BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Marked as "Limited early 2008 release". Long description on the back of the bottle. Pours like syrup. Aroma is hoppy and barely wine fruity with some alcohol. Off-white head that goes away after a little bit. Really good lacing. Murky pink-orange body. Exceptionally hoppy and strong barely wine (11.26%). Probably a bit too hoppy (certainly for the style, and probably too hoppy for me). Syrupy mouthfeel with light, pleasant carbonation. Very nice alcohol presence.
3fourths (7772) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2009 Intensely hoppy nose, dark roasted plums, wood, butterscotch and maple syrup. The flavor is pleasent: big and hoppy, like Bigfoot, with a nice musty malt sweetness that really scores points. Really good for being so young.
GT2 (7720) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 mL 2009 version. Pours a translucent amber color with a massive two-finger cream head that settles down to nice layer and leaves sheety lacing. Huge aroma of spicy alcohol, barley, caramel malt, wet bittering hops, strawberries, peaches, apricots, candied fruits. Taste upfront is powerful grapefruit like a double IPA with piney hops but then moves to brasil and hazelnut. Full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Finishes dry and bitter with a long aftertaste of hazelnut and walnuts. 11.26% is very well hidden by the massive malt backbone and crazy amount of balancing hops. This is truly excellent. Would like to cellar one but this is so good fresh from the tanks that I would rather enjoy them right now.
leaparsons (7710) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy golden with a fluffy off-white foam. Aromas are spicy with loads of marzipan. Almond nuttiness with toffee and oranges. Oak barrel with spicy hops. Flavours are warming alcohol with sweet toffee and caramel. Marzipan with spicy pine hops and some softening cream and vanilla. A fair degree of alcohol on the finish. Good, if an acquired taste.
JorisPPattyn (7681) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught Orange-amber, just a small undefined rim. Fine, but quite affermative C-hops, further grapes, other dark fruit and lunaria. Wry, nearly tart hopsflavour. Some obvious caramel and piecrust. Well-bodied, slick, slightly burning MF. Surprising beer, in the sense that it feels sharp, aggressive at first, then gradually becomes dangerously easy-drinking. Less subtle (well...) than the older version, IMO.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 Boozed-up pine trees treading on wet earth...Dried apricots and plentiful pale fruit falling like leaves and grabbed by hop bitterness and alcohol...At this point in its young life, it feels agressive and not cohesive...I’ll have to come back in a year or two...3.5/5
1-year-old bottle : Hops have wonderfully laid back and let the rich malts shine...Superb unity of flavors, balance is achieved and the smooth and nourishing mouthfeel warms the body...4/5
Young 2007 vintage: This newly-bottled vintage was quite disappointing to me...None of the complex maltiness required to develop with age, none of the blooming hops to seduce the nostrils and tastebuds, this is just a smooth, überclean barley wine for those in search of a thoughtless evening sipper...Not what I usually expect from Stone...3.2/5
DocLock (7441) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I found this one very similar to the OG 2003. Turbid coppery with big white head and aroma of malt, dark fruit, cognac, and scotch. Typical barleywine taste sensations, but as usual, kicked up a notch. Wonderful.
gnoff (7330) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2011 First rating
65 cl bottle thanks to deft. BB March 2010.
Hazy copper color, orange head. Milky, alcohol, malty, grainy, fat, sweet scent. Bitter alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness. Not good.
On May 30, 2009
Hazy copper color, tan head. Lactic, alcohol, sweet scent; same goes for taste, though with a good amount of bitterness. Thick mouthfeel. Like it better than last time. Warming alcohol.
Bottle thanks to thomat! January 15, 2011
Cloudy copper color, small white head. Sweet, hoppy, cheese scent. Sweet, hoppy, bitter, alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.
Bottle from Systembolaget. Sampled on Feb 26, 2011
Hazy copper color, yellow head. Fresh, citrus, hoppy, alcohol, hrash scent. Hoppy, citrus, bitter taste. Medium mouthfeel, high bitterness.
Draught at Moeder Lambic, Brussels, for the Moeder vs Stone beer festival. Sampled on September 16, 2011
Clear copper color, off-white head. Sweet. lemon, acidic scent. Sweet, malty, acidic, lemon, hoppy taste. Hoppy aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 Early 2006 Release Rated June 2006. Brown body with a small beige head. (3+) Boozey sweet caramel malt in the aroma. Alcohol is prominent in the flavour but not harshly so. Light malt, hop bitterness is blended with the moderately hot alcohol. Quite drinkable really considering, simplistic but nice. Average to medium palate. (3+) 7/3+/7-8/3+/15 - 3.7
<P>RBSG 2005. Vintage 2004 Orange amber with a small creamy off white head. Moderate hoppy aroma, surprisingly muted. Pleasant malt and a moderate hoppy bitterness. Quite drinkable for the octane. Average palate. Nice but not exceptional. Well balanced and quaffable but lacks the gravitas for the next level. Thanks to Crockett for the heads up, I have been waiting to try this one. 6/4/7/3/14 - 3.4
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2007 2007 vintage sampled on 6/17/07: Pours a hazy dark copper bronze with a frothy thin light tan head. Aroma of fresh citrusy grapefruit hops and sweet caramel malt. Body starts sticky sweet and caramely with a big, biggering hoppy presence toward a drier, warming bittersweet finish. I’d prefer this with a little more aroma and flavor hops and not as many bittering hops, but then I’d probably taste the alcohol more.
2005 vintage sampled on 9/28/05: Pours a dark copper with orange tiint and a big, frothy off-white head with greenish hues. Aroma has a very nice balance of sweet caramel malt and piney hops. Body has a good, sweet malty and hoppy balance, but doesn’t hide the alcohol anywhere near as well as the Old Horizontal I just had. This will probably be pretty good after a few years of aging, but even six months has little effect right now. Needs more of a silky smooth, viscous palate as well.
2004 vintage sampled on 5/6/04: Pours a rich copper bronze with a thick and well-lacing white head. Aroma is a bounty of sweet caramel malt and floral hops. Body starts syrupy sweet, turning more bitter and lightly fruity toward a finish that masks the alcohol very well. All the flavors of a great barleywine are there, but they just don’t seem to mesh together as well as they could. A little more balance and more subtle bitterness, and this could be improved. Still a nice barleywine, but I expect a little more from Stone.