ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 16, 2008
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008 Bottle - All malt and fire at first. As it sat, the alcohol mellows, or maybe its just my brain going numb. One sip tells you its Stone, Iím guessing it will be better in a couple years...
Petrucci914 (876) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dirty golden color with some particulate, and a light soapy head. Aroma is dirty hop, slight citrus, and some soapiness. Tastes about the same. Taste is really astringent and soapy. Itís like a bad IPA.
Bukowski9 (129) - Piqua, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pour.Medium amber color decent head.Tastes like an overhopped IPA?I couldnít really discern any other flavors just hops.I didnít really care for this at all.This was my first attempt at a barley wine.Iíve heard these are better with age and that they should be before drinking.Iíll get another bottle and sit on it for awhile and rerate later.
yemenmocha (658) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours slightly hazed off-amber color with off-white head. Nose is rich with peach pit, overripe grapefruit, and caramel. Palate offers more caramel and toffee, with soft "chalky" hop bitterness towards the end. Slow drinking, and perhaps could benefit enormously with more age.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle from Weber Street Liquor in Colorado Springs). Pours a cloudy, dark amber color with particles floating. Medium off white head. Hoppy aroma and taste with light malt and light alcohol. Long duration. Astringent finish. Oily texture. Fair lacing. Moderate carbonation.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2007 2004 bottle. Pours a warm toned orange/light marmalade color. Hint of sediment in there and a good white head. Aroma of dry nutty hops, lightly bitter. Damp forest soil, some very dry toffee. Dough and grainy malt. Flavor is dry, nutty, bitter and thick. Even though I didnt have the patience to age this, it quite clearly needs it as this one is just a bittersweet monster right now which has had no time to let any complexities emerge. This is like a super-amped up version of their pale ale. Good potential, though I must admit, I miss the caramelly sweetness and tons of munich malt dosent a great barleywine make, but thatís just my preference. Rerate 04 draught A bit more lively mouthfeel than I remember and even some light tropical fruits and juicy citrus. Not nearly as malt heavy and purely bitter hops burn, but it still needs a lot more time.
Way too much for me still. Heavy, heavy bittersweet malt, with a fair amount of acidity and alcohol showing through. No relief in sight, especially as highly bitter hops hit the palate. Pleasant texture, but thatís not going to do much when itís mountains of sugar, breadiness, bitterness and alcohol on top.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear amber colour, thin disappearing head. Caramel and alcohol on the nose. The taste is...different. I get some grapefruit like hops with a weird butterscotch middle. Thereís a bit of alcohol and some yeastiness as well. It is quite sticky and candy like. Finishes dry with a bit of bitterness.
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2008
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Its not very often that Im disappointed with a high-end brewer like Stone, but I gotta say Im far from impressed with this brew. The aroma was strong and promising but upon tasting I couldnt help but be surprised with an overbearing sweetness and some burning alcohol on the finish. If I werent splitting this with a friend im not sure I would be able to finish this.
DiarmaidBHK (3062) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Wegmans Leesburg. Pours brown with a thin khaki head. Smells fairly malty on the nose. Bitter on the tongue. Lots of alcohol burn. I dont even know why I buy barley wines. I hate this fucking style.
DYCSoccer17 (3157) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 26, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2013 Draft. Fruity aroma. Lots of berry--esp cherries. Malty ans sweet aroma. Didnt ask the bartender what vintage this was. Pours a transparent copper/amber color. I wasnt expecteing transparentcy ): It has a small off-white head. Start is sweet and very malty with a definitely alcohol burn. Hoppiness to finish, but quite bitter. This is kind of harsh. Prolly best off being aged. Sampled at Blue Tusk in Syracuse. (7/3/6/4/12) ~~~~~~RE-RATE~~~~~~~2013 Vintage. 22 ounce bottle from Nugget in Woodland, CA. The aroma on this is a bit hoppy with more of an herbal and grassy character present. Lightly floral and light caramel. Not much else here. Transparent ruby-amber body with a medium, somewhat quickly dissipating light yellow head that leaves good lacing. This starts extremely sweet, sugary, and cloying. I donít remember this beer ever being this out of balance. Finishes with a little spicy and herbal hop flavor, before a large amount of booziness follows. Holy shit, what happened to this beer?