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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3539) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2007 On draft at Stone’s Winter Storm. Color was a orange/amber, with minimal white head. Aroma was sweet and malty. Flavor was very sweet; bubblegum and malt. I liked it, but definitely a sipper. Alcohol presence could definitely be felt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2007
The aroma is of hops and candy. I had no idea that this was a 12 percent beer. It was a good beer, but at the same time I do not remember anything special about it to really give me that awesome beer presence about it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2010
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Blindtasting. Pours a fairly hazy amber with a small off-white head. Sweetish caramellish nose, lightly oxidized. Quite full-bodied, caramel, overripe fruit, Sherry and again somewhat oxidized. Has a distinct hoppiness yet somewhat tired and faded. The finish is rather alcoholic. 060510

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34322) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2010
Tasted blind. Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a thin orangey head. The aroma has notes of malt, alcohol, caramel, and spices - among them coriander. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, licorice, over ripe fruits, and old hops. The alcohol leaves a light burn on the palate. Huge thanks to yespr for getting hold of this bottle and sharing it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
Dr. Bill’s tasting at ’09 GABF. Rich, dark barleywine, not unlike Old Guardian but with darker malt and less fruitiness. Full body with an emphasis on alcohol sweetness. Was certainly fun to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (6323) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2011
This poured a murky medium brown color with a tiny beige head. Aroma was lots of dark fruits, mainly cherries, and thick caramel and toffee too. Flavor was sticky sweet, a tiny bit oxidized and lots of cherry and plum notes. Has held up pretty well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Poured a thick reddish/amber with huge legs and a cream-colored skin. Held a monstrous aroma that I did not want to deconstruct... I simply wished to enjoy. Big alcohol presence, chewy toffee and orange notes. Sipping finds a nutty flavor with an astringence that washes away some heavy caramel malts. Ouch. This turned out a bit disappointing after an aroma that I did not want to end. (Much thanks to Winston for sharing, but I can’t help but thinking he got a little bit taken.)

<font size=-4>Muchos gracias to <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/View-User-4111.htm> for sharing at the <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/events-detail.asp?eve "Monthly" Chicagoland Ratebeer Gathering

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2007
220z bottle: Pours a hazy amber with virtually no head. Lacing is also lacking. The nose is characterized by toffee and dried fruit. My first taste was harsh as the bottle was too cold. As it warmed up notes of caramel and toffee with a bit of coffee were what I found. The alcohol is still noticeable. The palate is good but I want a little more of a coating than this offered. Overall this is a good beer but I feel like they gave up balance to achieve a beer bigger than the Arrogant Bastards at Stone had brewed before.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (2585) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Bottle at Peter’s 2nd annual spring gathering. My last beer of the day. Amber with head. Toasty caramel aroma. Toasty caramel earth roasty bitter candy. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (6666) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Bottle @ PPSG’10. Brown pour with some light lasting head. Earthy and herbal hops, and some sweeter malt aromatics. Flavor is slight spice and a bit of sweet almost syrupy malt tones, with a bit of warmth on the back end.

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