dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Hazy orange beer with a minimal head. Lacing isn’t anything to write home about. Aroma is of grapefruit hops. Flavor is cascade dominated as well, with the malt supplying a nice caramel note to it. Palate is almost perfect. Soft full body, with the right amount of carbonation. With the hops supplying a dry, bitter end, you wouldn’t think this is a 10%+ beer. Very good. ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - APR 23, 2009
2007 Vintage on tap at Sunset Grill, Copper body with tall frothy white head. Very sweet sugary aroma, like hard candy and rum. White rum, and lots of it. Flavors were very muted and sublte, dried cherries, blueberries, dates and sticky almost funky malts. Very heavy sugar, and really strong carbonation still. Quite nice. Bonster (182) - Jersey Shore, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2010
2010 vintage. Collosal tan head sits on top of a dark brown amber body. Nose is mostly caramel malt, citrus hops, and some spice. Quite mild taste and an easy drinker. Alcohol is well hidden, not too sweet or overpowering like some BW’s. Nice jkbachman (181) - - DEC 25, 2012
Figs, caramel, and fruit are heavy on the nose. Caramel is dominant on first taste. Finishes with a delightful hop bite but is very smooth.
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Bottle as gift, 2008 vtg. Yup a big bottle barley wine. Quite sweet. and malty. surprising low hopped for a US Barley wine. Good beer, but kinda hoped for more.
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2006
2006. Suprisingly sweet and pleasant for a stone brew. Nice malty taste. Pretty hoppy, but not as outspoken as some of stone’s beers. The balance in this one is a rarity for stone. Solid effort. HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2007
2007 version from the bottle. Pours with a limited light biege head that quickly disappears. Carbonation appears limited. The color is reddish orange and clear. Aroma is llmited but the beer is still a little cold. Hints of caramel and raisin are notable on the nose. The flavor was sweet with brown sugar and a strong astringent hop finish. The mouthfeel is strangely mixed, it’s briefly medium to heavy but quickly dissappears. The alcohol is very noticeable but might mellow after the beer warms up. Although the alcohol keeps going up the overall product doesn’t hold up to earlier examples. eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 4, 2007
hazy orange appearance, small head, fierce taste. somewhere near the end of the 22 i realized the beer had been drinking me. JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 19, 2005
This rating went up 3% in the last 5 hours. But looking at the posts, no one has posted anything since Feb.20- its now March 19th. Isn’t that wierd? How does it work.
So that’s what I was thinking, and then I noticed I was on the 2003 and before section. So I was totally wrong... It all works fine.
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2009
pours out in a cloudy dark sunset oarnge with a tannish off white head that appears to be thin but is holding well. there is nice lacing and the body is cloudy dark oarnge with no to many bubbles rising. smells of a yankee candle citrusy fruity pine sol aroma. very piney and floral. it has awsome mouthfeel to it with notes of roasted malts that give it a toffee taste and kind of wheaty with the unmalted barley used in this this beer. hoppy also ,but not like an ipa or an american strong and does not leave a bitter aftertaste. moderate carbonation and i can sense some of the alcohol in the flavor. finishes kind of dry and has a plesant aftertaste. nice barley wine.