ihrabe (7) - Kansas, USA - JAN 1, 2018 does not count Bradbalk (9) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a fresh bottle of 2012 old Guardian reviewed fresh.
Poured into the very cool stone old guardian snifter a nice bright and clean copper with a thick and long lasting tan head, some light lacing and good head retention.
The smell is light and bready, with a bit of sweet toffee and some light herbal and medicinal hop notes.
While the nose seems to be more malt focused, the flavor is definitly hop centric, waves of big piney bitterness wash over my tongue all but drowning out the light underpinnings of brown sugar and caramel. Big lingering bitterness with a heavy pine last long after each sip. Just a touch of sweetness and sourdough manage to sneak through the hop assault a bit after it warms.
Very thick and resiny, leaving an oily hop coating on my tongue.
This is a solid west coast style hop bomb barleywine, a bit one dimensional, and by the time you finish a bomber of this it starts to get monotonous.
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2018 Wish I had the self control to cellar each years vintage, but it’s too damn good. cobaink2 (845) - 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 (2661) - 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. Bill Becker (2010) - 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 (2707) - Kiel, GERMANY - OCT 17, 2017
Vintage 2007 : Fassware. STONE BERLIN 2017. Ausgewogener UKEarther between MapleSyrupHoneyMaltyness, lovely AlkoKraft & der entscheidenen Resthoppyness🚀 WoodyMoosy, too😁...
PowY (1164) - 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.
dorain (714) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 22, 2017
Vom Fass Stone Brewing Berlin 2017-09 getrunken. Ein klasse Barley Wine mit schwachen Hopfeneinfluss. Leider haben die 10 Jahre Lagerung nun so gar keine Auswirkung gehabt was recht merkwürdig ist. Ein solches Bier sollte sich deutlich gereifter und nicht so frisch daher kommen. Schade! BrewMonger101 (1) - Henderson, Alabama, USA - JUL 28, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2017 Despite being a really strong beer it's very easy to drink. I'm not really sure how to describe beer so I'm sorry for the lack of detail.