greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 19, 2009
My head just exploded of flavour overload. This is a big BIG beer. Orange amber in the glass with a beige head which persists surprisingly well for such a high abv beer. The aroma is an assault but a pleasant one. Hard to know where the malt ends and the hops begin, as the hops are woody and spicy rather than the usual USA citrus attack. Similar on the palate, with a ton of woody and vanilla notes - almost like a bourbon. Tasty resinous hops cut through the massive malt with a surgical precision, leaving a streak of bitterness which prevents this hugely malty beast becoming cloying. Not a bad achievement. Warming alcohol makes itself felt but doesn’t stick out at all. An excellent beer and a great one to bring up the 150 ratings. BrewingFan (251) - Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2010
2010 Release; Very nice sweet, malty aroma with a blast of alcohol, pours a very distinct reddish amber, with minimal head. Pretty strong up front, mellows a bit. Very smooth, full bodied, with some serious IBUs that kick in pretty hard. Finish is a little rough and lose some points, probably will do much better with age. Koyo (251) - SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2011
Bottle from Systembolaget. Early 2010 release. Aroma is rich, almost fills the entire room. Lots of caramel and a slight grassy smell. Pours a dark amber with a thick head that leaves a lot of lacing. Taste is sweet and a little sour paired with a slight bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is dry and slightly carbonated. Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2012
2012 vintag. Pours golden amber with a medium offwhite head. Aroma of alcohol, sugar and sweet dark fruits. Taste starts off with pine, and turns into caramel. Bitterness from the hops all the way through. Very enjoyable. 41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Big Strong Bold Assertive. All words that could be adequately used to describe this sum business from Stone. Smells of alcoholic vanilla mint mouthwash and ripe bananas. Flavor is a burning alcoholic rush with bitter piney hops and a softer toffee malt sweetness on the side of the tongue that salvages this beast from being in the cellar on flavor. Palate is substantial throughout temp range with a sugary fullness that leaves the lips smack-a-lackin. I don’t know why, but I like this bruiser. The bottle is best shared in my opinion due to the severe alcohol punchiness. Thanks Stone. 2009 22 oz.
ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - MAY 16, 2010
2010 Limited Release...An amber-orange pour with a small disappearing head. The aroma is of alcohol and tangerine. The flavor has strong notes of peach and the alcohol presence is strong. Finishes very dry and bitter. Barley wines are not my favorite but this one is enjoyable because Stone (as always) does it right. mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Pours red-brown in color. Nose is maple, malt, bourbon, and some hop on the nose. Medium-high carbonation. Flavor has some sweetness with medium malt character balanced by hop. The finish has some butter, reminiscent even of burnt popcorn. rentonj7 (250) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Medium reddish amber with slight bubbling head. Dates, tangerine on aroma. Taste is raisins, prunes, pickles. Very sharp on tongue - feels like pepper but doesn’t taste like it. norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2007
2004. On tap. Pours an orange/brown with dense head. Taste starts sweet then quickly goes woody and hoppy. Mellow, bitter finish. Sticky. I’d like to try it again in a few years. NeuroPliny (247) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 19, 2013
Pours reddish copper. Powerful bacon-hickory aroma with heavy smoke. There is a huge disconnect between the aroma and the taste. Bubbly bold effervescent hops up front with a long well balanced astringent finish. What a complex beer!