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. Cbuk1013 (248) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2013
Overall it’s good but not great. Fairly well balanced, on the hoppy side. Unsatisfying body, decent legs. Not my go to barley wine, but better than average. 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. mandaritto (247) - LATVIA - JUL 29, 2014
Sweet, intense caramel aroma, spices, fruits, hopps all together makes nice ballance. Oily, sticky mouthfeel, nice carbonation level. Too sweet for my time, but I liked the quality of this brew. 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 ! 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. 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.