StoneWall Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 104
Gots: 4 | 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:
Beer added by: drewbage on 06-12-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 43
Photo of corby112
3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden apricot color with golden orange hues anda one finger off-white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.  

Surprisingly hoppy aroma with hints earthy pine along with subtle oxidized cardboard, boozy alcohol and sweet malt.  Lots of caramel, toffee and nut.  

Boozy with some dry, earthy, resinous hops that give off hints of pine needle.   A bit too hot with lots of sweet booze.  Slightly oxidized with a sweet malt backbone giving off hints of caramel, toffee and rye.

Overall this was decengt but way past its prime.  Surprisingly the hops have held up and are only slightly stale but the oxidization is a bit too heavy hurting the overall flavor.  His was probably very good when fresh but that is not the case at this stage.  

Photo of stakem
3.66/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review from notes I took awhile ago. Lost the book these handwritten notes were in and recently found them. Bomber poured into a snifter, the brew appears copper to mahogany in color with perfect clarity. Some ruby highlights when held to the light with a yellowish coloration through the edges. A finger of yellowish tan froth rests atop and fades to a thin film. Spotty lace remains on the glass.

The aroma includes toffee with oxidized notes of cardboard, herbal hops blending to alcohol. Some toasty to biscuit-like bread character almost buttery in the back. Dark fruits like raison and molasses are the last scents noted as it breaths.

The taste has quite a bit of solvent alcohol, toasty grain and plenty of resinous herbal hops. Some fruity alcohol indication accents the harshness of the bitterness. The fruited inclusion is bitter reminescent of unripe currant or cranberries with a grassiness also present. Somewhat oxidized as it warms up with toffee and more fruity alcohol into the finish. Very mild buttery note in the aftertaste.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonation. Still quite a boozy offering despite the age. For an american barleywine, this is kinda in a strange place age-wise. It has some oxidation indicadive of the age but still very boozy and hoppy/bitter. Great to say I had a chance to try it but im really curious how this was fresher and what it would be like with even more age.

Photo of rallison
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Stone Winter Storm.

Dark brown/orange with not too much of a head. Very rich flavor. Brandy-ish, with some dark fruits, toffee flavors and brown sugar. Lots of good flavors swirling around. Alcohol is definitely present at this point. Mouthfeel is very full and rich. Drinkability is not very high yet. Alcohol needs to mellow and the flavors need to come together a little more. However, this should make for one fine ale in a couple years time (for the few who have bottles they can age). As of right now, a thoroughly enjoyable, but somewhat hot, after dinner drink.

Recommended, especially in a couple years time.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 special 3 liter "one off" that was done for charity and in support of Stone's charity wall.

Pours a dark clear amber with a nice white head. Head held and appearance is nice.

Assertive banana and stone fruit nose; sweet floral and fruit nose. Some coffee and yeast character. Nose shows some alcohol "sweetness" that should not be confused with a fruit or malt character - it's alcohol although not offensive.

Mouthfeel is big bodied and rich with a bit of a whisky/bourbon feel and character. Carbonation is good (perhaps a bit much initially but it seems to "tame down" in the glass.

Flavors follow nose with nice malt character; lovely balance, character and flavors of rich malt, yeast and hints of coffee, fruit and pine with a nice unexpected hop finish.

Photo of OStrungT
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at the StoneWall release party. I doubt I will ever see any more of this, with the exception of the bottle I have, so I was very happy to have got the chance to try this one.

This beer pours an orage brown color. It sported a thick light brown head that fades slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a plesent sweet malty caramel aroma. This beer has a slightly spicy cinimon like aroma. Also, some citrus hops are present. The alcohol content is slightly noticable in the aroma.

This beer tastes very syrupy sweet. A strong caramle flavor is present. It has a citrusy hop flavor, mixed in with a sublte spicy flavor. I was slightly surprised how mild the hop profile was.

This full bodied beer leaves a very syrupy sweet aftertaste. The alcohol warms slightly as it goes down. This beer is highly carbonated, but not so much that it matters.

I dont think that even if this beer was available it would make a good session beer. The alcohol content is high. That would make drinking too many a problem. Also, the flavor is quite aggressive, and a little too sweet. I am very happy to have had this probably once in a life time experience.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tfasano
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I travelled all the way from Northwest Indiana for the stone wall party, and the ale served was quite interesting.

A strong, potent brew at 12.2 percent. Very sweet taste at first sip, but good alcohol finish and familar Stone hoppiness. Only had half a pint at the party, the 22 oz. bottle chilling in my fridge shall be interesting, after some aging.

Good stone brew, after a 22 oz. though Im sure the alcohol would catch up with me, so this is an excellent brew to share and enjoy with another.

Photo of ReDave
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was lucky to be able to attend this party at Stone Brewery. Thank you Eyedrinkale! If i knew then what i know now, i would have spent at least the 250, just so i could take some of this home.
We only received one half glass per guest. It was darker than i expected, but not as dark as some barley wines. Nice darkish head that left a Very sticky lace all the way down. I have to admit i was expecting more hops, probably due to the huge build-up, but truly i was not let down. It seemed reminiscent of Bigfoot. Would love to taste them side by side.
Great Job Stone.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone Winter Storm

A: Orange marmalade color with blood orange like streaks. Appears raw and unfiltered. Head is sandy white...sparse across the top with a decent ring around the glass.

S: Toffee, hazelnut and red apple.

T: Begins very seasoned, almost like pumpkin pie spices. Lots of brown sugar, poached apple, toffee and cinnamon. Has some sweet potato flavors with a vegetable roundness to it as well as a substantial amount of toasted barley. This is like an imperial oktoberfest with dashes of vanilla and butterscotch. Some serious alcohol esters going on here, but I don't get the impression they are trying to hide it. And its really friggin' bitter...its bitter like peppers are spicy. Finishes with hints of banana, caramel, oatmeal and nutmeg.

M: Full body with a syrupy mouthfeel.

D: This beer is WAY too hot. Needs at least two more years for the alcohol to chill and the flavors to meld.

Photo of JAXSON
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazed but mostly clear dark copper with a thin head and good lacing. Nose is nicely aged caramel malt, brown sugar, a mellow kiss of dried dates. Thick, heavy body in the mouth. Gobs of aged malt, caramel, a thick smattering of brown sugar and toasted bread crust. Moderate oxidation and a pleasantly bitter hop finish. Carbonation is pleasant and the feel is very nice. I am enjoying this one quite a bit, though it's certainly a year or more past its peak I would think. The oxidation is significant, though not too distracting, and there's a lot of nice malt character left here.

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 03/30/12 notes. Big thanks to drabmuh for sharing this one; thanks Matt. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark reddish brown color with a few off white bubbles and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, sugar, sweet dark fruits, raisins, figs, toffee, bready malts, and toasted malts.

t - Tasted of caramel, toffee, toasted malts, bready malts, sugar, molasses, dark fruits, light alcohol. Sweet and a ton of caramel; very nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth, with a tin bit of alcohol but considering the ABV not bad at all. Easy to drink for over 12% ABV.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot. I liked it better then any of the OG vintages I've had and would put it on par with the 2010 Bourbon BA OG as the best barleywine I've had from them. Very nice, very glad to try and would love to have it again.

Photo of Boolshot
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to go to the Stonewall party thanks to Winomark. Made the drive from the San Fernando Valley, mainly just to try this beer.

Had to wait until 1pm, and was 3rd in line. They only served 1/2 a glass, in a Stone pint glass. Poured a dark reddish brown, large head that lasted a little while.

Smell was sweet, with the alcohol showing its strong ABV. I didn't get a bottle, but was told it was 12.2%

The taste was kind of strong, I am not one to name all the flavors as many reviewers do, one day I may be that good, but still learning. It reminded me of Old Guardian, but with more of a hoppy finish. Tasted similar to some "Old Ales" I have had. It should age well, hopefully I will get a chance to get a bottle somehow.

I like the strong beers, and at 12.2% this is a great one. It is too bad it won't be available. I am lucky to have had this one, thanks to Stone for another great beer.

Photo of nickd717
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to largadeer for sharing this rare tick.

Clear deep amber pour with a small off-white head that fades to very nice swirls.

Big caramel and toffee aroma with maple syrup, some candied fruit notes and slight cardboard oxidation.

The flavor is great, fairly sweet but intense and complex. Big sweet candy notes, toffee, caramel, cardboard, and faded hop notes that still lend bitterness.

Medium-bodied and smooth, surprisingly not boozy, with low carbonation.

Surprisingly drinkable - I could definitely have more than the ticker's pour I got, but this is a wale so that ain't happening.

Photo of Sideswipe
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the brewery during winter storm.

4oz pour yells a small head which dissipates quickly. The beer is a dark copper color. Huge legs, syrupy.

Smells of sweet malts And caramel. There is a latent hop presence. As well, but the caramel predominates.

Taste follows the nose with huge caramel and sweet boozy malt. Very smooth. There is a distinct hop bitterness to the finish which is great considering the age of this monster. This drinks like a good port.

Huge, sticky mouthfeel. Low carbonation is perfect. This would be a great brew to have with a cigar.

Drinkability is good even with the high ABV because the beer is so damned tasty! It goes down way too easily.

I would have this as a nightcap with a good cigar on a regular basis if it was available. Overall one of the best barleywines I've tried.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a caramel color with good carbonation leaving a nice dirty white cap

S: Loads of toffee, caramel and faded citrus hops

T: Upfront I receive toffee, caramel and a nice brown sugary sweetness with faded hops which probably leant a nice citrus aqnd pine needle note from what I can still detect. A unque fruitiness with cherry and some dash at citrus fruits, a sherry taste and feel to this on the back end. Booze is falling off and it's very drinkable.

M: Big body, well carbonated, very sticky

O: No oxidation, loads of taste. A true gem for any barleywine lover!

Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on Tap at Stone on 2/7/2010.

A - Darker Amber color with light head that fades nicely and good lacing.

S - Chocolate, Carmel, Honey, and Toffee.

T - Tastes start with Caramel, Alcohol, Honey and Bitterness. Next Tastes of hops, spice, and baked apple show. This is an excessive barleywine that is meant to age.

M - Medium/Full body and good carbonation. Alcohol(burning feeling) is very apparent in the mouth.

D - This beer is very high in alcohol Taste and Smell. I hope they have more to age for a couple more years, maybe at a higher temp.

I had this beer while nursing a cold and I would say this is the best cold medicine out there. It cleared up my cold for the rest of the day. Thank You

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. No bottle info. Reviewed from notes. Thanks to biggsbowler for this impressive bottle.

Appearance - Small off-white head. Reddish. Bubbles cling to the beer and glass. Looks good after 6-ish years.

Smell - Nice caramel aroma. A touch oxidized, which I think really improves the nose and flavor of a barleywine. Vanilla. Very nice.

Taste - Again, oxidized caramel with adds to the complexity. Falls a touch flat after that. Vanilla isn't as strong at first. Hop bitterness comes through and it returns to life with some triumphant darker malts giving it a touch of chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied for a barleywine. A little dry and astringent, probably from age. A trade off, I suppose.

Overall - Really nice. I imagine it was better young, if maybe a little less interesting.

Photo of portia99
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of davod23
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer I was most looking forward to at Stone Winter Storm. Got two pours of this.

The pour is a burnt orange color, a bit of off-white head doesn't stick around long.

Aroma is of sweet fruitiness, and hints at the booze a bit (though I gotta believe this is far mellower than it used to be). I'm getting a fair bit of juicy orange here. Lighter aspects of vanilla are also there.

Taste is excellent. Sweet malt, alcohol is well hidden. Oranges! This beer is juicy. Hops are not particularly evident, as expected. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is full, thick, but not syrupy. Long finish.

Drinkability is great. I savored them, but these pours could have gone down a lot faster.

I'm glad to try this, and it's a truly excellent beer. However, there are barleywines that are more-easily acquired that are just as good (e.g., Stormwatcher's).

Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1089th Review on BA
Draft to 4oz taster

WinterStorm 2012

App- A very dark orange with a tinge of amber in it. A one finger head that falls to maybe a 1/8" of bubbles in the glass. No stick or cling.

Smell- A bit more like a rich and old DIPA. More pine with some deep resin notes and a good bit of malty thickness to it. Whispy booze and sweet citrus.

Taste- Tastes just like a BW should. Deep rich and lush malts with a balanced citrus flavor of orange and some zest. A bit of a lingering spice quality but not over peppery. Still can taste the booze on it.

Mouth- A good medium body with a medium carbonation level. Residual malts and and citrus caramel sweetness.

Drink- A bit lighter than I would have thought. Still retained a good balance and was still a bit rich and creamy and very smooth.

Photo of HopasaurusRex
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

Photo of Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

A - Pours a reddish/orange with a fingers-worth or so of off-white head. There's a thin cap and some lacing left along the sides of the glass once this one settled down.

S - Sweet caramel, burnt sugars, slight oak, still a hoppy character in there as well. Very smooth, some burnt sugars. A touch of alcohol but no where near 12.8%.

T - Similar to the nose. Caramel, burnt sugars, slight hops. Very smooth for 12.8% and goes down with ease. The sweetness and hoppy notes work well together. Tasty!

M - Medium to full, syrupy, rich, slightly bitter/sweet finish.

D - An excellent BW. Not quite as rich and smooth as Wooden Hell, but the sweetness and hops are wonderfully combined in this BW. Yum x 1000.

Photo of mikedashg
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 3L Growler of this was available to a select few at Stone Winter Storm event 2009 Sunday 01/25/09. I was honored to partake in it. I was told this had been stored in someone's fridge who wasn't much of a beer drinker. Being that this was a special and very limited brew, they thought this would be a good time to bring it and share it. The money that was collected was said to be going to a charity. Thank you Greg K and Heather for this once in a life time chance to sample this limited brew with age on it.

Poured by Greg Koch into a taster glass. Copper/carmel in color with very little head. Age has done this one well! The ABV was completely masked by a sweet candy carmel toffee brown sugar taste. It was not bitter, spicy, or hot at all. I wish I could've tried this fresh, and then now with years of age. This was the sweetest Stone Brewing Company brew I've ever tasted. In fact, it's one of the sweetest brews PERIOD that I've ever tasted. Light and very smooth/creamy mouthfeel and light to moderate carbonation.

If this is a barleywine, Stone needs to come out with this again, "Older Gardian?" I would love to try it fresh and then age it like I tried it to get me some more. I know it will probably never happen, but one can dream can't I?

Photo of womencantsail
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a burnt amber color with a mild off-white head. The clarity is amazing on this beer.

S: Typical barleywine nose of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. Surprisingly, there's still plenty of grapefruity citrus present after quite a long time.

T: The flavor follows the nose fairly well. The sweetness is certainly there, but it is balanced very nicely by the still substantial hop bitterness. The hops are piney with a slight bitter grapefruit note which works well with the caramel and toffee.

M: Medium in body with a fairly abundant carbonation for a barleywine.

D: I'm very glad to have had the opportunity to try this beer. A very nice barleywine that seems to be holding up very well. Thanks to Stone for putting this out for winter storm.

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StoneWall Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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