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StoneWall Ale

Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Barley Wine
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
StoneWall Ale was brewed speciifically to honor and thank the participants in the Stone Wall Project, a charity fundraiser that took place in Spring 2005: http://www.stonebrew.com/news/050331pr/index.html This beer is the strongest beer ever brewed by the Stone Brewing Co. (as of Spring 2006).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sonnycheeba (4955) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Tap at liberty station. Pours clear copper with a trace of head. Aroma is bready and cookie malts, light raisins and dates, caramel, vanilla, and faint floral notes. Flavor is rich bready malts, some boozy spice, caramel sweetness, faint fruit notes, and smooth hop profile. Medium/full body and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4572) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2014
On tap at Stone Liberty Station. Deep amber with a good sized cream colored head. Aroma is of toffee, caramel, leather, tobacco, booze, light wood. Taste is of malt, toffee, caramel, raisin, woody hops, and vanilla.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cwooldridge (17) - - JAN 2, 2014
Had a 4 ounce charity pour at Stone Company Store Oceanside. So happy I was able to try this elusive beer. Very rare. Poured a nice orange Amber color with a very subtle cream head that disappeared very quickly. Had a very sweet fruity flavor that quickly turned into a heavy alcohol flavor. A total malt monster. Very strong malt profile. But for having been almost 8 years old it definitely aged like a fine barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13338) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Draft. Poured reddish brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, toasted sweet malt, alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (3443) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Shared by drabmuh. Whales baby, whales. The beer is orange with a small, off white head. Some sediment floating around. The aroma offers butterscotch, malt, age. The beer tastes old, but quite good. Really smooth, especially given the high abv. Definitely the best barleywine I have had from Stone. Thanks Matt! Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-30-2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3740) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Opened tonight with friends, thanks for the opportunity HopasaurusRex and hoppy birthday. Pours a solid reddish brown with a smallish off white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smells of caramel and dark fruit mixed with a hint of leather and ethanol. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Sweet sugary malts just a hint of earthy hop rolled up in sweet sugary fruits rolled in tobacco and dipped in ethanol. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. This is a really nice barleywine, Iím glad I got to try it tonight. Being as old as this is I wonder what it was like fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (5595) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle from 05. Pours cloudy orange with an off white head and lace. Tons of toffee, caramel, mollases pop, very hoppy still and sugary. Rich with a slight dry finish for the smooth body. Sweet tasting beer overall, not as cloying as a jw lees though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2012
Huge thanks to drabmuh for sharing this one. Served in a Stone goblet. Pours a light copper color with a short head to start, fading quickly to a thin collar. The aroma has some nice cookie qualities with sweet malt and some nice sherry-like oxidation notes. A bit of caramel and toffee in the background. The taste continues down the same path -- lots of malt here and oxidation has done good things to this one. Nice caramel and toffee notes along with some sweet candy and a hint of fruit. Malty and good. Feel is medium with lowish carbonation; really smooth with almost no alcohol presence. Really nice. Iím thrilled to finally get to try this one. Thanks again, Matt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (3341) - Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Another gem shared by Joe at the Philly tasting. Cloudy burnt orange pour with an off white head. Caramel malt nose. I was shocked by how hoppy this still was. Caramel malts, orange, and hoppy pine notes. Good carbonation, medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12245) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2012
Bottle at Stone Bistro. It pours red-amber, with a thick yellow-white head. The nose is pretty damn sweet: chocolate, Viennetta, mint choc chip ice-cream, brown sugar and caramel. The taste is brown sugar, caramel, maple syrup, dark fruit, (particularly fig), spice (ginger and nutmeg), tinned peach, pear, honey and alcohol warmth, with a touch of dryness in the finish. A fair bit sweeter than Old Guardian. Full body and moderate carbonation. Good, but a bit cloying as it warms up.

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