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!
User57106 (246) - - FEB 1, 2008
2008 bottle, consumed 01/31/08. Yes, it’s young, but I’ll probably revisit this vintage several times over the coming years. Coppery pour, off-white one- finger head. Aroma is grapefruit hops with tobacco notes and some kind of fruit (apricot or plum). Thick mouthfeel, almost syrupy. Mild astringency, some alcohol burn. Flavor is a massive dose of bitter hops immediately, with a bit of medicinal cherry cough drop in there, too. The bitterness subsides fairly quickly (or else my palate is just too blasted to taste the enormity of the hops for long) but lingers as the primary note in the background. This will improve with age, to be sure. Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2009
22 oz. 2008 bottle. Beautiful medium amber color. No head, no lacing to speak of. Nose of apricots and honey, caramel and sweet hops. Sweet malt and fruit taste, definite alcohol presence, not cloying, but a bitter finish. trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2009
22oz. Pours a hazy amber brown and a medium white head. Aroma is great, big malt body ad hops, piny notes. Taste is complex deep, evolving, and nicely balanced. Great, thick, complex palate. I am really enjoying this guy. Today I an the RB DD, whoo hoo ! meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
22oz bottle with the standard stone look and gargoyle to ward off all the impurities. Pours a thick and hazy darker orange color with a good sized off white head that almost flowed out of the glass. The head retention was surprisingly good as it stayed about half an inch high through the consumption of this beer and left a nice lacing that slowly fades as you drink it. The nose had sweet malts mingling with citrus hops to form a well-balanced and appetizing aroma. A touch of alcohol comes out as it warms as well. Malty sweetness starts the taste off before the hops takeover to give it a kick. The finish is dry, with a slight hint of warming alcohol and a nice bitterness as well. Very thick mouthfeel that is rich warming and lasting. For a high alcohol beer this is very drinkable remind me of old horizontal how easy it goes down. Excellent stuff defiantly recommended, another top notch brew from stone.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
UPDATED: APR 10, 2004 This is a really good barleywine. Needs more time to age and mellow out. Very flavorful and solid barleywine 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.