cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2007 I had never had barely before I had this one just the other night. Was definitely an experience. I was definitely thrown a bit off guard by this beer and will have to try again. Was a lot heavier than expected, even though it’s clearly marked as 11.6 abv... Has some bitter smoothness in it. Was pretty good, but not fantastic.
After a year of aging, the taste is very nice. This is very smooth now, tasting like candy. Awesome with some age. FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Reddish colored with a small foamy head. Candy aromas/flavors of a Belgian and sweet malts but turns towards a hoppy bitter taste. The 11+% alcohol is well hidden. I love Stone brewing. kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2007
This bottle pored out to an amber color with aa small head.Notes of malt and caramel in the aroma,also in the taste, as well as fruit and toffee.I really like barley wines and this is a good one. slitcher (267) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2010
Early 2010 release. Pours a brick red with a medium head. Aromas of pine, caramel and slight alcohol. Flavor is sweet syrup with a decent hop backbone. Fairly typical barley wine but well done nonetheless. kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2005
22oz bottle pours a ruby red color thin almost nonexistant head. aroma of port malt barley some darker fruits. taste is very smooth malt hops leaves a dry mouthfeel very good. i wish i had more.
grimreaperguru (263) - santee, California, USA - MAR 5, 2012
2012 bottle.Pours dark amber color with an off white.The aroma was of a light syrup.The flavor was of syrup a hint of booze with a strong hop bite.The body was full with a strong bitter hop finish.Overall another good brew from Stone. Melker (261) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2013
2013, about 6 months old. Clear amber, beige medium head. Fruity aroma, also toffee, caramel and tobacco. Taste is very bitter, fruity and bitter. Almost too bitter. Waiting for the 2012 bottle to age in my cellar. chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2007
’07 bottle. Slightly cloudy, deep copper colored pour with a bubbly off-white head. Nose is dominated by sweet maltyness. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky. Pronounced alcohol flavor - a bit too hot, need some age on this one. hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JUN 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2008 A cloudy bronze beer with a modest head that dissipates quickly and leaves lace. Quite light in color for a BW. The aroma is fruity hops and dried fruit with some sweet malt and a hint of roast notes. The flavor is quite bitter, not as much maltiness as I’d like, with a similar dried fruit (perhaps fig or prune) to the aroma and some definite alcohol heat. Finishes quite bitter, not unlike an imperial/double IPA. All in all, a quite hoppy BW, not bad
As it warms the alcohol becomes much more prevalent in both aroma and flavor, which hurts the beer. nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Semi-translucent amber color with medium head. Vanilla and pine aroma, and maybe a little bit of wet grass as well. Light body, clean crisp bitterness. Not at all heavy despite the elevated alcohol. It’s a cold night in late May here in the northeast, and this is the perfect beer. Refreshing, clean and with just enough heat and body to keep things interesting.
A great beer from Stone.