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 I’ll 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 Mac’s. 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 it’s cold, hop flavors dominate to the point where it reminds me of Three Floyds’ Apocalypse Cow. However, as it warms up, the barley, caramel flavors start to open up. Very good.
ironprog (46) - - JUL 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 release. 22 oz. bottle. Aroma is sweet with strong caramel overtones, and a very slight hint of vanilla. Appearance is a deep reddish brown. Head is light-tan, frothy, and full. Flavor is very strong and smooth. Caramel and toffee are the main flavors. Medium body that is creamy with a smooth, but somewhat "sticky", finish.
This is a very strong tasting beer, and as such, makes it difficult to pair with any particular food. If you just want to sit down and relish a beer, then this would be a perfect beer for that. However, due to its strong taste, it is difficult to enjoy more than one of these at a time. Definitely, one of my most favorite beers.
BigDaddyBlues (46) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful deep amber in color with a perfect beige head. Malty with a strong but balanced hop finish. Great stuff.
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.
eddy5335 (45) - Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 bottle. Ruby red white fluffy head. Aroma is toffy, carmel, hops, malts, sweet fruits, cranberry. Taste follows that nose. Sweet fruits on the front. Carmel toffee on the back and the hop bittneress is really nice. Overall an excellent barley wine fresh. Can’t wait to try the other bottle I bought with some age. Cheers!
Joelly3d (45) - Kentucky, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful huge IPA front end with smooth sweeter finish. Barrel aged taste without smokiness. Fantastic continually developing palate as the beer progresses. Comes in a bomber size bottle, one is all you need. It is fairly strong but not overly alcoholic tasting. Great beer.
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liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap, OrgeFest at the B.K. so it was a rough nite. i do remember it was good, extremely good. a fine example of a barley wine with a helluva a smoooth kick.
BrianG (44) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 2, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark amber with a slight red hue. Light colored head that lasted a while. Great tasting beer with a huge kick.
bhightow01 (44) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 vintage. Medium brown color. Large foamy white head. Aroma is malty and fruity. A medium to full bodied barley wine. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and spicy. Hints of an alcohol bite, but pretty smooth for a 10% alcohol beer. Nice touches of orange, cherries and citrus in there as well. Seems a little hoppier than the older versions. Still very nice barley wine and well age well. As usual a nice etched beer bottle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.