jercraigs (7812) - 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
MartinT (7811) - 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
Meilby (7609) - 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.
Fin (7409) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle that I purchased from Beers of Europe and consumed 31-12-09 Pours orange amber, almost glowing with a slim white white head, its a touch hazy and there is a little yeast at the bottom. This tastes just wonderful, gloriously streaky hops pinging out through the lovely velvety sweetness, thick, full-bodied and so flavoursome. This is one of those beers that I cant be bothered to write about any longer I just feel the need to sit and sip, great stuff. A7 A3 F9 P5 Ov16
crossovert (7388) - 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
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Winter 2004 bomber, been looking forward to this one! Poured brilliant, translucent medium orange with a stately initial cap of off-white head... settled down to a dusting after a couple minutes. The aroma picked up a rich, deep bouquet of darker, vinous-inspired fruits, rum-laden caramel, deep earthy herbs, and a solid dose of alcohol (more as an amplifier than a distraction). The flavor had deep caramels and vinous sweetness at the core like the aroma, accented by bitter herbs, warm alcohol, and sherry-like oxidation.. quite a lot of bitterness on the warm finish, but it seems to be more from age than hops (which are markedly faded). Thicker-bodied and syrupy on the palate with some graininess on the middle.. enjoyed the feel. This certainly showed signs of age, but I thought the change in character did more to increase complexity than to degrade the goodness.
CaptainCougar (7132) - 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.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate: Bottle thanks to Greg and Mitch from Stone.
Rich amber coloured with a good white head and beautiful condition. Aroma of big peppery hops, gorgeous barley and thick chewy earthy malt. Light sweetness at the top. More of the same in the flavour. Lots of legs and lovely and dry for a barely wine. Thick and chewy big alcohol sting on the finish. Chunky and luscious mouthfeel. Great stuff.
Ibrew2or3 (6888) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap @ O’Brien’s. 2004 vintage. Clear orange color with chunks of creamy tan head floating along the viscous barrier between air and elixir. Sweet malt and dark fruit aroma punctuated by some hop nose. Full Barleywine malt and fruitiness with thick smooth peanut butter mouthfeel. The hops have really evened out. Delicious. The 2005 I sampled next, here at O’Brien’s, had no head. The aroma was very light. The flavors are similar to the ’04 but a bit brighter. There was malt, molasses, a hint of toffee and a full dark fruitiness flavor. Wow, good stuff.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber colored beer with an off-white head. Toffee aroma with a hop backing. Flavor of hops, then a strong alcohol presence, followed by a toffee/coffee malt that lingers in your mouth. It's balanced between the hops and malt, but the alcohol presence is much higher than I'd like (yes, it's a barley wine, but in this one the alcohol is too much in the forefront). Leaves a nice hop bitterness in your mouth.