tlind2 (1891) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 13, 2018
Bottle. Copper color, frothy off-white head. Beautiful aroma of heady hops, cream and caramel. Smooth, full flavor that follows the aroma. Sweet, lingering finish. Very full body, medium carbonation. Very nice! TylerGreenDC (1203) - - APR 11, 2018
Draft, 2007. Aroma mostly of sticky toffee. Flavors don't quite follow; apple, caramel and apple pie predominate, with just a bit of background toffee. There's a hint of wood pith too. Divine. Chalumeaux (2002) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2018
UPDATED: APR 5, 2018 2014 bottle cellared ruby brown minimal head nice lacing. Aroma is floral hops caramel light pine. Taste is fruity caramel not overly sweet light alcohol and a lingering floral bitterness throughout. Marstonlad (1039) - 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 (863) - 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 (920) - 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 (2874) - 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.
2015: 8-4-7-4-15 Michael27 (2439) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 18, 2017
Frisch vom Hahn im Stone Berlin. Vintage von 2009. Guter Barley Wine, wenngleich es bessere gibt. Bitterbill (2112) - 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!