oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016 SaveTheAles (5) - San Jose, California, USA - NOV 29, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Spring 2002: Extremely pleasant toffee and caramel aromas dominate. Higher alcohol and more subdued hop aromas also evident. Pours very clear, medium copper, with nice head that laced the glass. Retention was very good for a barleywine. The flavor was quite balanced and the alcohol well-hidden. Unlike some barleywines, there was no harsh, higher alcohol flavors or cloying sweetness present. The hop bitterness perfectly cancels out the overwheleming malt sweetness found in some other barleywines, which is inappropriate for the style. Malt flavor is quite evident, with the hops providing a nice supporting role. Medium body,with warming alcohol and some lingering bitterness in the finish. This is a damn fine example of what a barleywine should be! To think that this is only going to get better with age boggles my mind. Buy a case of this stuff while you can. Stone better send some of this to the upcoming Barleywine Festival at The Toronado!
Pours a deep amber color, with a two finger off white head that had some staying power. Aromas of hops, sweet malts, and some more hops. Flavor isn’t as sweet as I was led to believe. You can taste the alcohol from the get go, what follows is a nice mellow caramel/brown sugar (I Guess) sweetness that finishes with a nice bitter hop. boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle @ a recent bottle share... Poured dark, burgundy with a mild head. Surprisingly better than expected for a beer older than ten years. Oxidation was there, but not too forward. And some sweetness with a good mouthfeel. Lost a lot of complexity, but still tasting ok. LouisJizz (10) - trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
C'est tellement une bonne biere! elle edt tres bien balancer entre l'amertume et le sucre. elle a une bon arriere gout floral.
-- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10 daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2012
A light amber pour gives a nice mostly white head. Caramel malt, pears, apples, apricots, and piney hops on the nose. Flavor has some oxidation but it is still tasting good. Stone fruit, caramel, hops, brown sugary flavor. Scopey (16277) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2012
2003 bottle at Stone Bistro. It pours deep ruby-amber, with a thin white head. The nose is very sweet : brown sugar, caramel, toffee and honey. The taste is brown sugar, wood, ginger, nutmeg, alcohol, good bitterness, hay, over-baked cake, leather and caramel, with a dry, warming finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Good balance of sweetness and bitterness..
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2011
2002 Vintage. RBSG 2008. Smells of dried apricots, caramel, and cane sugar. The apricot is very full and awesome. Bright on the sip with warm fruit flavors over a winey complexion. Finish is long but delayed in layers, very very dry (which I like), and bitter -- I used words like "damn" and "dope" when describing the finish, so it must have been fabulous. Lingering fruit, black pepper, and peppercorn, and astringent. "Refined" comes to mind. brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
A: The beer pours a hazy amber color with a finger or so of tan colored foam.
S: Starts off with caramel and citrus, mostly oranges, along with a nice sharp pine note. There’s a bit of vanilla in there, but also some cardboard, unfortunately. Brown sugar provides some more sweetness.
T: Still quite bitter with a lot of pine and citrus peel. The vanilla is there again, as is a strong flavor of toffee. Grapefruit, pine, and grass add some perception of hop character. The cardboard is here, but it’s fairly minimal.
M: The body is medium to full with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: Not bad for a nine year old beer. I prefer it fresh or with a year or two on it, but still not bad. SuperDave (2555) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle shared by cbk. Thanks Craig! Hazy amber/orange pour. Aroma of caramel, floral hops and alcohol. Nicely balanced sweet caramel and bitter hop flavor. Great brew! hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2010
2003 bomber shared by cbk on 3/21/2010.
pours flat yet oddly carbonated...?
it smells very caramel-y (i’m not used to not being bombarded by hops in a stone brew!)... as well as buttery, malt powder, chocolate, green peppers and some orange peel. underneath is a note of slight beneficial oxidation.
pretty similar flavor... quite dried out with citrus and bourbon-like spicy notes. it is falling apart but still tastes damn good!
nice slick mouth feel. 7/4/7/4/16/3.8 Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2010
Bomber shared by Craig at Hellbilly’s Shootout in Sosco Tasting. Pours cloudy orange with a thin off-white head. The nose is caramel, fruit and booze. The taste is toffee, sweet fruit, molasses and light citrus. Medium mouthfeel. Very good with some age on it. Thanks Craig!