shrubber85 (8836) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Earthy caramel malt, light sour milk, and hay aroma. Amber with small head. Sweet berry/apple, caramel malt, and moderately bitter herbal alcohol flavor. Nice body. Excellent.
Scopey (8832) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 vintage on tap at the Meddlesome Moth, Dallas. It pours a cloudy mahogany colour with ruby highlights and a thin beige head. The nose is of oak, pine, dark fruits and caramel. The taste is initially pine, resin, smokey and caramel, leading to orange peel, raisin, date, fig, plum, prune and apricot. The mouth-feel is syrupy and the finish is long and bitter. A pretty tasty barley wine, full of dark sticky fruits.
leaparsons (8804) - 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.
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep reddish ruby, with nice lasting white head. Bottle says limited early 2010 release. Aroma has notes of figs, gold raisins, some dark berries, orange, some lemon, and toffee, with a touch of booze. Taste is complex, bitter, dry and delicious. Notes of raisin, figs, sweet orange and lemon, with notes of toffee and burnt caramel, more golden raisins mingling with some dark berries, finishing very bitter, but dry and satisfying. Could smell this all night. Some nice alcohol warmth, but not detracting from the taste. Need more bottles of this!
3fourths (8555) - 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.
gnoff (8543) - 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.
DocLock (8500) - 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.
MartinT (8492) - 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
rosenbergh (8437) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2013 650 ml bottle. 2012 release. Thanks Jukka! HHOK XIII.
Clear reddish golden colour with a small off-white head.
Sweet and dark American hops and malt in the aroma.
The flavour is alcohol. There’s some sweet cookies and dark Stone hops that were recognisable even in the blind tasting. Too much alcohol in the flavour for me. It could be much more enjoyable when aged a little more.
650 ml bottle. 2010 Release. 11.1%. From bierkompass.de.
Murky reddish brown colour with a small light tan head.
Mild sourness, malt, hops, bitterness and cookie dough in the aroma.
The flavour is resiny hops, strong bitterness, sweet maltiness, warming (or even burning) alcohol and mild berry notes.
Very much Barley Wine but with strong American hoppiness. Tasty and satisfying. Much better experience than the first one. This one is 2 years more aged.
jercraigs (8423) - 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