JamesD (244) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2008
Bomber bottle poured into a snifter. The aroma isn’t as powerful as I would have expected given it’s assertive flavor. Some notes of orange, christmas spice, brown sugar. This barleywine has the right balance of hops and malt. The flavor is malty, with notes of candied fruit and some cinnamon hidden in there. The aftertaste finishes with hops in a flowery flourish. The alcohol is very well hidden, I wouldn’t have guessed this beer to be as high in alcohol as it is. The palate is very nice. Silky, gentle, and creamy. I might buy a few of these to cellar. Fans of barleywine should seek this out. This would also be a good intro barleywine for beginners. dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2011
2010 vintage 22oz bottle.A decent barleywine from stone. The aroma is a bit of sweet malt, mostly hops, grapefruit, citrus, pineapple. Appearance is reddish, with a little cloudiness, head doesn’t linger much almost no lacing. Taste is hop forward but this is young so that is expected. malts seem a bit simplistic. Sweet and a bit heavy. Palate is kinda nice. It surprisingly dry and easy to drink. not as syrupy as most barleywines. Overall it’s good but not great. it hides the 12% very well and goes down pretty easy for a barleywine. mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2008
I love the guys at Stone, but this one goes the same way most Barleywines go for me... they look and smell better than they taste. Great copper color and malty notes with just a touch of hops. But this one was overdone - especially on the hop smack. Can you say balance in a beer? Greg missed it on this one. There are many other better styles, especially from Stone. entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 Pours medium orange color with a medium sized off-white head. Some artificial fruit sweetness threw me off. Bitterness from hops and a dark fruit middle. Long finish, too slick of a mouthfeel. Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2010
Hazy pale red-orange. Little head...some lacing. Slight hoppy/sweet aroma (perhaps it’ll improve as it warms). Pleasantly strong bitter and malty flavor. Some lingering bitterness. Overall, very good.
beerlover82 (241) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Pours a dark red with creamy head about a finger thick. Smells of tropical fruits, caramel and some barley. Really inviting. Tastes of mango, bananas barley and some hops come in the background to finish things off. Alcohol is noticeable a bit, but not overpowering. A fantastic barleywine. Hope to score some more in the future. Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2007
2007. Herbal hops supported by lucious sweet caramel malt. its really the hops that distinguish this bwine. they are slightly minty and well just more herbal than citrusy or piney. unique and pleasant. Bwines are still quite good in the summer. beeratarian (237) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2011
2011 @ home 22 oz... Thick,medium brown to dark amber pour leads to a thin, tight, ivory head. Aromas of dried fruit and sweet malts. Alcohol is present with a smooth malt balance. I remember this one to be more hoppy and biting but this year seemed to smooth out. A descent barleywine, but doesn’t live up to Stone’s over-the-top hops that they sold me with. Trying the Belgo Tomorrow. Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Hazy dark amber color with off-white head. Not great retention or lacing, but could’ve been a glass issue. Aroma is sweet with a lot of toffee in it. Alcohol is prominent ant ’bitey’ in the flavor. Home hop bitterness in it but definitely leans to the sweet, malty side. Long, sweet finish. Not my favorite style, but a good representative of it. gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2014
The aroma is a nice sweet bitterness. The taste is bitter upfront with a little sweetness later on.