StoneWall Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by d0ggnate:
4.85/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
I never thought I would get the opportunity to try this beer, but it presented recently and I jumped at the chance with some fellow BAs. Thanks to those who made this tasting possible.
Opened the 3L growler at Stone today. An exciting pop of the flip top let me know that this one remained well carbonated over the last couple years.
A: Poured a rich amber / mahogany to my 8oz snifter. This beer held a beautiful color, almost like a autumn maple leaves. A solid single finger layer of off-white head faded in just a few minutes to only rim the glass.
S: Slightly boozy, but a pronounced sweet, caramel aroma entices me. Also picked up vanilla notes and a roasty characteristic.
T: Fantastically smooth. Clean malt flavor. Stronger than expected hop presence surprised me. More caramel and toffee tastes. Vanilla mixed in the complexity.
M: Well-rounded and very balanced.
D: Extreme drinkability. I would never know this one was 12.2% ABV by drinking it. Despite being a bit boozy on the nose, this one warmed up and drank so easily. I would jump at the chance to try this one again.
Serving type: growler
11-16-2009 03:53:15 | More by d0ggnate
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4.74/5 rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
A: A murky hazy ruby tinged brown body with a half finger white head that becomes a halo of lace after about five minutes.
S: It has deep caramel and toffee aromas. There is surprisingly not alcohol bite in the nose.
T: Incredibly rich and not overly complex. It starts with a rich caramel flavor then transitions to a deep toffee. There are earthy and almost bourbon flavors present throughout.
M: Nice heavy silk body with perfect carbonation.
O: Amazing Barleywine. Well worth actively seeking out.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2013 00:43:23 | More by jvillefan
4.24/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
4oz pour at Stone Bistro poured into a stemmed glass.
A - Pours a coppery amber color with a small tan head. Creamy textured thick collar that leaves behind sparse lacing on the glass.
S - Caramel and toffee up front mixed with brown sugar...a bit nutty. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. Smells super smoth.
T - Brown sugar...light molasses. Burnt sugar and lots of caramel. Mid level bitterness to balance things out. Mixed in is some mild orangey citrus.
M - Medium body with a tingly lower level carbonation. Really smooth...sweet but balanced well - the hops still hold up enough.
O - Overall holding up well. Very good...a 4oz pour is just about right - could be dangerous at higher volumes. Glad to have the opportunity to try this one - thought it wasn't possible.
Serving type: on-tap
03-03-2013 15:58:00 | More by portia99
4.33/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I held onto this beer for a special occasion and shared with several friends. The beer was monumental just like the birthday.
The color was a rich mahogany with a quickly disappearing head. Not quite opaque.
The flavor travelled south into the tobacco roads of North Carolina. Complex layers of caramel, toffee, and leathery vanillin combined into a lush smooth finish. It evoked whiskey barrel aging without the bourbony burn.
A rare treat. Cheers to my friend Mitch for hooking me up with this!
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2012 21:35:39 | More by HopasaurusRex
StoneWall Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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