Theydon_Bois (19805) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle split at Scopey 10K, massive thanks to LKS, 26/11/15.
Rich chestnut brown with reddish hues topped with a decent beige head.
Nose is rich malt, toffee, red berry, spice, tannins, red wine barrel, figs, toasted sugars.
Taste comprises dark malt, fruit loaf, red wine notes, leather, plum duff, caramelised sugar, dates, red berry snap, candied fruit.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, light warming alcohol in the close.
Solid BA barley wine. Well rounded and balanced. Leighton (21513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle shared in London during Scopey’s 10k - I picked this one up at the brewery. Old fruits in the nose, earth, bread, toasted caramel. Medium sweet flavor with earthy bitterness, some oily pine, dried fruits, berries, leather, orange peel. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Warming finish, plenty of oiney bitterness, jammy fruits, leathery berries. Great stuff. It’s a few years old now but there’s still a lot of kick here. Good beer. Scopey (14992) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle, big thanks to Leighton. It pours deep red-brown with a small beige head. The nose is soft, sweet, juicy, boozy, dark fruits, honeycomb, red berry, vinous, red wine and earth. The taste is rich, bitter, woody, boozy, earth, leather, red grape skin, fruit cake and toasty action with a dry, warming finish. Medium - full body and fine carbonation. Well-rounded and quite boosty. Good fun. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2015
Pours a dark ruby red/chestnut brown color with a minimal off-white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.
Prominent vinous red wine barrel presence in the aroma with subtle oak/toothpick, vanilla bean and vinous dark fruit sweetness. Strawberry and cream with grape, sour cherry, currant and other dark berries. Strong wine character that sort of overpowers there barleywine notes. Underneath, there’s some leathery malt, caramel, toffee and muted hops along with hints of date, fig, raisin and port. Very nice!
Medium body with soft carbonation and perfectly integrated vinous red wine barrel flavors that linger over the leathery malts, sweeter notes and resinous hop bitterness into a slightly dry finish. Some dry roasted oak but it’s not overpowering or heavily charred. Some vanilla bean and damp wood followed by vinous fruit sweetness, notably grape, strawberry, tart cherry and blueberry. Similar to a barbera wine. Under the heavy barrel presence, there’s some leathery malt along with toffee, biscuit, fig and raisin. Really nice beer with complex flavors that are very well balanced. High ABV is excellently masked making this complex beer very easy to drink. Never would have guessed it was 11.2%. This series of barrel aged beers from Stone can be hit or miss, but this might be the best one I’ve tried up to this point. sir__v (2629) - FRANCE - MAR 1, 2015
On tap @ Stone Brewery, Escondido - CA. Color: orange brown beer with velvet purple reflection, no carbonation and white foam. Smell : malt and sugar domination. Barrel notes but not extrem red vine presence and raisin. Taste: amazing complexity very great work on malt and hops with great sugar and very strong notes of caramel and alcohol. Oily sensation. Aftertaste: alcohol finish and malt! Very great!
slowrunner77 (12159) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Not an improvement over the base beer, but an odd and intriguing combo of flavors and aroma that I was still glad to have tried. Ripe fruit and a little acidity, oak, more malty than hoppy anymore. Covers the heat almost completely. RussianDragon (578) - - MAY 12, 2014
Draft vintage is 2008. Pours a hazy golden copper with hue of red on glass when backlit. Rocky thin head. Aroma is a mild vinous complexity. Flavor is merlot, dark fruits and very complex. *Each batch sits 1.5 years in red wine barrels. From Stone event Brickskeller 6/1/09. neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2013
500 mL bottle from the brewery, served in a stem glass next to the 2012 standard vintage and the oak smoked variant. Pours clear mahogany with a small tan head that mostly fades and leaves trace lacing. The nose has beautiful notes of oak, red wine, molasses, dark fruit, apples and cherries. The flavour is perfectly balanced between fruity, red winey notes on the one hand and huge toasted oak along with biscuity malts and complex hoppy notes. The finish is long and fruity, hoppy, complex, beautiful. On the palate, it is light-medium in body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is an amazingly complex, beautiful barley wine. Red wine barrels provide an unexpected degree of complexity that perfectly complements this barley wine. Toasty and delicious, I wish I had another bottle. 2013-11-07 bergstaden (3043) - Røros, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2013
Brown with an off white head - Good malt aromas with some wood - Good malt body with some caramel, dark fruits , vanilla and wood - Good sweet malt finish wirth caramel and vailla from the wood - This was very good GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 31, 2013
500mL silk screen bottle shared at Congregation Azusa. Clear amber pour with minimal foam. Nose is excellent vanilla, toasted marshmallow, flambeed cherry. Nice. Taste is tomato paste, sugar, tannic wood, astringent bark. Dusty, old mouthfeel.