craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Aroma is sweet, raisins and pine hops. Poured a deep ruby red with a finger of off white head. Taste is pine hops up front, then a malty sweetness, and raisins with a boozy taste after that. Bitter finish that kind of hangs out. Doghair (312) - Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Wonderful malty caramel and fruit aroma. Taste is big and intense caramely malt. Fruit, raisins, a little coffee. Noticeable bitterness in the finish but it works with the sweetness. Excellent! FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2011 Pours a wonderful ruby color. Taste of caramel malts and a nice hop presence to lend some bitterness. Good beer. WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2008
First of all, great looking bottle. All of Stoneís are, but this one is very cool. Who could read that novel on the back though? Got a couple sentences in and gave up. Anyways, this is not as dark as I expected and is very smooth and sweet for the style. Very surprised to see such a high ABV, it is very well hidden. Itís gonna be tough, but i would drink this again if possible. jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2008
beautiful copper color, small off white head. wonderful malt hop flavor, good palate. only downside is the slight metallic hop aftertaste.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Wow, lots of head for a barley wine. My first Stone, and its good, but not as good as I expected. Crisp taste, fruity with a strong sugary backbone, the 11.26% ABV makes itself known as well. This is a big beer, but I feel like it wants to be bigger. Almost like a weaker version of the DFH Olde School. Donít get me wrong though, itís still fantastic. Not a bad barley wine by a long shot, just not the very best. 1010 (309) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Best barleywine I have had. 22 oz bomber
Pours an amber color with a nice white head. Hoponmate (309) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 22, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2016 2016 release. Pours a dark caramel color with almost foamy fleeting bubbled head. Smells bold sweet and ritch. Tastes like sweet maple sultanas with a brilliant bitterness and heat to finish. Dry hops eliminate the thick aftertaste. Brilliant. soyorganic (307) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Bomber, pours an amber color. Caramel aroma. Nice sweet taste with hops. Has a thick feel. Quaffable alcohol not noticable. DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Fruity, yeasty, and a pleasant pepperiness that was immediately noticeable in the amber-colored brew. Low but noticeable hop profile added to the spiciness, complementing the starchy mouthfeel. Smooth and refreshing.