anders37 (26878) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2016
Draft @ Rare Beer Breakfast 2016. Pours a hazy amber orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy woody bourbon caramel dark fruit aroma. Fruity malty spicy woody bourbon flavor with hints of vanilla and caramel. Has a fruity sweetish malty woody bourbon caramel and vanilla finish. sonnycheeba (6259) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Tap at liberty station. Pours clear copper with a trace of head. Aroma is bready and cookie malts, light raisins and dates, caramel, vanilla, and faint floral notes. Flavor is rich bready malts, some boozy spice, caramel sweetness, faint fruit notes, and smooth hop profile. Medium/full body and soft carbonation. jkwalking05 (4743) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2014
On tap at Stone Liberty Station. Deep amber with a good sized cream colored head. Aroma is of toffee, caramel, leather, tobacco, booze, light wood. Taste is of malt, toffee, caramel, raisin, woody hops, and vanilla. cwooldridge (17) - - JAN 2, 2014
Had a 4 ounce charity pour at Stone Company Store Oceanside. So happy I was able to try this elusive beer. Very rare. Poured a nice orange Amber color with a very subtle cream head that disappeared very quickly. Had a very sweet fruity flavor that quickly turned into a heavy alcohol flavor. A total malt monster. Very strong malt profile. But for having been almost 8 years old it definitely aged like a fine barley wine. Tmoney99 (14838) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Draft. Poured reddish brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, toasted sweet malt, alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.
Huhzubendah (3736) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Shared by drabmuh. Whales baby, whales.
The beer is orange with a small, off white head. Some sediment floating around. The aroma offers butterscotch, malt, age. The beer tastes old, but quite good. Really smooth, especially given the high abv. Definitely the best barleywine I have had from Stone. Thanks Matt!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-30-2012 johnnnniee (4403) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Opened tonight with friends, thanks for the opportunity HopasaurusRex and hoppy birthday.
Pours a solid reddish brown with a smallish off white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smells of caramel and dark fruit mixed with a hint of leather and ethanol. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Sweet sugary malts just a hint of earthy hop rolled up in sweet sugary fruits rolled in tobacco and dipped in ethanol. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. This is a really nice barleywine, I’m glad I got to try it tonight. Being as old as this is I wonder what it was like fresh.
PhillyCraft (7707) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle from 05. Pours cloudy orange with an off white head and lace. Tons of toffee, caramel, mollases pop, very hoppy still and sugary. Rich with a slight dry finish for the smooth body. Sweet tasting beer overall, not as cloying as a jw lees though. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2012
Huge thanks to drabmuh for sharing this one. Served in a Stone goblet.
Pours a light copper color with a short head to start, fading quickly to a thin collar. The aroma has some nice cookie qualities with sweet malt and some nice sherry-like oxidation notes. A bit of caramel and toffee in the background.
The taste continues down the same path -- lots of malt here and oxidation has done good things to this one. Nice caramel and toffee notes along with some sweet candy and a hint of fruit. Malty and good.
Feel is medium with lowish carbonation; really smooth with almost no alcohol presence.
Really nice. I’m thrilled to finally get to try this one. Thanks again, Matt. 50belair (3679) - Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Another gem shared by Joe at the Philly tasting. Cloudy burnt orange pour with an off white head. Caramel malt nose. I was shocked by how hoppy this still was. Caramel malts, orange, and hoppy pine notes. Good carbonation, medium body.