Marstonlad (1009) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 9, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2018 Bottle at Kaisla, Helsinki. 1000th rated beer. Pours murky reddish brown with a little white head. The aroma features strong sweet maltiness, berries, toffee and dried fruitiness; malt-driven but has also strong hoppiness. Taste is initially light to medium sweet, later becoming more and more bitter; the finish is heavily bitter and hoppy. Flavours include a varied mix: caramel, fudge, berries, raisin and a touch of pine. Sherry-like, due to strong presence of berries. Very hoppy but also very clearly a barley wine and not a double IPA. Slightly alcoholic, propably due to the beer being too cold. The palate is full-bodied, smooth and low in carbonation. Brilliant. Frothmeister (847) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2018
750ml bottle. 2013 Vintage. Pours a hazy rosy amber colour with a thin beige head. WHOA! This DOES NOT smell like I was expecting. A surprising note of cocoa, vanilla, almost Tootsie Roll notes up front, followed by resinous hops, and a little bit of pecan pie. Full bodied, sweet, barley wine done right. Big resinous bitterness out of the gates with caramel forward sweet malt beneath that leads straight into more resinous notes, almost extra strength Fisherman's Friends type notes, caramel, and a long bitter finish that oddly has some bourbon barrel-esque butterscotch notes at the end. It's tasty, it's old, and sadly, it's no longer in my cellar.
ihrabe (11) - Kansas, USA - JAN 1, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2018 Wish I had the self control to cellar each years vintage, but it’s too damn good. cobaink2 (866) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2017
2014 vintage. Really balanced and malt forward like it should be. Brown sugar, molasses and caramel candy. Bit of a bite on the tail end. Has held up really great! Nische (2728) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2017
2009, Tap at Stone Berlin, 2015 bottle at home. Pours dark amber with beige head. 2015 sticky, resinous caramel. 2009 more burnt caramel, toffee, vanilla. 2009 wasn't very good at all with grainy, chewy, chalky bitterness.
Michael27 (2439) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 18, 2017
Frisch vom Hahn im Stone Berlin. Vintage von 2009. Guter Barley Wine, wenngleich es bessere gibt. Bill Becker (2051) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 31, 2017
From Nov 2007
This is the early release 2007
It pours from 22oz bottle a hazy copper colour with a 1 finger head of foam. The foam recedes to a fine broken layer and it has some nice lacing.
The smell is of caramel and roasted malt, citrus hops, and some fruit.
The taste has big notes of caramel malt, roasted malt, grapefruit hop bitterness, some molasses, some dark fruit: fig, toffee, a bit of plum...very complex and boy, it has an alcohol kick to it that really warms during and after the swallow. I like how the malt and hop character are nicely balanced and makes it, despite the agressive flavours, a smooth sipping BWSA. Really nice stuff! Oh, and the alcohol becomes less noticeable further into the session.
The mouthfeel is nice and thickish and the carbonation is on the light side. It finishes semi sweet.
Bottom line: A very tasty and enjoyable example of the style indeed. I wouldn't hesitate in buying more. Another great job by Stone Brewing! Jocko (1) - Vermont, USA - OCT 26, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2017 Bottle. Great barley wine. smooth. no after shave after taste despite high abv. Will not make the world better, but drink a bomber and you will not care who is president. ALIBALI (2889) - Kiel, GERMANY - OCT 17, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2018 Vintage 2007 : Fassware. STONE BERLIN 2017. Ausgewogener UKEarther between MapleSyrupHoneyMaltyness, lovely AlkoKraft & der entscheidenen Resthoppyness🚀 WoodyMoosy, too😁...Vintage 2009. Ebenfalls Fassware. STONE BERLIN 2018. 9/4/9/5/19 I'm A Guardian❤ Angeblich der Extra Hoppy Older. Kann man so nennen...wenn man will. Ist aber auch OG/BASTARDkratzig, perfekt toffeemalty und über alle maße intensiv. Woody, citrusy, WEEDY, boozy und outstanding geaged👽✨😉 Viel später kommt noch ein Hustensaft/WacholderberryAusflug hinzu...ich knie nieder 🙌❤
PowY (1219) - AUSTRIA - SEP 30, 2017
From tap at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Berlin, vintage 2007. Hazy copper color with an off-white head. The aroma is medium hoppy with settled ripe fruits - oranges and some grapefruits - along with a nice dense malty backbone (heavy caramel). Very balanced, good. Full body with a medium sweetness and a light and medium bitterness. The flavor is very malty, sweetish malt with honey, caramel, toasted bread, some sugar mixed with subdued hop notes (orange, some pine) with a lightly bitter finish. A real sipper, very balanced, very good.