GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2007 2007: Pours a rich honey copper color w/ a medium sized, semi creamy froth. A full canopy w/ a thick and creamy ring of lace. Aroma is that of richly carameled leather. Full nectar w/ mellow residual effers creates a creamy texture. A decadent malt profile meets a persistant hop component that performs a beautiful balancing act. It takes alot to tame these two beasts but they work simultaneously in unison to create a work of art to be remembered. Flavors of viscous caramel, leather, and citrus rind are dominant. Then comes the apple nectar, vanilla, ripe black cherries, and a bit of toffee w/ a burnt match, sulpher saltiness. Theres a peachpit bittering on the finish that lingers forever breaking down the malty sweetness. It leaves my tongue parched. Awsome!
******2006 scores 3.7: Malted caramel nose. Pours a rich, thick nectar w/ minimal froth. Seemingly mellow from the nose, it comes right up from underneith you and bites you w/ raspy citrus blades. Big time malted caramel w/ a hop that steals the show leaving your palate useless. What ever may have been there is now gone. Not sweet at all. brb. moments later...wow, the flavor has changed drastically. Has become so mellow, where’d the citrus go ? Now I can grasp the candied fruit, even cinnamin, and leather. The followthrough is kinda week for these guys. I wanted more flavor. Overall; a good barley wine thorongil2 (3257) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2010
UPDATED: APR 28, 2012 (bottle) deep amber colour, small head; aroma - starts with apple, then more fruit; very complex and balanced flavour, excellent
2012 vintage - ditto MHOSKINS (83) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Stone is how I came to know and enjoy Barley wine. This will not disappoint. Stone Rocks again with a quality product!
MKH---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone phikus (96) - syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2014
This is perhaps my favorite barleywine. Every year a characteristic balanced malt hoppiness screams out of the glass. The body and carbonation just perfect. A balanced bittersweet finish leaving you ready for more. It has a citrus pine hoppiness to a biscuit toffe maltiness that doesn’t lean to far toward fruitiness. American all the way. bhaag (33) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2015
2013 vintage 650ml bottle. Pours dark orange with a dense head and solid lacing. Big caramel and marmalade nose, heather honey, spice and dank hops. Everything translates from nose to palate, a joy to drink wish I had more.
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
My first favorite barleywine style ale. Strong but not harsh, sweet honey flavor, and nice malt backbone.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone BrewMonger101 (1) - Henderson, Alabama, USA - JUL 28, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2017 Despite being a really strong beer it's very easy to drink. I'm not really sure how to describe beer so I'm sorry for the lack of detail. anomalously (1) - Austin, USA - OCT 31, 2009 does not count
Wow, this is incredible. Right from the tap at the Ginger Man in Austin, TX. Had two. Sweet, but not too sweet. Grass notes, a little malty but definitely feel the hops. Incredible barley wine. Tejas (1006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2014 Easily the smoothest and tastiest barley wine Iâ€™ve ever tried. Which is good and bad. Good for obvious reasons and bad b/c itâ€™s such an easy drinker. I downed this sucker like it was gatorade and Iâ€™d just finished wrestling a polar bear in July in West Texas. The 11.3% isnâ€™t noticeable at all. Some barley wines are just to sweet and big and harsh but this one is balanced perfectly. I kept going back for sip after sip and couldnâ€™t resisit. I really canâ€™t think of anything negative to say about this beer. 574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2012 2012 version. I think I purchased this back around Feb. and just kept it fridged because I didn’t want the hop character to change too much. Pours a brilliant copper-amber with a substantial billowy toffee-khaki head that dissipates to a thin ring around the edge. What a nose: lots of piney hops, some dank woodsy qualities, some notes of peaches and apricots, a deep caramel near roasted barley note, and some intense alcohol. The taste is of course hugely sweet, but the massive hops provide an impressive bitter balance that smooths it out. The palate is very warm with alcohol, very rich and chewy, and very bitter all around with an extremely long glorious finish. Just a fantastic, well rounded, powerful rich brew, massive yet so well constructed that it actually drinks rather easily. Begs to be paired with a rich, full flavored smoke of whatever kind you prefer. Just awesome, and pretty reasonably priced at that. I must investigate to see if any more bottles are left of this so I can grab another.