beeratarian (243) - 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. 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. 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. 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. o_Merlin_o (235) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Pours a beautiful red oak color, with zero head. Very little aroma. Initial flavor is quite sour, rapidly changing over to a cherry and orange peel flavor. Overall, a little too sour for my taste. 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. dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 18, 2005
2005. Aroma of butterscotch, toffee, pinepple, watermelon, tangerine. Appears orange-reddish-brown with good clarity, slight and slow effervescence of small bubbles, and a little frothy wisp of a cream-colored head. Flavor starts suprisingly bitter and hoppy, but quickly gives way to a raisins and molasses; its way out of balance right now, but age will mellow the hops and this should be super in years to come. Palate is appropriately chewy with slight bubbliness. Overall, this beer is greater than the sum of its parts; and I expect it to come into its own in the future.