Filed under: Barleywine Style Ale (snifter), Stone | Tags: alcohol, amazing, arugula, ashes, bitter, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, cloudy, coffee, dark, deep, depth, dirt, drying, espresso, grapefruit, grapes, grass, great job, hoppy, mango, mold, mud, nearly perfect, nice, pepper, rich, roast, rubber, rum, rye, sharp, smoke, strong, sweet, walnut, warming
First Published on June 13th, 2008
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ
Size: 22 fl oz
Estimated Calories: 400C
RateBeer Rating: 97
Aural: uneventful opening, quiet carbonation, simple easy pour
Aroma 10 out of 10
Balance: sharp (alcohol)
Malt Aroma: bread sweet nut caramel roast coffee
Hops Aroma: mud mold clover rum rubber mango
Other Aroma: grapes arugula pepper
Notes: An amazingly deep set of aromas – very interesting.
Appearance 4 out of 5
Clarity: slightest cloudiness, almost clear
Head Retention: poor
Notes: The color has great depth and character, but there is little head to speak of.
Flavor 10 out of 10
Balance: sweet start with bitter finish
Malt Flavor: brown sugar rye walnut caramel dark chocolate liqueur roasted espresso
Hops Flavor: dirt grasses star anise smoke grapefruit
Other: mango, ashes
Notes: One of the best barley wines I’ve ever had, and no surprise from Stone.
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: drying warming
Length: very long
Intensity: very strong
Balance: very bitter
Notes: A fantastic finish that leaves you looking forward to the next sip.
General Impression: 19 out of 20
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: Except for the slight critique of the missing head, which is forgivable considering the alcohol content, which is well hidden, this is a nearly perfect BWSA. Great job, Stone, as per the usual. This brew was purchased to celebrate the finish of my summer 1 Mediation class at Rider University in the Graduate Program for Organizational Leadership. The review of this fantastic ale is dedicated to the efforts of Jon Millen and the COM 390 class. Collaboration, not litigation.
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