hombrepalo (1972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Bomber. Orange colored,translucent, moderate white head. Aroma of pine and alcohol. Flavor is fairly sweet offset some by the hop bitterness and lots of alcohol. As with most barleywines, syrupy body malt backbone. Dry finish for a barleywine. Good Beer but felt too hot and overwealming. TampaBeer (257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Solid. Not an exciting barley-wine but a couple interesting notes such as wood and light spice. Enjoyable and the alcohol is well masked. theSlipperyPen (294) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2010
Limited Early 2010 Release. Pours a reddened amber with a finger of quickly diminishing head. And when this goes it leaves only a touch of lacing; soon, though, the beer looks like brandy or wild honey, which is the first bold impression to meet the nose. Then there’s a little blue cheese. Marmalade and dry straw hops add a sharper edge, as does the aroma of seeped kumquats. Finally there’s a perfume of white flowers and pine. It’s surprisingly bitter in the mouth with the hops bringing in grapefruit and mango. But to balance this there’s a rich toffee malt. Mouth feel is almost flat with just a tingle of carbonation. The finsh is long and tunes up the sweetness. As for the alcohol, the high ABV is mostly hidden and with time I’m sure this would grow even milder. And time is what this needs. As it stands it’s certainly enjoyable, but not great; given two or three years I can see this settling into a highly complex beer. That hint of blue cheese promises good things. Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Pours an off-amber with a cloud-like white head. Aroma is fruity and floral, warm, hoppy, just a bit malty. Taste is definitely a barleywine, but smoother than others I’ve tried. Fruity and warm, definitely some alcohol bitterness but not as bitter as I expected from Stone. Palate is clean if not a little thick and coaty. Not bad but not my favorite either. I’d recommend it. Petkus331 (389) - Redford, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2010
An aroma of raisins, apple juice, citrus, and a touch of cilantro; this almost smells like a wheat beer. The taste is of citrus, lightly roasted malt, grapefruit, and mostly mid brewing hop bitterness. The head isn’t much to speak of, and the color is a bit light, a reddish amber. This beer is better than most other beers, but when compared to the high quality of most stone brewing beers, it is mediocre at most. It’s good to try, but I would pick a different stone brew over this one. In regard to barley-wine style beers, this is a little plain.
Plovmand (8682) - Grindsted, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with a medium off white head. The aroma is heavy sweet caramel, toasted caramel, fruity hops, citrus, mango and passion fruit. The flavour is very sweet caramel, alcohol, dried fruit, barley, sweet fruit and some toasted note. very well made. The alcohol is profound in the finish. kev1001 (67) - Montana, USA - FEB 28, 2011
22 oz bomber. Pours deep orange and amber. Very hoppy. Caramel, grapefruit, citrus, pine. Dixonian (1657) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2011 22oz bottle - 2011 Vintage.
Deep amber color - dark fruit, raisin, and citrus hop aromas. Flavor is hoppy as well with some bready malt and more dark fruit. I’d like to put a few years on this. rocbyter (2184) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 2, 2011
2011 vintage. Moderate sharp malt aroma with a little amount of fruit. Cloudy orange color with a large off white head. Moderate bitter beginning with a alcohol burn that builds to the finish. beeratarian (242) - 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.