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StoneWall Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.22%
Wants: 104
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drewbage on 06-12-2006)
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FunkyMacGroovin

California

5/5  rDev +12.9%

02-19-2012 06:16:26 | More by FunkyMacGroovin
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trancesk8er

California

5/5  rDev +12.9%

06-09-2012 04:20:45 | More by trancesk8er
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Lukafer

Michigan

5/5  rDev +12.9%

12-02-2011 05:12:50 | More by Lukafer
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tbeq00

California

5/5  rDev +12.9%

02-10-2012 01:29:35 | More by tbeq00
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jerz

California

5/5  rDev +12.9%

11-18-2011 05:19:03 | More by jerz
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imperialking

Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.9%

02-06-2012 23:53:04 | More by imperialking
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drinking this as we speak at Stone Winter Storm at 9am. What an awesome brew.

Such a nice light tan head with amazing sticky lace. A somewhat darker barleywine but not super. Just carmelized look.

Smells of sweet sugar, caramel, honey, citrus. A little bit of hop aroma left.

Taste is awesome. Sweet but not too sweet. More like a sugary sweet. There are caramel, honey, malty goodness flavors going on. The finish has a nice hop bitterness that is not too strong. Amazing.

Mouthfeel is perfect. A light carb that is perfect for this beer. And it is suprisingly thinner than I expected. Which is good.

Overall I am very glad I got to try this beer. I'm gunna ge one more then on to others.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 16:58:43 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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BigMcLargeHuge

Arizona

4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

StoneWall? StoneWall? Are you shittin’ me?!? Damn! Another white whale is had at this send-off tasting. That’s like 3 in a row for me. Awesome! Like Bass No 1 and Bells 6000 this one has been a prized want for years and years. Thanks to everyone involved! Pours a bit murky with dark copper body and white head. The aroma is modest in strength and offers up smooth spicy hops, some sweet stale citrus and then near the end of the draw pummeling boozy pine hops. The taste is smooth to start and then quickly ramps up into firm levels of pine hop flavor. To midway it picks up more and more pine hops as well as lesser amounts of spicy hops and sweet maltiness. It maintains a fairly smooth body from front to back. This is tasting great with just some mildly blunted notes here and there!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 05:52:32 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
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d0ggnate

California

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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AlexChillton

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

04-02-2013 09:12:02 | More by AlexChillton
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danwho

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

10-29-2013 14:49:01 | More by danwho
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

11-09-2012 05:00:07 | More by CGMLS3
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Rothobinide

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

06-29-2014 06:10:44 | More by Rothobinide
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RyanSchwam

Delaware

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

11-09-2012 15:25:04 | More by RyanSchwam
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FrogOut69

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

07-20-2014 17:39:42 | More by FrogOut69
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pastradul

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a double pour out of the bottle at Stone Winter Storm.

Really looked forward to trying this out of the bottle instead of draft.

The pour had a small amount of slightly tan head the dissipated somewhat quick to a small lace around the edge of the snifter.

Smell- wow, the aroma is sweet fruity malt with just a hint of alcohol in the very back of the nose.

mouthfeel- this brew is pretty thick nice and coating on the palate.

Taste- lots of sweet mild cherry like malt in the front with very clean and crisp finish in the end. The alcohol os almost totally hidden. I drank through my full pour way faster then I had planned.

Time is doing this brew wonders for sure!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 15:21:51 | More by pastradul
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leilo84


4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

02-26-2013 21:58:07 | More by leilo84
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jvillefan

California

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
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drewbage

California

4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Stone "StoneWall" celebration party for donors to the StoneWall Charity Project. For availability notes, this is, in theory, one of the few times that the StoneWall ale will be on tap.

Poured into a standard american cheater pint, the beer (only a half pint!) billowed with a large tan head over a rich burnished copper caramel beer. There is a surprising amount of carbonation rolling through the beer as it continues to bubble through the beer for the hour it took for me to finish my sample.

Aromas are a bit mellow with the beer chilled to pale ale/ipa temp, but as the beer warms up the aroma begins to open up with a low hop spice mingling with a burst of vanilla and cinnamon over a orangey caramel malt.

The flavor follows suit with a similiar gentle hop profile (from Stone?) that isn't assertive even during the coldest sample period. Rich, clean and bright while only being slightly sweet. The spice and tannic notes of oak meld well against the malt and provide the break needed to keep the beer from being cloying.

The finish is smooth and amazingly warming, richly coating the palate without seeming heavy and being gentle with it's payload of 12.8% without burning like rocket fuel.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2006 18:18:07 | More by drewbage
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joquiroz

California

4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer!

I am part of the Stone VIPs, which at this point doesn't matter since there are no VIP events anyway :( however, I was part of the first group of people to try out this beer at the StoneWall event. The beer was indeed high in alcohol, however to be a Stone Beer, it was very different, not very bitter.

Please bear with me since I drank this beer in September 2006 (I think)

Aroma: molasses.
Taste: sweet, not bitter at all.
Mouthfeel: high gravity at the end.
Drinkability: I would drink this beer over and over if it was offered all the time.

I found some similarities between Stone's 10th anniversary IPA and this beer, again, please bear in mind we were only allowed about 1/2 glass of this beer at the StoneWall party and that was a long time ago.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2008 02:56:29 | More by joquiroz
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ehammond1


4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Clear but very dark ruby with a finger's worth of very light khaki colored head atop. Leaves smears and dots of lacing down the glass. Gorgeous.

Sweet but balanced aroma. There's tons of caramel and toffee notes present, along with some earthy, citrusy, pine notes as well. Complete, rich, and decadent.

The flavor is staggeringly good. The rich caramel and toffee flavors combine with earthy yet piney hops (still!), freshly baked bread, and a bit of a piney sting. There's zero alcohol harshness, which is simply remarkable. Delicious.

Medium to full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A joy to drink.

World-class barleywine.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 17:27:24 | More by ehammond1
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Bankhead

California

4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

quite a treat to try

pours a deep opaque amber with a lively ring and sparkly lacing and touches of foam on top of a still body that belies its strength

smells like a caramel apple and deeper whiffs reveal the fruit-popping yeast and some hop residue

tastes delicious and rich with caramel, sherry oxidation, amaretto, refined liquors with a sticky toffee center

the mouthfeel is where this takes off

it clings to every inch of the palate and the prickly hop wave in the finish leads you into the next sip

perfect age and glad i opened this now as the maturity of the beer is apparent but just right

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 22:52:20 | More by Bankhead
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HopHead84

California

4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2/7/2010

48oz consumed on tap at Stone Winter Storm 2010. It appears deep crimson suffused with amber and a thick beige cap.

The nose is a well balanced blend of toffee sweetness and citrus hops, most notably grapefruit. The hop presence is formidable. Alcohol is well hidden and sweetness is present yet restrained. An earthy character is noticeable, as well as caramel and brown sugar.

The flavor is more aggressive than the bottle I tried a few months back, but I imagine this was cold stored so it hasn't been afforded a normal rate of aging. That being said, this somewhat younger and hoppier iteration is quite nice. Bitterness is at an upper moderate level and alcohol is unabashed. Hops are pine and grapefruit and they are well balanced against the rich toffee and caramel. This is fantastic stuff. I prefer this tap version to the bottle I tried. Awesome American barleywine.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2010 07:30:08 | More by HopHead84
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Callmecoon

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

04-01-2013 19:19:32 | More by Callmecoon
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

06-18-2013 22:38:58 | More by TKEbeerman
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StoneWall Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.