Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
On tap at Churchkey.
Pours a ruby red with a bit of rust. Slight off white head that leaves a pretty good trail of lacing. Nose is a bit faint in that while there is a lot going on, it is almost too much and it was hard to discern individual elements. The taste helps clarify things quite a bit. While we had some drink confusion throughout the evening, this was plenty unique and easy to identify. Large quantities of Belgian yeast esters and a good amount of accompanying fruit. Some malt sweetness and also spice. Hop profile is pretty strong win nice citrus and pine notes. Medium feel is nice. Fairly drinkable but not one of my favorites of the evening.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-05-2010 MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2010
On tap at Stone-40 Baltimore event. light tan-amber, thin pale ring. Dusty booze nose with orange, a bit stinky. Flavor Is dryer, more yeast and pepper than stink, compliments the bright orange hop. A bit hot through the finish. adrian910ss (2591) - Doylestown, PA, USA - NOV 7, 2010
On draft at R & H. Pours a caramel color with a small off white head. Aroma of candied malt, fruit, hops and citrus. Taste is much the same. Sweet. italarican (1549) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Tap at the RnH Stone Takeover. Pours like a glass of sherry. Surprisingly generic feel to the nose- some piney booze quality to it. Pine, citrus, and caramel in the flavor department. Not bad but surprisingly forgettable, hence the shitty notes. BeerandBlues2 (13697) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Tap. Pours clear amber with a small, fizzy white head, no retention or lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel), light hops (earthy), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of barnyard and pineapple. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, caramel, cookie), average hops (floral, citrus), and average esters (dried fruit) with notes of alcohol and barnyard. Full body, high warmth, medium carbonation , low creaminess and a dry finish.
blipp (9590) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Draft (2010). Pours amber with an off white head. Spicy belgian yeasty aroma with some sweet citric notes. The flavor has spicy belgian yeast and sweet tropical fruity hoppy notes. Delicious. brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
A: The pour is bright reddish-copper color with a slight haze and a small white head.
S: The Belgian yeast is more noticeable here than it was in the IRS. Some coriander notes along with fruity esters. Nowhere near as intense as the regular thing, however, both in sweetness and hoppiness.
T: Sweet dark fruits and mild spice esters are much more noticeable than the usual barleywine flavors. Bits of toffee and sugar, but not the intense caramel character of Old Guardian and a real lacking bitterness.
M: The body is medium, maybe a little thin, with a moderate carbonation.
D: Much more of just a Belgian Strong Ale than a barleywine. I am not sure if I like this quite as much as Old Guardian, which is one of my favorite barleywines. Slipstream (2677) - USA - OCT 9, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2011 On tap at 2010 Stone/Rattle’n’Hum event, also had some in a bottle. A sharp, fresh barleywine, with plenty of honey malt flavor. Yeasty, sweet, some brown sugar, well hopped, with a warm aftertaste. Doesn’t Stone ever make a bad beer? It wasn’t this one. Travlr (25787) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2010
Draught at Churchkey. Great nose, nice taste that really lasts. Malts dominate everything, pretty straightforward stuff. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
On tap. Pours with a hazed amber body and a lasting barley off-white head. Aroma of grapes (yes?!), caramel, alcohol, toffee, and brandy. Flavors are strongly alcoholic, belgian and boozy. Burnt toffee. Lively and sweeter than normal. Interesting for sure.