut, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
very nice color and aroma.the taste had a nice pine and citrus flavor.it wasnít very sweet ,which was very appealing.for my taste,it was a little too bitter,but not objectionable.
casper78 (21) - bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 release Bottle 1 pint 6 ozs. Pours a deep amber color with with small lite tan head. The malts are evident in the aroma of this beer as well as the barley wine acohol smells. Tastes suprisingly well for a fresh barley wine, as they excell with age. Hits the palete nice with hoppy, malt afternotes. This one can seeks up on you with itís suttle high acohol content. As a cashier at the store I work at, I have recomended this beer many times, one day I told a guy to give it a try. I saw him a few days later, and asked him what he thought, he said it was alittle sweet for his liking but still a great beer, but itís only draw back was that he got too bused off a pint, what can I say this is a real beer drinkers beer.
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) - McKinney, 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.