philippem (105) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2009
Bouteille early 2009: Un appétissant parfum d’houblons rappelle le détergent à plancher Pine Oil, le mal de tête et les saignements de nez en moins. Jolie robe orangée / rougeâtre, opaque. En bouche, j’ai pour ma part trouvé que l’amertume s’exprimait beaucoup trop, voire agressivement en face de la douceur du malt en comparaison d’autres exemples propres au style. Alcool très fort en bouche.
drowland (8880) - Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Probablement un cas de bière trop « fraîche ».
Refreshingly smooth and drinkable for the style but not as complex and spicy as I’d hoped. dand645 (103) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2009
deep reddish pour, small amount of off white head, little carbonation...super malty, very sweet, boozy, not much bitterness from hops madmitch76 (25101) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2010
14th July 2008. Hazy dark amber beer. Low carbonation. Unusual barleywine. Starts like a cheap super strong lager - malty but also bready with a pinch of caraway. There is a brief pineapple sweet note in the middle before giving way to a spirity finish. However the spirity finish is not the usual brandy/porty tones that are often found but has more of vodka/gin feel to the bitterish finish. Unusual but very drinkable.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Bomber. Orange with some white head. Aroma is boozy...very boozy and berries and other fruits. Flavor is similar with some lighter caramels. Sweet as expected but comes back strong at the very end, going into the finish with huge hops. A better barley wine than most.
6ROW (473) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2010
dark orange pour with a very small off white head , sweet aroma and taste . evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2010
’09 bomber. Pours golden amber with very thin ivory head. Mellow nose of vanilla, alcohol, and malt. Thin body. Alcohol is present in the middle. Taste of floral, malt, spice, honey and butterscotch. Hoppy warm finish. Meh. 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. ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - MAY 16, 2010
2010 Limited Release...An amber-orange pour with a small disappearing head. The aroma is of alcohol and tangerine. The flavor has strong notes of peach and the alcohol presence is strong. Finishes very dry and bitter. Barley wines are not my favorite but this one is enjoyable because Stone (as always) does it right. MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2004
Peachy brown. Strong nose, sweet and quite hoppy, a bit of pine. Flavor is strong and hoppy, some woodiness. Richness is akin to maple syrup, maybe a bit of dry fruit like apricots in the background. Alcohol is a bit strong and overnoticeable. Tastes like it's trying to be Bigfoot's older brother, but doesn't have the malt heft to back up its strength. Certainly good, but still one of the least impressive things I've had from Stone (which, to be fair, is usually spectacular).