Sammy (9141) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark copper, full mouthfeel, significantly hoppy. Salty and complex flavour, woody, hop leaf and pine, sweet malt
GT2 (8960) - San Diego County, 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.
Dogbrick (8907) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not quite as good as last year’s version but I liked it well enough. Pours golden orange with a thick off-white head. Nice lacing through the entire glass. The aroma is big on malt, along with some hops, butter and alcohol. Rich-bodied and smooth despite the bitter hops and borderline harsh alcohol. There are also malt and grapefuit flavors in the mix. Despite being a little rough this is a good Barley Wine.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 Nov. 2004 bottle. Orange red coloured beer with a thin off-white head. Big cookie dough and biscuit malt aroma. Spicy and pine/resiny hops in the nose. There is good balance between sweet malt and bitter hops though. Flavour is malt dominant, cookie dough and bright hops. Alcohol is really apparent in this one. Fairly bitter finish. I could do without the rambling diatribe on the back of the bottle though.
Meilby (8479) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 650ml @ yngwie
Pours hazy golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel and alcohol. Taste is heavy sweet and medium bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
leaparsons (8478) - 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.
crossovert (8347) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Early 2010 release. 650ml bottle.
It pours a murky, dark orangeish-red with a thick, foamy off-white leaves that leaves ornate, speckled, camouflage-like lacing.
The smell is big and sweet with some interesting hop and yeast notes. It has rip banana, raisin, and citrus fruit notes. There is plenty of caramel in there as well.
The flavor is big and sweet, super sweet. It has a nice hoppy bitterness though. The hops have a herbal, piney, earthy note that blends nice with the thick caramel sweetness. It isn’t overly alcohol but certainly the alcohol is not fully cloaked.
The hop bill in this one is intriguing, it comes off as one of the ore bitter barleywines and I like that.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-12-2011 06:37:05
3fourths (8344) - 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.
MartinT (8247) - 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 (8184) - 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.